California Emergency Response Corps Member (Multiple Positions)
Apply Now online at: www.Cal4All.bacr.org
Are you a natural leader who is passionate about helping vulnerable communities better prepared for natural disasters and addressing food insecurities? Do you thrive in opportunities where you are building relationships, hosting workshops and working in a collaborative environment? If your answers are “yes!,” we’re looking for you!
California Emergency Response Corps; CERC; is a statewide preparedness/ response program whose goal is to help Californians become better prepared and to deploy to disasters such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes and food banks. Bay Area Community Resources is the legal applicant agency for the program. This program is part of a larger statewide California Volunteer campaign to boost emergency preparedness in communities experiencing social isolation, poverty, or language barriers, and food insecurities.
CaliforniaVolunteers, which manages California AmeriCorps programs, identified four counties that are especially vulnerable to the effects of disasters— Sacramento, Fresno San Bernardino and Riverside. The urgent need is to develop an infrastructure in these communities that can deliver emergency support to our vulnerable communities.
AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities
● Serve 40 hours per week.
● Must be available to deploy to state-wide emergency operations up to 4 times per term and; 2 weeks each as determined by California Volunteers.
● Provide day to day support to nonprofit partner-site(s), their mission and internal programs.
● Attend recurring performance check-ins with Site Supervisors.
● Complete mandatory training in-person or virtually as directed.
● Weekly communication, documentation and timekeeping of hours and activities.
● Support as needed for COVID-19 Relief activities (I.E Vaccination/ Testing Clinics and Food distribution activities).
● Deliver service in the community through Disaster Preparedness Education, COVID-19 Education and testing, and alleviating food insecurity at a local food bank or distribution sites.
● Ability to serve all required State/National Service Days (MLK Day, Caesar Chavez, 9/11 Remembrance).
Other duties as assigned.
● Strengthening partnerships with local community-based organizations and internal programs.
● Attend events and training on behalf of partner-site and AmeriCorps programs.
● Conduct surveys and other measurable activities.
* COVID Restrictions may require amendment to the service-delivery plan
● Members will lead presentations and outreach efforts through canvassing, and partnerships with local non-profits for the purpose of measurable community behavioral changes in preparedness.
As needed, Members will deploy to disasters and provide appropriate assistance to the organization(s) directly managing the disaster response. Deployments will happen on very short notice for up to two weeks. After each disaster deployment, members and staff will debrief in order to articulate lessons learned and improve policies and procedures for future disaster responses.
● Age 18 years or older
● U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
● Live locally to nonprofit partner for day to-day service (Fresno, Inland Empire Area, and Sacramento)
● Two years professional or volunteer experience (in related fields), or Bachelor’s Degree
● Ability to potentially serve evenings and weekends when needed
● Ability to deploy on short notice anywhere in California for disaster response four times yearly for up to two weeks each.
● Basic knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Zoom, G Suite and willingness to learn
● Due to recurring access or episodic access to vulnerable populations, service in this role is contingent on the following checks: DOJ, FBI and National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and COVID-19 testing or proof of COVID vaccination prior to service. Candidates must also possess a personal automobile, a current California driver’s license and maintain valid automobile insurance.
Availability to meet ongoing requirements.
Desired Knowledge, Skills & Experience
● Experience working with community programs; non-profits, churches, community organizations preferred
● Ability to provide a consistent, professional, positive adult relationship with the public and host nonprofit site(s)
● Confident oral and written communication skills
● Ability to serve independently and make decisions
● Willingness and ability to take initiative
● Experience working in group and team settings
● Ability to resolve differences professionally.
● High-level organizational skills
● Management of assigned technology/equipment/uniforms
● Ability to speak Spanish or other non-English language strongly preferred
● Commitment to the mission and values of the partner agency, Bay Area Community Service (BACR) and National Service
● Strong leadership skills, flexibility and adaptation
● Growth mindset
● Ability to inspire others
● Ability to maintain motivation to achieve goals while dealing with challenges
● Committed to community building and service
● Can Do Attitude!
Semi-Monthly member stipend
Up to $21K/annually ($2000/monthly) February 2022 through December 2022
● AmeriCorps Segal Education Award* upon satisfactory completion of 1700 hours of service. AmeriCorps is both a length and hour commitment
California For All award grant *upon satisfactory completion of 1700 hours of service. AmeriCorps is both a length and hour commitment .
● Ongoing training and professional development
● Great life experience and professional growth
*Due to the nature of sudden and unpredictable emergency responses, we discourage school enrollment while serving as an AmeriCorps members.
All Members must maintain the expected hours of service of 40 hours per week; 1700 hours over 10 months.
Service hours are typically, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm and weekends when needed or assigned by Site Supervisors.
Apply Now online at: www.Cal4All.bacr.org