AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator

The AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator will be serving directly through the United Way of Greater Lorain County (UWGLC), with a focus on volunteer engagement and assisting with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. This AmeriCorps member will gain experience in volunteer management, volunteer event planning, tax preparation for low income families, community engagement, and program management.

Program-Specific Duties—Community Engagement Coordinator (UWGLC)

  • Assist with carrying out the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program year-round
    • obtain and maintain certification as a VITA volunteer at an appropriate level for program need
    • provide free tax return preparation and filing under the VITA guidelines
    • help coordinate other volunteers’ scheduling and training throughout the tax season
    • Assist with volunteer recruitment as needed
    • Run relevant reports as requested by the AmeriCorps Program Director, site supervisor, or other staff
  • Coordinate collaborative-specific and corporate partner-specific volunteer projects that benefit Lorain County households living at or below 200% of poverty
    • plan, organize, and implement volunteer events that improve the health, education and/or financial stability of residents of Lorain County through one or more of United Way’s 11 Community Collaboratives
    • plan, organize, and implement volunteer events with corporate partners that engage them in the lives of lower-income Lorain County households
    • familiarize self with community served which may include attending meetings of community groups, school districts, and non-profit organizations
    • connect families to community resources as needed, ensuring this is individualized to family need
    • facilitate supportive relationships between families and the host site
  • Attend relevant program events as able, including committee meetings and training sessions.

Qualifications and Skill Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Bachelor's degree, associate degree, or some college preferred, focused in education, social work, sociology, family and community studies, political science, accounting, business, psychology, anthropology, or public or nonprofit administration.
  • U.S. citizen, natural, or lawful permanent resident age 18 or older.

Program Benefits:

  • Extensive orientation, training, and ongoing professional development focus.
  • Standard AmeriCorps living allowance of $13,992.
  • Health care benefits.
  • Childcare benefits.
  • Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service (current amount of $5,920).

This is a national service position in which participants receive a living allowance in lieu of a salary. Members will serve a total of 1,700 hours from September 1, 2019 to August 14, 2020.

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This position is one of many within the Horizon Education Centers' Community Engagement Coordinator AmeriCorps program, with the rest primarily being focused in the areas of family engagement and student academic support. For more information on this position or the others, email