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Jobs For Veterans
Swords to Plowshares' mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans. Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Each year more than 1,400 veterans request assistance. Unemployment rates for veterans are generally higher than for the general population, and California's unemployment rate is higher (11%) than for the U.S. as a whole (9%). The unemployment rate for San Francisco County is 8.3% but for veterans it is 9.5%; similarly, for Alameda County the rates are 10.2% and 11.3% for veterans, and 10.1% and 11.2% for Contra Costa County. (Sources: California Employment Development Department, 2011 and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010.) In order to alleviate the high unemployment rate among veterans, Swords to Plowshares has been proactive and strategic in our approach to moving veterans into jobs. We research high growth industries and with input from employers develop job-training programs that meet their needs. Additionally, we aggressively recruit recently separated veterans for both job openings and training opportunities. We have had considerable success in working with community colleges to consolidate training modules for veteran-only classes.
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Member Duties : The VISTA volunteers will work closely with policy staff to develop and implement our veteran employment initiative. The project requires research, outreach and community education for veterans and potential employers in order to advance veteran employment opportunities in the Bay Area and throughout California. Job Duties: Research high industry growing companies in the Bay Area and other targeted areas. Research veteran employment needs and/or obstacles to employment. Perform and track outreach to employers, veterans and employment service providers. Research veteran related networking events, such as university vet clubs, vet groups, and social networking groups. Develop recruitment strategies for both employers and returning veterans. Ability to write reports summarizing research, outreach materials, fact sheets and other project collateral. Ability to work in a team environment and perform work independently.
Program Benefits :
Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage . 
Terms :
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Veterans ,  Writing/Editing ,  Data Analysis ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Jobs For Veterans

Program Start/End Date
07/14/2014  -   07/14/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations CALIFORNIA   San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose  

Accepting Applications
From  03/21/2013  To  04/25/2014 

Contact Amy Fairweather
1060 Howard St
San Francisco   CA   94103
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 43581