The mission of the Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) is to provide comprehensive housing counseling, education, and housing resources necessary for Latinos and other low-to-moderate income families in the Chicagoland area, develop competence and responsibility in meeting their financial and housing needs, and to advocate for and proactively promote additional resources for them. Spanish Coalition for Housing is looking for a VISTA who can research and identify the communication gaps within agencies across the communities it serves and how to best manage it. The VISTA will develop a framework for data management and usage that compliments a new partnership relationship management tool. This will entail centralizing an outreach plan, calendar and advanced capabilities and best practices associated with communication tools. This work will ultimately assist Spanish Coalition for Housing expand its outreach throughout communities, not just the ones currently served, while also assisting other organizations in the process do the same. The candidate should be an effective communicator, highly organized, and data driven. The candidate will need to be comfortable exploring new partnerships that align with the agency’s mission through high level research and data analysis. Knowledge in Microsoft Office: Excel, Google Docs and email is preferred. By enhancing the communication across agencies, Spanish Coalition for Housing will be able to expand its message and services as well as connect its current clients to other needed services across Chicago. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website.
Get acclimated with SCH team, programs and service areas in order to better understand agency mission and strategic plan.
Interview and survey key stakeholders such program managers, administration members and counselors on identifying current outreach strategies used across the agency and identifying the strengths and challenges associated.
Become familiar with current agency partnerships and identify community partnerships that have not been established.
Enhance the organization’s ability to develop tools that improve contact data collection methods and outreach and centralize them on a shared calendar.
Develop a basic dashboard (data visualization tool) for staff that lays out key dates for each program area.
Through this project, the VISTA will better position Spanish Coalition for Housing to strategically identify resources, value added opportunities to increase organizational capacity to address affordable housing preservation, creation, maintenance and household asset development through enhanced capacity outreach management usage and application.
Two or four year degree preferred in business, liberal arts, data analyses, or other related field.
Computer literate and technologically proficient in standard word processing, spreadsheet and data base software applications, web research.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Power Point).
Highly organized and motivated.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Staff members are expected to present a professional, businesslike image to all clients, visitors, and the public. Business attire required.
Interest in community development, housing issues, organizational development and communications.
Full-Time under Housing Action Illinois AmeriCorps Vista Program; 40 hours: 5 days Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Spanish Coalition for Housing
SCH is the a not-for-profit housing counseling organization dedicated to the needs of Latinos in the Midwest. We serve low-income residents and families who are seeking to save their home from foreclosure, take control of their finances and credit, buy their first home and be a stable renter and professional landlord. All of our services are offered in English and Spanish to serve the needs of our communities. We give residents the tools to make positive change in their lives and maintain stable housing.