The Benefits Hub team is a dynamic cohort of 20 direct service AmeriCorps members working in collaboration with AmeriCorps VISTAs, community based organizations, and campus faculty and staff. As part of this cohort, you will be supported and provided with guidance, tools, and resources in order to succeed. As a Benefits Hub AmeriCorps member, you will become a resource navigation expert and take a client-centered approach. Two to three coaches are deployed to each campus; 1 will specialize in housing navigation, 1 will specialize in financial coaching, and 1 will specialize in poverty alleviation strategies through tax preparation and financial aid navigation:
• Housing Navigation Specialist: This role focuses on helping students who are at risk of becoming or are currently experiencing homelessness navigate tools and resources to stay housed. You’ll learn how to navigate the intricacies of the Seattle and King County housing systems and become an expert in innovative, student-centered homelessness prevention strategies developed by United Way of King County.
• Financial Coaching Specialist: This role focuses on increasing students’ financial stability by supporting students in accessing emergency financial grants, working to build personalized spending & savings plans, and finding creative, individualized solutions to help students pay for school.
• Financial Aid and Tax Preparation Specialist: This role focuses on the important connection between financial aid and tax preparation. Community college students have the highest Pell Grant eligibility rates but access federal financial aid at the lowest rates- you will work to become an expert in FAFSA and WASFA to reverse this cycle. In addition, you will have the opportunity to become a tax expert by serving as a site manager for United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign, supporting students in accessing important education credits and filing their tax returns so that they are eligible for financial aid.
While all members are cross-trained on all interventions, taking on a specialty role in one of the above categories allows you to grow your leadership skills and engage with this work in a unique way. When applying, please indicate your interest.
We are seeking to hire Benefits Hub Coaches at the following campuses:
• Green River College
• Bellevue College
• Highline College
o South Seattle College
o North Seattle College
o Shoreline College
• University of Washington, Bothell/ Cascadia College
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Student loan forbearance
Less than High School Completed
Subject to criminal background check