Central Berkshire HFH - National - Family Services Coordinator

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Serve, learn, lead and explore in the beautiful Northeast! The Berkshires are filled with lakes, mountains, and four seasons of outdoor adventures. A vibrant art and culture scene, Tanglewood is just minutes away, and we boast that James Taylor lives here! Kripalu Yoga Center is nearby, as well as the Clark Art Institute and MassMoca. We are the home of wonderful summer street festivals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Jacobs Pillow Dance, all of which are free.

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity (CBHFH) has been hosting AmeriCorps members since 2012, and we have a track record of members staying for multiple terms, as well as them finding jobs in our community or organization. Our AmeriCorps members play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and creating opportunities for residents to transform their lives. Our members are the ambassadors of CBHFH, interacting with over 2,000 volunteers, partner families and community stakeholders each year. During a year of service with CBHFH, AmeriCorps members will gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in leadership, public speaking and community development.

Benefits beyond the AmeriCorps living allowance and education award include reduced cost housing at VISTA house, a beautiful three bedroom, fully furnished solar energy condo just minutes from the office. In your off hours, hike Mt. Greylock or kayak in one of our three lakes (one within walking distance to VISTA house). We offer an inclusive community of care for all. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families in Berkshire County. For more information about Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website.

Family Services Coordinator

As a Family Services Coordinator, you will be the point of contact for all future homeowners, in addition to being their mentor as they go through the homeownership process. Your primary responsibility will be to recruit future homeowner applicants for traditional homeownership opportunities or for expanded housing products, such as A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) or Critical Home Repair (CHR). Additionally, you will conduct applicant orientations and assist families in the completion of the housing application, as well as assist the Family Services staff in making all follow-up and clarification calls on homeowner applications. Another responsibility will be to track future homeowner hours and send monthly updates and letters to those future homeowners, in addition to providing monthly summaries on future homeowner progress at the family selection meetings. On occasion, you may have the opportunity to build alongside our future homeowners as they complete their sweat equity requirements.

Required Qualifications:

• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver's license
• Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)

Helpful Qualifications:

• Public speaking experience
• Marketing experience

Benefits of Service:

• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $12,630 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
Segal Education Award of $5,815 (upon successful completion of service) – lifetime maximum of 2
• Affordable Care Act compliant health care plan (Habitat pays the monthly premiums)
Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• 10 personal/sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources

What’s in it for you?

At the end of the service year, you will have moved us substantially forward in accomplishing the following goals: (1) build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for families and communities, (2) educate, equip, and engage community members to have the necessary tools to become great homeowners with Habitat, and through conventional financing, and (3) engage community members to take an active role in systems change in their neighborhoods, which includes Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) activities and Voices of Women leadership.

What’s needed to apply?

• Resume (tell us about your experience)
• Motivation Statement (express why you want to serve) – input in “Cover Letter” section
Location:
Pittsfield, MA
State/Region:
Massachusetts
Job Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Employment Type:
AmeriCorps
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