AmeriCorps Family Services Coordinator

The AmeriCorps Family Services Coordinator assists in recruiting new partner families for homeownership. Member will monitor sweat equity hours, assist in information sessions, homeowner education, homeowner application sessions and planning house blessing ceremonies.

This member serves as the point of contact for homeowner families as each family goes through the application and sweat equity processes.

Duties can include conducting applicant orientations, assisting families in application completion and assisting with homeowner education trainings.

 

Responsibilities

  • Recruit homeowner family applicants for traditional homeownership opportunities or for expanded housing products, such as the homeownership education program (a credit repair program to ready families for homeownership with Habitat or a conventional mortgage), Rock the Block or critical home repair.
  • Coordinate existing programs to attract qualified families as needed; this may include marketing the opportunity at local business, faith communities and employers. It could also include communicating and meeting with various social service agencies.
  • Assist family services staff in responding to calls and emails inquiring about homeownership in a timely manner.
  • Conduct applicant orientations and assist families in the completion of the housing application.
  • Work with the family selection committee to select homeowner families for a variety of housing products, including Habitat homes, critical home repair, A Brush with Kindness and weatherization projects.
    • Tasks may include preparing financial eligibility calculations and summaries for the committee on each applicant.
    • Assist family services staff in making follow-up, clarifying calls on homeowner applications.
  • Attend all family selection meetings.
    • Prepare monthly summaries on homeowner family progress for committee.
  • Track sweat-equity hours and send families monthly updates.
  • Work with the family services committee and staff to provide educational opportunities to homeowner families.
    • Plan and carry out homeowner education courses.
    • Recruit appropriate teachers and speakers as needed.
  • Become familiar with homeowner files to be able to answer day-to-day questions.
  • Assist family services and construction staff with collecting necessary family information to prepare for closings.
  • Work with homeowner families to plan their home dedication.

On occasion, member may build alongside homeowner families as they complete their sweat-equity requirements.

 

Experience, knowledge and skills

Required

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.

Preferred

  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Experience working with volunteers, teaching or group facilitation.
  • Experience working as a member of a larger team.
  • A second language is desirable, with preferred language being Spanish.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Knowledge of community development practices.
  • Marketing experience.

 

Physical requirements

  • Ability to sit at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
  • About (30) percent of this position requires outreach in the community, including visiting buildings and homes that may have stairs, as well as occasionally serving on project sites that may have uneven terrain.

 

Please review the complete position description here.

Please email cover letter and resume to applicants@habitatkc.org.