CONFLUENCE AMERICORPS PROGRAM The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life changing service opportunities where the Member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a team of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%).
DATES OF SERVICE September 7, 2016 – July 28, 2017
PROJECT PARTNER Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program www.WashingtonCountyRecycles.com
POSITION TITLE Waste Reduction Outreach Specialist
PROJECT SUMMARY In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the AmeriCorps Member will: A. Encourage residents living in low-income or culturally diverse communities to prevent waste and recycle at home. The Member will offer assistance to multifamily property managers and provide assistance upon request. Assistance may include delivering educational materials; providing direct education through community presentations, door-to-door outreach and event tabling. The Member will recruit Master Recycler volunteers to help with outreach and education efforts. (30%) B. Encourage reuse and donation of usable household goods. In coordination with County staff, the Member will build on service efforts from previous AmeriCorps Members to help develop and distribute educational tools and engage multifamily community manager as well as a residential audience in community reuse activities. Reuse strategies may include clean up events, household item swap events, bulletin boards, or repair events. (25%) C. Encourage food waste prevention at home. As part of the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge campaign, the Member will educate residential audiences about food waste prevention through a series of tactics including but not limited to event tabling at farmers markets and other community events, door-to-door canvassing in multifamily communities, movie viewing events and presentations to community groups. (25%) D. The Member will participate in Confluence led professional development activities: Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%).
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to): Develop and implement an outreach and assistance strategy for multifamily property managers. Develop relationships with program partners such as property managers and community groups. Coordinate events such as a movie-viewing and discussion or a household goods swap. Provide direct public information to County residents through door-to-door outreach and event presentations. 2 Identify and communicate materials, information and resource needs required to perform project duties. Manage materials inventory related to outreach and assistance including, but not limited to, brochures, bags and signs. Prepare and distribute education materials related to projects. Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers for waste reduction outreach activities. Conduct research on campaigns, projects, studies and pilot programs related to assignments. Collect and enter data related to outreach and education projects in Word, Excel, hard copy forms, or an alternate database. Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner. Abide by Confluence and AmeriCorps program policies. Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days. Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS Knowledge of public education methods and techniques including public speaking. Possess excellent communication skills and be able to take on supervised coordination of assigned tasks. Highly motivated with a strong commitment to sustainability. Experience with diverse populations. Ability to manage volunteers. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Possession of a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and an acceptable driving record. Position requires a significant amount of walking and the ability to lift up to 30 lbs. A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team. 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award. Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying. Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the Individuals State of Residence, State of Service, and FBI criminal identification systems. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) prior to the start of the position. Regular and reliable attendance and dependability. AmeriCorps Members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please see http://edaward.org/guidebook/multiple-terms for full information.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Ability to communicate orally and in writing in both English (advanced) and Spanish (intermediate). Possession of a 2 or a 4 year college degree with some education/training in communication, public relations, education, environmental studies or related fields.
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,530 paid over the term of service). Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible Members receive an education award of $5,775. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable). Basic medical insurance (covers Members only, not dependents). Child care allowance for those who qualify. 3 May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities. $100 training fund available.
PROJECT LOCATION 155 N. First Ave, Hillsboro Oregon. In addition, Member will be serving at various locations within Washington County, Oregon.
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION Member will have access to County vehicles. Member eligible for mileage reimbursement from the County for use of Member’s personal vehicle. Member will be provided a Trimet Pass.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Confluence is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.
HOW TO APPLY Project Supervisors will conduct all initial interviews and recommend top candidates to Confluence by July 27, 2016. Confluence will conduct final interviews and offer positions throughout August 2016. Here’s how to apply: STEP 1: Apply to Project Supervisor: - Email the following items to: Heather Robinson at email@example.com; Questions about the position? Call Heather at 503-846-3660 résumé cover letter contact information for three references STEP 2: AmeriCorps Application: Application materials are completed online at the AmeriCorps website and include: AmeriCorps Application – Filled out and submitted to a Confluence position Two On-Line References – Included in the online application. Online Certification Form –This form is included in the online application or it can be found on the Confluence website. It can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Confluence Office. STEP 3: Confluence Interview & Placement – Final interviews cannot be conducted until Step 1 & 2 are complete. QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS? CONTACT: Sherrie Jackson Operations Coordinator Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program 5441 SE Belmont Street, Suite 25 Portland, OR 97215 503-719-6779 firstname.lastname@example.org