Program Development Specialist- Professional Business Development Group Foundation
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.
PBDG Foundation, located in Portland, Oregon, improves the business conditions of small minority and women-owned firms in the construction industry through education, training, and mentorship. Our community is any under-resourced small construction firm in urban, suburban, and rural areas of Oregon and SW Washington. The VISTA member placed at our agency will assist in developing our Prosperity Blueprint, a community needs assessment that will define our holistic programs and develop the capacity of the PBDG Foundation to deploy microenterprise and financial technical assistance, ultimately creating and retaining jobs across Oregon. However, the PBDG Foundation VISTA member will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by creating a robust assessment of the needs of under-resourced BIPOC communities in Oregon and advising on the implementation of subsequent program strategy. PBDG Foundation is seeking a VISTA member experienced with needs assessment and data analysis to join our small, collaborative team.
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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