Health and Community Resource Specialist

Virginia Capacity Building Project

About the organization

The Virginia Capacity Building Project is an AmeriCorps VISTA project dedicated to strengthening access to social services across the Commonwealth, with the ultimate goal of combatting poverty and ensuring healthy futures for those we serve. Based out of the Virginia Department of Social Services, we are placing full-time National Service Members with six offices and projects around VDSS. Our team will be addressing a wide variety of topics, including: expanding access to affordable childcare; providing resources to address Substance Use Disorder; pursuing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive service landscape; furthering the goals of food security and good nutrition for all; and many more.

Duties

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program dedicated to ending poverty through capacity building initiatives with community partners. You can read more about AmeriCorps VISTA at https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista.

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will serve with the Office of New Americans (ONA) to collect data from Virginia service providers working with immigrant and refugee populations. They will then analyze this data and use it to identify gaps in services. The goal of this project is to support Virginia’s diverse immigrant communities through an in-depth review of existing resources and unmet needs. The VISTA member will support these efforts by conducting a review of health, housing, and community resources, and creating and distributing a bilingual directory of these resources. Member will conduct research to create a strong understanding of health and community resources available to immigrant communities and will be responsible for creating materials that identify the availability to the beneficiaries about these services. They will collaborate with Virginia 211 to create a strong state-level support system for immigrants in Virginia.

Qualifications

This is designed to be an entry-level position. Applicants are expected to speak fluent Spanish. No prior experience is required, but previous involvement with volunteer work or social services is preferred. Strong communication and research skills are required.

AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living stipend, healthcare benefits, and childcare assistance. They are also eligible for a relocation allowance where applicable. Upon successfully completing their year of service, members are eligible for an Education Award or Cash Stipend bonus, as well as one full year of Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal employment. VISTA members will also receive training and professional development opportunities throughout their year of service.

Salary

$13,800 (annually)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]dss.virginia.gov

Please note that this is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. If you are interested, create a profile and application at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do, and then submit your application for this position.

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