Citizenship MD is supported by the service of 13 AmeriCorps volunteers, who serve full- or part-time for one or two years. We are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 program year, which will begin September 8, 2014, and run through August, 2015. Please see the job description below:

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Project Goal Statement and Position Overview: The Citizenship Maryland AmeriCorps program is focused on citizenship promotion and immigrant integration work, with an emphasis on supporting eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) through the citizenship process and in receiving some of the benefits of citizenship, including financial education, better employment opportunities and higher salaries, access to educational opportunities, and the ability to petition for family members by becoming U.S. citizens. The project is coordinated by CASA de Maryland as part of the Maryland New Americans Partnership, funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV).

Citizenship Maryland AmeriCorps members will provide a range of direct services to LPRs including individual service delivery (tutoring, teaching ESOL/Citizenship classes, N-400 assistance, Citizenship workshops, financial education, referrals to immigrant integration services, and coordinating volunteers).

Duties/Responsibilities:

Direct Services

  • Facilitate and/or coordinate workshops and individualized coaching sessions focused on naturalization, financial literacy and economic development, and access to public benefits
  • Teach and/or coordinate English and citizenship preparation courses
  • Assist Legal Permanent Residents on completing the Citizenship application form (N-400)

Information Gathering

  • Strengthen and develop organizational partnerships with existing community and faith-based organizations that serve immigrant communities in Maryland
  • Conduct needs assessments and provide community education within immigrant community
  • Update organizational databases based on activities conducted.

Community involvement/Leadership Development/Volunteer Management

  • Serve as active members of communities

Public schools and Parent Teacher Associations

Neighborhood Associations

  • Develop volunteer opportunities related to immigrant integration and U.S. citizenship
  • Train and coordinate volunteers to participate in immigrant integration workshops or Citizenship mentoring

Qualifications/Enrollment Requirements:

  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above.
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (recently naturalized citizens are encouraged to apply).
  • At least 17 years old.
  • A high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one during the service year.
  • Excellent English writing and language skills (bilingual in Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred).
  • Highly organized and efficient, able to manage multiple ongoing projects, "can-do" attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Access to personal transportation preferred.
  • Pass a national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check (Maryland and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Selection Process:

To be considered for the Citizenship Maryland AmeriCorps program, interested individuals must submit an application and current resume to the Manager of Immigrant Integration Programs at CASA de Maryland. Staff will review the application, request an interview (if appropriate), conduct three reference checks, and match a potential applicant with a host site. After the applicant has met with the site supervisor at the host site, the applicant will be responsible for getting a three part criminal history check. Individuals will not be allowed to start orientation or be enrolled in the Citizenship Maryland AmeriCorps program until all appropriate paperwork is received by CASA de Maryland.

Orientation and Training

A two-weeks orientation and initial training will starts on Monday, September 08, 2014, with monthly training days throughout the rest of the year. Optional additional training opportunities may be available through AmeriCorps or CASA de Maryland.

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How to apply

For more information and to apply, contact:

Pablo Blank
Immigrant Integration Programs Manager
CASA de Maryland
8151 15th Ave.
Hyattsville, MD, 20783

pblank@casamd.org

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Note: The AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities (below) or fall outside of the program goals.

Prohibited Activities:

During their service hours, an AmeriCorps member may not:

  • Engage in any effort to influence legislation, including state or local ballot initiatives or lobbying for your AmeriCorps program; for example, you may not organize a letter-writing campaign to Congress;
  • Engage in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
  • Organize or take part in political demonstrations or rallies;
  • Organize or participate in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
  • Assist, promote, or deter union organizing;
  • Impair existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
  • Participate in, or endorse, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials; for example, you may not print politically charged articles in a Corporation-funded newsletter;
  • Perform clerical work, research, or fundraising, except if incidental to your direct service activities;
  • Engage in religious instruction; conduct worship services; provide instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship; construct or operate facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship; maintain facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship; or engage in any form of religious proselytization; or
  • Provide a direct benefit to a for-profit entity, a labor union, a partisan political organization, a non-profit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative or, in general, an organization engaged in the religious activities described in the preceding bullet.
  • Conduct a voter registration drive or use AmeriCorps time/funds to conduct a voter registration drive.
  • Provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
  • Such other activities as the CNCS or Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism may prohibit.

An AmeriCorps member also may not engage in:

  • Activities that pose a significant risk to you or other participants;
  • Assignments that displace employees;
  • Internships with for-profit businesses as part of the education and training component of the program; and
  • Any of the prohibited activities mentioned above.

Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed below on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-federal funds. However, the AmeriCorps member may not wear the AmeriCorps logo or other service gear in such instances.