Local recruitment: Outreach Assistant (LISC AmeriCorps) via Indeed

Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC)

Flint, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Full Job Description

Flint River Watershed Coalition and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Monitoring Program Assistant. We are recruiting a full-time AmeriCorps member to be a part of our team for 11 months. The position will remain open until filled. The exact start and end date of the contract position is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation that will require signature prior to the start of service. This is an AmeriCorps position and the individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of Flint River Watershed Coalition or LISC.

WHAT WE DO

The Flint River Watershed Coalition is a membership organization that promotes citizen stewardship of our natural resources by providing our members with the sources, knowledge, and capacity necessary to protect local water quality and watershed habitat. Founded in 1998, FRWC promotes citizen stewardship of our natural resources by providing our members with the sources, knowledge, and capacity necessary to protect local water quality and watershed habitat. Under new leadership, the FRWC board seeks to re-envision the work of the organization to better meet community needs and produce valuable programming and services. Strengthening FRWC’s membership program and grassroots support will be vital to ensuring continued engagement of existing members and attracting new ones.

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Over the last 40 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $24 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from the East Coast to the West Coast in 36 urban markets from Buffalo to San Francisco and 2,400 Rural counties.

Visit us at www.lisc.org to learn more.

YOUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS AN AMERICORPS MEMBER

This is an AmeriCorps position and as such, the member may not engage in prohibited activities as part of his/her/their service. The member will have an immediate supervisor at Flint River Watershed Coalition and a LISC point of contact throughout the term of service for coaching, mentoring, and training support in order to undertake activities to achieve a community goal.

The member is expected to undertake the following activities toward goal achievement:

 Under advisement of the monitoring committee, evaluate current programming scope and recruitment efforts to determine targeted areas for improvement or expansion

 Survey monitoring volunteers to identify processes that can be targeted for improvement in the onboarding, training, engagement, or follow up process

 Review current volunteer information management practices, refine and record procedures to support volunteer retention, skill, safety, and/or participation as needed

 Review FRWCA monitoring volunteer training materials, expand or revise as needed for clarity and effectiveness

 Pursue relationships with organizations or businesses that can become long-term partners for volunteer programming

 Identify current volunteers or partner organizations that demonstrate potential for increased engagement or responsibility and support further development

 Identify opportunities to recruit volunteers with specialized education or skills that can offer engagement to support unmet program needs

 Evaluate community and partner use of published monitoring data, and if possible, identify opportunities for making data more accessible or useful

 Facilitate monitoring volunteer engagement with other FRWC programming

 Create processes and develop relationships to identify unique skills within current volunteer base, make recommendations for engaging under-engaged volunteers

 Support FRWC staff in logistics and volunteer management during monitoring training, monitoring activities, and other volunteer supported events

 Assess volunteer monitoring technique on-site, provide one-on-one coaching to ensure high-quality data collection as needed

 Assess procedures for tracking volunteer information and activities, refine process as needed to facilitate high quality data collection and reporting

 Assess volunteer engagement and recruitment practices in comparable programs hosted by other organizations, make recommendations for improving FRWC practices as needed

In performing these activities, Flint River Watershed Coalition and LISC AmeriCorps anticipate that the person in this position will achieve the following goal(s):

 Engage 40 new (episodic) volunteers to provide 120 volunteer hours to community based projects

 Engage 5 existing (recurring) volunteers to provide 10 volunteer hours to community based projects

In order to meet the goal(s), the successful candidate will be provided with a work-plan at the onset of service and training needed to achieve the goal(s). Progress toward goal attainment will be measured monthly through an on-line system and training will be provided.

OTHER SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

Members are required to track time and submit on-line timesheets twice per month. They are also required to submit a monthly report through the same system (training will be provided). The person selected for this position will perform his/her/their day-to-day service at the partner site and serve on average 40-42 hours onsite per week. Service hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with half hour for lunch.

Workdays may include Saturdays and evenings. Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and Flint River Watershed Coalition.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

 Attending onboarding sessions coordinated by LISC;

 Attending a national leadership conference in the May 2023;

 Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;

 Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;

 Actively participating in at least two team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,

 Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

SKILLS NEEDED

 Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods

 Ability to work independently and in a team environment

 Computer skills

 Good written and oral communication skills

 Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate:
(1) must not have previously resigned from a LISC AmeriCorps position;
(2) be able to earn at least 74% of the education award for this position; and
(3) if having previously served, been exited with satisfactory service from a prior term. The candidate will also need to meet all AmeriCorps eligibility requirements including but not limited to:

 Be at least 17 years of age (there is no upper age limit)

 Possess unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by AmeriCorps during the pre-enrollment period

 Meet the National Service Criminal History Check Requirement noted below

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK REQUIREMENT

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make him/her/them ineligible for service. LISC does not disclose any results with the host site and will discuss any eligibility concerns that may arise directly with the candidate as per LISC’s policy.

Candidates being offered and accepting this AmeriCorps position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. LISC should receive the results from all checks at least one week prior to the first day of proposed service. The person must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service.

A candidate may not be considered eligible for service in instances where he/she/they: (1) are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW); and/or (2) has been convicted of murder; and/or
(3) has a non-resolved/non-adjudicated criminal offense.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Upon successful completion of the full term of service, the member will be eligible for a $6,345 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place qualifying, existing student loans (not in default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $21,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only. For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the AmeriCorps Agency).

Additional benefits for alums can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service/alumni and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

HOW TO APPLY:

Candidates should send a resume via email to Jennifer Raymond at director@flintriver.org.

The candidate selected for this position will complete an account set up and on-line application via the My AmeriCorps Portal located here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do as well as intake forms via a secure system.

LISC AmeriCorps and Flint River Watershed Coalition are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement

Shift:

  • 8 hour shift

Weekly day range:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Flint, MI 48504


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development