Want to make an impact AND get valuable on-site job experience? Come create community-wide change with us!
As a member with us you can expect to get direct, hands-on experience with a widely-known, reputable non-profit, grow your professional, leadership, and personal skills, and be a part of a dedicated team that eagerly awaits to support and encourage your unique contributions. At Lancaster Lebanon Habitat we have the great pleasure of working directly with potential and future homeowners, volunteers and community members in the pursuit of affordable housing!
This AmeriCorps member builds and maintains the pipeline of homeowner families by leading efforts to recruit and educate qualified families for our homeownership and home repair programs. This member gets the privilege of working very closely (as the point of contact) with all of our current and future homeowner families, helping each family navigate the application and sweat-equity process until they become official homeowners. This member will support the construction, rehabilitation and repair of 20 homes in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.
Responsibilities of the position:
• Recruit homeowner family applicants for traditional homeownership opportunities or for expanded housing products, such as A Brush with Kindness or critical home repair.
• Coordinate existing programs to attract qualified families as needed; this may include marketing the opportunity at local business, faith communities and employers. It could also include communicating and meeting with various social service agencies.
• Assist family services staff in responding to calls and emails inquiring about homeownership in a timely manner.
• Conduct applicant orientations and assist families in the completion of the housing application.
• Work with the family selection committee to select homeowner families for a variety of housing products, including Habitat homes, critical home repair, A Brush with Kindness and weatherization projects.
o Tasks may include preparing financial eligibility calculations and summaries for the committee on each applicant, going on house visits, and helping to facilitate committee meetings.
o Assist family services staff in making follow-up, clarifying calls on homeowner applications.
• Attend all family selection meetings.
o Prepare monthly summaries on homeowner family progress for committee.
• Send families monthly sweat-equity updates.
• Work with the family services committee and staff to provide educational opportunities to homeowner families.
o Plan and carry out homeowner education courses (including scouting out different workshop locations and best practices for marketing courses).
o Recruit and schedule appropriate teachers and speakers as needed.
• Become familiar with homeowner files to be able to answer day-to-day questions.
• Assist family services and construction staff with collecting necessary family information to prepare for closings.
• Work with homeowner families to plan their home dedication.
• Help to develop, advertise and build relationships for our Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) programs (including putting up fliers at local businesses and in the community; meeting with residents, local agencies, elected officials and community stakeholders to share about our programs; and helping to prepare for community-wide events such as Rock the Block).
• On occasion, member may build alongside homeowner families as they complete their sweat-equity requirements.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
In addition to receiving a monthly living allowance and an educational award of $6,095 (upon completion of service term), our members may also have the opportunity to live in reduced or rent-free housing right in the heart of Lancaster city! Lancaster city is full of amazing restaurants and cafes, farm-fresh goods, art galleries, shops, entertainment and tons of live events - and about 2 hours from multiple major cities (Philadelphia, Baltimore, NYC and D.C.)! So it's an exciting place to spend a year!
Our members also receive a monthly gas card for all position-related travel expenses. Opportunities for professional and personal development as well as position-specific trainings are available throughout the year.
Members will also participate in a weeklong national conference called Build-a-Thon, where members will build and serve alongside all of Habitat's 2019-2020 AmeriCorps members (ie: 100s of fellow AmeriCorps members).
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
• Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements.
• Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Detail oriented and highly organized.
• Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Strong research skills
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• Experience working as a member of a larger team in an office setting (including professionalism answering phones and walk-in questions as well as responding to emails).
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish
• Public speaking experience
• Marketing experience
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check