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  • Employer: Virginia Legal Aid Society
  • Type of Position: Full-Time Job
  • Industry: Human Services
  • Location: Lynchburg, VA
  • Salary Range: 11,136

VISTA Information Technology Consultant and Webmaster

Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual as an AmeriCorps VISTA* member candidate to ensure VLAS uses technology to increase awareness of and access to VLAS services by the client community and in building our capacity to assist more clients in enforcing their legal rights. This is a one year full-time position, with a likely extension of 2-3 years, located in our Lynchburg, VA office.

Responsibilities: •Research, develop and implement a strategic technology plan that assesses VLAS’ current needs and capacities with the goal of effectively incorporating new technological advances to improve advocacy efforts. •Develop trainings and tutorials to empower staff and volunteers to use new and current technology to better serve our clients. •Expand staff knowledge and usage of our case management system to streamline administrative processes. •Identify tablet best practices and useful apps to make legal services available to rural and remote low-income individuals. •Research and develop an updated website and mobile website on a user-friendly platform. •Troubleshoot any difficulties as necessary. •Other projects as identified in grant renewals

Knowledge, skills and abilities: •Demonstrate initiative and ability to function independently and as a team •Must have excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate in non-technical terms •Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent project management skills •Ability to relate to people from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds •Literacy in database management, web development, networking, telecommunications, and technical support •Must have own means of reliable transportation and ability to travel within the service area. •Demonstrate strong desire to help our local communities with the goal of eliminating poverty

AmeriCorps VISTA Benefits: •Annual stipend of $11,136, paid every two weeks via direct deposit •Health Coverage under the AmeriCorps Health Benefits Program and optional Life Insurance with Reliance Standard Insurance Company •Personal, Medical and Holiday Leave •Pre-Service and On-Site Orientation and Training •Work related travel reimbursement •Relocation Allowance and Childcare reimbursement (if eligible) •Federal student loan deferment or forbearance (if eligible) •End of Service Benefits: Choice of Education Award of $5,550 or Cash Stipend of $1,500 •Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal job hiring process

Minimum Standards of Eligibility: •Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit. •Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. •Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes. •Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. •Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours. •Be willing, to the maximum extent practicable, to live among and at the economic level of the low-income people served by VISTA projects. •Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAs cannot hold part-time jobs, enroll in school except in limited circumstances, or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation.

* VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), the domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps, is a national service program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. VISTA offers members a modest living allowance in exchange for their commitment of a year of service. VISTA volunteers build permanent infrastructure in nonprofit organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. For more information, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to VISTA@vlas.org. Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline to apply is 12/10/13.

Required Education and Experience:

Education and experience: •Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree required, or three to five years of equivalent related experience.

To Apply:

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to VISTA@vlas.org. Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline to apply is 12/10/13.

Contact Information:

VISTA@vlas.org

434-528-4722
fax:
vista@vlas.org