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Job Opportunity: VAHC is Looking to Fill AmeriCorps VISTA Resident Organizer Position!

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition ( has re-opened its search for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to continue an exciting resident organizing and community engagement project. In response to a growing need for resident engagement and organizing in affordable housing properties, VAHC works to organize and build leadership among residents living in subsidized housing, some of which may be at risk of losing their affordability, undergoing changes in ownership and/or major building rehabilitation. The A*VISTA will:

  1. Help organize & support resident associations

  2. Provide logistic & communication support (plan resident meetings, create fliers, mailings, etc.)

  3. Create resources for resident leaders & organizers

  4. Fundraise for short- & long-term project needs

  5. Strengthen the network of resident associations and leaders and staff a project advisory committee

  6. Identify and promote community engagement strategies and leadership development opportunities for residents

  7. Coordinate a long-term storytelling project and outreach campaign to tell the stories of residents in affordable housing

  8. Identify and develop community engagement projects and strategies

  9. Maintain detailed documentation of project activities & outcomes

  10. Provide outreach to the media & broader community

  11. Promote best practices by planning conferences and trainings

  12. Interface with regional and national partners by attending conferences and trainings

  13. Meet requirements of Vermont Youth Tomorrow Program, including weekly timesheets, quarterly reports, and newsletter articles; attend monthly training sessions; research and write a community profile; create a legacy manual; and participate MLK Day activities.

Qualifications include:

  1. Bachelor’s degree

  2. Interest in fields of affordable housing, homelessness and community organizing

  3. Commitment to working on social justice issues

  4. Self-starter attitude and ability to work independently

  5. Well-developed research, writing, and editing skills

  6. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of web-based media

  7. Commitment to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and agree to the protocols set forth by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

  8. Housing, community organizing, social media, grant-writing experience a plus

  9. Valid driver’s license and car required.

A modest living allowance of $1,108 a month (gross) is provided, as well as an end of service stipend of $1,500 or education award of $5,730. For a complete summary of benefits, visit Health benefits are available, as well as personal and medical leave time. The position is open until filled, and the start date will be in November 2015. The placement is for one year from the start date. Successful candidates are required to attend a pre-service training in November. The position is based in Burlington, Vermont but serves a statewide organization. To apply, please fill out an application at (click here for a direct link to our position) AND reply to this posting with your resume and cover letter: Erhard Mahnke Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition 275 Northgate Road Burlington, VT  05408 (electronic submission preferred)

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