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 Clackamas County Resource Conservation & Solid Waste http://www.clackamas.us/recycling/
POSITION TITLE Waste Reduction Specialist PROJECT SUMMARY In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, this new AmeriCorps position will help us bring greater rigor and value to recycling and waste reduction in multifamily communities, including low-income, racially diverse and underserved residents. The Member will help connect outreach and education with service-level and infrastructure analysis, demographics, and partnership-building, for a more holistic and inclusive approach to multifamily assistance. The Member will develop and implement targeted outreach in multifamily communities, including but not limited to several in the City of Wilsonville (50%). The successful candidate will be part of a team, developing and implementing enhanced outreach and education in our community on the issue of food waste prevention. The Member will take on a leadership role in ensuring that the outreach approach and resources developed are inclusive of underserved communities (30%). 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): Identify and assess services currently provided to communities. Collaborate within a team to update materials, resources, and outreach approaches Coordinate with communities and property managers to develop waste reduction strategies and conduct outreach through presentations, events, and other means Build partnerships with social services, public health, community based organizations (e.g. WIC/SNAP) and school district liaisons to Spanish communities, to bolster outreach to underserved or low income residents Connect with low income communities in Clackamas County, moving property managers and residents from knowledge to action with needed resources and adjustments to service Coordinate volunteers such as Master Recyclers to do direct educational outreach in multifamily communities 2 Research, develop and promote successful case studies. Evaluate opportunities to align with food waste education taking place around the region. Develop and/or strengthen partnerships with food educators and social services providers to characterize outreach and education efforts that align with food waste prevention and identify opportunities to partner. Assist in developing new resources for volunteers to conduct outreach and raise awareness about food waste. Develop and coordinate presentations that engage residents and result in measurable commitments to action. 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, training's, 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 Must have valid driver’s license and safe driving record and current vehicle insurance. Ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups. Effectively use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Deliver excellent and timely customer service Evaluate problems and identify alternative solutions Encourage and motivate adoption of best practices and participation in related programs Ability to serve independently and as part of a team Establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups 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 Demonstrated interest in sustainability issues, food, and/or recycling education and behavior change Ability to speak Spanish Community organizing and/or cultural competency experience Research, planning and project management skills Interest in and familiarity with low-income communities or communities of color
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). 3 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 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City 97045
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION Organizational vehicle is available for service activities. Member is covered by organization’s vehicle insurance policy. Project site is accessible by public transportation
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: Eben Polk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-742-4470 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