Volunteer Services Development

HFH of Coastal Fairfield County is seeking a VISTA member who will focus on supporting the overall volunteer engagement strategy of the affiliate. The member will be focusing more on training and sustainability of Steering Committees rather than building new opportunities. He/she will primarily be responsible for continued engagement of volunteer groups in the affinity programs and secondly, the recruitment of new members to join the current mission. In addition, the VISTA will also play an important role in developing the social media strategy for the affiliate by means of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The goal is to have volunteer groups formed as steering committees for all affinity groups — Women Build, Veterans Build, and Youth United — which not only expand the amount of volunteers we bring in, but the amount of community members the affiliate serves as well.

Member Activities Include:

  1. Develop position descriptions for key member of steering committees including detailed expectations and responsibilities.
  2. Develop and document a volunteer recruitment plan, including targeting local faith-based, Veterans’ and Women’s organizations, school groups, civic groups and other community organizations, as well as others identified during the exploration phase. This might include things like creating a volunteer recruitment community directory, creating a speaker’s bureau to promote volunteer opportunities, creating a social media plan aimed at recruitment. Inform plan with volunteer recruitment, orientation and training resources available from HFHI, other affiliates, etc.
  3. Develop and document systems to track volunteer hours and applicants such as online databases. Develop any web-based information and systems needed to support these efforts, such as creating an online volunteer application and self-reporting for hours.
  4. Develop and document a volunteer training plan that will ensure all volunteers have the skills needed to perform their roles successfully.
  5. Develop and document a system or process to evaluate a volunteer’s performance where mutual feedback can be given.
  6. Develop and document a process where the affiliate can continuously identify volunteers that can be cultivated into leadership roles.
  7. Develop and document a volunteer recognition plan to include items identified as best practices during the exploration phase. (May or may not include events, smaller ways to recognize volunteer achievements, recognition milestones like houses built, years served, total # of hours volunteered, etc.)
  8. Develop schedule for volunteer recognition events, milestones and specific achievement recognition.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position

  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
  • Personal vehicle required
  • Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience helpful
  • Experience working as a member of a team helpful
  • Project management experience helpful
  • A second language is highly desirable, with preferred languages being Spanish.

We look for members who:
Possess a sincere desire to serve others and are dedicated to Habitat’s mission
Have strong written and verbal communication skills
Have excellent attention to detail skills
Are able to work with a diverse group of people

Benefits of Service:
Skills for the future
Minimal living allowance (living allowance determined by county position is based in)
An education award of $5,775 or a cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
Personal and sick leave
Health care benefit
Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible – Go to AmeriCorps.gov website to see if your loan would qualify)
Child care assistance (if eligible)
Non-competitive Hiring Status – When you satisfactorily complete one full year of service, they earn non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs for one year after the member’s service

Housing can be provided by Habitat, should the candidate need it.

What’s in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will have gained new skills and expertise, developed new relationships, and maybe even become a member of a new community.

What’s needed to apply?
Resume (tell us about your experience)
Motivation Statement (this essay gives you the opportunity to express why you want to serve)

Requirements to serve at this site:
18 years of age or older
U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
Confirm understanding that this is a full-time volunteer opportunity and that AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance

How to Apply:  Please send resume with cover letter and a writing sample to Eileen Bakos at ebakos@habitatcfc.org.

Position Living Stipend $16,716
Location Bridgeport, CT
State Location CT Connecticut
Position Category Volunteer Opportunity