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Employment Program Specialist

The Fostoria Learning Center and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are seeking a quarter-time AmeriCorps member to serve as an Employment Program Specialist.  The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2019 and serve a minimum of 450 hours though the end of his/her/their term on July 31, 2020. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of the Fostoria Learning Center or LISC.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUNDS

The Fostoria Learning Center is a non-profit organization formed to foster economic and workforce development, to develop a culture of lifelong learning and to offer a high quality of life for all who choose to live in our community.  The Fostoria Learning Center provides relevant and accessible learning opportunities to our community and the surrounding region.  The Learning Center partners with local K-12 schools, higher education providers, businesses and the community to provide the trainings, certifications, and community programming needed in our area.  We focus on educational accessibility and success and encourage both college education and the vocational trades. 

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.  Over the last 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities.  These investments have leveraged more than $60.4 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans.  Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 35 markets and a Rural program making an impact in 2,100 counties. Visit us at www.lisc.org  

AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The AmeriCorps Member will work with existing staff and partners to help the Fostoria Learning Center continue to meet the educational and workforce needs of Fostoria and the surrounding area. 

Duties will include:

PERFORMANCE, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

This is an AmeriCorps position.  LISC and the Fostoria Learning Center will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.  Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above.  Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.

Members will perform day to day service at the Fostoria Learning Center and serve a minimum of 16-20 hours per week.  Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and the Fostoria Learning Center.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

DESIRED SKILLS

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member in any national service program.  Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. All results must be received and reviewed by LISC at least two weeks prior to the first day of proposed service.  Candidates must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service. LISC will review and discuss with the candidate any concerns with eligibility that may arise as a result of these checks as per LISC’s policy.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $1,612.43 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance.  The position pays a total stipend of $5,000.  The stipend is taxable and paid in equal checks from the Fostoria Learning Center.  

Additional benefits for alums can be found here:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service/alumni and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

HOW TO APPLY:

Candidates should apply directly to the Fostoria Learning Center office, via mail or email:

Fostoria Learning Center
Attn: Renee Smith
342 Perry Street
Fostoria, OH 44830
419-435-7789
fostoriaed@aol.com

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.