AmeriCorps Open Positions

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Now recruiting for AmeriCorps positions (see below for details).  All positions start March 2020.

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 serve 900 hours (half-time) over approximately 6 month terms or 1700 hours over a year (full time); receiving a stipend paid bi-weekly with eligibility for an 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.

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, which includes mandatory service days in September, Martin Luther King Day, and one other service day to be determined. Other training will include the Regional Launch, weekly training meetings and special training sessions as planned.  All training sessions are mandatory!

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

AmeriCorps Program

Peer Coordinators-The Healing Place

 

As part of the AmeriCorps and CARITAS family you will help transform lives by providing service to those moving through addiction toward stability. 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 program and the various job departments that the clients are assigned to.
  • Provide mentoring, supervision and ability to train others in job skills related to their specific department (Kitchen, Peer Mentor Office, Transitions Office, 24/7 and Maintenance).
  • 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.

 

As an AmeriCorps member you will provide at least 35 hours of service each week and be required to complete all training during the service year, which includes mandatory service days, pre-service training, Regional Launch, weekly training meetings and special training sessions as planned.  All training sessions are mandatory! Contracts start March with possible extension for another 6 months.

 

 

 

Interested Applicants Inquire at: 700 Dinwiddie Ave., VA 23112 or send your resume to svicoli@caritasva.org

 

CARITAS Values:  Achievement, Honor, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, Servant Leadership – The CARITAS culture reflects these values. Professional and timely communication among and between our constituents to include staff, volunteers, donors and clients as well as the ability to work across the programs of the organization – Shelter, the Furniture Bank, Works and The Healing Place are necessary for success.        

 

 

 AmeriCorps Program

Client Support Specialist CARITAS Furniture Bank

 

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

 

General Tasks

  • Facilitate Service work for THP Clients giving back to their community: orient clients to the FB, provide computer assistance, role model good job-readiness skills; assign service work to strengthen their skills (customer service, wood-working, warehouse management)
  • Facilitate Forklift training: Assist with registration; provide orientation for Certification; ensure each client receives documentation to provide future employers.
  • Mentor THP clients during open classes held at THP: How to work the program while ”employed”, Customer service skills, expectations of service work and/or internships at FB.
  • Schedule appointments for Furniture Bank Clients to include initial contact and follow up calls to confirm.
  • Provide information to community about CARITAS including how and what to donate and how to get involved.
  • Track inventory.
  • Support Program Manager 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:  Strong desire to mentor the “next person in line”, enabling them to meet the challenges of recovery and employment after commencing from the Healing Place.  Excellent phone and interpersonal skills and friendly demeanor; proficient in Microsoft Office, Google applications; Experience in Access 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, which includes mandatory service days on September 11th, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)  and one other service day to be determined. Other training will include pre-service training in August, Regional Launch, weekly training meetings and special training sessions as planned.  All training sessions are mandatory!

 

Interested Applicants Inquire at: 1108 Gordon Ave  Richmond, VA 23224 or send your resume to smorris@caritasva.org

 

CARITAS Values:  Achievement, Honor, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, Servant Leadership – The CARITAS culture reflects these values. Professional and timely communication among and between our constituents to include staff, volunteers, donors and clients as well as the ability to work across the programs of the organization – Shelter, the Furniture Bank, Works and The Healing Place are necessary for success.        

 

 

 AmeriCorps Program

CARITAS Furniture Bank Mentors

 

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

 

General Tasks

  • Mentor Pre-Works Interns on the job providing: Accountability, Good “work” habits, warehousing skills per Workplace Competency Assessment.
  • Mentor THP clients during open classes held at THP: How to work the program while ”employed”, 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
  • Role-model appropriate ‘job-place’ practices such as customer service skills while assisting client shoppers of the FB, ensuring a positive experience.
  • Demonstrate skills required during delivery and pick up services of donations to include; how to pack a truck, how to interact with donors and clients, time management, and other soft skills.
  • Assist Warehouse Manager in managing donated items and inventory in the warehouse (heavy lifting required).
  • Learn and exercise safety measures in the warehouse and serve as a role model for interns and volunteers
  • Complete daily truck log and weekly truck maintenance.

 

Skills Needed:  Driver’s 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, which includes mandatory service days in September, Martin Luther King Day, and one other service day to be determined. Other training will include pre-service training in August, Regional Launch, weekly training meetings and special training sessions as planned.  All training sessions are mandatory!

 

Interested Applicants Inquire at: 1108 Gordon Ave  Richmond, VA 23224 or send your resume to lschmiege@caritasva.org

 

CARITAS Values:  Achievement, Honor, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, Servant Leadership – The CARITAS culture reflects these values. Professional and timely communication among and between our constituents to include staff, volunteers, donors and clients as well as the ability to work across the programs of the organization – Shelter, the Furniture Bank, Works and The Healing Place are necessary for success.        

 

 

AmeriCorps Program

Resource Navigator – CARITAS Shelter

 

As part of the AmeriCorps and CARITAS family you will help transform lives by providing service to those moving through crisis toward stability.  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 and  Women’s Program with the women’s program currently supported by area congregations.

 

Resource Navigator Position Summary

This position will provide support to the case manager in our shelter program.  Candidates will serve clients by helping them to obtain basic documentation required for housing, connect clients with potential housing solutions, and will navigate clients through their housing crisis.

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.
  • Assister On-site shelter staff, when appropriate, with participant management.
  • Attend weekly case management staff meetings.

 

 

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.

 

Interested Applicants: send your resume to jpatterson@caritasva.org with position description in subject line.

 

CARITAS Values:  Achievement, Honor, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, Servant Leadership – The CARITAS culture reflects these values. Professional and timely communication among and between our constituents to include staff, volunteers, donors and clients as well as the ability to work across the programs of the organization – Shelter, the Furniture Bank, Works and The Healing Place are necessary for success.