HFH of Wake County – VISTA – Family Services Development
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has partnered with this community for more than 30 years and has hosted AmeriCorps members since 2001. We currently have 12 AmeriCorps alumni on staff, as we truly recognize the value and impact of serving. Our affiliate is regarded as a leader in developing new programs such as the Home Builders Blitz and piloting HFHI programs such as the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. We currently have 6 ReStores scattered throughout the county, with the goal of opening a 7th store in FY18. In addition to serving 115 families via homeownership and home preservation projects in FY18, we will also support global families in Honduras, Malawi and Cambodia.
AmeriCorps members are eligible to attend a Global Village trip during their service term. In addition, members receive a $250 monthly housing allowance ($400/month for 2nd year Habitat AmeriCorps members) and a $75 tool allowance and work site gear. The Raleigh area is the perfect blend of urban and rural. We are home to several colleges including NC State University, as well as an ever changing downtown landscape with all the amenities you’d expect in a modern city. For those who need a little green in their lives, over 200 parks can be found in Raleigh, thus maintaining its identity as the City of Oaks.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, please visit our website.
Family Services Development
As a Family Services Development VISTA, you will develop, document and implement a plan for partner family recruitment, tracking, scheduling and support in order to increase the overall partner family experience for participants. In addition, you will research best practices and collaborate with staff and the Family Services Committee to lay the foundations for consolidating the applications and selection processes of our four housing programs into a single streamlined process that accepts applications more frequently, while also ensuring that partner families are set up for success and are given adequate support while completing their requirements. Furthermore, you will create and implement this process, as well as gain the community support necessary to launch successful projects. Lastly, in addition to launching the framework of the Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) intake model, you will be responsible for setting up the system by which success is measured; to do so, you will gather data about the community prior to expanded implementation and create a tracking system for impact moving forward.
• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver’s license
• Personal vehicle
• Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred languages being French
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Detail oriented and highly organized
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• Marketing experience
• Project management experience
Benefits of Service:
• For more information about these benefits (excluding MAP), please visit the VISTA Campus.
• AmeriCorps VISTA living allowance of $12,311.45 (paid over the 1 year of full-time service) – determined by geographic area
• Segal Education Award of $5,920 (lifetime maximum of 2) OR end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500 – both are dependent on successful completion of service
• Healthcare Allowance – a reimbursement program that covers some out-of-pocket, non-premium costs, up to $7,150, associated with healthcare. Please note: this is not a healthcare insurance plan; if you do not have healthcare coverage, you have 60 days from your service start date to sign-up for healthcare coverage through the Marketplace.
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• Relocation Travel Allowance up to $1,000 & Settling In Allowance of $550 (if eligible)
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• 10 personal and 10 sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) Status – upon successfully completing service, you will receive one year of NCE for employment in the federal government. Please note: this does not guarantee you a federal job.
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources
What’s in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will create one (1) systems/processes/tools in collaboration with 75 teammates. You will prove critical in process creation and implementation of streamlining the NR application and selection process, allowing us to accept applications more frequently, which will enhance the partner family experience. Your efforts will increase capacity at the affiliate, enabling us to serve more families and communities. Additionally, you will gain enhanced skills in communication, leadership, delegation, team-building time & project management, construction and safety.
What’s needed to apply?
• Resume (tell us about your experience)
• Motivation Statement (express why you want to serve) – input in “Cover Letter” section