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 communities to prepare for and recover from disasters?
The American Red Cross is currently seeking 4 individuals to serve as full-time Red Cross Corps AmeriCorps members beginning between now and December 31, 2017 for an 11-month term.
Serve alongside paid and volunteer staff, provide direct service to clients of the American Red Cross through the accomplishment of Red Cross Corps goals and objectives. AmeriCorps members will complete projects that enhance organizational service delivery, and expand community resources while developing their professional skill base.
Red Cross Corps members commit to serving full-time (approximately 40 hrs/week) for 11 months with a minimum of 1700 hours.
$15,500 taxable living stipend distributed bi-weekly payments of approximately $600 for 11 months of service
Student loan deferment or forbearance
Upon successful completion of term of service, eligible for a taxable education award in the amount of $5,815 which can be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans
Health insurance offered
Childcare assistance available if eligible
AmeriCorps members are full-time and expected to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours during their 11-month term of service
Members must be available during normal business hours, Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of this program, there will be times when members are required to serve after normal hours including nights and weekends, sometimes on short notice
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program
A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S
High School diploma or its equivalent required. College degree highly preferred.
Current valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
Previous successful experience working with diverse populations
Excellent organizational skills, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Excellent public speaking skills
Demonstrated professionalism, flexibility, initiative, and team-oriented
Multilingual a plus
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 American Red Cross fundamental principles
Deliver preparedness education to adults through the Home Fire Campaign
Deliver preparedness education to youth through the Pillowcase Project
Build local volunteer capacity to support preparedness education by training 5 new lead volunteers
Participate in Days of National Service
Submit weekly timesheets
Attend mandatory trainings and meetings
Participate in the local Disaster Action Team
Be available for National Deployments (optional, 2-3 week assignments)
Comply with all Red Cross and National Service regulations, policies and procedures
Receive the training required to be successful in their position
Be alerted to professional development opportunities and provided time to participate in those opportunities (20% of member time- training & professional development)
Have an on-site supervisor available for member support
Be treated as part of the staff
Receive two formal evaluations (mid-year and end-year)
Make an impact on the community in which they serve
Hold a position that does not displace or supplant staff or volunteers
TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2018, though candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, so slots may fill before that date. CLICK HERE to apply online. Please direct any questions to Kaleena Wright, Red Cross Corps Co-Lead, at Kaleena.Wright @redcross.org.
Additional Salary Information: $15,500 taxable living stipend distributed bi-weekly payments of approximately $600 for 11 months of service
About American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois
With the help of more than 4,000 passionate, dedicated volunteers just like you, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago & Northern Illinois serves more than 9.5 million people in northeastern Illinois.
The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help our neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Locally we respond to 1,200 disasters every ye...ar and teach more than a quarter million people in Chicagoland each year health, safety and disaster preparedness skills.