Program Associate, Americorps
- Job Title
- Program Associate, Americorps
- Job ID
- Work Hybrid
- Dorchester, MA 02125
- Other Location
About the RoleDBEDC and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Program Associate. We are recruiting a full-time AmeriCorps member to be a part of our team for 11 months. The position will remain open until filled. The exact start and end date of the contract position is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation that will require signature prior to the start of service. This is an AmeriCorps position and the individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of DBEDC or LISC.
What you can expect to do in the role:
This is an AmeriCorps position and as such, the member may not engage in prohibited activities as part of his/her/their service. The member will have an immediate supervisor at Dorchester Bay EDC and a LISC point of contact throughout the term of service for coaching, mentoring, and training support in order to undertake activities to achieve a community goal. The member is expected to undertake the following activities toward goal achievement:
- Conduct Client Intake
- Coach clients on developing resumes, cover letters, the job search process, and techniques for on the job success.
- Support clients as they upskill, learn, and better appreciate the possibilities in the labor market, the jobs of the future, and how to situate themselves for success.
- Conduct outreach and market/promote DBEDC’s workforce development and reentry programs
- Work collaboratively with the Director of Workforce Development and Reentry Case manager to collect and report data.
- Identify existing listing of jobs with future growth potential (across the public and private sector) and develop relationships with employers in those fields.
- Systematically plan and collaborate with other partners in identifying existing workforce fairs.
- May hold hiring events or a work fair in partnership with professional workforce partners, unions, universities, and health care organizations.
- Meet and collaborate with program leads regularly to ensure successful progress of participants.
Other Service Requirements:
Members are required to track time and submit on-line timesheets twice per month. They are also required to submit a monthly report through the same system (training will be provided). The person selected for this position will perform his/her/their day to day service at the partner site and serve on average 40 hours per week. Normal business hours will be listed as 8:30 - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday with 30 minutes for lunch. We offer employees the opportunity to keep a flexible schedule that may vary slightly from this schedule to accommodate their 1700 hour requirement. Occasional evening and weekend service will be noted. Members are eligible for all Federal Holidays off (except Dr. Martin King Jr. Day) and five (5) days off during the service term. It is expected that the person will be flexible as oftentimes service requires some evenings and weekends.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
- Attending onboarding sessions coordinated by LISC.
- Attending a national leadership conference: May 22-25, 2023, in Atlanta, GA
- Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings
- Participating in nationally sponsored webinars
- Actively participating in at least two team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week)
- Attend Mel King Institute Certificate trainings.
- Engage in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
Program BenefitsTo be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate: (1) must not have previously resigned from a LISC AmeriCorps position; (2) be able to earn at least 74% of the education award for this position; and (3) if having previously served, been exited with satisfactory service from a prior term.
- Passion for social justice and drive to work towards justice goals.
- Ease working with people who vary with regard to income, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or other factors. Able to quickly build trusting relationships with a range of people.
- Education or experience working in affordable housing, community development, macro social work, leadership development, and/or community building.
- Demonstrated success engaging people to meet a shared goal, and in conducting outreach.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills, including for public outreach. Highly organized and self-motivated, with strong follow-through.
- Resourceful and able to problem solve.
- Self-reflective, able to hear feedback and a life-long learner.
- High school diploma or GED
Upon successful completion of the full term of service, the member will be eligible for a $6,345 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place qualifying, existing student loans (not in default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $21,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 22 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only. For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the AmeriCorps Agency).
Additional benefits for alums can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/specialinitiatives/employers-national-service/alumni and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.
Program Eligibility Requirements
The candidate will also need to meet all AmeriCorps eligibility requirements including but not limited to:
National Service Criminal History Check RequirementIf a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make him/her/them ineligible for service. LISC does not disclose any results with the host site and will discuss any eligibility concerns that may arise directly with the candidate as per LISC’s policy.
- Be at least 17 years of age (there is no upper age limit)
- Possess unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by AmeriCorps during the pre-enrollment period
- Meet the National Service Criminal History Check Requirement noted below
Candidates being offered and accepting this AmeriCorps position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. LISC should receive the results from all checks at least one week prior to the first day of proposed service. The person must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service.
A candidate may not be considered eligible for service in instances where he/she/they: (1) are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation views diversity, inclusion and cultural competence as vital principles in all our work with clients and communities. We welcome and encourage applications from visible minority groups members, indigenous persons, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities and others who may contribute to the diversity of the organization and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.DBEDC acts to build a strong, thriving and diverse community in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods. We develop, preserve and sustain affordable housing for rent and for ownership. We create commercial and economic development opportunities. We build community through community organizing and civic engagement activities. We are focused on the concepts of equitable development without displacement and providing opportunities for economic mobility.
About Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC)
Since our founding in 1979, DBEDC has developed and preserved over 1100 units of rental and homeownership housing and 200,000 square feet of commercial space. We have created around 1,000 jobs and involved more than 1,500 young people in after school leadership development and organizing activities. We are one of Boston’s oldest and most established community development organizations with an annual operating budget of almost $5 million, a staff of just under 30, and $44 million in assets.