We're teaming up with LISC and AmeriCorp to hire a new Community Organizer. Details about the position and how to apply below.
People for Parks and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a half-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Organizer. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2017 and serve a minimum of 900 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2018. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.
People for Parks (PFP) works towards the day when all kids in Los Angeles live within walking distance of a safe park. PFP does this by turning neighborhood schoolyards into community hubs by opening Community School Parks (CSPs), in dense, low-income regions. PFP’s CSPs provide place-based arts and cultural programming, encourage resident leadership and community development, and build resident capacity through community organizing. PFP’s multi-pronged approach to creative place-making and shared use policy advancement establishes a model for how cities can strengthen local communities and address the issue of park scarcity.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.
AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Community engagement and assessment to foster involvement and leadership in activities by parents, neighbors, and school staff at two Community School Parks. Specific duties for the position include:
AMERICORPS MEMBER PERFORMANCE
Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day-to-day service at People for Parks and serve a minimum of 22 hours per week. Normal service hours are Tuesday through Friday during school hours and on Saturdays during Community School Park hours (10am - 2pm) with 30 minutes for lunch per day. Work hours are subject to vary depending on parent activity schedules. There will be opportunities to serve eveningsMembers are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and People for Parks will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $2,907.50 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $8,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Anna Gruben, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.
This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.