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Become an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the nation’s forefront anti-hunger VISTA program
Lead people who combat hunger across the country.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders act as guides and mentors to VISTA members while building their skills as professionals in the nonprofit sector.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader based in either Denver or Austin,* you’ll recruit, mentor, train and manage AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to AmeriCorps) members at anti-hunger nonprofits throughout the United States, while learning the ins and outs of program management. With a focus on communications management or fund development, you will be an integral part of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) team, a project of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. You’ll have opportunities to travel to partner sites and trainings across the country, meet your specific professional development goals and gain valuable management and leadership skills for the nonprofit sector.
Please note: You MUST have successfully completed an AmeriCorps VISTA service term to qualify for this position.
❖ You’ll manage approximately 18 - 25 VISTAs in your geographical region, by supporting, mentoring, training and connecting them to resources and each other.
❖ You’ll liaise between members, supervisors and program staff.
❖ You’ll compile reporting information on the program impact.
❖ You’ll convene members by conducting individual check-ins, bi-monthly virtual meetings, and potentially, site visits.
❖ You’ll be responsible for an AHOC program goal, either communications OR resource development.
❖ You’ll also specialize in a VISTA program goal. Develop a training curriculum and become an “expert” on either Fundraising and Development OR Communications and Social Media.
❖ You will commit to serving with the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA for one full year.
*This VISTA Leader will work remotely out of one of our anti-hunger partner organizations; you’ll choose either Share Our Strength Colorado in Denver, CO or the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas in Austin, TX.
❖ You have successfully completed one full-year term of AmeriCorps VISTA. No exceptions.
❖ You have demonstrated exemplary skills and leadership in community service.
❖ You have successfully earned a Bachelor’s degree.
❖ You’re a communicator. You keep everyone in the know; you know when to ask questions, when to speak up and when to listen.
❖ You’re a team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
❖ You love to travel.
❖ You’re familiar with USDA FNS programs and you have experience in anti-hunger, food justice or economic development.
❖ You have experience working with diverse populations, you’re culturally sensitive and can apply an equity lens to almost anything.
❖ You have exceptional organization and project management skills.
❖ You get things done. You follow through on every job, and you live for deadlines. You take initiative on projects and you know how to bring people together. You’re a multitasking machine.
❖ You're a problem solver and a strategic thinker.
❖ You have a passion for social justice, alleviating poverty and ending hunger.
❖ Living stipend of $1,146 or $1,183 per month, depending on location.
❖ One-time housing assistance of $700-800, depending on location.
❖ Upon completion of service, choose the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award of $5,645 payable to a lender of educational institute or to be used for future schooling up to seven years after service OR a cash stipend of $3,000.
❖ Relocation allowance, if eligible.
❖ Professional development (we promise, we take this seriously).
❖ Opportunities to travel throughout the country (amount depends on funding of program).
❖ Health coverage (AmeriCorps Seven Corners; does not meet the ACA requirements).
❖ Childcare assistance, if eligible.
This position will start in September or October, 2014. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position is opened until filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Associate Director, Ella Fowler at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
About the Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger:
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), in conjunction with some of the nation’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations, has begun its fourth year of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC), a multi-state, 128-member AmeriCorps VISTA program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Walmart Foundation.
This program engages AmeriCorps VISTA members and partnering organizations in NYCCAH’s mission of “moving families beyond the soup kitchen” by breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthful, nutritious foods via benefit utilization, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), the Summer Food Service Program and others.
AHOC members work with anti-hunger organizations in building their capacity and sustainability to ensure programs continue long after the VISTA members serve their term. Often, projects worked on by VISTA members include some of the following: writing grants and/or assisting in fundraising activities; recruiting, training, and managing volunteers; convening community members to survey effectiveness of programs; training organizational staff to provide nutrition education awareness; enhancing awareness of programs by engaging community members in educational opportunities and much more.