Volunteer Opportunity: Data Analyst VHA AmeriCorps VISTA

SUMMARY

One of MWCLT’s goals is to strengthen their programs to address racial inequities in homeownership. To support this goal, they have developed and launched a number of pilot programs and creative partnerships to widen their reach. MWCLT is looking for a motivated individual to serve as the Data Analyst VISTA to analyze programmatic data, identify funding sources, and develop strategic outreach plans in order to create new programs and improve existing initiatives at their organization. The candidate does not need to have formal experience in data collection. Data-centered activities include integrating the homeownership application, as well as other forms, with MWCLT’s front-facing website and their internal Salesforce software, improving their ability to streamline data. The VISTA will also research best practices for CLTs and improve public participation of the Richmond Land Bank, a program that expands affordable housing by inviting applicants to develop affordable housing on Land Bank-owned properties.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

The VISTA will work to gain proficiency in Salesforce HomeKeeper, MWCLT’s data management platform, with a goal of improving the database, creating automated actions as necessary, and critically thinking through the way data can be collected and used to further advance their mission. The VISTA will research best practices for CLTs operating condominiums. This includes analyzing data related to the number of condo units in CLT programs throughout the country, average sales prices, and Area Median Income (AMI) of homebuyers served through condo programs. The VISTA will cultivate strategic partnerships to expand the Lease-to-own program and work with current partners on developing surveys for program participants, compiling and analyzing the findings. Additionally, the VISTA will research and implement outreach strategies to increase awareness of the Richmond Lank Bank with a goal of fostering racially equitable communities and improving the regional affordable housing stock.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum 2 years higher education (Associate’s Degree)
  • Located in the Richmond, VA area or able to travel to Richmond regularly

Black and Indigenous persons and other People of Color are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Spanish, while not required, is an asset for this position.

ABOUT MAGGIE WALKER COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust (MWCLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to develop and maintain permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income households. The organization was formed in 2016. Using the Community Land Trust (CLT) model, the MWCLT creates homes that are sold to qualified buyers while retaining ownership of the land beneath the houses. These homes receive permanent subsidy that stays in the home and allows the home to be sold below market value.

The Maggie Walker CLT is committed to providing perpetually affordable homes to families with modest incomes throughout Richmond’s neighborhoods. In this way, we can keep our neighborhoods diverse and vibrant, even as housing prices rise.

In addition to its activities as a community land trust, the MWCLT is also the land bank for the localities it serves, making it the first combined community land trust/land bank in the country. In this capacity, the CLT receives property from localities and works with stakeholders to convey it to uses that benefit the community, with affordable housing as its highest priority.

TERMS OF SERVICE

This is a full-time volunteer/learning position through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, administered locally by the Virginia Housing Alliance. It is a 1-year commitment, with service beginning August 2022 and ending August 2023. A number of benefits are available through AmeriCorps, including:

  • Health Coverage*
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Living Allowance
  • Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
  • $5,000 Housing Stipend
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a more equitable workplace. We value diversity and are dedicated to the recruitment, inclusion and retention of people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, veterans and people with disabilities.

Interested applicants should apply through AmeriCorps’ online portal by July 18, 2022 or contact:

Hanna Moore, VHA AmeriCorps VISTA Program Administrator

hmoore@vahousingalliance.org

910 258 2420

205 N. Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220