Online Education Associate- Mercy Corps Northwest Women's Business Center
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.
As the domestic arm of the global organization of Mercy Corps, Mercy Corps Northwest, located in Portland, Oregon, is focused on creating innovative solutions to tough local challenges, including limited access to finance, recidivism, structural inequality and the intergenerational cycle of poverty. The VISTA member will be placed within the MCNW Education Department and Women’s Business Center (WBC) and will assist in developing an online education platform for low income entrepreneurs. Ahe VISTA will help to alleviate poverty in rural and other underserved communities by developing partnerships and awareness of MCNW entrepreneurship resources in communities that have the greatest need, while continuing to build resources into the online platform that will meet those needs. The VISTA member will identify and train partner organizations throughout the state that work in communities who would benefit from entrepreneurship training. The member will help to develop guidelines and conventions around conducting education activities online from the MCNW Portland office. Additionally, the member will continue to build out additional resources throughout the year to benefit new and existing vulnerable small businesses, helping them to increase their technical knowledge and economic stability.
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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