Cara and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Digital Literacy Instructor. The candidate will serve a minimum of 300 hours beginning on August 1, 2017 though the end of his/her term on September 30, 2017. AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The AmeriCorps Member will function as part of the Cara’s team of Professional Development Specialists (PDSs). The AmeriCorps Member will teach group classes and workshops and work one-on-one with individuals to provide a more comprehensive training as well as individualized attention. The AmeriCorps Member will work with individuals on resume writing techniques, online applications, and follow-up procedures. The Member will assist individuals with independent job search efforts, ensuring they understand the requirements and are applying to quality positions. The Member will be expected to participate in weekly team meetings, seek feedback from program participants, and become fully integrated into the daily workings of the Cara-South Side Campus Financial Opportunities Center.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS Members perform day to day service at Cara and are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
?Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings; ?Participating in nationally sponsored webinars; and, ?Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Cara will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.
DESIRED SKILLS ?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 ?Computer skills ?Good written and oral communication skills ?Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required) ?Resourcefulness and excellent problem-solving skills ?High energy and ability to engage others towards a common goal ?Strong work ethic and business acumen with ability to excel in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment ?Desire and ability to work with an economically disadvantaged population in a coaching capacity ?Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook and ability to meet documentation deadlines
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 minimum-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 unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS ?Be able to complete at least 300 hours of service within the term of service noted above as well as serve for the full time of the term
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.
PROGRAM BENEFITS Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $1,221.96 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $3000.00.
The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.