Campus District, Inc. Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Member for 2016-2017!
Economic Opportunity Coordinator
Americorps VISTA Volunteer
Campus District Inc.
Americorps VISTA is a ONE YEAR commitment beginning June 25, 2016
Application Deadline is March 31, 2016
Campus District, Inc. (CDI) is a non-profit community development corporation serving the eastern half of downtown Cleveland. It is home to the Superior Arts District, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. CDI exists to mobilize the assets in the Campus District for economic growth, vibrancy, equity, community safety and sustainability.
CDI works to ensure that there is a “connectedness” in the target area by serving as a conduit between those who live, work, learn, and heal in the neighborhood, and the institutions, their resources, and their ability to effect tangible and recognizable change. As part of this connectedness, CDI aspires to cultivate and elevate the voices of all stakeholders—low-income families and individuals, students, homeless shelter residents, artists, business and property owners, and institutional organizations—and to facilitate initiatives that improve the financial well-being and security of economically disadvantaged individuals.
The VISTA will work towards these goals through:
- creating a local hiring program that connects individuals living in public housing in the Central neighborhood to entry level job opportunities at the three anchor institutions within the district,
- assist in research and planning for the development of a Business Improvement District (BID) in the northern Campus District to increase safety and attract businesses to vacant buildings,
- establishing the anchor institution housing initiative, which will incentivize employees at the Campus District three anchor institutions to live in new mixed-income housing being developed by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in the Southern part of the Campus District/Central neighborhood,
- connecting and communicating with neighborhood residents, businesses, organizations, and institutions, by editing the Campus District, Inc.’s bi-monthly e-news, and other marketing and communication platforms.
- researching and applying for funding opportunities to sustain programs.
NEEDED SKILLSET AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in social work, urban studies, human services, non-profit administration, communications or related field
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Proficiency in computer and web-based information technologies and in preparing written reports and business correspondence
- Able to build rapport and relationships in community, business and institutional settings Possess an entrepreneurial, creative, and solution-oriented approach to issues
- Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to think strategically in the design and execution of projects
- The ability to facilitate and engage with a diverse community and collaborate for effective solutions
- Ability to communicate and work with people of all racial, ethnic and income backgrounds
- Self-motivation and an ability to work toward objectives and ability to work independently
- Able to operate in a network-centric environment, one that values interdependence and a belief that all people have gifts and are valuable
- Belief in the principles of self-determination, social justice and equity; and that relationships and connections are essential building blocks for healthy communities
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping skills preferred
What is AmeriCorps*VISTA?
AmeriCorps*VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
MONTHLY LIVING ALLOWANCE
- Vistas will receive the cost of living in their area. This works out to be around $974 dollars before taxes. Federal taxes are taken out, but State taxes are not.
- Ohio CDC Association VISTAs are paid twice a month. The schedule is on the 15th day and the last day of the month.
- 10 holidays
- 10 personal leave days
- 10 medical leave days
END OF SERVICE STIPEND – if not choosing education award
- Accrues at the rate of $125 per month for 12 month; total for 1 year of service is $1,500
EDUCATION AWARD – if not choosing end of service stipend
- This award is in the amount equivalent to the Federal Pell Grant, which is about $5,645
- There are two types of education benefits to members who choose the AmeriCorps Education Award:
- An education award in the form of a voucher (it is not cash) that can be used to pay for higher education (degree or nondegree) or to repay eligible student loans
- A postponement of payments on federal student loans during the time served in AmeriCorps VISTA (called a forbearance)
- Members serving a 12-month term and moving from their home of record to their project site are eligible to receive a relocation allowance. The amount, which may not exceed $550
- AmeriCorps VISTA members may purchase life insurance under a group policy with the Reliance Standard Insurance Company. Enrollment in the group plan is voluntary and takes place during Pre-Service Orientation
HEALTH CARE SUPPORT
- Coverage begins automatically on your first day of AmeriCorps VISTA Pre-Service Orientation and applies only to you. It does not extend to your spouse or other dependents. Coverage ends at midnight on the date of your termination as an AmeriCorps VISTA member or trainee.
- The AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefits Program is not an insurance policy. You may continue your own private health insurance during your service.
CHILD CARE SUPPORT
- AmeriCorps VISTA offers child care benefits to members who qualify. The maximum amount of child care assistance a member can receive is $400 per child per month.
- Child Care Assistance is paid directly to the child care provider.
- Child Care Assistance paper can take a few months to process and for the benefits to start. Assistance will be retroactively paid to child care provider for the time it took to process paperwork once everything is processed.
Please e-mail a cover letter stating your interest and how you meet the stated position qualifications along with your resume as soon as possible and by no later than
March 31st, 2016 to:
Bobbi Reichtell, Executive Director
Campus District, Inc.
2254 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115