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, 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, a Regional Launch, weekly training meetings and special training sessions as planned.  All training sessions are mandatory!

All positions are 6-month contracts starting September 1, 2020 with the possibility of renewal for an additional 6 months.  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

On-The-Job Mentors at the Furniture Bank

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.
  • 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

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.

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

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 position description in subject line.