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AmeriCorps Service Member

Company: Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
Location: Detroit
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness AmeriCorps ProgramMember Position DescriptionPosition Title: Outreach Specialist AmeriCorps MemberPosition Type: Full-Time - 1,700 Hours - 35 Hours/Week MinimumDuration of Term: October 3rd, 2022 - September 29th, 2023Host Site: Wayne Metropolitan Community Action AgencyProgram Objectives:The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness AmeriCorps Program will support service providers by increasing their capacity to offer assistance and services to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. As an overall program, AmeriCorps members in the program provide direct, comprehensive services to those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in order to bring those individuals under the scope of services, assist with increasing self-sufficiency in the areas of income, life skills, and employment, and assist with obtaining/maintaining employment. Members will fulfill their specific positions, based on the needs of their host site organization, to contribute toward this increased capacity to serve their communities more efficiently and effectively.Classification:According to the National and Community Service Act of 1990, AmeriCorps members are not consideredemployees of the agency where they serve, nor are they employees of the program or the federal government. As such, members cannot engage in activities performed by employees of the host agency or otherwise displace employees.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Engage with households who are experiencing homelessness via phone line and face-to-face interactions as part of the Coordinated Entry process to connect clients to housing.Conduct intakes for the MSHMIS screen processMaintain regular contact with other local service providers to make appropriate referrals for clientsProvide housing information and access to services to those on the streets and not engaged in careLink/coordinate with resource specialists for housing resourcesLink and provide information to mainstream services and benefits (Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, Section 8, TANF, etc.)Generate information materials for clients, such as newsletters/pamphlets/etc.Provide follow-up services to clients who are seeking shelter and/or housing assistance.Additional Member Activities:Recruit and train a minimum of 20 volunteers during the term of serviceAttend member orientation, regular webinars, and other events related to serviceAttend Michigan's AmeriCorps Member CelebrationAttend Michigan's AmeriCorps Signature Service ProjectAttend the program's orientation, mid-year, and end-of-year trainingsPlan and implement a service project which helps to address homelessness in their communitySubmit reports by the appropriate deadlines with all necessary informationTraining:Members are expected to participate in program and host site trainings throughout the service year, asscheduled and requested by the program. Basic training events will include member orientation, mid-year training, and end-year training. The program will also schedule various member conference calls and webinar topics. Host sites will be responsible for conducting an initial on-site orientation and training, as well as provided necessary continued training related to the service activities and professional development. For program-held training events, members will be provided the date and details at least three weeks in advance.Desired Skills:Working knowledge of basic internet applications and programs including Google technology and Microsoft Office Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn and utilize programs for this position.Good interpersonal and professional skills including but not limited to communication, tact, teamwork, and dependability.Ability to provide compassionate services for persons experiencing housing instability in a way that respects the client need and experiences.Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries in service delivery.Strong orientation toward teamwork and ability to excel within a supportive and diverse team environmentMinimum Qualifications:Be at least 18 years of ageBe a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and provide a copy of a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card to prove citizenshipHave completed of some college or comparable work experienceMust be able to complete a full term of service (one year)Pass the following criminal history checks in accordance with CTEH National Service Criminal History Check policy: State of Michigan, DHS Central Registry Clearance, FBI fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender RegistryHave a car or can arrange reliable transportation to and from service site, multiple mandatory training sessions in Lansing, and travel on behalf of sitePossess proficiency with word processing software and emailBe able to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgroundsCompensation:A stipend totaling $19,000 for FT, paid bi-weekly over the course of the service yearUpon successful completion of the term, an education award, $6,495 for FT, which can be used towards qualified student loansHealth insurance, provided for by the program, for full time members onlyApply:Outreach Specialist:

Keywords: Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Detroit , AmeriCorps Service Member, Other , Detroit, Michigan

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