Friday, December 10, 2010

Program Associate/ AmeriCorps Vista member (Park Slope) United States

AMERICORPS*VISTA MEMBER (FULL-TIME VOLUNTEER)
Position Announcement

The Organization
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) – a nonprofit workforce development organization – seeks a multi-talented individual for the position of New York Drives Program Associate - AmeriCorps*VISTA. BWI helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement (www.bwiny.org). New York Drives is an innovative training program that combines driver’s education with job readiness training in order to connect low-income New Yorkers to increased employment and educational opportunities. The Program Associate will assist the Program Coordinator in several capacity-building projects, including the enhancement of retention and job search support services for program alumni, the development of a targeted recruitment strategy to find qualified applicants, and the expansion of the employer network for BWI participants. S/he will be a key member of a small, hard-working team. The position will begin in January 2011 and last for one year.

AmeriCorps*VISTA
Through a grant from the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service, VISTA members work with a BWI program full-time for one year. For more information about VISTA visit http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp.

Responsibilities
The Program Associate will build the capacity of New York Drives. Responsibilities will include:
• Researching social media and online resources for New York Drives program.
• Coordinating a pilot social media/online job development tool for alumni.
• Researching and designing a participant recruitment plan for New York Drives.
• Gearing recruitment toward attracting more applicants who are fit for funding and employment criteria.
• Developing outreach materials; conducting participant outreach; attending recruitment events in the field.
• Conducting research online, by phone, and in person to identify businesses within target sectors and to expand on current employer database.
• Compiling reports and tracking progress on capacity-building projects.

Qualifications
In order to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. You may not be enrolled in school or hold other employment during your VISTA year. In addition we seek:
• Prior work, community or volunteer experience
• Strong communication skills (oral and written)
• Strong people-skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people
• Computer literacy, including Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with social networking sites and experience in database management is preferred.
• Strong desire to make a difference through hard work, and eagerness to learn new skills
• Commitment to BWI’s mission

Compensation
VISTA volunteers receive the following compensation:
• Living stipend of $1163/month, subject to federal but not city or state taxes (stipend does not count as income in calculating public assistance benefits)
• Unlimited Monthly Metrocard
• Basic health insurance
• Choice of education award of $5,500 to be used for tuition or student loan repayment, OR cash stipend of $1,500, after you complete a year of service
• Student loan forbearance
• Optional life insurance
• Childcare reimbursement, if eligible

To Apply
Please email resume and cover letter to:
Melissa Allen
Program Coordinator
mallen@bwiny.org

Thanks.

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