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AmeriCorps - LiftFund Entrepreneur Advisor

Houston, TX
   
  
AMERICORPS MEMBER POSITION description

 
  Site Location: 5444 Westheimer, Ste 1000, Houston, TX 77056 serving El Paso, Laredo, and Houston
Member Position Title: Entrepreneur Advisor Start Date: February 22, 2023
Program: LiftFund AmeriCorps Program Living Allowance: up to $16,000
Term of Service: Full-time, 1700 hours Supervisor: Ana Pereda, Director of Business Support
 
Program purpose:
LiftFund’s AmeriCorps program aims to help strengthen low-income BIPOC entrepreneurs, their financial well-being, and support community development in the cities they serve. The program serves small business owners impacted by COVID-19 in Alabama and Texas by meeting them where they are through services that are responsive to their unique needs, values, and preferences to strengthen their financial well-being. This position will help to address the needs of small business owners by conducting one-on-one consultations and seminars that cover a wide variety of financial topics that are central to helping them access and qualify for affordable capital.
 
Description of duties:
  • Provide assistance, conduct, and support for education and outreach to micro and small businesses in the community
  • Plan and organize outreach events
  • Provide new and current client consultations
  • Connect clients to community resources to build their support system
  • Advocate and promote clients
  • Share resources to help clients have success throughout their business life cycle including digital communications, financial literacy and business management
  • Track activities and data for reporting purposes to managers
Minimum Qualifications:
  1. United States citizen, a United States national, or a lawful permanent resident alien
  2. 17 years or older at the start of service
  3. High school diploma or its equivalent (or must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent)
  4. Not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant
  5. Agrees to provide information to establish eligibility and to complete a National Service Criminal History Check
It would be great if you had:
  1. A passion for economic and community development
  2. The ability to work independently and as a team
  3. Demonstrated problem solving skills
Benefits:
  1. Up to $6,495 Education Award received upon successful completion of their term of service
  2. A bi-weekly living stipend of $615.39, otherwise up to $16,000 through the entire term of service (before taxes)
  3. Health care, if applicable
  4. Childcare coverage if the member qualifies
  5. Student loan forbearance for eligible loans
Time Requirements
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

No more than 20 percent of the aggregate of all AmeriCorps member service hours in our program, as reflected in the member enrollments in the National Service Trust, may be spent on education and training activities.
Orientation and Training
Member orientation will cover topics such as LiftFund's mission, organizational structure, Business Action Plan, financial literacy tools, intake and post-evaluation forms, confidentiality policies, member benefits, data collection and research methods, and the roles and responsibilities of each AmeriCorps member.
Evaluating and Reporting
LiftFund will conduct and keep a record of at least a midterm and an end-of-term written evaluation of each member’s performance. The end-of-term evaluation will address, at a minimum, the following factors:
 
1. Whether the member has completed the required number of hours
2. Whether the member has satisfactorily completed assignments
3. Whether the member has met other performance criteria that were clearly communicated at the beginning of the term of service.

The member understands that to complete the term of service successfully and to be eligible for the education award, he/she must complete the duration of their service (1700 hours) and satisfactorily complete all assignments, tasks, or projects and all required timesheets and data collection reports.



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