Non-Attorney AmeriCorps Member Positions

Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid

AmeriCorps Member Positions

Read about AmeriCorps Members at Iowa Legal Aid.

Background:Iowa Legal Aid seeks applicants to fill AmeriCorps member positions for its regional offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo, subject to funding availability. Iowa Legal Aid provides free, high quality legal education, advice and representation to low-income and elderly Iowans with civil legal problems that most dramatically affect poor and vulnerable Iowans.

Responsibilities: Individual AmeriCorps members will participate in various tasks that can include: helping seniors, veterans, immigrants, people with disabilities and other low-income Iowans get free legal help; enhancing the unified client intake system; increasing outreach to underserved Iowans; advancing self-help legal education; recruiting and managing volunteers; improving volunteer management practices; connecting low-income and elderly Iowans to financial/social supports; enhancing Iowa Legal Aid’s website; performing marketing and public relations activities.Qualifications: We seek applicants who communicate well with individuals and groups, both verbally and in writing. Applicants should also have some or all of the following:

1. Background working with people who are low-income, elderly, victims of domestic/sexual abuse, from other cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds, and/or have disabilities;

2. Bi-lingual verbal and written communication skills, in one or more of several languages used most often by low-income Iowans, including Spanish, Bosnian, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and/or American Sign Language;

3. Ability to use computers to organize information, update website, and/or perform research; interest and past experience in computer or website programming is a plus.

4. College or community college;

5. Background in journalism, marketing, teaching and/or volunteer recruitment/management.

Opening/Closing DateWhen filled, with full-time members starting between September 1 - November 30, 2016. Part-time members will start between September 1 – February 28, 2017..

Salary/BenefitsSalary/Benefits: Full-time members receive a modest living stipend ($12,530 for 11 months), student loan forbearance, child care benefit, individual health insurance, and can get an education award of $5,775. Part-time member benefits are as follows:


Minimum Hours


Education Award



$  6,265




$  3,133




$  2,089


Applications: Submit letter of application, including geographic preference, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to
Gail R. Klearman, Managing Attorney – Iowa Legal Aid
1111 9th Street Suite 230
Des Moines, IA 50314-2527
515-243-1198 ext 1678 or 1-800-532-1503
TTY/Relay Iowa: 1-800-735-2942
Iowa Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request
Auxiliary aids and services are available in alternative formats
Last Review and Update: Aug 12, 2016