AmeriCorps – VISTA – Family Services Development

Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County

Serve, learn, lead and explore in the Park City! Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County has been hosting AmeriCorps members since 1994. Our AmeriCorps members play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and creating new tools and systems to build capacity. Our members are the ambassadors of Habitat CFC, interacting with over 8,000 volunteers, partner families and community stakeholders.

Fairfield County has the distinction of having the largest income gap of any county in the US. The chasm between the “haves” and the “have nots” accents the need for decent, affordable housing in the area.

During a year of service with Habitat CFC, AmeriCorps members gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in leadership, public speaking and community development. Benefits beyond the AmeriCorps living allowance and education award include affiliate sponsored housing and, for construction leads, hand tool and gear reimbursement. In your off hours, explore the beautiful parks and beaches that Bridgeport has to offer, or take a short train ride into New York City. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families in Fairfield County Connecticut County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Coastal Fairfield County, please visit our website.

Family Services Development

As a Family Services Development VISTA, you will develop, document and implement a plan for partner family recruitment, tracking, scheduling and support in order to increase the overall partner family experience for participants. In addition, you will research best practices and collaborate with staff and the Family Services Committee to create, implement and document the foundation of a new, expanded marketing and partner family engagement plan. Furthermore, you will be responsible for making presentations to various community groups, the goal being to gain the community support necessary to launch this plan, and to ensure its sustainability. Lastly, in addition to launching the framework of this plan, you will be responsible for setting up the system by which success is measured; to do so, you will work with the Communications Staff to create marketing materials and a marketing plan, as well as create a tracking system for impact moving forward.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver’s license
• Personal vehicle
• Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)

HELPFUL QUALIFICATIONS

• Marketing experience
• Project management experience

BENEFITS OF SERVICE

• For more information about these benefits (excluding MAP), please visit the VISTA Campus.
• AmeriCorps VISTA living allowance of $16,716 (paid over the 1 year of full-time service) – determined by geographic area
• Segal Education Award of $5,815 (lifetime maximum of 2) OR end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500 – both are dependent on successful completion of service
• Healthcare Allowance – a reimbursement program that covers some out-of-pocket, non-premium costs, up to $7,150, associated with healthcare. Please note: this is not a healthcare insurance plan; if you do not have healthcare coverage, you have 60 days from your service start date to sign-up for healthcare coverage through the Marketplace.
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• Relocation Travel Allowance up to $1,000 & Settling In Allowance of $550 (if eligible)
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• 10 personal and 10 sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) Status – upon successfully completing service, you will receive one year of NCE for employment in the federal government. Please note: this does not guarantee you a federal job.
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

At the end of the service year, you will have helped in the creation and implementation of an expanded marketing and partner family recruitment program, which will attract a more diverse applicant pool than our current “word of mouth” strategy, and as a result, grow our base of partner families and spread the word about Habitat’s services. Furthermore, you will have helped us to dramatically increase the number of families and communities that we serve in the coming years, through regular homeownership products, as well as through the expansion of Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) products such as A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), weatherization, and Critical Home Repair (CHR).

HOW TO APPLY 

Please send a resume (tell us about your experience) with cover letter (express why you want to serve) and a writing sample to Eileen Bakos at ebakos@habitatcfc.org.