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Americorps VISTA YOUTH MENTORSHIP COORDINATOR

Job summary & general responsibilities

 Help build a new youth mentoring program! The Tennessee Office for Refugees is seeking a VISTA member to develop and implement a Refugee Youth Mentoring Program in Knoxville. 

The Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee responsible for the coordination and administration of the statewide refugee program. We partner with organizations that provide direct services to refugees and other eligible populations in and near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. This position is housed at Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville. 

The VISTA member will help lead the continued development and implementation of a new mentoring program for refugee youth and young adults ages 15 – 24 to increase their educational and economic opportunities. The VISTA member will increase the capacity of the local refugee services network by strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders, mentoring networks, volunteers, and refugee communities. The VISTA member will exercise research, analytical, and creative skills in developing program and training materials, and public speaking and group facilitation skills in providing orientations for program participants and training for volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will expand the scope of supportive services for refugees by recruiting, assessing, and matching participants with volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will develop data collection and analysis skills by utilizing a program database and using findings to inform program improvements. The VISTA member will evaluate program sustainability and pursue additional resources as needed including grant writing. The VISTA member will coordinate with other site-based VISTA members and the VISTA Leader. 

We are looking for a self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team. Eagerness to learn about refugees, mentoring, and all aspects of nonprofit program management and development are a must. Foreign language proficiency in a refugee language and significant intercultural experience is a plus. We are looking for a VISTA member with the ability to facilitate intercultural communication and to create an environment where differences are respected; the ability to exercise good judgment, curtesy, and tact in dealing with the public and staff; the ability to handle confidential information with extreme professionalism; attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; the ability to plan and organize work; the ability to follow tasks through to completion; effective interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; and basic computer proficiency. 

This is a great opportunity for a VISTA member who wants to develop leadership, program development and management, and community relations skills while making a real impact in the lives of refuge youth and young adults. Working within a refugee resettlement agency will offer the VISTA member the opportunity to work deeply and specifically on this project, as well as to gain knowledge of and contribute to a continuum of resettlement services. The VISTA member will be part of a six VISTA member cohort that will meet regularly for training and coordination. The VISTA member will travel to the National Mentoring Summit in January in Washington, DC. Professional development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis. 

Start date is immediately! End date is one year from start of service. For more information, please email Nicole DeBaun-Phillips at ndphillips@cctenn.org 

Benefits for VISTA members include choice of Segal Education Award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1,800), health coverage, relocation allowance (if you move 50+ miles from your home), child care, training, and bi-weekly living allowance. 

Terms of Service: VISTA members must be 18 years old; be US Citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and successfully complete a criminal background check. VISTA is a full-time commitment. Political advocacy, organizing or demonstration while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, is prohibited. Part-time work is allowable with permission from your supervisor. While public transportation is available, a car is recommended. 

Americorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

Dates of service: Aug. 2, 2021 – Aug. 1, 2022
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Position Summary:The CAC AmeriCorps member serving with Bridge Refugee Services will be involved in strengthening the volunteer program, mobilizing resources to support community engagement and developing a volunteer outreach program which will increase the economic opportunities of refugees in the Knoxville area. Throughout the year the member will focus on two main projects. First, due to COVID-19 the member will increase virtual volunteer opportunities for our volunteer base providing much needed mentorship and tutoring opportunities to both them and the refugees Bridge serves. Second, the member will also work within the existing volunteer program to conduct a survey of volunteer impression of our program, enhancing volunteer engagement. Throughout this enhanced engagement period the member will focus on identifying and training volunteer leaders in our community to assist with the sustainability of the
program in the future. At the end of the service year the member will work on volunteer outreach to higher learning institutions, organizations and businesses to continue to encourage volunteer interest in the coming years.This opportunity will provide the member with an opportunity to become very familiar with the refugee process, specifically the needs and goals of the refugee population as they integrate into our community. The programs developed by the member will assist refugees for many years to come as new families arrive and new volunteers develop an interest in learning about this amazing population. The member will have the opportunity to see their efforts directly effect the welfare of refugee families from contries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ukraine, Iraq and Colombia to name a few. The member will enjoy first hand experience welcoming new members of our community and participating in the different cultures and traditions that they bring with them. By leading a team of volunteers, the member will experience the direct impact of this vital work for the refugee population.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education
– Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Non-Profit Management, or Related Field.

Position Requirements:

  • –  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • –  Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • –  Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • –  Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • –  Strong ability to work independently and remember time lines.
  • –  Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • –  Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • –  Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Member Benefits Include:– A modest living allowance of $13,876.38, or, $513.94 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 52 weeks.
    – Education Award of $6,345 that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses.
    – Health insurance premium subsidy paid by program for members who are covered by a Bronze, Silver, or Gold plan in the health insurance marketplace (heathcare.gov) and are not already covered by a parent, spouse, Medicaid, Medicare, or Military healthcare benefits.
    – Health insurance allowance plan that reimburses for out-of-pocket expenses for those already covered by a health insurance plan.
    – Access to TeleDoc, a virtual healthcare resource.
    – Relocation (50+ miles) and Close-of-Service travel allowance of up to $1,000
    – Settling-In Allowance of up to $750 (must be requested).
    – Non-Competitive Eligibility status for federal hiring up to 1 year after completion of your term.
    – Worker’s Compensation
    – Child Care Reimbursement
    – May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
    – May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
    – Staff assistance with identifying housing.

Equity and Inclusion:

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions. CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

The Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee responsible for the coordination and administration of the statewide refugee program. We partner with organizations that provide direct services to refugees and other eligible populations in and near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. This position is housed at Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville. 

The VISTA member will help lead the continued development and implementation of a new mentoring program for refugee youth and young adults ages 15 – 24 to increase their educational and economic opportunities. The VISTA member will increase the capacity of the local refugee services network by strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders, mentoring networks, volunteers, and refugee communities. The VISTA member will exercise research, analytical, and creative skills in developing program and training materials, and public speaking and group facilitation skills in providing orientations for program participants and training for volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will expand the scope of supportive services for refugees by recruiting, assessing, and matching participants with volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will develop data collection and analysis skills by utilizing a program database and using findings to inform program improvements. The VISTA member will evaluate program sustainability and pursue additional resources as needed including grant writing. The VISTA member will coordinate with other site-based VISTA members and the VISTA Leader. 

We are looking for a self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team. Eagerness to learn about refugees, mentoring, and all aspects of nonprofit program management and development are a must. Foreign language proficiency in a refugee language and significant intercultural experience is a plus. We are looking for a VISTA member with the ability to facilitate intercultural communication and to create an environment where differences are respected; the ability to exercise good judgment, curtesy, and tact in dealing with the public and staff; the ability to handle confidential information with extreme professionalism; attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; the ability to plan and organize work; the ability to follow tasks through to completion; effective interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; and basic computer proficiency. 

This is a great opportunity for a VISTA member who wants to develop leadership, program development and management, and community relations skills while making a real impact in the lives of refuge youth and young adults. Working within a refugee resettlement agency will offer the VISTA member the opportunity to work deeply and specifically on this project, as well as to gain knowledge of and contribute to a continuum of resettlement services. The VISTA member will be part of a six VISTA member cohort that will meet regularly for training and coordination. The VISTA member will travel to the National Mentoring Summit in January in Washington, DC. Professional development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis. 

Start date is immediately! End date is one year from start of service. For more information, please email Nicole DeBaun-Phillips at ndphillips@cctenn.org 

Benefits for VISTA members include choice of Segal Education Award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1,800), health coverage, relocation allowance (if you move 50+ miles from your home), child care, training, and bi-weekly living allowance. 

Americorps Community Garden and Cultural Orientation Coordinator

Dates of service: August 2nd, 2021 – June 24th, 2022
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Position Summary:
The CAC AmeriCorps member will manage Bridge’s community gardening program, whose mission is to increase clients’ food security and improve mental health through gardening. This will entail supervising Bridge’s current community gardening program and managing volunteers (in partnership with the AmeriCorps Volunteer Manager) to assist clients with this program. The other half of member responsibilities will be to deliver cultural orientation classes to clients. The CAC AmeriCorps member will assess current programming and adjust them in response to client and staff feedback. Additionally, they will administer cultural orientation assessments to clients to gather data on their understanding. Topics covered include legal rights and responsibilities in America, how to use local public transport, and the American health care system. This position will focus on enhancing opportunities for refugees to integrate into their local communities by introducing them to local resources and services as well as the local natural environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education
Minimum CAC AmeriCorps Qualifications:
– All CAC AmeriCorps positions require, at minimum, that our members be at least 18 years old at the start of service, and have completed high school or received a GED.
Site Preferences:
– University Degree, preferably in the humanities, social or natural/agricultural sciences or community development.

Position Expectations & Requirements
Minimum CAC AmeriCorps Expectations
– CAC AmeriCorps environmental positions require
service, monthly corps meetings, service days, and
– CAC AmeriCorps environmental positions require
– CAC AmeriCorps environmental positions require
uniform gear and safety equipment during service.
– CAC AmeriCorps environmental positions require
service site reliably, and in a timely manner.
– CAC AmeriCorps environmental positions require
independently and within the context of a team.
– CAC AmeriCorps environmental positions require
direction and perform their service with relative independence with site supervision provided on a weekly basis in either a one-on-one or group setting and intermittent contact from the CAC AmeriCorps office.
Site Preferences
– Proficiency with Microsoft Office products / Ability to work with diverse populations

Member Benefits Include:
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attendance of an orientation at the start of other all-corps activities.
that you serve a full-time schedule.
that members wear AmeriCorps branded
that members be able to get to and from their that members be able to serve effectively both that all members be able to be able to take
– A modest living allowance of $14,000, or, $595.74 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. – Education Award of $6,345 that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses.
– A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
– Worker’s Compensation
– Child Care Reimbursement
– May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to aid in determining eligibility.
– May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In house specialists available to aid with determining eligibility. – Staff assistance with identifying housing. Housing, inclusive of utilities, is generally between $300-$450 in a share house/apartment scenario.
– Professional development and networking opportunities.
– Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

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Chattanooga Openings

Americorps VISTA YOUTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM COORDINATOR

 Continue to help build a new youth mentoring program! The Tennessee Office for Refugees is seeking a VISTA member to develop and implement a Refugee Youth Mentoring Program in Chattanooga. 

The Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee responsible for the coordination and administration of the statewide refugee program. We partner with organizations that provide direct services to refugees and other eligible populations in and near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. This position is housed at Bridge Refugee Services in Chattanooga. 

The VISTA member will help lead the continued development and implementation of a new mentoring program for refugee youth and young adults ages 15 – 24 to increase their educational and economic opportunities. The VISTA member will increase the capacity of the local refugee services network by strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders, mentoring networks, volunteers, and refugee communities. The VISTA member will exercise research, analytical, and creative skills in developing program and training materials, and public speaking and group facilitation skills in providing orientations for program participants and training for volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will expand the scope of supportive services for refugees by recruiting, assessing, and matching participants with volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will develop data collection and analysis skills by utilizing a program database and using findings to inform program improvements. The VISTA member will evaluate program sustainability and pursue additional resources as needed including grant writing. The VISTA member will coordinate with other site-based VISTA members and the VISTA Leader. 

We are looking for a self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team. Eagerness to learn about refugees, mentoring, and all aspects of nonprofit program management and development are a must. Foreign language proficiency in a refugee language and significant intercultural experience is a plus. We are looking for a VISTA member with the ability to facilitate intercultural communication and to create an environment where differences are respected; the ability to exercise good judgment, curtesy, and tact in dealing with the public and staff; the ability to handle confidential information with extreme professionalism; attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; the ability to plan and organize work; the ability to follow tasks through to completion; effective interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; and basic computer proficiency. 

This is a great opportunity for a VISTA member who wants to develop leadership, program development and management, and community relations skills while making a real impact in the lives of refuge youth and young adults. Working within a refugee resettlement agency will offer the VISTA member the opportunity to work deeply and specifically on this project, as well as to gain knowledge of and contribute to a continuum of resettlement services. The VISTA member will be part of a six VISTA member cohort that will meet regularly for training and coordination. The VISTA member will travel to the National Mentoring Summit in January in Washington, DC. Professional development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis. 

Start date is immediately! End date is one year from start of service. For more information, please email Nicole DeBaun-Phillips at ndphillips@cctenn.org. 

Benefits for VISTA members include choice of Segal Education Award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1,800), health coverage, relocation allowance (if you move 50+ miles from your home), child care, training, and bi-weekly living allowance. 

Terms of Service: VISTA members must be 18 years old; be US Citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and successfully complete a criminal background check. VISTA is a full-time commitment. Political advocacy, organizing or demonstration while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, is prohibited. Part-time work is allowable with permission from your supervisor. While public transportation is available, a car is recommended.