Affordable Housing Project Coordinator

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Job location
119 Merchant Street
Suite 605A
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Street address: 
119 Merchant Street
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Position Description: 

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is looking for a talented individual to join us through the AmeriCorps VISTA program to work on a project aimed at addressing Hawaii's affordable housing crisis.

About Hawaii Appleseed
The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is committed to a more socially just Hawai'i, where everyone has genuine opportunities to achieve economic security and fulfill their potential. We change systems that perpetuate inequality and injustice through policy development, legislative advocacy, coalition building, and litigation.

Hawaii Appleseed's work is focused on five main areas that are critical to providing opportunities for self-sufficiency for people in Hawai'i: (1) Affordable Housing, (2) Education, (3) Health, (4) Ending Hunger, and (5) Tax, Budget & Economic Fairness.

Working with community partners and state and local leaders, we have obtained the following successes, which are representative of the type of work that we do in the area of affordable housing:
Passage of an Oahu ordinance allowance Accessory Dwelling Units, and creation of a network of resources to guide homeowners through the development process
Obtaining over $100 million in funding for housing and homelessness interventions that work, such as Housing First and the Rental Housing Revolving Fund
Jumpstarting the development of a 104-unit micro-unit apartment building in Kakaako, the first of its kind in Hawai'i.
Publication of reports on Hawai'i's affordable housing crisis and innovative housing models that can be used to help provide additional affordable housing options.

Position Description
The VISTA Affordable Housing Project Coordinator position is a one-year, full-time volunteer position located in Downtown Honolulu, O'ahu and will be working alongside the Program Director. Americorps VISTAs commit to a yearlong (365 days) term of service within the organization they serve. For more information about the Americorps VISTA program, please visit this website:

Position duties include, but are not limited to:
Develop a comprehensive understanding of Hawai'i's housing needs and the various processes by which affordable housing is built
Develop a guide for community member engagement in affordable housing
Foster collaboration with organizations interested in affordable housing development
Attend orientations, meetings, trainings and other courses
Other duties as assigned

Living Allowance of $20,640 annually
Education Awards of up to $5,775 or End of Year Stipend of $1,500
Monthly housing allowance of $500
Professional, cultural and personal development opportunities
Childcare assistance, if eligible
Health care allowance, if eligible


18 years or older
U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry
Some college or college graduate
Willingness to work with at-risk communities
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Hard-working and driven by a passion for social and economic justice
Commitment to excellence in the work conducted for the organization
Comfortable with computers, proficient with Windows Office and database programs

To apply: 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and a writing sample to Gavin Thornton at [email protected] by September 22, 2016.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Submission deadline: 
Friday, September 23, 2016