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Financial Opportunity Center AmeriCorps Member

Pathfinder Services and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are accepting applications for a summer only AmeriCorps member to serve as a Financial Fitness Services Coordinator.

This position is open to anyone age 18 and older with their GED/high school diploma who can fully accept a $1,289.95 education award to pay off existing eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not be in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. In addition to the education award, the position pays a total stipend of $3,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 10 equal checks from Pathfinder Services, though the individual selected is not considered to be an employee of Pathfinder Services or LISC. This is an AmeriCorps position.

This paid volunteer position begins July 1, 2020 and ends September 21, 2020 with a minimum of 300 hours served through the term of the position. The exact beginning and end dates will be confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.

The AmeriCorps Member will serve in the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) within Pathfinder Services. This area of the agency provides all-encompassing supports to people facing financial instability by providing services in the areas of financial coaching, employment training, and benefits counseling. The Member will begin service by completing training provided by Pathfinder Services.

Once trained, the Member will serve as a liaison between the FOC and referral sources, resource agencies, and FOC clients. The ideal Member will be comfortable working with all people, regardless of background, financial status, education level, ethnicity, orientation, ability, or religion.

Daily tasks and weekly goals will be discussed between the Member and supervisor according to the Member’s learning style and professional needs. During service, the Member will be expected to complete the following:

  • Liaise with Pathfinder Services divisions to provide information and gain client referrals.
  • Liaise with external agencies and support service providers to send and receive referrals of FOC clients.
  • Assist FOC clients during their intake process.
  • Support referring agencies during the FOC client intake process.

This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Pathfinder Services will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member. Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.

Members will perform day to day service at Pathfinder North Campus, located at 2824 Theater Avenue in Huntington, Indiana. Member will serve a minimum of 30 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There may be

opportunities to serve evenings and weekends. Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and Pathfinder Services.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

  • Attend a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to the organization
  • Attend all locally sponsored monthly meetings
  • Participate in nationally sponsored webinars
  • Actively participate in team coordinated service projects
  • Engage in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule while staying on task

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member, the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

  • Be eligible to earn 100% of the education award associated with this description
  • Be eligible to perform the term of national service associated with this description
  • Have unexpired proof of status as a U.S. citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS during the pre-enrollment period
  • Possess a high school degree or GED certificate
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to complete all hours within the timeframe of the service term and serve the full term

PATHFINDER SERVICES CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Provide two positive references
  • Pass background checks that include criminal history, sex offender registry, nurse aide registry, and fraud
  • Be tested initially and periodically for TB

Upon application for the position, candidates consent to all background checks. Candidates must be cleared for service prior to the first day of the term.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $1,289.95 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $3,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 10 equal checks from Pathfinder Services. Additional benefits for alums can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service/alumni and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Nicole Hahn via email at [email protected] or by mail to 2824 Theater Avenue, Huntington, IN 46750.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

ABOUT LISC

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business, and raise families. Over the last 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment, and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. These investments have leveraged more than $60.4 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 35 markets and a Rural program making an impact in 2,100 counties. Visit us at www.lisc.org