Join our Team! Now Hiring: NEx Americorp Member!

by | Friday, August 11, 2017 | Announcements



Michigan Community Resources and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps
member to serve as a Neighborhood Exchange Associate. The candidate will ideally begin service on October
16, 2017 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours through the end of his/her term on August 15, 2018. The exact
start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.

Michigan Community Resources (MCR) is a statewide nonprofit organization with offices in Detroit and
Lansing. MCR was founded in 1998 with the goal of offering pro bono legal services to community organizations
throughout Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, allowing them to focus on building
stronger neighborhoods, strengthened by the people who live and work in them.
Today, MCR has evolved into an organization that offers comprehensive capacity building services. We provide
technical assistance to nonprofits and community groups and equip them with the resources and tools they need
to do their best work. Our areas of expertise range from pro bono legal services and neighborhood revitalization
to sustainability and local economic development.

Neighborhood Exchange (NEx) is both a platform to provide Michigan community-based organizations (like
block clubs, neighborhood associations, and community development corporations) with access to capacity
building resources and a support network for groups to learn, share, and connect with one another. We provide
one-on-one capacity building assistance, workshops, training, and grants to strengthen the work of hundreds of
community-based organizations each year. Through this direct assistance and the provision of a state-wide
electronic platform [], we support a peer-to-peer exchange of ideas with the
goal of breaking down barriers to information and access to resources.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform
distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to
work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to
help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC
AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members
assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to
live, work, and play.

• Conduct outreach to community organizations to understand their needs as well as connect to
Neighborhood Exchange and external resources
• Recruit new organizations to join the Neighborhood Exchange Network
• Cultivate content for Neighborhood Exchange website –
• Conduct intake for and participate in one-on-one appointments between MCR staff and community
leaders to address their organizational needs
• Assist with long-term one-on-one assistance with community groups across the city to support their
capacity building needs
• Assist with design and facilitation of educational & networking events
• Conduct research and provide technical and/or narrative report writing as needed
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 will perform day to day service at Michigan Community Resources and serve a minimum of 42 hours
per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day.
There will be required evening (typically 6-8pm) and weekend events. Members are required to track time and
submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not
limited to:
▪ Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
▪ Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
▪ Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
▪ Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
▪ Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
▪ Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Michigan Community Resources 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.
▪ 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 (some night and weekends may be required)
▪ Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
▪ Prior experience in community engagement, group facilitation, and/or program management.
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 a full-time education award
▪ Be eligible to perform a term of national service
▪ Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
▪ Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
▪ Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be
able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
▪ Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
▪ Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service as well as serve the
full term of the service
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only
candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of
murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the
position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History
Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,815 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 $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is
highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For
members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on
the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the
Corporation for National and Community Service).
Please send cover letter and resume to Alisha Opperman at [email protected] by Monday,
September 11th, 2017. For more information on Michigan Community Resources, please visit
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.

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