Sample Placement Position Descriptions

Below are four sample placement positions offered through AVODAH. This list is intended to give you an idea of the type of positions corps members may have. This is not the full or final list of potential positions available. Position and placement descriptions vary from year to year.


Organization Name:  Apna Ghar

Position Title: Community Advocate

Mission Statement: Apna Ghar (Our Home) provides culturally-appropriate, multilingual services including emergency shelter, to survivors of domestic abuse with a primary focus on South Asian and other immigrant communities.

Specific Duties:  Under the supervision of the Legal Advocate, the Community Advocate provides information on rights and options under Illinois and federal law to survivors of violence, assesses their need, develops a plan and then coordinates advocacy services for them. The work is divided between providing crisis intervention on the crisis line as well as in person (25%), providing advocacy including coordination and management of services related to the client’s legal issues (65%), and providing case management unrelated to the legal case (10%).

  • Assist survivors of domestic violence in crisis by answering the crisis line and completing intake to assess the needs of clients, and develop action plans with clients.
  • Provide emotional support and information to clients on their rights and protections available to them under state and federal law.
  • Assist clients by helping them file police reports, and with document/evidence gathering for their legal cases as needed.
  • Provide legal referrals, and help clients obtain legal representation, and link clients with other appropriate resources available to them.
  • Arrange for translators for legal appointments, and court dates whenever necessary.
  • Advocate for clients in court by accompanying them to court dates, liaising with their attorneys and guiding them through legal process.
  • Follow through to ensure that the client’s needs are met.
  • Perform other duties as assigned including outreach and systems advocacy work.

Characteristics and Skills Needed for the Position:  Empathy, good listening skills, perceptiveness, objectivity, willingness and ability to advocate for women in crisis. Any special language and/or cross-cultural communication skills are a plus.

Training Offered: Illinois state required 40 hour domestic violence training that covers the dynamics of domestic violence, and helps develop empathetic listening and advocacy skills. The training also provides an overview of the laws covering domestic violence, and its intersection with other economic and social issues. On the job training will help in applying these skills on a practical level. Skill development through supervision and other staff development trainings will take place on a regular basis.

Other Important Considerations:  Immigrant survivors of domestic violence face linguistic and cultural barriers in accessing services. Most have also survived severe forms of violence. It is important to consider personal and professional boundaries in this kind of setting. The Corps member will receive not only supervision but also support from staff at the agency in working around these issues.

Neighborhood: Uptown, Chicago

Americorps Eligibility: Full-time award


Organization Name: DC SCORES

Position Title: Elementary School Program Coordinator 

Mission Statement: DC SCORES empowers students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, DC SCORES inspires youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities.

Specific Duties: 

  • Provide training, support, technical assistance and evaluation to the writing coaches involved in the program
  • Coach writing two times per week at designated school
  • Organize and facilitate Starbucks poetry workshops
  • Organize parent initiatives
  • Assist with planning and execution of DC SCORES winter program and summer camp(s)
  • Assist in developing supplements to writing curricula
  • Conduct site visits and game day visits
  • Coordinate Shout! special event and help with other special events as-needed
  • Represent DC SCORES citywide by participating in community and/or funder forums
  • Provide administrative program support including monitoring attendance, enrollment, coach information and evaluation data
  • General office duties as assigned
  • Contribute to DC SCORES team
  • Participate in continuous learning and professional development opportunities
  • Carry out responsibilities as outlined in the strategic plan

Characteristics and Skills Needed for the Position:

  • Passion for urban education and youth development;
  • Creative writing or soccer background a plus;
  • Excellent organizational abilities and capacity to manage multiple projects;
  • Computer literacy and excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent people skills in a diverse environment
  • A team player
  • Ability to communicate and relate well with children;
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

Training Offered:

  • Citywide youth development training (30-hour course) required for all program staff;
  • Soccer coaching / licensing training (elementary soccer and middle school specific);
  • Curriculum development and evaluation;
  • Personal staff development – bi-weekly staff meeting topics are centered on personal and job-related growth (ex. how to create a budget; the interview process; managing personal finances)
  • DC SCORES staff retreats
  • Annual America SCORES Conference

Neighborhood: Logan Circle, Washington DC

Americorps Eligibility: Full-time Award


Organization Name: Gay Men's Health Crisis

Position Title: Community Organizing Coordinator

Mission Statement: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Our mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected. In fulfilling this mission, we will remain true to our heritage by fighting homophobia and affirming the individual dignity of all gay men and lesbians.

Specific Duties: Direct the recruitment, training and mobilization of a network of clients, community members and staff in support of science-based prevention, treatment and care at the city, state, and federal levels of government. Build support for the world’s oldest AIDS organization’s city, state and federal policy agenda. Work closely with GMHC Action Center clients and volunteers to build a broad-based movement for comprehensive sex education, expanded health coverage and treatment, and other policy priorities of GMHC and the HIV/AIDS movement.

  • Work closely with Program Directors, other GMHC staff, clients, volunteers and community partners, to develop and promote policy and funding agendas.
  • Conduct original social science research, research and write literature reviews, and analyze policy options. Use this research and analysis to advance science-based HIV prevention, treatment and care.
  • Work closely with the Community Health Department to advocate for effective, science-based prevention and care for the populations most at-risk for HIV infection in the U.S., including: gay and bisexual men; women, particularly Black and Latina women; youth and young adults; intravenous drug users; transgender people; people with criminal justice histories; sex workers; and some immigrant populations.
  • Work with the Community Health and Legal Departments, and external partners, to critically analyze current prevention strategies, including the need to incorporate structural factors into individual- and group-level behavioral interventions and the need for concrete structural interventions that address homophobia; racial, gender and economic inequality; mental health issues; stigma; lack of access to health care; lack of sex education and contraceptives in schools and institutional settings; unstable housing and homelessness; substance use; incarceration; and other structural drivers of the epidemic.
  • Manage the participation of GMHC Action Center participants (including GMHC clients, volunteers and staff) in public education activities.  Coordinate leadership development and mobilization program engaging GMHC Action Center participants in various issue and political campaigns.
  • Represent agency in community organizing activities, including coalition development and participation within the agency and in the greater community. Build alliances with faith-based groups, civil rights groups, and others to fight homophobia, racism, sexism, stigma, poverty and other structural drivers of the HIV epidemic.
  • Work closely with Public Policy Director and Communications Director, to coordinate, develop and maintain community education and organizing materials, including public policy department web content, press releases, policy briefs, newsletters, flyers and alerts.
  • Coordinate Voter Registration/Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns, including event tabling, and voter guides.
  • Perform other department or agency related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.

Characteristics and Skills Needed for the Position: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Urban Studies, Social Work or related studies or equivalent experience preferred. Proven experience in community education and mass communications.  Proven experience recruiting, supervising and deploying volunteers. Excellent public speaking, presentation, training and writing skills. Strong willingness and proven ability to exhibit leadership in coalition with other community partners. Strong organizational skills, and ability to develop and conduct trainings.  Familiarity with government budget and policy-making process. Knowledge of HIV policy issues, and ability to work with diverse communities.

Training Offered: Various training opportunities. 

Other Important Considerations: None

Neighborhood: Chelsea, New York

Americorps Eligibility: Full-time award


Organization Name: Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House

Position Title: Project Assistant

Mission Statement: To improve the health of our New Orleans neighbors by providing high-quality, accessible, community-centric care.

Specific Duties: The project assistant provides support to the neighborhood populations served by the Tulane Community Health Centers by coordinating outreach and in-reach efforts in order to most effectively improve the value of the clinic for the community. The project assistant will work closely with the Community Outreach Coordinator to coordinate health and wellness outreach and in-reach efforts and events including computer literacy classes and exercise events; coordinate strategic planning meetings with the clinics’ team leaders; standardize patient education materials and monthly health topic across all sites; coordinate patient advisory council activities; and work with clinic leadership to advertise and market the clinic to the community. The project assistant will also act as health advocate within the clinic, working one-on-one with patients and alongside providers to get the word out about community events, community resources and healthy options for exercise, nutrition and other determinants of health throughout the city.

Characteristics and Skills Needed for the Position: Independent thinking, self-motivated, organized, leadership and teamwork experience, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Strong commitment to the New Orleans community and its members preferred.
  • Ability to use various standardized word processing and spreadsheet software; working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access software preferred.
  • Familiar with operation of electronic office machines (phones, copier, fax).
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse, patient-centered, holistic atmosphere.

Training Offered: HIPAA (patient privacy), learning different roles of staff and providers

Neighborhood: Treme/French Quarter, New Orleans

Americorps Eligibility: Full-time award

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My year as an AVODAH Corps member has been challenging, rewarding and, ultimately, fulfilling... I learned how to find calm and balance amidst so many responsibilities. The person that has emerged as me at the end of this year is a more secure, dedicated and fully realized individual; and that is undoubtedly a result of my experience in AVODAH."

Tamar Toledano2010-2011 Corps Member