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.

AmeriCorps members provide at least 35 hours of Direct Service each week and are required to complete all training during the service year.

All positions are 6-month contracts starting March 1, 2021. Members will receive a stipend of $8,100 for 900 service hours to be distributed evenly across contract duration.  In addition, members are eligible to receive an educational award of $3,097 at the successful completion of their contract.

Open positions are listed below.  Please complete the AmeriCorps Application and return it to the email address noted in the open position.

AmeriCorps Program Openings

Peer Coordinator

Members in the Healing Place program will serve as part of a cohesive team to provide recovery assistance to those men addressing substance abuse.  The position entails helping the men in the program stay on the right path in their own recovery.  Members are gifted the chance to see lives renewed , relationships re-built and new life-long friendships formed through three vital components;  peer counseling, peer accountability and peer role-modeling.  Peer Coordinators may serve as Peer Mentor Trainers, Coordinators of program participants assigned to THP departments.

Responsibilities may include: 

  • Providing individual assistance to the men serving as peer mentor supervisors and peer mentors as they navigate caseloads of up to 15 men who will be working the recovery program in all different stages.
  • Training new peer mentors in all aspects of the recovery and facilitating client job assignments.
  • Provide mentoring, supervision and ability to train others in job skills related to their specific department (Kitchen, Peer Mentor Offices, Transitions Office, SOTS).
  • Support Projects in which The Healing Place clients are directly involved in and coordinating their responsibilities whether it be in the community or CARITAS family of programs. 
  • Attending and facilitating a regular community meeting of peer mentors at which time they help address the issues and concerns of the peer mentors.
  • Support the Program Director as he oversees the entire facility and participate in solutions to all the challenges that are faced daily. Knowing how to handle time sensitive directives and keeping the integrity of the men and the organization at the forefront is a must.
  • Engage and supervise volunteers participating in program activities.

Interested Applicants: send your resume to svicoli@caritasva.org with the position title in the subject line.

Furniture Bank Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator

Members placed at CARITAS’ Furniture Bank will mentor interns from THP and CARITAS Works, providing real-time role modeling of good job skills while assisting individuals moving from a housing crisis.  They will engage with staff, volunteers, and clients to enrich our Furniture Bank efforts.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Mentor Pre-Works Interns on the job providing: Accountability, Good “work” habits, warehousing skills, Utilize the Workplace Competency Assessment.
  • Mentor THP clients during open classes held at THP: Customer service skills, expectations of service work and/or internships at FB.
  • Mentor Work clients post-internship: Computer classes, resume writing, mock interviews, etc. per class curriculum as instructed by Works Manager
  • Assist staff with assigning tasks to volunteers based on their skillset;
  • Provide hospitality to all volunteers and guests of CARITAS
  • Coordinate existing offsite donation events to include Congregational Drives, Neighborhood Events and Corporate Drives;
  • Recruit skilled/ unskilled volunteers for all of the CARITAS Programs
  • Match volunteer resources with needs of all CARITAS Facilities;
  • Open Saturday/ Sunday: Hands On Events, Gathered Goods Market, Bridge Weeks, AmeriCorps mandatory service days
  • Actively participate in Communications projects and social media initiatives.

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;

Strong data entry and mathematical skills;

Ability to work independently and manage his/her time;

Strong phone and interpersonal skills and friendly demeanor.

Interested Applicants: send your resume to qjones@caritasva.org with the position title in the subject line.