LA2050
LINC Housing

Community Assessment Assistant

Employment type
Part-Time (Temporary)
Posted
about 1 month ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

LINC Housing Corporation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a half-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Assessment Assistant. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2019 and serve a minimum of 900 hours though the end of his/her/their term on July 31, 2020. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of LINC Housing or LISC.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUNDS
LINC’s mission is to build communities and strengthen neighborhoods for people underserved by the marketplace. LINC’s affordable housing communities are known for excellent design, outstanding management, and life-enhancing services. Through collaboration with local governments and financial institutions, LINC has had a hand in creating more than 8,000 affordable apartments in 79 communities across California. We have 35 years’ experience creating communities for families, seniors, and individuals with special needs. We are committed to building and preserving housing that is affordable, environmentally sustainable, and a catalyst for community improvement. LINC Cares, our resident services division, provides services and referrals at no cost to our residents to address their financial, social, educational, and health needs. LINC Housing has been significantly expanding permanent supportive housing as well as pursuing deeper community development in the communities in which we build affordable housing.
With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.  Over the last 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities.  These investments have leveraged more than $60.4 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans.  Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 35 markets and a Rural program making an impact in 2,100 counties. Visit us at www.lisc.org  

AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The AmeriCorps member will assist LINC Housing to conduct neighborhood assessment and outreach in communities where LINC is working to build affordable housing and enhance community resources. The member will put together a community assessment (or assessments), including comprehensive information gathering, analysis, and documentation to understand community needs and concerns. The member will focus on at least two Los Angeles area communities where LINC is working to create affordable housing, supportive housing, and community development opportunities. The member will be responsible for conducting research and supporting partnerships with community stakeholders. They will work closely with LINC staff both in the Long Beach office and attend meetings in the designated communities if needed. The member will spend time researching community history/assets/issues/barriers/resources/goals and contribute to solidifying procedures related to community assessment and community engagement/outreach work. This will help LINC develop solid relationships with stakeholders and develop community-serving partnerships that will serve the affordable housing development/residents in the long term.

PERFORMANCE, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and LINC 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. 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 are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members will perform day to day service at LINC Housing and serve a minimum of 20-24 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve Fridays, evenings and weekends. Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and LINC. 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 in March 2020;
  • 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); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

 

DESIRED SKILLS

  • 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
  • Computer and research skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
  • Bilingual in Spanish (preferred)

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
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 the education award associated with this description
  • Be eligible to perform the term of national service associated with this description
  • 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 during the pre-enrollment period
  • 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)
  • Be able to complete at the hours within the timeframe of the service term and serve the full term

 

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. 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 in any national service program. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. All results must be received and reviewed by LISC at least two weeks prior to the first day of proposed service. Candidates must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service. LISC will review and discuss with the candidate any concerns with eligibility that may arise as a result of these checks as per LISC’s policy.

PROGRAM BENEFITS
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $3,047.50 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 $9,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required.

Additional benefits for alums can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/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.

To apply

Candidates should apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] Questions about the position can be directed to Stacey Slevcove at [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.