HFH of Greater Newburgh - National - Family Services Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

Nestled in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York, Newburgh is a historic city teeming with possibilities. Located 50 miles North of New York City, Newburgh was incorporated as a city in 1709, though the history of the area dates even further back than that. The Algonquin peoples grew corn, beans, and gourds in its soils, George Washington directed his troops from atop a hill in the center of the city, and barges containing everything from bricks to denim overalls floated the Hudson river to be sold in New York City. The City of Newburgh is the largest contiguous historical district in New York State, making it larger than any one area of New York City.

However, the need here is great. Newburgh is a city that has seen tough times, and in walking its streets this becomes evident; condemned buildings line the avenues, trash blocks storm drains and tangles in neglected gardens, and its main street is dotted with closed down storefronts. According to the City of Newburgh, there are currently over 700 vacant buildings and homes.

Though the city is crestfallen, it is showing tremendous signs of life; where there once were crumbling vacancies, there are now children playing tag in backyards. Families that were once paying exorbitant rent for dangerous living situations are now paying fair, affordable mortgages for homes that they can call their own. Thanks to Habitat Newburgh, the streets that were previously the most dangerous are now the liveliest. Habitat Newburgh rejuvenates the community by building and renovating homes and providing low income families with an opportunity to become owners of these homes, as well as engaging the neighborhood with twice-weekly volunteer coffee breaks and volunteer opportunities Wednesday - Saturday. Habitat Newburgh relies on community volunteers, home buyer families, AmeriCorps members (National and VISTA), and staff to deliberately and devotedly take action to rejuvenate the city.

While serving with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, you will also have the opportunity to live in one of the most sought after regions of the country, known as the Hudson Valley. You can take advantage of easy access to New York City, as well as hiking, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, and a plethora of music and cultural activities. Habitat Newburgh also has rental housing available just around the corner from the home office, and offers assistance in furnishing the apartment (via Habitat Newburgh ReStore). Our AmeriCorps members are highly encouraged to utilize our unique location to network and develop themselves personally and professionally.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, 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
• Personal vehicle
• Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)

Helpful Qualifications:

• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred languages being Spanish
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Detail oriented and highly organized
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• Public speaking experience
• Marketing experience

Benefits of Service:

• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $13,732 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
Segal Education Award of $5,920 (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 help us in the identification, recruitment, orientation and counseling of qualified families for homeownership and home repair projects. Your efforts will help us serve up to 10 individuals, including one (1) whom is a veteran, active military, or their family members. On occasion, you will build alongside homeowner families as they complete their sweat equity requirements. Additionally, you will gain enhanced skills in communication, leadership, delegation, team-building time & project management, construction and safety.

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:
Newburgh, NY
State/Region:
New York
Job Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Employment Type:
AmeriCorps
Travel:
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.

 

Habitat for Humanity International is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.