Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

October 28, 2016

Community College Financial Stability AmeriCorps

Position title: Community College Financial Stability AmeriCorps


Name of organization: United Way of King County


Position description:

United Way of King County is seeking 6 determined, passionate, and energetic problem solvers to commit to serving in a community college setting for a term of service with our Housing Ready, Crisis Resilient Team (Ready & Resilient). As a Ready & Resilient member, you will be part of a cohort of 25, working to reduce poverty and homelessness in King County by providing financial interventions to improve housing readiness and financial resiliency.


The Program and the Impact:

United Way believes that helping low-income families weather financial shocks is key to reducing homelessness and poverty. As a Ready & Resilient AmeriCorps serving on a community college or with an organization focused on educational access, you will deliver interventions that help low-income students improve their housing and financial stability. Additionally, you will work with the community you’re serving to see what their needs are and work to bridge the gap between services provided and needs of the community. Through trainings, you will learn to assist low-income families to get by (emergency financial assistance and income supports), get ahead (build savings), and stay ahead (improve credit and build assets). In the first year, the new team will provide interventions to 12,000 low-income people; help 3,000 economically disadvantaged individuals improve financial knowledge; and transition 1,500 people experiencing homelessness to housing. This team will accelerate the impact of United Way’s work to lift 50,000 people out of poverty and reduce the unsheltered population by 50%.


Your Role and What You Will Learn:

As a Ready & Resilient AmeriCorps, you will be placed at a Community College campus, delivering interventions and determining the needs of the student community.


Your work will include:

Promote savings for low-income individuals

 Become an expert in emergency financial assistance and income supports

Provide education around improving credit and building assets

Supporting growth of the United Way Free Tax Campaign by becoming a certified volunteer tax preparer

 Providing direct pathways to resources for community college students to avoid debt and make college accessible

 Developing strong working relationships between the site placement and United Way of King County


Through your term of service, you will become an expert on the priority areas of Ending Homelessness and Financial Stability. United Way will also provide professional development trainings on leadership, safety, public speaking, and other valuable topics. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of groundbreaking programming.


Your Team:

The Ready & Resilient team will be a powerful force of 24 members and an AmeriCorps leader. You will be supported by the internal team at United Way, providing you with guidance, tools, and resources that you will need to succeed. As part of the broader Financial Stability team at United Way, you will be connected to and learn alongside 40 + other AmeriCorps members who are fighting poverty in our community.


Benefits to joining the team:

 Monthly living stipend of $1,195 (pretax) as well as loan deferment on qualified student loans during your service

Payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term

Health benefits that meet minimum standards of ACA compliance

 ORCA card (metro transportation)

 Eligible for a $5,775 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion of service

 8 days of sick leave, 8 days of personal leave

  Opportunity to be a part of a new and innovative program

 Working across teams of non-profit and educational systems

 Gain valuable personal and professional development experience

  In-service trainings combined with other AmeriCorps teams


To Apply:

Apply through the online portal at by submitting a thoughtful cover letter and resume detailing relevant experience.


Skill requirements:

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

 Passionate social justice advocate

 Driven to end poverty in our region

 Cultural competency and experience working with diverse populations

 Interest in learning new skills and implement knowledge in educating others

 Ability to be flexible – managing multiple tasks of competing priorities

 Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker

 Eager to take initiative and step into a leadership role

 Comprehensive understanding of systemic causes of poverty and racial inequities

 Second language skill is a plus


Required Eligibility:

 Must be at least 18 years of age

 Must be a US citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the US

 Must be available 40 hours a week for 5 days a week starting December 4th 2016

 Must go through a WA State Patrol background check, FBI Background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not living in WA currently

 F1 VISAS are not sufficient


Start date:



End date:




Seattle, WA


How to apply:


Supervisor contact info:

Charlotte Gavell