Windham-Windsor Housing Trust

Homebuyer Education Coordinator | Fall

Hours Per Week: 40

Position Starts: September 9, 2019

End Date: August 14, 2020

Pay: AmeriCorps positions: living allowance of $20,400 (pre-tax), and an education award of $6,095 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service

Location: Brattleboro, VT



Main Focus of Internship:

Education/Outreach

Position Description

Learn the ins-and-outs of homebuyer education and counseling while serving at a nationally acclaimed housing organization in beautiful Southeastern Vermont. By serving as the Homebuyer Education Coordinator, you will have access to an experienced mentor and you will gain experience and valuable skills that will strengthen your resume. You’ll have the opportunity to serve low-income Vermonters and learn what it takes to become a community housing champion. Affordable housing experience not required, only a willingness to learn and a passion to serve others! Apply today!

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape. VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

Organization Mission and Goal of Position

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s mission is to strengthen the communities of Southeast Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing and through ongoing support and advocacy for its residents. To accomplish this, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) acquires, rehabilitates or constructs, and holds land and housing in trust, providing permanent access to decent and affordable housing for citizens of Windham and Windsor Counties.

The goal of the Home Education Coordinator will be to increase and improve upon the services offered in homebuyer education. Home Education serves current and future homeowners. The overall goals in

Home Education are:

  1. Nurture a strong foundation in credit and money management skills to facilitate successful housing.
  2. Help potential homeowners obtain the dream of homeownership

Essential Functions

  • Learn the overall workings of WWHT and the HomeOwnership Center to develop an understanding of the various housing options; with a special emphasis to learn the intricacies and value of homebuyer education and financial capabilities programs. Provide basic information to people wanting information about Home Education.
  • Organize the logistics for educational groups including coordinate locations in the two county region, arrange guest speakers, prepare workshop materials, assist with updating materials and forms, inform partners, community members and customers of events and education opportunities. Assist with facilitation of regular monthly workshops and special groups. Play key role by answering customer questions, help with registrations, schedule participants, send confirmation information, coordinate event logistics, site setup, and present at workshops/orientations.
  • Support workshops and events as well as counseling/mentoring such as scheduling appointments, pulling credit reports, preparing files and informational materials, data entry and information management.
  • Support education and counseling team on set-up and implementation of on-line learning management system.
  • Serve with Outreach and Marketing Coordinator in promotion of HOC programs and events
  • Coordinate with Outreach and Marketing Coordinator on distribution of ads and/or program flyers for all Homeownership advertising/marketing and provides them to newspapers, town reports and other sources.
  • Send monthly flyers to social service agencies, lenders and other stakeholders.
  • Attends events that present good outreach opportunities.
  • Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps.
  • Participate in VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives.
  • Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities.

Secondary Functions

  • Research, perform, and compile testimonials with interviews and photos of customers and partners.
  • Helping with related program paperwork, filing, data entry, data tracking, phone calls, and calculations relevant to service position.

Required Qualification

Minimum Qualifications

  • Weekends/evenings required;
  • Be US citizen or have permanent resident status;
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation or 17 years of age with verified parental permission;
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards a GED as part of the service-term. A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps;
  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check;
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program’s ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants;
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in all required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way;
  • Available to regularly serve 40 hours per week.

Desired Skills, Attributes, and Knowledge

  • Education level – BA preferred or equivalent experience in related field.
  • Technical skills – knowledge of housing, financial literacy and/or lending practices helpful.
  • Computer proficiency and experience with Microsoft office preferred; good writing, basic math, and superior interpersonal skills.
  • Someone with public speaking skills or the desire to learn.
  • Clean driving record, access to a vehicle with some in-state travel required.
  • Experience in counseling/support, public speaking, real estate, lending, community services, or affordable housing preferred.
  • Strong desire to provide service to the community, highly motivated, well organized, self-starter, and team player.

Additional Information

Service occurs both in an office environment as well as in the community, in Windham, and Windsor counties. Having your own vehicle and serving on some nights and weekends are required.

Position begins September 9th, 2019 and ends August 14th, 2020.

This position is Full Time: Requires 1,700 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 48 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $20,400 (pre-tax), and an education award of $6,095 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

TO APPLY: https://vhcb.org/our-programs/vhcb-americorps/positions

Application Information

Your application will consist of a cover letter and resume. Please direct your cover letter to Bruce Whitney, Director of Homeownership, Windham-Windsor Housing Trust, 68 Birge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Click on the”Apply” button on this page to complete an application form. Position is available until filled.