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 the following open AmeriCorps positions (see below for details):

  • Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Warehouse Assistants/Drivers
  • Peer Coordinators – The Healing Place
  • Resource Navigator with CARITAS Shelter

 

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.  Mandatory training sessions throughout the contract term.  Service must be completed prior to August 31, 2019.  (As an AmeriCorps member you may serve up to 4 contracts.  CARITAS’s next recruiting cycle will begin August 1, 2018.)

Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator

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. 

Primary Duties:

  • 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.

Supervisor: Community Engagement Manager

This is an AmeriCorps full time position requiring 1700 hours of service to be completed by August 31, 2019.

How to Apply:   Fill out this form and send with your your resume to tterry@caritasva.org  with “AmeriCorps position”  in subject line.

 

 

Warehouse Assistants/Drivers

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.

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.

This is an AmeriCorps half time position requiring 900 service hours over 6 months.

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

 

Peer Coordinators

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 Transition, Kitchen and Maintenance 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, SUC 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.
  • Work directly with 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.

This is an AmeriCorps half time position.

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

 

 

Resource Navigator Positions – CARITAS Shelter

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.

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 acornell@caritasva.org  with AmeriCorps Position in subject line.