Community Corporation of Santa Monica

Community Liason, AmeriCorps

Employment type
Part Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Community Corporation of Santa Monica and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a half-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Liaison. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2017 and serve a minimum of 900 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2018. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.

Community Corporation of Santa Monica (“Community Corp.”) is a non-profit organization that restores, builds, and manages affordable housing for people of modest means. Since our inception in 1982, we have built and restored more than 90 properties throughout Santa Monica transforming the lives of more than 4,000 people each year. We strive to enrich Santa Monica residents through our on-site Resident Services program located throughout 13 community corporation service enriched buildings. We create solutions that work to address a range of issues that are important for our city. We meet the needs of our residents through strategic partnerships, by linking them to innovative local programs and resources. Resident Services are organized around six program areas, which support our resident’s goals and enhance their quality of life. From wellness programs and exercise classes, to adult skill building, job placement and after school homework help, we support and empower Santa Monica residence to build a bright future.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

The Community Corporation Community Liaison will:

  • Map Community Spaces for resident engagement across the community corporation portfolio
  • Work with Resident Services Team and Property Management Team to identify and engage new leaders.
  • Develop calendar of meetings, program communication, engagement activities, and events for the Resident Council.
  • Once plans and program are finalized liaison will host informational meetings for resident engagement.
  • Develop Resident Council application, application questions and process.
  • Develop training materials in order to develop Resident Council leaders.
  • Work with the Resident Services department to engage support for community building
  • Engage resident council to partner with Development team to implement community design standards and/or amenities
  • Work with resident services team to develop “assets inventory” or volunteer director for department.

Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal.

Members will perform day to day service at 1423 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA. 90404 (and assigned locations) and serve a minimum of 20 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday, Wed 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and 9-2:30 Friday with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends on occasion. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

  • Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
  • Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
  • Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Community Corporation will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.


  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Understanding of group facilitation and training
  • Great people skills and ability to work in a dynamic organization
  • Computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Some program administration or program development ability desired (some training provided)
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)


  • To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:
  • Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award
  • Be eligible to perform a term of national service
  • Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
  • Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
  • Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
  • Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
  • Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service as well as serve the full term of the service

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $2,907.50 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $8,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged.

To apply

Community Corporation Santa Monica
Email: [email protected]
Subject: AmeriCorps Community Liaison


We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability,
genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.