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Americorps Housing VISTA

Company: Community Options, Inc.
Location: Austin
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

*Community Options, Inc. *is a national non-profit agency providing services to individuals with disabilities in 11 states.We are Now Hiring a *Housing VISTA* in *Austin/Pflugerville, TX* as part of a project through AmeriCorps VISTA. The Advocacy and Community Engagement VISTA is responsible for developing a curriculum for self-advocacy for individuals with disabilities as well as recruiting new Community Options Business Advisory Council members.Annual Allowance: $17,552.08*Responsibilities:** Develop a survey for existing COBAC members. Meet with each COBAC member to discuss areas of improvement for volunteer-led initiatives. Based on volunteer feedback, develop an action plan to enhance COBAC experience* Attend trainings and orientations; shadow a Residential Director/Program Managers; conduct site visits. Begin implementation of COBAC action plan* Recruit new COBAC members by establishing a stronger presence in the community. VISTA should attend business networking events, join member coalitions, Chambers of Commerce, etc.* Participate in Cupid's Chase 5K planning, coordinating, and volunteer-recruitment. Develop peer to peer fundraising tools to share with COBAC members. Solicit new partners, vendors, and sponsors for Cupid's Chase.* Leverage volunteers to identify fundraising, grant, corporate partnership, or publicity opportunities geared toward growth of housing opportunities as appropriate* Develop a self-advocacy-informed curriculum that educates people with disabilities on disability rights history, current challenges to achieving safe/affordable/supportive housing, how to speak up for their needs and interests, and how to educate others to do the same* Conduct outreach and recruit guest speakers, educators, and experts on affordable housing, disability rights, public speaking and community outreach*Requirements:** Must be 18 years of age or older* Bachelor's degree is highly preferred (2022 College Grads are strongly encouraged to apply!)* Must be legally authorized to work in the US* Successful members should have strong written and verbal communication skills, some experience with or knowledge of community outreach, marketing, workforce development, affordable housing, special education or disability services, and good time management/ organizational skills.*What We Offer:** Living Allowance/Stipend* Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE)- AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program that allows members to earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving members an edge in the federal hiring process. (Service years also count toward federal civil service pension* -End of Service Award-Members can choose between a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,495) to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,800 cash stipend.* Loan forbearance/ deferment* Free basic healthcare coverage, or up to $8550 to cover out of pocket medical expenses for members who chose to purchase outside benefits/ or who have health insurance through a parent or spouse* Various Employee Discount Programs*If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly staff at the Austin/Pflugerville, TX office! Phone Number: 512-276-2088*Community Options is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V#IND-AUJob Types: Full-time, ContractPay: From $17,552.08 per yearSchedule:* 8 hour shift* Monday to Friday* Weekend availabilityWork Location: In person

Keywords: Community Options, Inc., Austin , Americorps Housing VISTA, Other , Austin, Texas

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