United Way of King County

AmeriCorps

Position Description

AmeriCorps VISTA Team
Requisition # 2017-A004
# of openings 8
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United Way of King County is seeking 8 exceptional AmeriCorps VISTA members to join a team of 30 dynamic change agents working to fight poverty in King County!

United Way is building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable. We deploy VISTAs with partner agencies doing excellent work in these arenas. VISTAs commit to serve full-time for one year at organizations across the county starting July 2018.

Your Role & What You Will Learn:

Our VISTAs enable agencies to more effectively serve clients. Instead of working directly with clients to deliver services, VISTAs work at the agency level to improve services, expand programs, and ensure clients receive the highest quality support. VISTA positions offer valuable opportunities to learn more about human service delivery, program operations, leadership, and nonprofit management.

Your Team:

VISTAs spend the majority of their time at their host agency and become crucial members of those teams. Additionally, United Way VISTAs meet as a team at least monthly to participate in high-quality training and professional development, networking opportunities, service projects, and reflection. Our members become part of an extensive nonprofit network with access to excellent resources and learning opportunities. While gaining valuable professional skills and experience, our team works together to change communities and improve lives.

We are offering the following VISTA placements*:

Benefits Hub Program Coordinator : Ensure low-income students persist and complete their college programs by increasing access to services and resources that increase their income and food security. This team of ten serves at community colleges across King County. This is a great opportunity to do systems change work in a higher education setting.

Educurious: Educurious is fundamentally transforming the K-12 education experience by providing meaningful, career-connected learning opportunities.The Outreach Coordinator will improve project-based learning opportunities for low-income youth by developing a teacher/student advisory board, creating a series of events for students to showcase their work, and evaluating the impact.

United Way of King County: The Reconnecting Youth program connects Opportunity Youth who lack a high school credential with one-on-one mentorship and assistance with financial aid and admissions applications to complete high school and gain a stable career path. The Volunteer Engagement Capacity Builder will convene community partners that serve as Reengagement Centers and improve training for staff in youth development, facilitation, and leadership skill building, as well as develop volunteer opportunities and strategies to improve youth retention.

Ventures: Ventures empowers individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership.The Peer Loan Program Coordinator will provide low-income entrepreneurs with access to capital and financial literacy by implementing a Peer Loan program, developing educational and evaluation tools, and recruiting volunteers.

Washington Middle School: The Washington Middle School aims to engage parents and guardians of struggling students to participate in the decision-making process around what out-of-school time programs are offered and develop parent learning opportunities to support parents in furthering their child’s educational success. The Family Engagement Coordinator will increase the success of struggling students by engaging parents and the community, creating parent and youth advisory councils and parent learning events to offer relevant, impactful programming.

WestSide Baby: Westside Baby's mission is to provide essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, safety equipment, books and toys in partnership with our community. The Community Engagement Coordinator will increase the availability of these necessities for low-income families with young children by building partnerships that enable resource collection and distribution to scale and implementing focus groups, data collection, analysis and evaluation.

*To learn more and read detailed position descriptions for the individual openings, please visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do and search for AmeriCorps VISTA in the Program Type dropdown menu and Washington in the State dropdown menu.

Benefits:

  • Living allowance of $1,466 (pretax)
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • ORCA LIFT card
  • $5,815 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
  • Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
  • Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
  • Professional work experience
  • In-service training

Preferred skills and qualifications (qualifications specific to the individual sites/positions will be communicated during the hiring process):

  • A strong ethic of service and commitment to anti-poverty work
  • Demonstrated interest working with non-profits and/or degree in related field
  • U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence status (F-1 visas are not sufficient)
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent organizational abilities and project and time management skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing workload
  • Proficiency with MS office programs including Outlook, Word, & Excel
  • Willingness to maintain a strong work ethic in the face of challenges such as living within the means of the VISTA living stipend
  • Experience recruiting or managing volunteers, planning events, and/or working with homeless, diverse, or low-income populations a plus

How to apply

Follow the link on this page to submit a resume and cover letter. Indicate position(s) of interest in your letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit application materials as soon as possible for consideration, as we will begin interviews immediately. First priority deadline: May 8.