The Financial Empowerment Associate will work both programmatically, behind the scenes and directly with the community to ensure the success of the Free Tax Preparation Campaign. The Financial Empowerment AmeriCorps Member will serve internally at United Way of King County and will also support efforts on community and technical college campuses in partnership with United Way’s Benefits Hub program. This is a unique opportunity where you will gain a mix of tax and personal finance expertise, direct service experience, and non-profit programmatic professional skills.
This position is broken down into three phases over the course of 1-year term of service:
Phase 1: Executing on grassroots and high-level volunteer recruitment strategies to recruit and train over 900 volunteers. During this phase, members will also receive detailed training on tax law, financial coaching, and financial aid navigation.
Phase 2: Performing community outreach for free tax preparation services and directly providing client services by managing one tax site on a community or technical college campus. During tax season, members will also assist in facilitating alternative models of tax service to increase access of hard-to-reach populations. During this phase, members will gain valuable experience in troubleshooting complex financial questions, managing service delivery and site flow, and volunteer management.
Phase 3: Facilitating financial empowerment workshops on community and technical college campuses and maintaining post-season tax preparation services. Members will also be deeply involved in the evaluation and planning for the 2022 Free Tax Preparation Campaign.
As a member of our tight-knit team, the Financial Empowerment AmeriCorps Member will play a key role in reaching our goal of preparing 20,000 tax returns and drawing down over $30 million in tax credits and refunds back to our community.
Skills & Qualifications:
Fearless critical thinker
Passionate believer in social justice, economic justice, and community building
Seeks autonomy and leadership
Can work independently as well as on a team
Ability to be adaptable and work with a variety of moving pieces
Eager to learn technical skills and empower others with this knowledge
People-oriented, with exceptional communication and relationship-building skills
Ability to speak a second language is helpful, but not required
Access to a car (highly suggested, but not required)
No tax preparation experience or financial background is required – we will train you
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
$2000 monthly living stipend (pre-tax)
Loan deferment on qualified student loans during your service
Payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term
An Education Award of $6,195 upon successful completion of service
Health benefits that meet minimum standards of ACA compliance
10 days of sick leave, 10 days of personal leave
Unlimited Public transportation pass (ORCA)
Opportunity to be a part of an innovative, high-impact program
Working across teams of various community organizations
Gain valuable personal and professional development experience
Becoming a member of a large network of current AmeriCorps members and alums
Less than High School Completed
Subject to criminal background check