Economic Prosperity Organizer- Unite Oregon
Mercy Corps Northwest Americorps Program
About the organization
Mercy Corps Northwest AmeriCorps members oversee projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through financial education, job skills training, microenterprise & asset development, affordable housing, homeless services, food security, and disaster preparedness. While the programs that AmeriCorps members develop endure for years, AmeriCorps members perform only indirect service; interaction with clients will be limited and the member will spend the majority of their time in an office setting*. However, AmeriCorps service offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in implementing a program—skills highly desired by employers.
Unite Oregon is a statewide organization headquartered in Portland, OR. Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice. Our community is located in Oregon’s largest and most diverse city. The VISTA member placed at our organization will support the East Portland Community Prosperity (EPCP) Initiative to build wealth for low-income immigrants, refugees, and people of color. The Unite Oregon VISTA member will play a dynamic role ending poverty by building capacity for a workforce training program and small business incubator as part of the EPCP to provide financial empowerment opportunities and connect low-income immigrants, refugees, and people of color to living wage jobs in traditional and emerging sectors. The VISTA member will support the continuation of the EPCP initiative by modeling implementation of a workforce development program, expanding partnerships, piloting the application of a business coaching program model, and building capacity for fundraising efforts to maintain sustainability.
To be eligible for AmeriCorps service, a candidate must:
Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
Pass a national service criminal history check
Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses:
Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status)
Persons legally residing within a state with the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout AmeriCorps service, or holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
Able to start by the start date noted in the position listing
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Demonstrated commitment to community/public service
Intercultural communication skills and experience working within diverse communities
Preference given to those with lived experience in economically diverse environments
Strong volunteer/community service experience
High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree, or 4 years of relevant work experience, or a combination preferred (college degree is NOT required)
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to solve problems and be flexible
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well in a team environment
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive preferred
Contact email: [email protected]
AmeriCorps Members and Leaders serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort receive several benefits including a modest living allowance, an end of service benefit of either an education award of approximately $6000 or a cash stipend, MCNW-exclusive supplemental benefits of $4000, and more. Early applications are encouraged. Selections for this role will be made on a rolling basis.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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