Economic Opportunity Coordinator VISTA

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc.

About the organization

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a 35-year-old nonprofit recognized as an innovator in resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. We work in Orange, NJ and nearby to amplify the underappreciated strengths of income-constrained residents and organizations. Our goal is to help them build up and sustain healthy neighborhoods that provide economic, educational and cultural opportunities and outcomes rivaling those found in more affluent towns and cities.
We work toward our vision by building safe and healthy affordable housing for residents and affordable commercial space for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We bolster our economic development activity with innovative community empowerment initiatives that seek to inspire neighbors to cultivate their inherent assets to help build a JUST and BEAUTIFUL CITY.
To achieve that vision, we must take on growing disparity in wealth and income between majority BIPOC communities and more affluent neighbors.


The VISTA member will help staff boost organizational capacity to assess economic challenges and opportunities and design, develop and revise strategies that businesses can use to become profitable and homeowners and other residents can use to bolster finances and grow wealth. The successful candidate will be able to:
(1) Develop/revise surveys for new/established small businesses, assess their financial strengths and challenges and develop a portfolio of trainers and service providers to meet their needs.
(2) Develop/revise surveys for residents to assess their financial challenges and opportunities and curate a suite of workshops and services to meet their needs.
(3) Work with homeowners on a home improvement grants program and develop/revise a list of qualified contractors designed to increase the livability and the value of their dwellings.
(4) Research the best ways to incorporate these findings and resources into a robust wealth creation capability within the organization.
Conversational Spanish desired. Car helpful but not required. Current work environment: hybrid of remote/in-person and subject to change.


Some college; passion for urban revitalization, social justice and economic empowerment programs that reduce economic/racial inequities


VISTA stipend

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


The Economic Opportunity Coordinator is an AmeriCorps VISTA position and is full time for one year (August 30, 2021 to August 29, 2022).

The AmeriCorps VISTA member receives a stipend of $16,670 (subject to small change) and these benefits:
• Health Coverage
• Relocation Allowance
• Training
• Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
• Childcare Assistance (if eligible)

The full description is also available at:

Applicants must apply through the AmeriCorps website.

For further information, contact Robin Gordon at [email protected]

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