United Way of King County is seeking 14 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 February 2018.
Your Role and 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.
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:
Children’s Home Society of Washington
Mobility Mentoring Coordinator, Seattle
Children’s Home Society of Washington supports children and families involved with the dependency court system to make sure that all children have safe, healthy homes. The Mobility Mentoring Coordinator VISTA will expand and strengthen a coaching program to promote upward economic mobility for economically disadvantaged families enrolled in early learning programs by improving staff training, coordinating data collection for a pilot program, collecting client feedback, and improving operations.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Project Improvement Specialist, Seattle
The Project Improvement Specialist VISTA will engage local youth in arts and wetlands restoration programs by expanding partnerships with classes, creating new program opportunities, improving data collection, and assessing client needs.
Mercer International Community Learning Center
Community Engagement Ambassador, Seattle
Located in the diverse Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle; Mercer International Middle School is home to families from all over the world. The Community Engagement Ambassador VISTA will help improve family engagement to support student academic success for homeless, immigrant, refugee, and students of color by raising donations for a food backpack program and holiday food pantry, collaborating with organizations to provide parent learning opportunities, and developing procedures for cultural and heritage family events.
Youth Program Development and Data Analysis Assistant, Seattle
The Youth Program Development and Data Analysis Assistant VISTA will improve services for low-income employment seekers by analyzing data and conducting best practice research for Goodwill’s new youth programs, including the Youth Aerospace Program and iGrad Career Exploration Program.
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
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
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
Follow the link to submit a resume and cover letter. Indicate position(s) of interest in your letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of filling these positions by December 22. Please submit application materials as soon as possible for consideration, as we will begin interviews immediately.