AmeriCorps LISC, Immigration
Posted on August 28, 2019
Jewish Family Service and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as the Immigration Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2019, and serve a minimum of 1700 hours through the end of his/her/their term on July 31, 2020. The exact start and end dates are confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of Jewish Family Service or LISC.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, more resilient community. For nearly 100 years, Jewish Family Service has been a trusted resource for the entire community, offering an array of services that are always life-changing, and often life-saving. Jewish Family Service (JFS) provides comprehensive legal services to San Diego’s immigrant community. JFS is well situated to provide such services due to its geographic location to the U.S./Mexico border as well as being one of four local refugee resettlement agencies in San Diego County. JFS is a Department of Justice Recognized organization, and a core partner of the San Diego Rapid Response Network – a group of 40+ immigrant rights and social service organizations, attorneys and community leaders who educate, protect and assist immigrant individuals and families – including refugees and asylum seekers – with legal support and social services.
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 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 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. These investments have leveraged more than $60.4 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from the East Coast to the West Coast in 35 markets and a Rural program making an impact in 2,100 counties. Visit us at www.lisc.org
AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and implement effective volunteer management processes and procedures to recruit, orient, train, supervise, place, evaluate and recognize volunteers.
- Work in the community to build strategic relationships, conduct a variety of outreach activities, and recruit program participants.
- Design and implement outreach activities using a variety of strategies to increase awareness in local refugee, asylee and immigrant communities about the availability of low-cost immigration services.
- Participate in training seminars, online courses, and shadowing of immigration attorneys and BIA accredited representatives.
- Conduct screening interviews at JFS main office with interested volunteers.
- Hold monthly volunteer training and orientations.
- Maintain active correspondence with volunteers to ensure the volunteer experience is going well and when it is not, make appropriate adjustments and changes.
- Collect and submit monthly statistics to the Volunteer Engagement Department.
- Work closely with the Immigration Services Team to determine volunteer needs.
PERFORMANCE, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Jewish Family Service will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member. Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members will perform day to day service at Jewish Family Service and serve a minimum of 40-42 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and Jewish Family Service.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
- Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
- Attending a national leadership conference in March 2020;
- 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.
- Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize in a fast-paced and fluid environment
- Ability to work independently and in a team setting
- Computer skills; proficient in Microsoft software including Excel, Word, and Outlook
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Strong relational skills and a demonstrated cross-cultural understanding and success
- Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
- Bilingual English/Arabic, Spanish, or Farsi – desired
- Experience working with immigrant populations
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:
- Be eligible to earn 100% of the education award associated with this description
- Be eligible to perform the term of national service associated with this description
- Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS during the pre-enrollment period
- Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
- Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
- Be able to complete at the hours within the timeframe of the service term and serve the full term
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member in any national service program. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. All results must be received and reviewed by LISC at least two weeks prior to the first day of proposed service. Candidates must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service. LISC will review and discuss with the candidate any concerns with eligibility that may arise as a result of these checks as per LISC’s policy.
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $6,095 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $17,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a childcare 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).
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:
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Celeste Caton at [email protected]. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please, no phone calls. Please, local candidates only (relocation is not provided).
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.
This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.