Blight Reduction Coordinator, Healthy Communities Wyandotte

healthy-communities_unified-government_headerBlight Reduction Coordinator *** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to improve economic opportunity through addressing blight and vacancy issues. *** DESCRIPTION SOAR (Stabilization, Occupation, and Revitalization) is an organization and community-wide effort to address crippling levels of blight and vacancy that plague many working class cities around the country. The presence of thousands of vacant homes and lots has a crushing impact on property values for the residents that share those neighborhoods. Traditional municipal programs fail to effectively address the issue, or even make it worse. The erosion of property value hits older neighborhoods hardest. In Wyandotte County a significant burden falls on the most economically disadvantaged populations of the county, where approximately 38% of individuals live below poverty, compared to 23% county-wide. The VISTA member will support the SOAR team through research and outreach as well as work with stakeholders and community groups to build partnerships around the effort support these vulnerable populations in staying in family homes and preserving and increasing the value of those homes and the distressed neighborhoods where they are located. This position is a one-year commitment through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Researching successful programs in other communities.
  • Reviewing and revising government processes and policies to reflect the SOAR needs.
  • Engage new partners across sectors to participate in the SOAR Initiative.
  • Attend, staff and support meeting with internal departments, stakeholders and residents to educate them about SOAR, and gather feedback and input about the program options and activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Ability to work well as a team and with diverse partners and communities
  • Be energetic, creative, organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excel
  • Excellent written and verbal skills (including public speaking)
  • Commitment to improving the condition of the community effectively and fairly

PREFERRED

  • Knowledge of research
  • Knowledge process improvement
  • Spanish language proficiency/fluency

HOURS

  • Full time.  Some evenings and weekends required.

PAY AND BENEFITS VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end- of-service cash stipend of $1,500. Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Application deadline is September 30, 2016. Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Healthy Communities Wyandotte ATTN: Alyssa Carodine 619 Ann Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail