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Americorp Employment VISTA

Syracuse, New York
Job Type
1 Aug 2022
Community Options, Inc. is a national non-profit agency providing services to individuals with disabilities in 11 states.

We are Now Hiring an Employment VISTA in Onondaga County / Syracuse, NY as part of a project through AmeriCorps VISTA. The Supported Employment Outreach VISTA will focus on the outreach and expansion of the supported employment program including developing new partnerships with employers and schools as well as educating employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

Annual Allowance: $17,552.08

Meet and interface regularly with Job Coaches/Employment Specialists and Managers to understand the needs, aspirations, and skills of people currently supported in employment; target employer and post-secondary/vocational school outreach with these insights in mind
Attend trainings and orientations; shadow a Job Coach/Employment Specialist; conduct site visits

Recruit new COBAC members by establishing a stronger presence in the community. VISTA should attend business networking events, join member coalitions, Chambers of Commerce, etc.

Participate in Cupid s Chase 5K planning, coordinating, and volunteer-recruitment. Develop peer to peer fundraising tools to share with COBAC members. Solicit new partners, vendors, and sponsors for Cupid s Chase

Outreach to develop new partnerships with employers/diversity and inclusion officers who are amenable to hiring people with disabilities, offering their space for people with disabilities to engage in jobs skills assessments or job sampling, or offering to mentor, interview or otherwise support people with disabilities in employment
Educate employers on the benefits of employing people with disabilities, and on how Community Options works with employers to ensure success and retention
Develop new partnerships with underserved/low-income primary schools and school districts where Community Options can support students with disabilities in employment, career and post-secondary education assessment/ exploration, or paid internships
Outreach to and develop new partnerships with vocational schools, colleges and universities where primary school students with disabilities can take campus tours, meet with professors or academic advisors for the field in which they are interested, or meet with officers from accessibility/ accommodation offices
Leverage new partnerships to identify fundraising, grant, corporate partnership, or publicity opportunities geared toward growth of employment programing as appropriate

Experience/Skills Required:
Must be 18 years of age or older
Bachelor s degree is highly preferred (2022 College Grads are strongly encouraged to apply!)
Must be legally authorized to work in the US
Successful members should have strong written and verbal communication skills, some experience with or knowledge of community outreach, marketing, workforce development, affordable housing, special education or disability services, and good time management/ organizational skills.

What We Offer:
Living Allowance/Stipend
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE)- AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program that allows members to earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving members an edge in the federal hiring process. (Service years also count toward federal civil service pension
End of Service Award-Members can choose between a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,495) to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,800 cash stipend.
Loan forbearance/ deferment
Free basic healthcare coverage, or up to $8550 to cover out of pocket medical expenses for members who chose to purchase outside benefits/ or who have health insurance through a parent or spouse
Various Employee Discount Programs

Community Options is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Job Type: Full-time

Dental insurance
Health insurance
Vision insurance

Ability to commute/relocate:
Syracuse, NY: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Time management/Organization: 2 years (Preferred)

Driver's License (Preferred)

Work Location: One location
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  • Job Reference: 674051962-2
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2022
  • Recruiter: Community Options, Inc.
  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Salary: On Application
  • Job Type: Permanent