Description

Salary: Up to $17,250 living stipend
Job Description: The Midvale Family Center is seeking an energetic and dedicated AmeriCorps MVP member to serve Full-Time at The Road Home, working with families who live in shelter. The AmeriCorps MVP member will assist case managers in working with individuals experiencing homelessness, get into safe, decent affordable housing. They will also help clients to increase their employable skills, work toward securing employment and to help them to access mainstream services.

Position to start 10/01/2017, ends on 9/30/18.
This is a Full Time position of 40 hours a week, 8 hour days (Monday through Friday) with some weekend flexibility.
The daily schedule will vary between 7am -3pm, 9am – 5pm and 11am – 7pm.

Duties and responsibilities
1. The Americorps member will be primarily responsible for overseeing the transportation needs of families in shelter, utilizing several different resources to provide assistance to families as they gather vital documentation, access community resources, and pursue permanent housing.
2. Other duties as assigned.

What is AmeriCorps: The program first became operational in 1994 and has expanded over time, with over 80,000 members participating annually as of 2012. AmeriCorps engages adults in public service work with the goal of "helping others while meeting critical needs in the community." AmeriCorps State and National members engage in direct service activities, such as after-school tutoring or assisting the homeless community, and capacity-building activities, such as volunteer recruitment, for the organizations they serve.

AmeriCorps State and National is the largest of the AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps State operates through Service Commissions in each state. Members are provided a modest financial compensation in the form of cost-of-living allowances; referred to as a “living stipend” up to $17, 250; Proof of Healthcare reimbursement up to $100 per month if eligible and participation, paid Student Loan Deferment, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Child Care Assistance if needed, and the AmeriCorps Education Award. Less tangible but rewarding benefits include professional skill development and work experience. An internal study found that participation in AmeriCorps strengthened civic attitudes and sentiment.

Members commit to full-time positions offered and after successfully completing their term of service, AmeriCorps State and National members may receive the Education Award of $5,815. The Education Award can pay for additional college, graduate school courses, or it can pay off existing qualifying federal student loans. Full-time members are required to commit to a full year service agreement and complete a “minimum” of 1,700 service hours.

Salt Lake County’s AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members in community agencies who serve individuals and families who are or have been homeless. Many of them have lived on the streets or in refugee camps for years. They often have challenges with mental health and substance abuse. Because they have been or are homeless, they lack job experience and skills to gainful employment. The focus of the Salt Lake County AmeriCorps Program is Economic Opportunity. One goal for this program is helping individuals who are homeless get into safe, decent affordable housing and maintain their housing (housing stability). The other major goal of the program is to improve the economic condition of individuals and families by providing activities that increase employable skills and help individuals secure employment. Complimenting both of these goals is helping provide access to mainstream services which increase client assets and personal financial worth. To help with these efforts, AmeriCorps members will also work to recruit volunteers who can provide services and resources to individuals and families.

Qualifications
1. Ability to clear a full FBI Criminal Background Check.
2. High School Diploma or GED required. College degree a plus.
3. A resident or legal citizen of the United States.
4. Valid Utah Driver’s License.
5. Typing skills.

Experience
1. Experience working and/or education in social services a plus
2. Experience with issues impacting individuals who have been or are homeless

Skills
1. Computer Program (i.e., Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
2. Methods and techniques of effective case management and assessment skills a plus
3. Experience working and/or education in social services a plus
4. Excellent writing and documentation skills
5. Willing to be a proactive member of a team
6. Strong belief in the housing first model
7. Able to work with community partners
8. Self-starter and self-directed
9. Able to solve complex situations and diffuse explosive situations
10. Able to Approach problems pro-actively with a solution based focus
11. Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
12. Able to establish working relationships with residents, co-workers, and other professionals
13. Able to work independently as well as collaboratively
14. Able to provide constructive feedback to clients
15. Able to maintain client confidentiality
16. Able to display cultural competency, appreciation, compassion and understanding of the needs of clients
17. Must use personal vehicle as needed
18. Must work occasional evenings and weekends
Location: Midvale
Status: Full time/1700 hours per year minimum

Information

How to Apply: Committed applicants please email your resume in a word document or PDF file with the Subject: TRH FT Services Placement (MH) to crdAmeriCorps@slco.org.
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