AmeriCorps Open Positions

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As part of the AmeriCorps and CARITAS family you will help transform lives by providing service to those moving through crisis toward stability.

Now recruiting for a September 1st Start date the following open AmeriCorps positions (see below for details):

  • AmeriCorps Warehouse Assistant /Driver Positions
  • Client Support Specialist
  • Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Warehouse Project Coordinator
  • Resource Navigators
  • Student Coordinator
  • Individual Development Manager

 

Half-time positions: 900 service hours over 6 months (35 hours/week); $7200 stipend paid bi-weekly, $2865 educational award at completion of contract.  This education grant can be used for any accredited program in Virginia or transferred to an immediate family member if you are over 55 at the start of your service contract.  Mandatory training sessions throughout the contract term.  Service dates between September 2017 and August 2018  with possible contract renewal for additional 6 months.

Full-time positions: 1700 service hours between September 2017 and August 2018 (35 hours/week); $18,000 stipend paid bi-weekly, $5730 educational award at completion of contract.  This education grant can be used for any accredited program in Virginia or transferred to an immediate family member if you are over 55 at the start of your service contract.  Mandatory training sessions throughout the contract term.

 

Members in the Furniture Bank program will serve as part of a cohesive team to provide furniture assistance to those moving from a housing crisis while mentoring interns from CARITAS Works and engaging volunteers to enrich our Furniture Bank efforts.  

AmeriCorps Warehouse Driver and Handler

General Tasks

  • Work in Warehouse to receive donations and inventory items as directed by Warehouse Manager
  • Assist volunteers on shoppers to ensure a positive experience
  • Provide delivery and pick up services up to 6 households per day acting as a community ambassador for the CARITAS Furniture Bank.
  • Act as role models for the students in the CARITAS Works program.
  • Supervise Works interns and volunteers as directed by the Warehouse Manager.
  • Learn and exercise safety measures in the warehouse and serve as a role model for volunteers
  • Route pick-ups using Google in accordance with program parameters.
  • Complete Daily truck log and weekly truck maintenance.
  • Heat treat furniture as it enters the warehouse; drive air brake truck.
  • Work open Saturdays as need to delivery or supervise volunteer projects.
  • Act as a rotating member of the Laundry Team to perform laundry service and make deliveries of cots and linens on Saturdays to support the Shelter operations.
  • Diligently keep inventory number of what comes in and what goes out of warehouse

Skills Needed:  Drivers license; honesty and integrity; positive, teachable attitude, follows directions; desire to work as part of a team for the greater good; Ability to lift 75+ pounds; ability to make a field based decision based on the values of the agency; good sense of direction a plus.  We are an inclusive project site.

As an AmeriCorps member you will provide at least 35 hours of Direct Service each week and be required to complete all training during the service year.  All training sessions are mandatory!

This is an AmeriCorps half-time position with possible contract renewal:

Contract hours:  8-4 m-th and 8-3 f and one Saturday a month. (Other times at discretion of Warehouse Manager.)

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and email to lschmiege@caritasva.org with Warehouse Assistant in subject line.

 

Client Support Specialist 

 

General Tasks

  • Serve as point of entry for CARITAS Furniture Bank; receive incoming referral forms and enter into Data base system.
  • Schedule appointments for Furniture Bank Clients to include initial contact, follow up calls to clients and case workers and confirming calls day before the appointments.
  • Answer incoming calls – provide info about CARITAS including how to donate and how to get involved.
  • Track outputs and facilitate end of months reports
  • Support Program Coordinator in day to day client management to ensure top notch service.
  • Participate in team meetings and act as facilitator of information throughout the week.

Skills Needed:  Excellent phone and interpersonal skills and friendly demeanor; proficient in Microsoft Office, Google applications; Experience in FileMaker or other database programs a plus; Ability to multi task and effectively and efficiently handle busy work environment; detail orientated; high energy and strong work ethic; Reliable.  We are an inclusive project site.

As an AmeriCorps member you will provide at least 35 hours of Direct Service each week and be required to complete all training during the service year.  All training sessions are mandatory!

This is an AmeriCorps full time position:

Contract hours:  8:30-4:30 M-T, 8:30-3:30 F; and one Saturday a month.

 

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and send with your resume to smorris@caritasva.org

 

Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator

Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing individual assistance to the men in the Works program with assignments, resumes, personal statements and interview preparation and assisting staff with assigning tasks to volunteers based on their skill set;
  • Provide hospitality to all volunteers and guests of CARITAS
  • Work closely with Facilities team to match volunteer resources with needs of all CARITAS Facilities;
  • Coordinate existing offsite donation events to include Congregational Drives, Neighborhood Events and Corporate Drives;
  • Recruit skilled/ unskilled volunteers for all of the CARITAS Programs
  • Open Saturday/ Sunday, Hands On Events, Gathered Goods Market, AmeriCorps mandatory service days
  • Actively participate in Communications projects and social media initiative.

Skills Needed: Detail orientated, self starter; Ability to manage multiple assignments and prioritize work based on urgency and importance; Tenacity and creative problem solving skills; Ability to work independently and manage his/ her time; strong phone and interpersonal skills and friendly demeanor.

As an AmeriCorps member you will provide at least 35 hours of Direct Service each week and be required to complete all training during the service year.  All training sessions are mandatory!

This is an AmeriCorps full time position:

Contract hours: 8:30-4:30 m-th and 8:30-3:30 f and one Saturday a month.

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and send with your resume to scarminucci@caritasva.org.

 

Warehouse Project Coordinator

General Tasks

  • Furniture Builds: Grow Dresser and Table Builds resource groups, develop and plan process for all furniture build engagement;
  • Training Furniture and Restoration Team Specialist volunteers to use tools and how to manage and engage volunteers who participate in builds onsite and offsite
  • Lead and prepare all onsite volunteer projects in the warehouse, as well as offsite builds
  • Manage and maintain the workshop
  • Oversee creative furniture restoration projects

Skills Needed: Detail orientated, self starter; ability to work, lead and drive team projects with a diverse group of people, some technical ability a plus and physical ability to move furniture and work in a warehouse environment; creativity to re-purpose/ transform pieces to go to the homes of clients; working knowledge and hands on experience with woodworking power tools and hand tools,  and run and manage a workshop; excellent interpersonal skills and friendly demeanor.

As an AmeriCorps member you will provide at least 35 hours of Direct Service each week and be required to complete all training during the service year.  All training sessions are mandatory!

This is an AmeriCorps half time position:

Contract hours:  8-4 m-th and 8-3 f and one Saturday a month.

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and send with your your resume to scarminucci@caritasva.org

 

The CARITAS Shelter operates through local congregations to provide shelter and a pathway to housing for our most vulnerable citizens.  We have a Men’s, Women’s and Family Program, each of which move congregations from week to week.  Members provide support to the case managers in our shelter program.  Candidates will work with clients to obtain basic documentation required for housing, connect clients with potential housing solutions, and will navigate clients through their housing crisis.  Candidate will transport clients to appointments, and serve as a critical link between day staff and overnight staff.  This position will be required to work until 8 pm two nights a week.

Resource Navigator Position 

Primary Duties:

  • Single Adult client assessments, referrals, and provide client support and direction culminating in the placement of these individuals into extended shelter programs or other appropriate housing.
  • Monitor and determine acceptable service plan progress by regularly conferencing with each client.
  • Complete client paperwork and enter data in client-tracking database.  Assist with completion of grant statistics as needed.
  • Attend weekly case management staff meetings.
  • Transport clients to and from housing related appointments.

Supervisor: Senior Case Manager

This is an AmeriCorps half time position:

Contract hours: Average 35 Hours/wk; Evening shifts and some morning shifts.

 

 

Qualifications:   BSW or related undergraduate degree preferred w/preference given to those with experience working with homeless individuals (substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence. SSI/SSDI benefit processing) in a case management setting.  Clear criminal history, valid Virginia driver’s license, good driving record and reliable transportation required.

Responsibilities:        Support Senior Case Manager in providing case management for the clients in the Single Adult emergency shelter program

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and send with your your resume to ahardin@caritasva.org  with Shelter Position in subject line.

 

Members in the Works program will serve as part of a cohesive team to provide intensive job readiness skills to those hardest to employ.

Student Coordinator CARITAS Works

 General Tasks

  • Teach the computer series of classes, serve as back up instructor for other Works classes, and support resume writing, interview preparation and Mock Interview days.
  • Maintain and email weekly student contact information to Program Manager.
  • Assist with maintaining student curriculum and binder materials to ensure all resources are current.
  • Assist CARITAS Works staff with appointments, and student coordination with The Healing Place staff.
  • Assist with Life Stories and Peer Reviews if necessary.
  • Manage the job roster for each Works Class.
  • Participate in the intake and interview process. Responsible for maintaining records and employment files on all adult students.
  • Support Job Club and AfterWorks activities. Help job seekers with updating/revising resumes, completing on-line applications, preparing for interviews, and anything else they need.  Assist with Job Club every week, manage AfterWorks follow-ups and maintain all current information in Works Database.

Skills Needed:  Employment coaching background; strong interpersonal and coaching skills, initiative, organizational skills; Ability to work daily as part of dynamic team to meet program objectives.  Planning skills, and ability to help support development and implementation of the program.

This is an AmeriCorps half time position:

Contract hours: Average 35 Hours/wk – approximately 8-4 m-th and 8-3 f

 

 

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and send with your your resume to Works@caritasva.org with the position description as the subject line

 

Individual Development Manager CARITAS Works

 

General Tasks

  • Help job seekers with updating/revising resumes, completing on-line applications, preparing for interviews, and anything else they need. Assist with Job Club every week, manage AfterWorks follow-ups and maintain all current information in Works Database. Assist with AfterWorks Workshops.
  • Maintain and email weekly student contact information to Program Manager.
  • Teach classes as deemed appropriate and work one on one with adult learners as they navigate the Works class and life changes.
  • Contact appropriate individual when job opportunities are identified that our job seekers are applying to help facilitate their consideration. Follow up and obtain feedback to aid program improvement.
  • Maintain and Update Curriculum on Shared Drive reflecting input from Works Program Manager and Volunteers.
  • Facilitate Life Story and Peer Review Process. Meet with students within 24 hours of their Life Story for a debrief session.
  • Liaison with The Healing Place staff.
  • Participate in the intake and interview process.

Skills Needed:  Mental health, behavioral science and/or psych background; experience in dealing with trauma & PTSD; experience with substance abuse recovery a plus; counseling skills; training skills; ability to hold people accountable; organizational skills; interpersonal skills; planning skills, initiative and ability to help support development and implementation of the program. Ability to work daily as part of dynamic team to meet program objectives.

This is an AmeriCorps full time position:

Contract hours:  Average 35 Hours/wk – approximately 8:30-4:30 m-th and 8:30-3:30 f .

 

How to Apply:  Fill out this form and send with your your resume to works@caritasva.org    with the position description as the subject line