North Lawndale Employment Network and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Digital Literacy Instructor. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2017 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2018 and will receive a total stipend of $15,000 during this 10-month period. This stipend will be divided among 20 equal checks. The exact start and end date will be confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.
The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) was founded in 1999 to serve the employment needs of the North Lawndale community. The mission of the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) is to improve the earnings potential of the community through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life.
In pursuit of that mission, we serve economically-disadvantages men and women who have multiple barriers to employment. Many live in North Lawndale, but NLEN also serves clients who live in Humboldt Park, West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park, Austin, and Chicago’s South Side. In these areas, the median household income is $23,663, 41% of the households are female-headed, and 41% of the families are living below the poverty level. While the North Lawndale unemployment rate is 26%, it is estimated to be closer to 40%. NLEN serves 2200 men and women annually.
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
The member selected to serve in this capacity will be responsible for:
Offering computer literacy workshops focusing on Microsoft Office, Excel, Basic Computer Skills, Job Readiness and Financial Literacy training to NLEN clients;
Maintaining current and accurate documentation of training provided and participants involved;
Various administrative duties as it relates to running the program effectively such as reporting, making copies of worksheets and similar duties;
Timely dissemination of written and verbal communication to LISC program officers, in addition to providing a monthly report of activities to the FOC Program Director;
Providing one-on-one coaching training to clients;
Recruiting activities for all programs;
Attending all LISC and NLEN meetings;
Demonstrating excellent customer service both internally and externally.
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 performance appraisal.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day-to-day service at North Lawndale Employment Network and serve a minimum of 42.5 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
This is an AmeriCorps position. As such, neither LISC nor North Lawndale Employment Network will allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.
Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods;
Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
Good written and oral communication skills; and,
Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required).
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:
Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award;
Be eligible to perform a term of national service;
Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service;
Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit);
Have proof of status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS;
Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time; and,
Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service.
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 First Degree 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 $5,815 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 $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).
HOW TO APPLY:
Send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “AmeriCorps” on the subject line.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.
This program is available to all, and we treat all persons fairly 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.
The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) assists North Lawndale residents through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life. NLEN was founded in 1999 through an 18-month community planning effort led by the Steans Family Foundation to serve the unmet employment needs of the North Lawndale community. In 2004, we launched Sweet Beginnings..., a social enterprise and wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network.
NLEN continually updates its services to meet the employment needs of clients and the community at large. NLEN’s approach to addressing the extremely high rates of unemployment and underemployment in North Lawndale is to offer employment services and transitional jobs to North Lawndale residents, many of whom are formerly incarcerated persons and others with significant barriers to employment.