Recruiting AmeriCorps Members for 2014-2015 service year

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Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in the community? Do you want to gain new skills and experiences? Are you passionate about empowering people to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies?

The American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters is seeking 20 enthusiastic individuals to serve as full-time AmeriCorps Team members from September 1, 2014 through July 15, 2015 in the following positions: 

Client Services Coordinator (4 positions-Bremerton/Olympia/Seattle/Tacoma)  The Client Services Coordinator position will be trained to assist disaster clients following Client Assistance guidelines and procedures and will also be responsible for supporting daily client casework activities. This position will coordinate with the Disaster Cycle Specialist to support other chapter client caseworkers. This position will also be required to attend related community partner meetings in support of chapter disaster response.

Communications Outreach Coordinator  (1 position-Seattle) The communications program helps tell the story of the Red Cross to the general public, donors, volunteers, clients, students and potential supporters through news media, social media, newsletter and internet articles, donor communications and community outreach. The program also plays a critical role in times of disaster, including dissemination of information to the general public about Red Cross disaster relief activities; coordination of information with local emergency management officials; and responding to inquiries from the media, general public, donors and community partners. This position will also support the marketing and communications of the regional campaign (Safe in the Sound) to help people, community groups and businesses become better prepared for disasters.

Community Preparedness Educator (3 positions-Bremerton/Seattle/Tacoma) The Community Preparedness Educator serves preparedness functions within the Disaster Cycle at the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. This position is primarily responsible for supporting our Safe in the Sound initiative by providing disaster education to traditionally underserved populations, community based organizations and neighborhood groups. This position engages in marketing and community outreach to enhance the impact of our programs and to help build collaborative partnerships.  Additionally, the member serves as the volunteer coordinator/trainer to support the preparedness volunteer team.

Disaster Cycle Training Coordinator and Volunteer Retention & Support (1 position-Olympia,) This position provides the pathway for new Disaster Volunteers to navigate through the Disaster Program initial intake and training process – the member will contact the volunteer, and answer any questions they may have regarding Group & Activity assignments, training, meetings, and simply what’s next. This position will also be required to attend related community partner meetings in support of chapter disaster response. Additionally this position will be responsible for preparing materials for classes, updating the training databases, coordinating with instructors and creating a training calendar based on the need for classes. This position will be assisting volunteers to help determine what training they may need and following up to ensure their success. This position will also be supporting program recruitment and retention. This position will also track and communicate volunteer needs, preferences, and assess suitable and appropriate placement.

International Services Coordinator (1 position-Seattle) The IS Coordinator will actively tell the Red Cross Story to promote involvement from the community so that people can receive the help they need regardless of where in the world they are from. A large majority of the clients receiving Red Cross services are low-income individuals (such as immigrant and refugee populations) who might otherwise be unable to obtain these services. As part of an international network dedicated to saving lives, the Red Cross is in the unique position to engage our community around global humanitarian and health issues including International Humanitarian Law and the eradication of Measles and landmines. We offer a variety of education programs and facilitate community presentations to help foster awareness and understanding.

Language Bank Coordinator (1 position-Seattle) The Language Bank Coordinator will assist with interpretation and translation services to individuals with limited English proficiency and to the agencies who serve them. Services are provided by a group of more than 350 trained volunteers who speak more than 75 different languages. A large majority of the clients receiving Red Cross services are low-income individuals who might otherwise be unable to obtain these services. As part of an international network dedicated to saving lives, the Red Cross is in the unique position to engage our community around global humanitarian and health issues including preparedness, International Humanitarian Law, and the eradication of measles and landmines. We offer a variety of education programs and facilitate community presentations to help foster awareness and understanding.

Organizational and Neighborhood Preparedness Educator (1 position-Seattle) This position serves preparedness functions within the Disaster Cycle at the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. This position is primarily responsible for supporting our Safe in the Sound initiative by providing disaster education to organizations and neighborhood groups. This position engages in marketing and community outreach to enhance the impact of our programs and to help build collaborative partnerships. Additionally, the member serves as the volunteer coordinator to support the preparedness volunteer team.

Service to Armed Forces (SAF) Support (1 position-Tacoma) The Service to Armed Forces Department of the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter provides compassionate assistance, referral service, and resource information to individuals and families of the Military 24/7. The member will facilitate outreach presentations, deployment briefings, and information fairs scheduled for active duty military members, their dependents, as well as their extended family members. The member will spend the majority of their service on outreach presentations, deployment briefings, and information fairs scheduled for active duty military members, their dependents, as well as their extended family members.

Volunteer Programs and Group Coordinator (2 positions-Seattle/Tacoma) The team member is primarily responsible for the coordination of the First Aid Station Team program.  The member’s duties will involve outreach to community events and coordination of applications and event schedule.  The member will coordinate and grow the existing opportunities for volunteer groups and short term opportunities and projects. This position will also be responsible for the annual Volunteer Recognition Week and the MLK Day of Service Project.

Volunteer Recruitment & Intake Coordinator (2 positions-Seattle/Tacoma) The member will be responsible for guiding volunteers through the intake process, processing inquires and applications, coordinating transfers, conducting interviews, and leading information sessions. The member will serve closely with the intake team to ensure we are delivering quality service to all new and continuing volunteers.  The member will also attend events and activities to help with volunteer recruitment efforts.

Volunteer Systems Specialist (1 position-Seattle) The team member is primarily responsible for overall coordination of the Red Cross’ Volunteer Management System, Volunteer Connection.  Volunteer Connection is a single organization-wide system which allows volunteer managers to track their volunteer’s training, activity, hours, and more.  The member will primarily serve as technical support for this system providing guidance and advice on integrating and utilizing the system.  The member will also be responsible for managing continued cleanup of the volunteer database.  The position will also serve to provide regional training support.

Youth Program Specialist (2 positions-Seattle) The AmeriCorps team member will support the continuing growth of the Red Cross youth program that empowers young people by enlightening them in ways to serve their community. The Youth Program is primarily responsible for marketing and teaching disaster preparedness and health/safety classes to youth in the community and to traditionally underserved populations.

BENEFITS:

Invaluable experience from a nationally and internationally-respected organization for school, a future job or new career

Extensive training

$5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award (upon successful completion of service term commitment and 1700 hours of service)

$1,155/month living stipend (before taxes)

Basic Health Insurance (member only and only if no other health insurance)

Subsidized childcare (if qualified)

Student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans) 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Commit to serve full-time for 10 1/2 months (September 1, 2014 - July 15, 2015)

Successfully serve in the position, serve 40 hours a week and meet the 1700 minimum requirement for a full term of service

Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident

Must be 17 years of age at the start date of service

Have a valid Driver's License & clean driving record

Pass required criminal background checks

Members should also be comfortable working with a wide variety of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and respect the Red Cross principles of neutrality and impartiality.  

TO APPLY:

To apply online, click here.

Enter Project Type – AmeriCorps State/National

Enter State – Washington

Enter Program Name – Red Cross and click on the red x search button.

Click on interested position(s)

Please also submit a resume and cover letter highlighting strengths & skills for each position to Nancy Watchie, AmeriCorps Team Coordinator at nancy.watchie@redcross.org.  

PLEASE NOTE:  AmeriCorps team position offers are contingent upon AmeriCorps funding notification, to be announced by June 30, 2014.