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JOB OPENING: REFUGEE LEAD POISONING PREVENTION INITIATIVE COORDINATOR (AMERICORPS VISTA)
FULL TIME
SALARY: VISTA Living Stipend (details below)

We are looking for a talented and creative individual who cares deeply about helping refugees protect their families from lead poisoning to serve for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member at the Childhood Lead Action Project. The primary goal of the VISTA’s project is to reduce the exposure of refugee children to lead hazards. The VISTA will improve the capacity of our organization’s efforts to achieve this goal in a variety of ways.

VISTA Responsibilities include:

  • Identify venues and opportunities for lead safety education and training for refugees through resettlement agencies in Providence and additional agencies who serve the refugee/immigrant population.
  • Recruit members of the refugee community and other volunteers to participate in lead safety education programs benefiting refugees and immigrants, including lead-safe house parties, refugee outreach planning meetings, and refugee service provider trainings.
  • Work with state and local partners to help make sure that refugee families are provided lead-safe housing upon their arrival and given the knowledge and tools they need to choose lead-safe housing options for their families in the future.
  • Other training-related and supporting tasks, as needed/assigned

Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Experience facilitating respectful and genuine community-building and decision-making within diverse groups
  • Ability to work both independently and with others
  • Computer skills
  • Fluency in a language spoken by local refugees very helpful
  • Knowledge and/or personal experience with refugee resettlement or the immigration process in the United States is very helpful
  • Experience teaching/training adults (in any context) helpful
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to a car helpful
  • Knowledge of the following topics helpful:
    • Housing safety, tenants’ rights
    • Environmental justice/environmental health
    • RI state and municipal government
    • RI health and human service resources

Training
VISTA members receive extensive training, both on-site and through the state and national VISTA programs. The VISTA will receive ongoing training and supervision from our Executive Director. Initial training will be provided in the form of assigned readings, discussions, online research exercises, and opportunities to shadow or interview a variety of lead poisoning prevention professionals and other contacts. Ongoing supervision will include regularly scheduled, one-on-one meetings in which the VISTA and Executive Director will work together to establish goals; create realistic work and learning plans including clear objectives and a timetable; discuss measurable signs of progress and accomplishment; troubleshoot problems or challenges promptly; and reflect on the value and meaning of our work.

Benefits
This is a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA placement at the Childhood Lead Action Project in Providence, RI. VISTA members commit to serving for one year and receive a living allowance of $472.22 every two weeks. After completing a full year of service successfully, members are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,920 or cash stipend of approximately $1,800 (accrued at a rate of $4.94/day). Depending on eligibility, additional benefits may include reimbursement of certain child care and health care costs. See www.vistacampus.gov for details.

The Childhood Lead Action Project is an equal opportunity employer. Current or former refugees and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply. Send resume and brief email explaining your interest and qualifications to Laura Brion at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Position will be open until filled.

Posted 5/12/18

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JOB OPENING: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
FULL TIME (35 hrs/wk)
SALARY: $38,000-$40,000, depending on experience

The Childhood Lead Action Project is looking for an experienced community organizer to facilitate local-level, community-driven advocacy campaigns aimed at eliminating lead poisoning in Rhode Island. The new organizer will assist with efforts already underway in several areas of the state, and take primary responsibility for moving our efforts forward in Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Fluency/high level of proficiency in both Spanish and English is essential.

The organizer will be responsible for a variety of activities to support campaign and organizational goals. Major advocacy campaign decisions will be made collectively by coalition members and staff.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruit and provide initial orientation and training to coalition members, with special effort made to engage families affected by lead poisoning/lead hazards
  • Drive campaign momentum by providing staff support for coalition meetings and activities (scheduling, reminders/turnout, agenda prep, facilitation, etc.)
  • Promote focused, inclusive, and fun process as coalition members work to set goals, choose effective organizing tactics, and evaluate/celebrate progress as a group
  • Arrange for formal and informal educational opportunities for coalition members, as needs arise (encouraging skill-sharing within the group whenever possible)
  • Participate in community outreach and education regarding tenants' rights, financial assistance for lead abatement for homeowners, and other specific topics related to lead poisoning prevention (could include: door knocking, house parties, community group presentations, more)
  • Maintain organized, accurate records and participate in reporting on activities and accomplishments
  • Other tasks, as needed, interested, and assigned by Executive Director

TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
The Community Organizer will receive ongoing training and supervision from our Executive Director. Initial training will be provided in the form of assigned readings, discussions, online research exercises, and opportunities to shadow or interview a variety of lead professionals and other contacts.

BENEFITS

  • Generous benefits package, reflecting a strong commitment to providing a sustainable work/life balance, includes:
  • Health and dental insurance (premiums covered 100% by employer for full-time employees)
  • Paid vacation, holiday, sick, and personal days (vacation time increases after 2 and 4 years employment)
  • Compensatory time
  • Opportunity to participate in a retirement plan (small employer match after 2 years employment)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Community organizing experience (paid or unpaid) required
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency/high level of proficiency required
  • Valid driver's license and regular access to a car required
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills required
  • Highly organized and dependable
  • Experience teaching/training adults (in any context) preferred
  • Experience facilitating respectful and genuine community-building and decision-making within diverse groups
  • Familiarity with Rhode Island/Rhode Island communities very helpful
  • Computer skills (ability to use common office programs, troubleshoot typical office hardware and software programs, quickly learn to use new software)
  • Public speaking
  • Research skills
  • Knowledge of the following topics helpful:
  • Environmental justice/environmental health
  • Lead poisoning/lead poisoning prevention law & policy
  • Housing safety, tenants' rights
  • RI state and municipal government

The Childhood Lead Action Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women and LGBT individuals are encouraged to apply.

Send cover letter and resume ASAP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Position will be open until filled.

Posted 4/11/2018

REFUGEE LEAD POISONING PREVENTION INITIATIVE COORDINATOR (AMERICORPS VISTA)

 
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