The Mediation Center is recruiting for three full-time AmeriCorps positions. AmeriCorps is an intensive service program designed to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Participants receive a bi-weekly stipend check and upon completion of their service hours an educational award of $5,350. At our office, AmeriCorps members will assist clients, create and run programs, and ensure that the storefront operations run smoothly. These jobs have tremendous responsibility and provide plenty of opportunity for learning and professional development. If you or someone you know would like to join our team, send a cover letter and resume to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com. Please put the job title in the subject of the e-mail and submit your materials as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you! Here are the job positions:

Position: Youth Specialist
THIS IS A VOLUNTEER AMERICORPS POSITION WITH A LIVING STIPEND AND EDUCATIONAL AWARD

The Organization:
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is a unique neighborhood institution that works to improve community problem-solving, collaboration, and inter-group relations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Operating out of our storefront offices since 1998, the Mediation Center seeks innovative ways to promote community cohesion in our neighborhood. This includes providing residents with links to resources on issues like education, parenting, housing, and immigration; providing support to young people and galvanizing neighborhood, borough, and city stakeholders in order to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Responsibilities:
• To design and implement an anti-violence program for youth ages 14-16 and 16-18
• Create lesson plans that are fun, educational, promote group cohesion and teach youth about the effects of violence in the neighborhood.
• Create lessons that teach about leadership development and community organizing.
• Assist in the creation of youth-led anti-violence activities
• Teach youth about the theory and practice of non-violence
• Assist with single sex Rites of Passage pregnancy prevention programs
• On an as-needed basis, train young people in conflict resolution and mediation
• Create special youth-led projects and campaigns such as an anti-violence media campaign, an arts festival or a publication.

Qualifications:
• Ability to engage young people and teach them
• Creative, patient, and decisive
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work well with diverse populations
• Experience working with young people
• Training experience
• Experience in pregnancy prevention, violence prevention or interest in learning

This is a Full-Time AmeriCorps Member position. The Youth Specialist will serve 1700 hours in 365 days, receive a living stipend, and an educational stipend.

Americorps Responsibilities
• Serve a minimum of 35 hours per week (for a total of 1,700 hours in 1 year) and occasionally some weekends
• Commit to serve for 1 year from October 1st 2010 – September 30th 2011
• Minimum of High School degree preferred (If you do not have a high school degree you must successfully participate in GED program while in service)
• Must be at least 18 years old by October 1st 2010
• An interest in public service, youth development, law and community volunteeris
• You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
• Bi-lingual skills a plus

Benefits
Full time members that successfully complete their year of service will receive:
• An educational grant award of $5,350
• On the job and supplemental job training
• Living stipend of $11,100
• Free Childcare
• 85% of Corps graduates go on to a full-time job or college!

How to Apply
Send a resume and cover letter by August 30th to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com with the name of the position in the subject line. Please submit your resume as soon as possible.

The Fund for the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity gives us strength and depth. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Position: Resource Specialist and Office Manager

THIS IS A VOLUNTEER AMERICORPS POSITION WITH A LIVING STIPEND AND EDUCATIONAL AWARD

The Organization:
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is a unique neighborhood institution that works to improve community problem-solving, collaboration, and inter-group relations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Operating out of our storefront offices since 1998, the Mediation Center seeks innovative ways to promote community cohesion in our neighborhood. This includes providing residents with links to resources on issues like education, parenting, housing, and immigration; providing support to young people and galvanizing neighborhood, borough, and city stakeholders in order to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Responsibilities:
• Assess the needs and strengths of walk in clients, providing brief case management when necessary
• Develop and plan programs and projects as they arise (examples include planning a health fair, a job fair, back to school fair, a community photography contest, a reentry-resource fair, etc.)
• Assist walk-in clients with resources and referrals for such issues as housing, employment, immigration and public benefits
• Update a community resource directory with current information and new service providers

General office administration:
• Provide secretarial and administrative support.

• Manage and maintain inventory of office supplies and all office equipment.

• Manage and maintain contacts database.
• Answer phones, send faxes
• Prepare photocopies and packets

Accounting/Financial Management:
• Prepare vendor payment requisitions for external vendors.
• Maintain filing system of receipts and invoices.
• Manage relationships with external vendors.
• Prepare reiumbursement forms for staff

Qualifications:
• Organized with strong attention to detail
• Ability to create relationships with non-profits
• Personable with clients
• Computer savvy including knowledge of Microsoft Suite
• Ability to keep track lots of information
• Excellent phone manner
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work well with diverse populations
• Personal or professional experience with public housing, immigration, unemployment, and other public services very helpful

This is a Full-Time AmeriCorps Member position. The Resource Specialist and Office Manager will serve 1700 hours in 365 days, receive a living stipend, and an educational stipend.

Americorps Responsibilities
• Serve a minimum of 35 hours per week (for a total of 1,700 hours in 1 year) and occasionally some weekends
• Commit to serve for 1 year from October 1st 2010 – September 30th 2011
• Minimum of High School degree preferred (If you do not have a high school degree you must successfully participate in GED program while in service)
• Must be at least 18 years old by October 1st 2010
• An interest in public service, youth development, law and community volunteerism
• You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
• Bi-lingual skills a plus

Benefits
Full time members that successfully complete their year of service will receive: