The Employment & Community Justice VISTA will support the efforts of the Shriver Center to create and promote legal and policy solutions to improve access to employment and improved working conditions for low-income workers, including reducing the negative impact criminal justice involvement has on job seekers and workers. The VISTA will also support the efforts of the Shriver Center to integrate workforce development with economic development, and education and vocational training, so that low-income Illinois job seekers and workers build lasting skills, access post-secondary education and work supports, and obtain career path employment leading to economic security and advancement. In addition to supporting the Shriver Center’s employment activities, the Employment & Community Justice VISTA will help with research, organization and documentation of the Shriver Center’s growing community justice efforts.
Assist and support our workforce and economic development activities, including state and local implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and fair workplaces initiatives
Assist and support our efforts to reduce the negative impact of involvement with the criminal justice system) on employment and employment opportunities
Assist in the development of informational materials and manuals, including updating Getting Ahead: An Adult Student’s Guide to Public Benefits in Illinois
Plan and implement marketing, outreach, and training activities to promote Getting Ahead
Assist in monitoring workforce and economic development policies and programs on the federal and state level, including those related to TANF, SNAP and WIAO
Represent the Shriver Center in the monthly Workforce Development Working Group and other meetings, trainings and events of workforce organizations and advocates
Conduct research related to community justice initiatives and prepare informational memos for advocate
Contribute to organizational knowledge management goals by developing systems for helping the advocates organize their materials in the online document management system and community partners and activities into the constituent relationship management system
Research and contribute articles monthly to the WomanView newsletter, and to the Shriver Brief blog and other publications as needed
Provide logistical support for staff with regards to meetings, conferences and media events
Complete all required VISTA program reports and activities;
Participate in a variety of special projects with other advocacy staff and VISTAs as needed
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Margaret Stapleton at email@example.com. For more information, visit our website at www.povertylaw.org.
Experience working on workforce, community justice and/or economic development issues a plus
Active interest in and desire to learn more about issues that impact low-income people
Ability to work independently and as a team player, be a self-starter, balance multiple responsibilities, and flexibility within a changing work environment
Strong organization, research, and documentation skills preferred. Must be detail oriented
Strong oral, analytic, and written communication skills
Ability to represent self and program in a professional and enthusiastic manner to the public
Familiarity and facility with a Microsoft Office system (Word, Explorer, Excel, PPT, etc.); knowledge of social media tools and database systems helpful
Open to learning skills within outreach and advocacy initiatives
Spanish-speaking a plus
Additional Salary Information: Please note that this is not a job, but a one-year volunteer position with benefits funded by the AmeriCorps*Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program (www.americorps.gov). Benefits include a monthly living allowance, a health plan, a transportation stipend and, after successful completion of the term, an Education Award that can be used to repay students loans or for future education expenses. Federal student loans may also be deferred during the 12-month commitment.
About Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center) is a not-for-profit organization that provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We work directly to win positive change through our specific advocacy initiatives, and we provide a range of professional development resources t...hat build and support the national network of advocates engaged in those efforts. We engage in a broad range of interrelated policy areas and accomplish our mission through programs involving legislative and administrative advocacy and education, policy development, litigation, organizing, communications, and training.