Chinatown Service Center and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Program Assistant to its Asset Building & Financial Management and Small Business Program. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2017 and serve a minimum of 1700 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.
Chinatown Service Center (CSC) is a well-established multi-service agency founded in 1971, serving the greater Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley and beyond. The target clients are low- to moderate-income individuals and families with limited English proficiency, seek services for welfare, housing, healthcare, education, and other forms of self-sufficiency through many CSC programs. CSC staff are multilingual and are of diverse ethnicities. CSC has been providing financial management and small business development services since 1999.
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.
AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision and direction of the Program Manager, the Program Assistant will be responsible for implementation, including outreach, marketing and case management, of language/culture specific asset building and financial management programs and services identified by the Program Manager. He/she is responsible to provide individualized consulting and support to clients with regards to debt and personal credit management, gaining access to capital to start or grow the businesses, and the building of wealth/savings in order to create a path to financial stability. The Program Assistant will be assigned as a site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for the 2018 tax season. The member will:
Provide case management and counseling services
Client recruitment and Program events
Attend meetings, trainings, workshops, conferences and any other Program related events to keep abreast on updates and developments. Continuous reading and updating of local and especially program related news and topics.
AMERICORPS MEMBER PERFORMANCE
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.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day to day service at Chinatown Service Center and serve a minimum of 42 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends. Members are required to track time and submit online (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;
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
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 $5,815 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 $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). 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 Corporation for National and Community Service).
Please forward your resume accompanied by a cover letter to Chinatown Service Center 767 N. Hill St., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [email protected]
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.