Benefits Hub Associate - AmeriCorps

United Way of King County Seattle, Washington
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April 24, 2021
United Way of King County
Seattle, Washington
Benefits Hub Team
The Benefits Hub team is a dynamic cohort of 14 VISTA AmeriCorps members working in collaboration with AmeriCorps direct service members, community based organizations, and campus faculty and staff. As part of this cohort, you will be supported and provided with guidance, tools, and resources in order to succeed. As a Benefits Hub Associate, you will build the capacity of the Benefits Hub program by developing strong partnerships and referral pathways, planning and implementing a year-long outreach strategy, convening quarterly meetings with on-campus stakeholders, and engaging volunteers in opportunities that help increase financial stability for college students.
We are seeking to hire Benefits Hub Associates at the following campuses:
Green River College
Bellevue College
Highline College
South Seattle College
North Seattle College
Shoreline College

University of Washington, Bothell/ Cascadia College

Member Roles and Responsibilities:
Develop and implement a year-long campus outreach strategy to increase number of students served
Develop and maintain on-campus partnerships to increase awareness of Benefits Hub services and referrals
Coordinate on-site logistics for quarterly stakeholder convening, workshops, and events to increase student, staff, and faculty engagement
Identify and establish innovative methods that can be piloted on campus to improve program accessibility and effectiveness, and disrupt poverty for students
Recruit and mobilize volunteers to increase capacity for projects that serve students

Participate in ongoing trainings, apply learnings, and implement racial equity strategies to reduce racial disparities in homelessness and poverty for community and technical college students
Diligently track data to demonstrate service outputs and outcomes through production of high-quality reports

Desired Qualifications:
We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do, therefore people of color, first generation college students, and community college graduates are highly encouraged to apply
Second language skill is highly desirable so that we can offer Benefits Hub outreach to students in their preferred or native languages
Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with staff, team and partners
Flexibility and quick problem solving. Doing what it takes to get things done.
Willingness to learn and implement new skills and complex ideas
Ability to quickly understand and navigate complex systems and processes
Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker
Passionate social justice advocate with comprehensive understanding of systemic causes of poverty and racial inequities
Cultural humility and experience working with diverse populations

Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.
Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. F-1 visas are not sufficient.
Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.
Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. AmeriCorps assesses criminal history on a case-by-case basis when determining applicant eligibility.
Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours.
Have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.
Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAs cannot enroll in school except in limited circumstances or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation. VISTAs may have additional employment outside of AmeriCorps but this employment should not interfere with the VISTA project.

Compensation and Benefits
Living allowance of $1,583.40 (pretax)
$5,920 Education Award or $1,800 cash stipend upon successful completion of service
Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
Childcare assistance - please let us know if you are interested in this benefits so that we can provide additional information
10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
Professional work experience
In-service training, skill-building and professional development
Family leave - please let us know if you anticipate needing extended time off for family/maternity leave so that we can provide additional information

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