AmeriCorps Job Opening: First Source Case Manager

January 10, 2017
AmeriCorps Job Opening: First Source Case Manager

The Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a First Source Program Case Manager. The candidate will begin service on February 1, 2017, (or Feb. 16) and serve a minimum of 1,700 hours though the end of his/her term on November 30 (or December 15).

Organization Backgrounds

Somerville Community Corporation

Local Initiatives Support

Americorps Member Activities and Responsibilities

The member selected to serve in this capacity will be responsible for:

  • Community outreach to potential First Source participants in Somerville, including outreach with Somerville Housing Authority state-supported public housing residents.
  • Assisting with the creation of a pilot group of First Source participants who will go through training as a cohort.
  • General program outreach through social media, flyering, and participation in/facilitation of orientation workshops with other organizations and programs.
  • Case management, which includes intake, one-on-one coaching, skill development, job preparation, job matching, and post-placement contact, with a total case load of 50 clients over the course of the member’s term. 15 of these clients will be placed into jobs.
  • Data tracking of all participants within case load.
  • Workshop facilitation – the member will help facilitate a minimum of five skills training workshops.
  • Assisting with social media exposure for the First Source Program on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Participating in training sessions to develop the skills needed to perform the above responsibilities.

Career Development and Service Requirements

Members perform day-to-day service at SCC (337 Somerville Ave, Somerville) and are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities, including but not limited to: 

  • Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2017
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars
  • Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week)
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office 

This is an AmeriCorps position. As such neither LISC nor SCC will 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
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
  • Knowledge of social media platforms
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish, English/Haitian Kreyol, or English/Portuguese

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 full-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 U.S. citizen or possess permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
  • Be available to serve for a full 10-month period of time
  • Be able to complete at least 1,700 hours of service within the noted 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. 

Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,775 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged. A healthcare benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a childcare subsidy benefit available, which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements. (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service.)  

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Thais DeMarco. We are looking to hire as soon as possible.  

We promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.