Vermont Housing and Conservation Board AmeriCorps Recovery Member Position Description Outreach and Marketing Assistant Champlain Housing Trust, St. Albans and Burlington Champlain Housing Trust The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) is a community land trust that supports strong, vital communities in northwest Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable homes and associated community assets. CHT operates permanently affordable rental housing development, property management, and affordable homeownership programs in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. CHT’s HomeOwnership Center is a member of the national NeighborWorks network and offers homebuyer education & counseling, a community land trust program for affordable homeownership, and community-based loan program for low income homeowners funded with Community Development Block Grants. The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps program places members in sponsoring non-profit affordable housing and land conservation organizations around the state. This position is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Member’s Responsibilities: Learning the overall workings of the CHT HomeOwnership and providing basic information to the public about HomeOwnership programs. Perform outreach in support of the HomeOwnership Center programs. Outreach may encompass marketing and advertising, contacting community agencies and organizations, organization and completion of special events, promoting collaborative efforts among organizations/programs, and sponsorship efforts. Assist with implementation of weatherization grants/loans in mobile home parks and other single or multi-family homes. Contact home owners about weatherization grants and explain process. Provide general office support including direct mailing; surveys; and promotion of Lending and HomeOwnership programs. Compile testimonials with interviews and photos of customers and partners, including contacting customers, photographing customers at their homes, writing testimonials and working with CHT marketing coordinator to use testimonials in marketing materials. Identify new marketing venues and place marketing materials in strategic locations within three- county service area. Assist with statewide marketing efforts of five NeighborWorks® housing loan funds operated by CHT and four other NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Centers. Desired Qualitfcations: Education level – BA preferred or equivalent experience in related field. Technical skills – knowledge of community development; residential real estate; or mortgage lending practices helpful. Experience with Microsoft Office preferred; good writing, basic math, and interpersonal skills. Ability to manage videography/photography production of customers, or willingness to learn. Experience working with low income populations preferred. Clean driving record and access to a vehicle. Strong desire to provide service to the community, highly motivated, shows initiative, well organized, self-starter, and team player. Work will focus on providing and improving basic services to current and aspiring Champlain Housing Trust loan customers with a focus on marketing and outreach for the HomeOwnership Programs. Position begins around July 20, 2009 and ends no later than June 30, 2010.. This position is Half Time: Requires 900 hours for an average of 20 hours per week for 11 months. Member will receive a living allowance of $7,254 (pre-tax), and an education award of $2,363 (pre- tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities. To Apply: All parts are required and will not be considered unless the application is complete: cover letter, a completed AmeriCorps application, a resume, 2 letters of reference, samples of any previous work in outreach/marketing and a list of 3 references. Send to: Liz Curry, Loan Fund Manager, 13 Lake St., St. Albans, VT 05478 Application deadline: July 3, 2009 AmeriCorps applications are downloadable from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps webpage at http://www.vhcb.org/acorps.html. You may also request a hard copy by contacting Francis Sharpstene at (802) 828 – 3253 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org. The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) is sponsoring this AmeriCorps position through their AmeriCorps Program. VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Positions are open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, g ender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, religion or creed.