Case Management/Social Services, Computer/Tech Systems, Education/Teaching/Training
The 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 no later than July 16, 2017 and serve a minimum of 450 hours from July 16, 2017-September 30, 2017.
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-disadvantaged 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:
Offer computer literacy workshops focusing on Microsoft Office, Excel, Basic Computer Skills and Job Readiness 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
Responsible for 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
Maintain relationships with NLEN Clients and referral agencies to promote Computer class as well as other workshops
Attend all FOC and NLEN Staff meetings
Demonstrate excellent customer service both internally and externally.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members perform day to day service at North Lawndale Employment Network and serve a minimum of 35 hour per week. Normal service hours are 9:00-5:00 with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members 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;
Actively participating in all locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January and one for National AmeriCorps Week in March); and,
Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and North Lawndale Employment Network 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.
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
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 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 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 term
Be able to complete at least 300 hours of service within the 2 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 $1,538.36 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $4,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 6 equal checks twice a month.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing, please place ‘Digital Literacy Coach’ on the subject line. The deadline to apply for this position is Monday, July 3, 2017.
We promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process
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.