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 (11 months – 1700 hours)
PROJECT PARTNER City of Gresham Solid Waste & Recycling Program www.GreshamOregon.Gov/Recycling
POSITION TITLE Community Outreach Specialist
POSITION SUMMARY In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, this new AmeriCorps position will: A. Encourage residents to “recycle right” at home. The Member will contact and offer technical assistance to property managers and provide assistance to multifamily communities upon request. Assistance will include delivering educational materials; providing direct education through community presentations, door-to-door outreach and at event tables. The Member will recruit Master Recycler volunteers to help with outreach and education efforts. (50%) B. With the assistance of designated staff, Member will educate schools about proper recycling and composting techniques and support them in becoming certified as an Oregon Green School. Member will focus on coaching students and staff, conducting waste audits, and providing technical assistance related to recycling, composting and food waste prevention (20%) C. Conduct outreach at community events (Farmers Markets, Street Fairs, etc.) by providing knowledge and educational materials around recycling, composting and waste prevention (10%) 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. Provide direct public information to City of Gresham residents through presentations, door-to-door outreach and at events. Identify and communicate materials, information and resource needs required to perform duties as outlined in project. Manage materials inventory related to outreach and assistance including, but not limited to, brochures, bags and signs. 2 Prepare and distribute education materials related to projects. Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers for waste reduction outreach activities. Collect and enter data related to outreach and education projects in Word, Excel and hard copy forms. 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. Ability to manage volunteers. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Possession of a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon, 3 years driving experience 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 Experience speaking Spanish and or Russian (beginner to intermediate), is preferred but not required. Experience with diverse populations, particularly communities of color, immigrants, and people with limited economic resources. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in both English (advanced) and Spanish (beginner to intermediate). College degree with some education/training in communication, public relations, education, environmental studies or related fields. Ability to translate English into Spanish and Spanish into English orally and in written form
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. May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities. $100 training fund available.
PROJECT LOCATION Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham 97030 In addition, Member will be serving at various locations within Gresham, Oregon. A city vehicle will be provided for offsite projects and City Hall is conveniently located next to the Gresham City Hall MAX stop.
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION Member will have access to City vehicles. Member will be provided a Trimet Pass. Main office is located minutes from MAX Station (ID 8356) 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: Shaunna Sutcliffe at 618-2694 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 email@example.com