Volunteer Corps Applications Due June 1st

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Corps Member

Position Overview: L.A. Works will be placing passionate, dedicated, highly motivated individuals in nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles. They will help transform their host site’s volunteer programs through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement, and engagement practices. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in nonprofits or with volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Check out our 2017 – 2018 host sites: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15bm-vJxOb5zjSA6ME_ccepX6liMHKv5L0BNshOA85EA/edit?usp=sharing 

Responsibilities Include:

  •  Thoroughly assess host site’s volunteer program;
  • Identify new, creative volunteer roles at host site;
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at host site;
  • Contribute to monthly and annual grant reporting;
  • Attend monthly meetings and trainings at L.A. Works;
  • Serve as a Project Leader at L.A. Works special days of service;

Benefits:

  • Living Allowance | AmeriCorps member receive a living allowance that is distributed bi-weekly.
  • Segal Education Award | Upon successful completion of one year of service, AmeriCorps members earn a $5,775 education award that can be put towards student loans or future educational expenses.
  • Loan Forbearance | AmeriCorps members may be eligible to have their loans temporarily postponed while they are serving
  • Childcare | AmeriCorps VISTA member may qualify for childcare assistance during their terms of service.
  • Health Benefits | All AmeriCorps VISTA members are eligible to participate in the Health Benefits Program at no cost.

Key Qualifications:

  • Commitment and understanding of the AmeriCorps principles and values including the one year of service;
  • Ability to adapt to the living allowance and other lifestyle challenges common for AmeriCorps members;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Engaging public speaker and networker
  • Professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone
  • Passion for nonprofit work and belief in the value of community service

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Duration: One-year commitment

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three main service programs of AmeriCorps that connects full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life experience. The term of service lasts for 1 year. A Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training is required for all members.

Apply Here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=72468&fromSearch=true

 

1500 volunteers @Dorsey for MLK Day!

For MLK Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16, L.A. Works organized more than 1,500 corporate and community volunteers to beautify Dorsey HS, a Title 1 LAUSD school that has suffered from maintenance and facilities staff budget cuts. One of the facilities staff member shared with us:

 “You all did in a day what I’ve been trying to do in 4 years.”

Our volunteer power collectively supported improving the learning environment for the next generation of change makers.

We were honored to have Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, former five-time Laker Champion and current Laker television analyst Derek Fisher, Ret. Judge Candace Cooper (Dorsey alumna), Board member and actor Roger Guenveur Smith, and L.A. Works co-founder Bob L. Johnson kick-off the day of service.

To give you an idea of what was completed on the day of service…

Planting-
88 plants were planted campus-wide
10 cubic yards of mulch was distributed

Light Construction-
6 pieces of baseball equipment storage
4 seedling tables
4 simple benches
4 planter benches
5 large square planter

Mural painting-
14 wall murals

Assembly-
62 fleece blankets
200 nutrition packets

Campus-wide clean up-
2 trailers of e-waste was collected
More than 250 bags collected from weeding, trash pick up, classroom cleaning
Wall repainting campus-wide

These events are expensive to organize. We would like to recognize and give one more thanks to our top sponsors because we couldn’t organize these events without their support: Target, Kaiser, Accenture, Macy’s, In a Perfect World Foundation, the Laker Youth Foundation, The Jonathan Club, and Councilmember Herb Wesson.

Want to join in?! We have hundreds of projects each month for you to try out and find an organization, issue area, location, and/or experience that is the best fit for you. Check out more projects on our website: www.laworks.com.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Heal Southern California

By L.A. Works Guest Contributor: Christine Essel
President and CEOsouthern-california-grantmakers
Southern California Grantmakers

With racial, ethnic, religious, and political divisiveness rising across America, organizations across the country, prompted by an effort by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, are calling for a National Day of Healing on Tuesday, January 17. The goal is to spur efforts to heal the wounds created by racial and other biases and to build an equitable and just society in which all people thrive.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Heal Southern California

  1. On January 17, join Community Coalition for an open forum with colleagues from a diverse group of organizations focused on racial healing. This conversation will take place 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 8101 S. Vermont Avenue.
  2. Get to know someone of a different racial, ethnic, or religious background. Ask them to share something about their history and culture and share something about yours.
  3. Start a thought provoking conversation or share inspiring resources through your social media posts with questions like “What does racial healing look like to you?” or “How can racial healing help our country become more vibrant?”. Post a short video addressing why racial healing is important to you. Use the hashtags #TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation), #TheDayToHeal, and #DayOfRacialHealing.
  4. Recognize your own biases – we all have them! Try taking the Harvard Implicit Bias Test. Once you know your biases, you’ll be better equipped to resist stereotyping and look for the good in each person.
  5. Visit a local museum to explore the diversity around us. Check out the Annenberg Space for Photography’s IDENTITY exhibit (through 2/26) and lectures and exhibits at the Museum of Tolerance, Chinese American Museum, Japanese American National Museum, California African American Museum, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes; and the Dream Resource Center, among others.
  6. Watch a film about the impacts of racism and discrimination in our country and our modern world. Consider Hidden Figures, Defamation, Loving, 13th, Dreamer, A Better Life, He Named Me Malala, Breathin: The Eddy Zheng Story, Grab, Moonlight, The Case Against 8, and even Zootopia (to spark discussion with children). We also recommend reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario, Trustbuilding by Rob Corcoran.
  7. Explore how race and racism have shaped Southern California specifically. Consider reading Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s by Gerald Horne, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California by Wendy Cheng, Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights by Philippa Strum, Southland by Nina Revoyr, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith. You can also attend a performance of the upcoming production of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum to experience the cultural and political context of Chicano life in 1940s.
  8. Be a tourist in your own community: visit some lesser known sites of local civil rights history with the alternative guidebook, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles by Laura Barraclough. You can also visit the Harada House in Riverside County.
  9. Think about the diversity within your neighborhood, workplace, local school, house of worship, etc., and initiate conversations about where and why there might be a lack of inclusion.
  10. Imagine what a healed Southern California community would look like and commit personally to work for racial healing and equity; volunteer with or support organizations that focus on healing and equity.

Now Hiring: RSVP Outreach Coordinator (part-time position)

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With 25 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people age 55 and above. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a part of the larger Senior Corps initiative, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been an invaluable resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters. L.A. Works has received a three year renewable grant to develop a strong Los Angeles RSVP program. Building on the foundation of existing programming and relationships L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, this program will more than double the volunteer resources L.A. Works provides to the greater Los Angeles region.

RSVP Outreach Coordinator Position Overview: The RSVP Outreach Coordinator will seek out, engage and recruit new volunteer members to help build this special program providing volunteer and social opportunities for active adults age 55+ in Los Angeles County. This position requires a Coordinator who is passionate about mobilizing baby boomers in service and excited to present to and connect with a broad array of communities throughout Los Angeles. The ideal candidate will need to be out-going, tech-savvy, self-motivated, and highly organized. This individual should be knowledgeable on aging issues and opportunities. In collaboration with the Director of RSVP and RSVP team, this position will help increase RSVP membership, and ensure expected outcomes are achieved. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit individuals age 55+ for RSVP membership;
  • Engage and connect RSVP members to ongoing volunteer opportunities;
  • Utilize all Corporation for National and Community Service, L.A. Works website, and current and relevant volunteer promotional websites to list volunteer events;
  • Utilize social media to promote RSVP program and volunteer opportunities;
  • Actively conduct outreach to community organizations, continuing education programs, gyms, clubs, libraries, and centers for older adults;
  • Work closely with RSVP team to maximize outreach impact;
  • Maintain clear, current and accurate records in database system;
  • Develop and deliver dynamic and inspiring outreach presentation materials; and
  • Participate in L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service and L.A. Works Signature Projects;

Additional requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Access to personal cell phone;
  • Support L.A. Works office/programming as needed;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal car for regular travel throughout Los Angeles County; and
  • Some evening and weekend commitments.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience;
  • High attention to detail and commitment to high quality, timely work;
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks and deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated Mac computer and program skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, salesforce (or equivalent) database management, presentations, mail merge, email, and digital/social media;
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships;
  • Highly organized and self-motivated; and
  • Experience with social media promotion preferred.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of RSVP. This position is a part-time (20 hours/week), hourly paid, flexible position with benefits.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills to HR@laworks.com.

We’re Hiring: Warehouse Coordinator

Position Overview: The Warehouse Coordinator is an important member of our Corporate Engagement Program team and reports to the Logistics Manager. The Corporate Engagement team organizes hands on service projects for corporate partners and Day of Service events for community volunteers. Working with the Logistics Manager, the Warehouse Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the warehouse and project supplies. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:
• Clean and organize a small warehouse of light construction equipment and volunteer event project supplies. Keep the warehouse safe for other staff members.
• Maintain an accurate warehouse inventory, reassessing supplies after each event.
• Communicate what supplies need to be ordered before upcoming events.
• Ensure all event project supplies are at the project site the day of the event.
• Attend events and lead volunteers through projects.
• Load and unload event equipment as directed.
• Pick up supply orders and make deliveries when needed.
• Submit receipts for event supplies in a timely manner.

Key Requirements:
• Self-starter who can work independently.
• Experience as a handyman and/or working in a warehouse.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds.
• Valid CA Driver’s License and a good driving record.
• Clean background check.

Hours and Compensation:
This is a part-time position 8-10 hours per weekly, with up to 60 additional hours per month of paid time available, dependent on monthly event schedule. Some Saturdays required. $12/hour.

Location:

L.A. River Center & Gardens 570 West Avenue 26, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90065

Application Procedure:
Email a resume, responses to the following questions, and references to HR2@laworks.com with the subject line “Warehouse Coordinator”.
• Why are you interested in working for L.A. Works?
• Why do you think you would be a good fit for this role?
• Give an example of when you have had to work under pressure

More about L.A. Works at www.laworks.com

5 Tips for New Volunteers

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Want to give back to your community, but not sure how? Here are five tips from L.A. Works project leaders to make your volunteering experience worthwhile — for you and those receiving your generosity. Click here for our opportunity calendar for a volunteer project near you that fits your busy schedule.

1. Go with your heart. “Volunteer for a cause that speaks to you,” says Ed Simon, who oversees craft activities with homeless kids at The Midnight Mission. “The closer it is to your heart, the more fulfilling it will be.”

2. Know before you go. “Sometimes people sign up unaware that this is a special-needs program,” says Crystal Garcia of KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), which provides athletics for the disabled. “A little research goes a long way.”

3. Be flexible. “Volunteer morale could make or break a project,” says Kelly Newman who manages volunteers at Aviva Family and Children’s Services, a West Hollywood shelter for at-risk girls. “When trying to motivate our teens to go hiking for instance, everyone needs to be on the same page.”

4. Don’t flake. “A sorority signed up once to volunteer, and not one showed,” says Bona Tucker, founder of PetSave Foundation, a rescue for abandoned rabbits. “When you’ve got hundreds of rabbits to feed and clean, this could be a disaster. Advanced notice is key.”

5. Have fun! “Volunteering should be joyful, not a chore,” says Joe Mullich, who leads volunteers at Children of the Night, a shelter for former teen prostitutes. “Perhaps the greatest thing about it, apart from serving others, is working side-by-side with fun, compassionate Angelenos you might otherwise never meet.”

L.A. Works creates and leads hands-on community service projects throughout the region. Follow us on social media for all the latest:

Instagram: @LAWorksnow
Twitter: @LAWorksNow
Facebook: LAWorks
LinkedIn: bit.ly/LAWorks

We’re Hiring: Warehouse Associate

Position: Warehouse Associate, Part-time, as-needed 

L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Founded in 1991, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.

Position Overview: The Warehouse Associate is an important member of our Corporate Engagement Program team and reports to the Logistics Manager. The Corporate Engagement team organizes hands on service projects for corporate partners and Day of Service events for community volunteers. Working with the Logistics Manager, the Warehouse Associate is responsible for maintaining the warehouse and project supplies. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

 Responsibilities:

  • Clean and organize a small warehouse of light construction equipment and volunteer event project supplies. Keep the warehouse safe for other staff members.
  • Maintain an accurate warehouse inventory, reassessing supplies after each event.
  • Communicate what supplies need to be ordered before upcoming events.
  • Ensure all event project supplies are at the project site the day of the event.
  • Attend events and lead volunteers through projects.
  • Load and unload event equipment as directed.
  • Pick up supply orders and make deliveries when needed.
  • Submit receipts for event supplies in a timely manner.

Key Requirements:

  • Self-starter who can work independently.
  • Experience as a handyman and/or working in a warehouse.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Valid CA Driver’s License and a good driving record.
  • Clean background check.

Hours and Compensation: This is a part-time, as-needed position, with up to 60 hours per month of paid time available, dependent on monthly event schedule. Some Saturdays required. $12/hour.

Location:

L.A. River Center & Gardens

570 West Avenue 26, Suite 400

Los Angeles, CA 90065

Application Procedure: Email a resume, responses to the following questions, and references to HR2@laworks.com with the subject line “Warehouse Associate”.

  • Why are you interested in working for L.A. Works?
  • Why do you think you would be a good fit for this role?
  • Give an example of when you have had to work under pressure

We’re Hiring: Special Events Coordinators

Special Events Coordinators (flexible, part-time contractor position, several openings available)

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With more than 20 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

Position Overview: As a part of the L.A. Works leadership community, the Special Events Coordinators (SEC) will plan and lead corporate volunteer events on a per-project basis. This is a flexible contractor position, perfect for someone looking to grow his or her leadership experience and supplement his or her income. Coordinators will be pre-trained and certified by L.A. Works. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, be knowledgeable about the latest trends in the nonprofit sector, and have experience working with and managing volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities for Special Events Coordinator Role:
Leadership and planning of hands-on community service projects for volunteers and nontraditional relationships with corporate partners. Overall project work consists of ~50% hands-on labor, physical work and project prep; 40% project planning; 10% project leading.

Special Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with designated school, nonprofit, or community agency to develop and lead a volunteer event for team of 50-300 corporate employee volunteers that fits within event budget;
  • With support of Senior Special Event Coordinator, communicate with corporate liaison to ensure all corporate partner needs are being met;
  • Coordinate with specialists such as muralist and environmental consultants for projects as needed;
  • Scope volunteer project activities and plan event logistics such as first aid, parking, run-of-show, etc.
  • Create necessary event documents, including projects lists, site maps, cue-to-cues, call sheets, etc.
  • Train corporate volunteers as project leaders for events with at least one on-site training
  • Create supply lists and ensure that supplies, water, and food are delivered to project site and pre-sorted ahead of time;
  • Provide Senior SEC with supply order at least 2 weeks prior to event for purchase and delivery;
  • Secure all necessary permits and ensure school processes (insurance, approvals, etc.) are handled, as appropriate;
  • Document event activities through pre- and post- event photos, action photos of volunteers working, high-quality photos of murals. Create final report with # of people served, volunteer hours contributed, and other impact statistics;
  • Complete survey evaluation and any necessary event close out;
  • Promote L.A. Works programs and follow up with volunteers who want to stay involved;
  • Attend and lead signature Days of Service and other special events/corporate volunteer projects as needed.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

 Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible leadership experience;
  • Event planning or production planning experience, a plus;
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector; in-depth understanding of volunteer management and engagement practices, a plus;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Great organizational skills, detail-oriented and meets strict deadlines;
  • Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
  • Comfortable delivering presentations and guiding a room of participants;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills; ability to see the big picture as well as immediate needs; and

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds;
  • Valid CA driver’s license;
  • Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Availability for some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Senior Special Events Coordinator.

Position Status: SECs are independent contractors, billed through 1099 forms. Work will be available on a project-by-project basis based on event availability and SEC schedule/performance. Transportation, mileage and other work-related expenses are the responsibility of each SEC and will not be reimbursed by L.A. Works.

Payment Structure: Payment is determined and paid on a contract basis for each individual project. In addition to SEC performance, considerations include complexity of project, number of volunteers, level of existing corporate contract relationship, potential public exposure of event, etc. Project estimate is $525-725 for ~35 hour project to start, upon the discretion of the Director of Corporate Engagement and Senior Special Events Coordinator.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills with the subject line Special Events Coordinator to HR2@laworks.com.

Now Hiring: Director of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Funded by the Corporation for National Community Service as a part of the larger Senior Corps initiative, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. Building on the foundation and relationships L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, by June 30, 2017 this new program will engage more than 850 individuals in meaningful service experiences.

Position Overview: The Director of RSVP will spearhead the RSVP program for Baby Boomer volunteers, age 55 plus, at L.A. Works. This role will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic management, leading the team of staff and skilled volunteers to achieve the outcomes set forth by CNCS. This program requires a Director who is entrepreneurial, results driven, an excellent program manager, passionate about service, and highly organized.  This individual should have an understanding of the Baby Boomer demographic. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities for ensuring overall success of RSVP program:

  • Managing relationship, requirements and reporting of federal RSVP grant to the Corporation for National Service;
  • Securing MOUs with Volunteer Stations (nonprofits and public agencies where RSVP volunteers serve) within grant specified focus areas;
  • Mobilizing 850 volunteers (age 55+) each year, within grant specified project activities;
  • Tracking and verification of these volunteers’ service; and
  • Recognizing and retaining the volunteers for continued participation each year.
  • Supervision of RSVP staff;
  • Directing RSVP staff in planning and organizing Managed Projects – short-term, recurring group volunteer projects led by RSVP volunteers, including groups of RSVP volunteers;
  • Development and maintenance of strategic relationships with larger Volunteer Stations (nonprofits and public agencies where RSVP volunteers serve);
  • Leading teams of RSVP volunteers on L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service;
  • Providing timely and well-articulated reports, including identification of barriers and potential solutions;
  • Preparation and management of program budgets totaling $300,000 annually;
  • Recruitment and ongoing engagement of local RSVP Advisory Board;
  • Limited private sector fundraising; and,
  • Relationship building, communications, and community building with community and civic organizations.

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Valid driver’s license; comfortable with driving a van or large vehicle for supply delivery and pick-up;
  • Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Initiate criminal history check prior to hire;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Medical insurance and parking provided.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a single PDF file with a cover letter, resume, and salary history (current job and past two) to HR@laworks.com with “Director of RSVP” in the subject line. Only submissions providing all of the requested information will be considered. No calls or emails regarding the position will be responded to, unless initiated by L.A. Works.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2016.

Check out the RSVP program here: http://www.laworks.com/RSVP

Now Hiring: Volunteer Corps Members and VISTA Leader

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AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Corps Member

 About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three main service programs of AmeriCorps that connects full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life experience. The term of service lasts for 1 year. Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training is required for all members.

 Position Overview: L.A. Works will be placing passionate, dedicated, highly motivated individuals in nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles. They will help transform their host site’s volunteer programs through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement, and engagement practices. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in nonprofits or with nonprofit volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Host site organizations:

Baby 2 Baby

A Community of Friends

DIY Girls

Education Through Music

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)

L.A. Kitchen

Mujeres de la Tierra

Reading To Kids

Young Storytellers Foundation

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Thoroughly assess host site’s volunteer program;
  • Identify new, creative volunteer roles at host site;
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at host site;
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual grant reporting;
  • Attend monthly meetings and trainings at L.A. Works;
  • Serve as a Project Leader at L.A. Works special days of service;
  • Meet multiple deadlines and benchmarks set by L.A. Works and the AmeriCorps grant

 Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Commitment and understanding of the AmeriCorps principles and values including the one year of service;
  • Ability to adapt to the living allowance and other lifestyle challenges common for AmeriCorps members;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Engaging public speaker and networker
  • Professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone
  • Passion for nonprofit work and belief in the value of community service

 Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Must be at least 17 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Duration: One-year commitment

 

L.A. Works Volunteer Corps VISTA Leader

Position Overview: L.A. Works is seeking a motivated AmeriCorps VISTA Leader to support the Volunteer Corps, a countywide VISTA project based in Los Angeles, CA. AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders are former AmeriCorps VISTA members who have completed at least one term of full time service and have displayed exceptional leadership and passion for community service. With 10 VISTA members, the overall goal of L.A. Works’ Volunteer Corps is to alleviate poverty in Los Angeles by enhancing nonprofit organizations’ volunteer programs. With robust volunteer programs, these organizations will run more effectively and efficiently. The VISTA Leader will act as the go-to person for VISTAs when they need assistance navigating the VISTA Assignment Description, community issues, reporting requirements, and VISTA policies.

 Responsibilities Include:

  • Under direction of the Volunteer Corps Manager, help foster a learning community amongst the VISTA members through planning and leading monthly trainings, meetings, and activities;
  • Assist VISTA members in achieving success in performance, service assignments, and for the overall project;
  • Maintain regular communication with VISTA members to recognize accomplishments and to provide support, motivation, and feedback;
  • Develop training resources to enhance professional development opportunities for VISTA members;

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Must have successfully completed one term as an AmeriCorps VISTA member prior to starting the position;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Engaging public speaker and networker;
  • Must be willing to learn, work hard, and teach others;
  • Passion for nonprofit work and belief in community service 

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Duration: One-year commitment

Application Procedure: If you are interested in growing professionally within an innovative, highly respected organization through a year of service, we invite you to submit a single PDF document which includes the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Professional References

Submit all materials to Asia Olaño, asia@laworks.com by June 13 at 5 PM. Please mention where you viewed this description in the body of the e-mail.

L.A. Works is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to achieve its mission. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.