LISC AmeriCorps Service Description
Full-Time Member Position
October 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014
Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Church Community Housing Corp are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as an Assistant Project Manager.
The placement site will be the Church community Housing Corporation (CCHC) offices located at 50 Washington Square, Newport, RI. The member will work in the same service area CCHC works in which is Newport County and currently also North Kingstown and Charlestown as a result of two projects wherein CCHC has partnered with other agencies outside of its historic service area of Newport County. The service member placed in this position would learn both about the typical challenges associated with developing Affordable Housing in low-income distressed neighborhoods, and also about the unique challenges of developing Affordable Housing in affluent, racially homogenous neighborhoods.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.
The member will work alongside the CCHC development team to learn all elements of new construction and rehabilitation Affordable Housing development. This includes developing financial pro-formas, project team selection and management, funding compliance and reporting, project scheduling, construction supervision, contract negotiation, value engineering, and all other tasks necessary to move a project from site identification through rent up or sale to a homebuyer.
Members will also be expected to fully participate as part of the LISC AmeriCorps team. LISC sponsored activities including:
- Attend a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2014. This conference is coordinated by the national LISC AmeriCorps staff;
- Attend all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
- Participate in a minimum of six nationally sponsored webinars;
- Engage in every-other-month affinity groups to discuss topics related to the member’s service; and,
- Actively participating in two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week).
This is an AmeriCorps position, neither LISC nor Church Community Housing Corporation will allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.
- Desire and ability to work in a fast paced work environment involving interaction with local government staff and elected officials.
- 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 must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:
- Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
- Be at least 18 years of age (note there is no age limit)
- Have status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status
- Be eligible to earn an education award and not be barred from performing a term of service
- Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time and within that time period complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service
- Be available for service from October 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,550 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000. The stipend is paid in 20 equal checks twice a month. Direct deposit is available and highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). There is no stipend deduction for participation. 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 Corporation for National and Community Service.
Resumes should be sent by August 30th to:
Church Community Housing Corp.
50 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840