AmeriCorps Open Positions

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Now recruiting for AmeriCorps positions (see below for details).  All positions start September 3rd, 2019.

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 to the email address noted in the open position.

Driver and warehouse associate.

General Tasks

  • Provide delivery and pick up services of mattresses, couches, dressers, eating table among other furniture for up to 6 households per day.
  • One-on-one customer service required for pick-ups and deliveries.
  • Heavy lifting in warehouse to receive donations and inventory items as directed by Warehouse Manager.
  • Assist volunteers with shoppers to ensure a positive experience by loading trucks with furniture.
  • 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.
  • Act as a rotating member of the Laundry Team and make deliveries of mats and linens to support the Shelter operations on specific Saturday’s.
  • Diligently keep inventory number of what comes in and what goes out of warehouse

 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.

 This is an AmeriCorps 6 – month half time position with possible extension.

Interested Applicants Inquire at:  1108 Gordon Richmond, VA 23224 or send your resume to lschmiege@caritasva.org with Warehouse Assistant in subject line.

Client Support Specialist CARITAS Furniture Bank

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

  • Serve as point of entry for CARITAS Furniture Bank; receive incoming referral forms and enter into Data base system.
  • Schedule appointments for Furniture Bank Clients to include initial contact, follow up calls to clients and case workers and confirming calls day before the appointments.
  • Answer incoming calls – provide info about CARITAS including how to donate and how to get involved.
  • Track outputs and facilitate end of months reports
  • 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:  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.

This is an AmeriCorps Full Time position with service between September 2019 and August 2020.

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

Resource Navigator – 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 and  Women’s Program wit 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 work with clients 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.
  • Attend weekly case management staff meetings.
  • Transport clients to and from housing related appointments.

 This is an AmeriCorps half time position:

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

Peer Support Specialist Resource Manager – CARITAS Works

Members in the Works program will serve as part of a cohesive team to provide intensive job readiness skills to those hardest to employ.

 General Tasks

  •  Complete additional assessments and behavioral interviews on those clients at The Healing Place that do not have a GED and/or have been recognized by THP staff as needing early educational and resource involvement to successfully complete CARITAS Works and become employed.
  • Educate, engage and support selected individuals to increase the chances of completing Works
  • Visit community resources with clients using services to assist them in becoming familiar with potential opportunities and additional supports.
  • Create a Pre-Works Service Plan to maximize resources.
  • Meet with designated THP and Works Staff to present plan and review with team bi-weekly.
  • Transport client to necessary appointments.
  • Manage appointments with THP to ensure clients dedication and commitment to the recovery process.
  • Maintain records of all contacts and complete documentation in a timely manner.
  • Ensure confidentiality of individual information.
  • Advocate for the needs of the client.
  • Facilitate pre-Works classes as deemed appropriate by CARITAS Works Program Manager.
  • Assist with the transition from a professionally directed service plan to a self-directed plan of action.
  • Work with the Works Employment Manager to seek out and visit appropriate employment opportunities for clients.

Skills Needed:  Certified Peer Support Specialist, Mental health, behavioral science and/or psych background; experience in dealing with trauma & PTSD; experience with substance abuse recovery a plus; coaching and case management skills; training skills; ability to hold people accountable; organizational skills; interpersonal skills; planning skills, initiative and ability to help support development and implementation of the program.  Exhibits a nonjudgmental approach, effective listening and positive interactions. Ability to work daily as part of dynamic team to meet program objectives.

This is an AmeriCorps half time position.

Contract hours: 35 hours of service Average

Service Dates: between September 2019 and February 2019 with possible 6 month extension

Interested Applicants Inquire at: Send your resume to works@caritasva.org with position description in subject line.

 

Peer Coordinators-The Healing Place

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.
  • 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.

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

Student Coordinator CARITAS Works

Members in the Works program will serve as part of a cohesive team to provide intensive job readiness skills to those hardest to employ.

 General Tasks

  • Teach the computer series of classes, serve as back up instructor for other Works classes, and support resume writing, interview preparation and Mock Interview days.
  • Maintain and email weekly student contact information to Program Manager.
  • Assist with maintaining student curriculum and binder materials to ensure all resources are current.
  • Assist CARITAS Works staff with appointments, and student coordination with The Healing Place staff.
  • Assist with Life Stories and Peer Reviews if necessary.
  • Manage the job roster for each Works Class.
  • Participate in the intake and interview process. Responsible for maintaining records and employment files on all adult students.
  • Support Job Club and AfterWorks activities. Help job seekers with updating/revising resumes, completing on-line applications, preparing for interviews, and anything else they need.  Assist with Job Club every week, manage AfterWorks follow-ups and maintain all current information in Works Database.

Skills Needed:  Employment coaching background; strong interpersonal and coaching skills, initiative, organizational skills; Ability to work daily as part of dynamic team to meet program objectives.  Planning skills, and ability to help support development and implementation of the program.

This is an AmeriCorps half-time position:

Contract hours: 900 hours of service Average 35 Hours/wk – approximately 8:30-4:30 m-th and 8-3 f and one Saturday a month.

Service Dates: between September 2019 and February 2020 with possible contract extension.

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