AmeriCorps VISTA Resident Engagement Coordinator

Website Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

The Resident Engagement Coordinator VISTA will grow our capacity to help our nonprofit members meet the housing needs of low-income and vulnerable Vermonters by meaningfully engaging and elevating the voices of affordable housing residents in state-level housing advocacy.

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is a statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have safe, adequate, physically accessible and affordable housing, particularly the state’s low and moderate-income residents, people with disabilities, the homeless, elders, and families with children. Our further mission is to:

  • Encourage resident participation and control in their housing;
  • Advocate for the preservation of existing housing, protection of renters, and the development of new perpetually affordable housing;
  • Promote the recognition of housing as a basic human right for all Vermonters through education;
  • And act as a catalyst for exploring and developing innovative means of preserving and increasing Vermont’s affordable housing stock.

The Coalition’s 70-plus members represent most of Vermont’s nonprofit affordable housing developers, community land trusts, homeless shelters and service providers, public housing authorities, funding agencies,, community action agencies, regional planners, and housing, disability and tenants’ rights advocates. Together, VAHC’s members provide housing and services to tens of thousands of low-income Vermonters.

General Responsibilities

The Resident Engagement VISTA will grow our capacity to help our nonprofit members meet the housing needs of low-income and vulnerable Vermonters by meaningfully engaging and elevating the voices of affordable housing residents in state-level housing advocacy. To do so, they will:

  • Work with our Resident Organizer and support the Resident Organizing Network operations including recruiting, engaging, training, and supporting low-income residents of affordable housing and mobile home parks from across the state
  • Develop resources for the Resident Organizing Network to inform residents about recent state-level affordable housing policy developments
  • Facilitate conversations that elevate the voices of affordable housing residents and ensure that community practices and experiences inform statewide policy
  • Work on special projects, such as “Voices of Home” story-telling project
    Help organize coalition & work group meetings
  • Research and write grants to enhance coalition sustainability
  • Increase public awareness of housing needs and solutions to end homelessness
    Meet with regional and national partners at conferences and trainings
  • Maintain a library of resources that can help affordable housing residents meet their own housing needs and those of their community

Specific Responsibilities

  • Updates and maintains Coalition’s resident relations database (Little Green Light)
  • Develops resident training curricula with the Resident Organizer
  • Recruits resident leaders to participate in trainings and to take on leadership positions within the Vermont Resident Organizing Network
  • Updates the Resident Organizing Network’s web page with up-to-date information and resources
  • Works with Communications and Outreach VISTA to post news, stories, and program updates to social media and the blog
  • Helps plan and facilitate the annual Homelessness Awareness Day at the statehouse
  • Assists lead artist and Communications and Outreach VISTA with Voices of Home multi-media story-telling project
  • Writes grants and undertakes other fundraising activities
  • Compiles, summarizes, and presents Vermont housing and homelessness-related research
  • Assists with grant compliance and reporting
  • Assists with planning and organizing biennial statewide housing conference
  • Assists with general administrative tasks as needed
  • Assists with annual membership fundraising drive
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Interest in fields of affordable housing and homelessness
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Interest or experience in community organizing
  • Self-starter attitude and ability to work independently
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds, particularly low-income people and people who have experienced homelessness
  • Research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of social and web-based media
  • Experience in housing, homelessness, community development and grant-writing a plus
  • Experience in resident engagement a plus
    Valid driver’s license required; car preferred but not required

AmeriCorps Benefits: This is a service position with the SerVermont Americorps VISTA program. Benefits include living allowance, childcare assistance if eligible, training, choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, relocation allowance, health coverage & living allowance. For more detailed information about AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, visit: https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service. Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition provides $150 per month in rental assistance.

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@vtaffordablehousing.org