Our AmeriCorps VISTA will help us communicate with our members, policymakers, and funders by developing print and digital materials, as well as aid us in building our capacity and influence by cultivating supporters, expanding our outreach, and diversifying our resources.
About Housing Action Illinois
In 1987, a statewide network of organizations came together and founded Housing Action Illinois with a shared vision: a state where everyone has a stable, affordable place to call home. Thirty years later, we continue to work toward that ideal by bringing together more than 160 member organizations. Our members include housing counselors and developers, homeless service providers and government workers, lenders and policymakers, advocates and community organizers.
We build the skills and capacity of member organizations through our trainings, one-on-one problem-solving support, capacity building initiatives, and our management of pass-through funds. By mobilizing our members and allies to advocate for our collective public policy agenda, we amplify the influence of community-based organizations working to end homelessness, create affordable rental housing, and promote sustainable homeownership. We also build awareness by sharing information and personal stories with policymakers, elected officials, nonprofit service providers, and the media. In addition to keeping our members informed about the latest developments in housing policy, we organize issue-specific working groups, meetings with legislators, and an annual conference where advocates and practitioners share their knowledge and experience.
- Develop communications materials (print and digital) that reinforce member engagement and donor relationships and heighten public awareness of affordable housing issues.This may involve helping us assess our current materials, managing and expanding website content, contributing to copy and design of print publications, and collecting stories that demonstrate our impact and explain affordable housing issues.
- Develop member outreach, cultivation, and education strategies. Create a plan for engaging and retaining current member organizations; work on informational materials for housing counselors, developers, and advocates, such as housing counseling curricula or legislative fact sheets.
- Work with Executive Director, Board, and staff to expand and diversify funding sources strategies. Investigate new foundations and initiatives, contribute to the development and editing of funding proposals, and strategize ways to build on momentum from our 30th anniversary year, including planning and executing a fundraising event.
- Assist staff in learning and navigating technology and maintaining/improving database procedures. Assess staff members’ needs and desires to build tech skills that will help them better fulfill their roles at Housing Action and support them in learning those skills through one-on-one coaching and group trainings. Ensure that staff are implementing data entry procedures and research ways that we can integrate data across platforms.
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Education background in communications, journalism, marketing, political science, or English preferred.
- At least 6 months to one year of professional, volunteer, or internship experience in a non-profit or agency setting preferred; previous communications experience highly desired.
- Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in web-based research and Microsoft Office. Open to learning website content management and other website training.
- Familiarity with social media channels desired; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop) a plus.
- Excellent writing skills, strong attention to detail, and good interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of, interest in, or experience in communications, marketing, and/or affordable housing a plus. Passion for social justice strongly preferred.
Please note this is a one-year volunteer position (September 2017 to October 2018) with benefits funded by AmeriCorps VISTA. Benefits include a monthly living allowance, a health plan, childcare assistance if eligible, relocation allowance, professional development opportunities, and, after successful completion of the term, an Education Award that can be used to repay student or for future education expenses. Federal student loans may be deferred during the twelve-month commitment.
Housing Action Illinois will also provide reimbursement for a monthly transit pass.
Housing Action Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from applicants of all backgrounds.