For more than 50 years, LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) has provided free civil legal aid to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year LAF’s attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. In addition to representing individuals in court and administrative hearings, we run community legal clinics, provide know-your-rights workshops, and work with community-based organizations to address emerging issues as well as persistent problems that affect low-income families. Our work impacts more than 40,000 people each year.
Position: A VISTA serving as the New Technologies Integration Project Coordinator at LAF will assist with efforts to increase the agency’s capacity to provide education and training on using technology to collaborate or share information.
Responsibilities: Coordinate trainings on a new text messaging tool that allows staff to communicate with clients; develop a user manual for the text messaging tool; foster use of the text messaging tool; coordinate trainings on the LAFPoint Board of Directors subsite, a resource created specifically so the Board can access and share information related to their work; develop a user manual for the subsite; foster use of the subsite; help the Information Technologies department develop other trainings and manuals.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to quickly acclimate to new technologies
- Technical background preferred, but not required
- Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint preferred, but not required
Term of Service: August 12, 2017 to August 11, 2018.
Program Benefits: Living allowance ($1,026/mo.), choice of Education Award ($5,815) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) and Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service, housing supplement ($200/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 June 20, 2017 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