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:
FareStart – Food Recovery Program
Food Recovery Program Coordinator, Seattle
Work to end hunger with FareStart’s Community Meals Program by creating a food rescue system which serves vulnerable populations in schools, healthcare centers, and shelters. The Food Recovery Program Coordinator VISTA will expand existing food recovery efforts by improving operations, increasing volunteer support, and creating a community event.
Hunger Intervention Program
The Food Security Awareness Champion, North Seattle
Work with the Hunger Intervention Program to increase food security for underserved populations in North King County through providing healthy meals and nutrition education. The Food Security Awareness VISTA will expand outreach, launch a new program focusing on minority communities, develop new curriculum for Food Justice workshops, and increase fundraising effectiveness.
King County Bar Association-The Neighborhood Legal Clinics
Program Coordinator, Seattle
Support the Neighborhood Legal Clinics which provide free legal assistance and referrals to low-income King County residents who have limited access to the legal system. The Program Coordinator VISTA will improve the quality of free legal services for low-income clients by tracking and analyzing client outcomes and assessing client and volunteer feedback.
Youth Worker Institute Project Specialist, Seattle
The Youth Worker Institute Project Specialist VISTA will ensure agencies serving homeless and unstably housed youth provide consistently high-quality services to help them in securing and thriving in permanent housing by creating, expanding, and diversifying professional resources and training for direct-service staff.
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.