For over 50 years LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues. Each year LAF’s more than 80 full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions.
Position: A VISTA Leader will assist with efforts to increase LAF’s capacity to administer an established multi-agency VISTA program.
Responsibilities: Work directly with the LAF VISTA Program Director and the Corporation for National and Community Service Program Officer to support 45 VISTAs and VISTA Attorneys serving in Chicago and throughout Illinois; ensure that members of the program can successfully increase the capacity and ensure the sustainability of their project; collaborate with VISTA supervisors in the development of new VISTA projects; coordinate national days of service; manage recruitment efforts; assist with grant applications and reporting.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Previous AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps service, at least 12 months
- Letter of recommendation from current supervisor
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Highly developed organizational and project management skills
- Able to work independently and as part of a team
Term of Service: Flexible, preferably February 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Program Benefits: Living allowance ($1,378/mo.), choice of Education Award ($5,920) or End of Service Stipend ($3,000) and Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service, housing supplement ($300/mo.), transit pass ($100/mo.), healthcare allowance, relocation payment if eligible ($550), and professional development opportunities.
Other Considerations: VISTAs may have outside employment and pursue an education, as long as it does not interfere with service responsibilities and is approved by a supervisor.
To Apply: Please submit a VISTA Application by January 15, 2018 through the MyAmeriCorps website, found at the following address: my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do
*To qualify for AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.
LAF IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY