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UTICA MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY AMERICORPS
The Utica Municipal Housing Authority is recruiting AmeriCorps members who will start in January 2020. Members will generally work about 35-40 hours per week. Day and Evening positions are available. There may also be part-time positions open.
Types of Positions:
- Help low-income people to find housing, develop financial literacy skills, and obtain jobs as well as help veterans to obtain services
- Connect homeless people with services.
- Help refugees/immigrants to get jobs/access services
- Assist disabled youth and adults with employment and self-sufficiency skills (must have reliable transportation and participate in training for two weeks in Barneveld, New York)
AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, education award, & other benefits and are passionate and committed to their mission to bring people out of poverty. Members make a commitment to serving our nation!
Send resumes to: email@example.com or Utica MHA 509 2nd Street, Utica, NY 13501. Apply online:https://my.americorps.gov. Applicants should use Internet Explorer, select the “Apply to Serve” button, and search the listings for the Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps Program.
The AmeriCorps program is committed to achieving a diverse, energized, high performing pool of members who want to help lift people out of poverty. AmeriCorps treats all persons with dignity and respect, without regard to non-merit factors such as race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, or military service. We strive to provide a work environment free of sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, or other harassment. We provide equal opportunity to all applicants.
In its 8th year of implementation, the UMHA AmeriCorps Program serves residents in the three-county area of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties. AmeriCorps is a program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, fringe benefits, an education award, health insurance, childcare, and professional development opportunities. AmeriCorps members can gain personal and professional development skills, take on leadership roles, receive training and mentoring in paraprofessional case management and service coordination, work with community partners, and build professional networks. The program is recruiting a wide range of members including seniors, young people, people changing careers, and others who want to make a difference in their communities. The program has both full and part-time slots available. AmeriCorps members also work at Upstate Cerebral Palsy helping disabled youth and adults to find jobs, and develop life and financial skills, and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (The Center) assisting newcomers to obtain jobs and housing.
In the Utica MHA program, AmeriCorps members help people move out of poverty by focusing on community needs such as economic opportunity, poverty reduction, human services, housing, financial literacy, job development, service coordination, youth, elderly and disabled, and veteran services. Members will also be assigned to work at local agencies serving the disabled, refugees, and immigrants as well as the Utica Public Library Outreach Center, Cornerstone Church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, public housing developments, and other locations through the UMHA Homeless Street Outreach Program.
The program receives funding from the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, which is administered in New York State by the NYS Commission on National and Community Service as well as the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
Applicants must be willing to commit to 11 – 12 months of service, be 18 years of age or older, and have at least a high school diploma/GED. (Exceptions may be made for the high school diploma requirement.) Relevant volunteer/job experience and post-secondary education such as an Associate or Bachelor’s Degrees are preferred. AmeriCorps positions may also serve as internship experiences for college students. AmeriCorps members must pass background checks, have a passion to help others, and possess qualities such as patience, empathy, tolerance, and a nonjudgmental attitude. It is important for members to have computer, internet, and email skills.
At Upstate Cerebral Palsy, AmeriCorps members will focus on strengthening home/school partnerships to foster better educational and economic opportunity outcomes for youth with disabilities and their families as well as adults. Through vocational education programs, AmeriCorps members will develop job opportunities as well as create appropriate curriculum and training opportunities to promote independence for people with disabilities. During this experience, AmeriCorps members will focus on job development, financial literacy, and housing goals to help people with disabilities achieve a higher level of independence.
The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees AmeriCorps member will provide vocational training and employment assistance to refugees, immigrants, and newcomers. They will work with community partners to facilitate relevant vocational training that is delivered in a culturally and linguistically relevant manner. The Center is designed to provide refugees, immigrants, and newcomers to the area information and access to area services, education and training opportunities, and the resources required to support meaningful integration, empower individuals and families to reach personal and economic goals, and create an inclusive environment where all can succeed.
GENERIC AMERICORPS MEMBER DUTIES
Community Outreach. Door to Door Outreach, Social Media
Client Assessment. Comprehensive, non-clinical assessments of residents to identify needs and strengths.
Service Plan. Members help clients develop service plans that assess household’s strengths, weaknesses and priorities, as identified through the needs assessment.
Service Coordination. AC members will help residents to identify, access, and coordinate services, including monitoring of services provided and follow-up communication with service providers.
Continued Client monitoring and follow-up
Referral to AmeriCorps Service Hubs. AC Members will refer residents to one or more of our hub services — employment, financial literacy, housing, and literacy services.
Job Readiness Hub. Help residents acquire pre-employment and job search skills, identify careers and enroll in training programs, and apply for jobs. Work with clients to assess their job skills and career interests, develop an employability plan, create a resume, and conduct a job search.
Housing Hub. AC members will work with clients to find emergency shelter and permanent housing, qualify for rental assistance and subsidized housing, prevent evictions, and access other housing programs. Clients will be co-enrolled in the Rent Right Program, which helps clients learn how to conduct a housing search and be responsible tenants.
Financial Literacy Hub. Deliver instruction on an individual and small group basis to public housing and community residents on topics such as budgeting, credit, predatory lending, and life skills.
Veteran Services Hub. Targeting at-risk and homeless veterans, the program links veterans with housing, employment, education, benefits, food, legal assistance, and other services.
Disability Services. At Upstate Cerebral Palsy, AmeriCorps members will focus on strengthening home/school partnerships to foster better educational and economic opportunity outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. Through vocational education programs, AmeriCorps members will develop job opportunities as well as create appropriate curriculum and training opportunities to promote independence for people with disabilities. During this experience, AmeriCorps members will focus on job development, financial literacy, and housing goals to help people with disabilities achieve a higher level of independence.
Immigrant Services. The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees AmeriCorps members will provide vocational training and employment assistance to refugees, immigrants, and newcomers. They will work with community partners to facilitate relevant vocational training that is delivered in a culturally and linguistically relevant manner. The Center is designed to provide refugees, immigrants, and newcomers to the area information and access to area services, education and training opportunities, and the resources required to support meaningful integration, empower individuals and families to reach personal and economic goals, and create an inclusive environment where all can succeed.
The full-time Refugee Service Coordinator provides logistical and technical support to Refugee Services department, including pre-arrival and arrival assistance, assistance with completing the program and statistical reports to ensure the successful implementation of the Reception and Placement (R&P), Matching Grant (MG) and New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program (NYSESRP). The Coordinator also recruits and manages the volunteers necessary to support refugee resettlement and ancillary support services for refugees and immigrants. The Coordinator provides enhanced services to newly arrived refugees and immigrants in the United States. Such services include, but are not limited to, case management; access to employment and training services; and support services such as English language training, assistance with health and medical services and post-employment services necessary to assist the individuals and families to attain economic and social self-sufficiency and to successfully integrate into U.S. society.
GENERIC JOB DESCRIPTION
AmeriCorps Member/Service Coordinator
|Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, 509 2nd Street
|Utica, NY, 13501
|Duties and Responsibilities
|AmeriCorps Member Duties : community outreach, client need assessment; individual/group training on job readiness, financial literacy, & housing search skills; monthly individual counseling, information/referral, coaching, data base, pre-and post-tests, social media, newsletters, case notes, service coordination, service plan, exit conferences
Program Benefits: Health Coverage, Training, Childcare assistance if eligible. Mileage/Travel Expenses for Service, Living Allowance, and Education award upon successful completion of service.
Terms: Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off hours.
Required Skills: Counseling, Writing/Editing, Communications Skills, Computers/Technology Youth Development, Teamwork, Human Services, Public Speaking, Community Organization Service, Empathy, Compassion, Dedication to helping others.
Description: AmeriCorps members will help veterans (particularly those with opioid, mental health, and substance abuse issues) achieve economic and housing stability; assist youth, ex-offenders, and the long-term unemployed to enter the workforce; improve financial literacy of low-income residents; help the disabled, refugees, and immigrants obtain employment and life skills; and place the homeless and housing vulnerable in quality, affordable housing in the City of Utica and Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties of New York State.
Our evidence-informed Comprehensive Community-Based Case Management Model (CCBCM) provides wrap round coordinated services that address the root causes of poverty, instead of merely responding to immediate crises. The theory of change which undergirds our program is that by devoting AmeriCorps (AC) members and community resources to comprehensive and integrated services, such as those provided by case management, barriers to long-term self-sufficiency for clients in need can be removed.
Required Attributes: At least 18 years of age, Prior work experience or some college preferred, GED required. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations. Members serve in full or part-time positions over a 11-12-month period.
Position Type: Full-time or Part-Time
Living Allowance (taxable): $13,992.00 /year
AC members receive a living allowance of approximately $525 every two weeks before taxes.
* Knowledge sets include: Commitment to helping people, human relations skills, interest in social work, human services, and helping professions, Database software, Desktop computers, Excellent Customer Service, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel
Nature of Work
|Duration: Full Time, Regular
|Normal Workdays: Monday- Friday, Weekends also available
|Work Shifts: Day, evening, weekends, flexible hours
However, we need some AmeriCorps members to work some evenings or weekends.
AMERICORPS MEMBERS ARE NOT CONSIDERED EMPLOYEES AND ARE, THEREFORE, NOT ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. POTENTIAL MEMBERS SHOULD CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, VETERAN AFFAIRS, SECTION 8/PUBLIC HOUSING, AND SNAP OFFICES TO DETERMINE THE IMPACT OF AMERICORPS BENEFITS ON ASSISTANCE BENEFITS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY ANY IMPACT.
AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance totaling approximately $13,992 for the full-time 12 months of service before taxes. AC members receive a living allowance of approximately $525 every two weeks before taxes. Part-time members receive a prorated amount.
Members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion of AmeriCorps is defined as service for a ten-month term and a minimum of 1,700 service hours. Prorated awards may be available for early departures from AmeriCorps Depending on the circumstances. AmeriCorps members can serve up to four terms; however, a member can only earn up to the amount of two full education awards.
|| Minimum # of hours
(365 days for VISTA)
|Three Quarters Time (TQT)
|Reduced Half-Time (RHT)
|Minimal-Time & Summer Associate (MT & SA)
|AmeriCorps Affiliate (AT)
Forbearance is an option to defer payments on qualified (federal, non-private) student loan(s) while serving in AmeriCorps. Interest will continue to accrue on loans during the service year however, upon successful completion of AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service Trust will pay said interest. Interest payments are considered taxable and are reported to the IRS.
It is important that all AmeriCorps members have information to help you learn what health care coverage is available to you so you can choose what works best for you. Your options might be different depending on your program or the state where you are serving. Please review the following information, and be sure to discuss this with your program. Whether you are already serving or just beginning your service, you should review this essential information.
- Family health care coverage: Under the Affordable Care Act, you can stay on your parent’s health insurance policy until your 26th birthday. You can also remain on your parent’s plan if you are married, not living with your parent(s), attending school, or not financially dependent on your parent(s). For more information about this option, please see: https://www.healthcare.gov/can-i-keep-my-child-on-my-insurance-until-age-26/. In addition, if you are married you may be able to get coverage on your spouse’s plan.
- Health care coverage purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace: You may be eligible to obtain health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces where you are serving, and you may qualify for financial assistance to lower the costs of insurance. In some cases, insurance may be available with no monthly premium. Learn more at HealthCare.gov. In addition, your program may be able to help you pay for coverage you obtain through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If they do so, this assistance may be considered taxable income.
- Medicaid coverage: Under the Affordable Care Act, some states expanded their Medicaid program. Depending on the amount of your stipend and where you are serving, you may be eligible for Medicaid. For more information, please see: HealthCare.gov.
- Health plan offered by your AmeriCorps Program: Full-time AmeriCorps members must be offered insurance through their programs. For more information about the plan offered by your program, please confer with your program manager.
Childcare allowance is available to members who are custodial or joint-custodial parents. The allowance is for expenses related to day care. Members who qualify for this benefit need to complete the necessary forms and provide proof of dependent children (i.e., birth certificate). More information about the Child Care Allowance application process can be found at http://www.americorpschildcare.com/ or call 1-855-886-0687.
Children are not allowed to accompany members during the service term.
AMERICORPS RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Submit Resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can drop it off at the receptionist at the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, 509 2nd Street, Utica, New York Monday through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
At the same time, fill out the online application https://my.americorps.gov. Applicants should use Internet Explorer, select the “Apply to Serve” button, and search the listings for the Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps Program. Applicants should use Internet Explorer, select the “Apply to Serve” button, and search the listings for the Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps Program by selecting AmeriCorps State/National, New York State, Utica, and Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps Program.
We may then call you for an interview. If you do not hear from us, please contact us at 315.982.3731 or email@example.com. If you are interested in accepting a position, you will be required to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check as well as complete necessary forms for other background checks.
Please make sure you have all your documents so we can enroll you: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Photo Id, high school and college diplomas, health insurance card, voided check with deposit slip or bank letter confirming account for direct deposit, references we can check.
If you are approved, you may be interviewed by one of our host site agencies.