Seeking an AmeriCorps Resiliency Corps Fellow

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Position Summary

Recognizing the need for nonprofits and organizations throughout California to strengthen their disaster and emergency preparedness, OneOC, with the support of CaliforniaVolunteers and Corporation for National and Community Service, has developed a new AmeriCorps program called Resiliency Corps. 


From forest fires and earthquakes, to terror attacks and chemical spills, it is pertinent that communities and the organizations that serve them are ready when disaster strikes.  In fact, 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster, which can leave communities without the services they need.


This is where Resiliency Corps can help.  OneOC works to place AmeriCorps Resiliency Corps Fellows in nonprofits and community organizations throughout California.  The Resiliency Corps Fellow helps these organizations prepare themselves for disaster by creating the procedures, policies, and partnerships needed to ensure that the sites can effectively respond to and recover after an emergency.


Title: Resiliency Corps Fellow

Term of Service:     Now until December 7, 2017

Hours of service:   30-40 hours per week for full-time, 900-hour positions

POSITION LOCATION: Survivors of Torture, International (San Diego, CA)


Major Responsibilities and Related Tasks

  1. Developing/Enhancing and documenting effective disaster and emergency plans, protocols, and processes to strengthen disaster resiliency within an organization; to communicate and coordinate with stakeholders who will assist in the event of a disaster; to outline an outreach strategy to local civic groups; and to secure operational continuity if and when a disaster or emergency happens
  2. Recruit, manage, and train a group of volunteers also known as a disaster cadre to participate in local collaborative volunteer projects, service events, and trainings resulting in organizational and personal preparedness plans.
  3.  Expand Local Preparedness Networks by strengthening partnerships and community capacity in order to make disaster response and recovery a collaborative effort between the host organization and civic groups.
  4. Support long-term recovery and sustainability by increasing organizational capacity to more easily support clients, and effectively respond and recover from disaster events.
  5. Fundraise to acquire a range of resources (both monetary and in-kind donations) to support the disaster resiliency program.



  • Opportunity to make a positive difference in a community
  • Living allowance of $7,500 over term of service
  • An AmeriCorps Education Award (of up to $2887) upon successful completion of service
  • Student loan deferment and interest reimbursement at completion of term
  • Health benefits and child care assistance if qualified
  • Training and professional development opportunities



To be eligible to participate as an AmeriCorps Resiliency Corps Fellow, the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements below, including but not limited to:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a HS Diploma, Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Agree to and clear a criminal background check
  • Be available to complete service term until December 7, 2017
  • Have served no more than two terms in an AmeriCorps state or national program.*
  • Previous experiences with community service, training, or leadership development strengthen candidacy.


Survivors of Torture, International’s PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to the mission of Survivors of Torture, International
  • Possess excellent communication, problem solving, time management and organizational skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must have reliable car, valid California Driver’s License and adequate auto insurance.



Interested candidates should register and complete an AmeriCorps application online at:  You can also search for this listing at under “OneOC Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Populations”.

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website at or visit OneOC at


Questions? Please contact:

Samantha Vargas

OneOC Volunteer Services Supervisor


*Individuals may receive no more than the value of two full time education awards.  If you have received the equivalent of more than one full time education award, you are eligible to serve and receive a discounted award.