Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+
Employment Coach AmeriCorps
Service Position Title and Type: Child Development AmeriCorps (900 hours, 6 months)
Name and Address of Program: Our House 302 E. Roosevelt Road Little Rock, AR 72206
Service Location: Our House
Site Supervisor/Title: Malika Rowan, Employment and Training Coordinator, 302 E. Roosevelt Rd. Little Rock, AR 72206, 501-374-7383 ext 166
Purpose: Our House – Founded in 1987, Our House is a comprehensive program for the working homeless serving over 1,400 clients annually. Operating on a 7-acre campus in central Little Rock, Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community.
Service Position Summary:
The Employment Coach AmeriCorps Member will serve in Our House’s Career Center, which works with over 600 adults each year through employment and training services, adult education, and life skills instruction. The Employment Coach AmeriCorps Member will serve to expand our employment services by interacting directly with unemployed and underemployed individuals with barriers to employment, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to find jobs, succeed in jobs, move up the job ladder, and achieve long-term personal and family goals.
The Employment Coach AmeriCorps Member will serve to meet established outcomes goals for Our House's AmeriCorps project, including: provide hands-on support to 1,000 Career Center clients to help them meet their professional and personal goals; and successfully connect 450 unemployed and underemployed individuals with jobs.
Essential Functions of Position:
- Create and implement programming that builds job search skills and promotes rapid employment and career success through ongoing guidance, coaching, and self-esteem building
- Coach clients one-on-one through the job search process, including creating an email account, building a resume, navigating internet searches, applying for jobs, and practice job interviews
- Work with Career Center team and job seekers to identify and resolve individual job barriers by following an individualized work plan
- Connect job seekers with services that increase job opportunities and workforce readiness, such as Career Center classes and the professional clothing closet
- Help to identify employment opportunities for clients of the Career Center
- Communicate and coordinate within the team and across programs to efficiently provide participants with quality programming and services
- Collect and maintain record of participants’ proof of employment, wages, job status changes and other related data as outlined by Career Center Manager
- Use the client database to accurately track, record, and report in a timely manner on the number of adults receiving job placement and career coaching services
- Serve collaboratively with other AmeriCorps members, VISTA volunteers, and staff members to implement programs, achieve and track outcomes, and other activities to benefit the clients and programs of Our House
- Participate in AmeriCorps Days of Service and additional service projects as approved by the program director
- Attend Our House AmeriCorps meetings led by the VISTA Leader
- Attend weekly Our House staff meetings and other meetings as directed by supervisor
- The Arkansas Service Commission has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will undergo all required criminal history checks: NSOPW, FBI, and Arkansas State Police, as well as other states, as necessary
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: : The Employment Coach AmeriCorps Member will be thoroughly committed to Our House’s mission. All candidates must enjoy working with adults, have a positive attitude, and serve as a role model for all Our House clients.
Academic and Experience Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required; a youth development background and/or relevant college courses preferred.
Service Conditions: This service is performed primarily indoors.
Commitment Required: 40 hours a week for a six (6) month term beginning March 3, 2020 to August 31, 2020 for a total of 900 hours.
Orientation and Training:
- On-site Our House orientation
- First Aid/CPR
- AmeriCorps Arkansas Training
- Any other trainings deemed necessary by the supervisor and/or Program Director
AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
- Living Allowance of $7,070 over the course of the term of service
- $3,047.50 Segal Education Award at the end of a successful service term
- Healthcare coverage
- Student Loan forbearance
Evaluation and Reporting: Member will participate in mid-term and end-of-term evaluation and review. Member will submit their hours on a monthly basis and write quarterly reflections.
For more information: Amanda Dolan, National Service Coordinator, 501-374-7383 ext. 219
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