AmeriCorps VISTA: Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Program Type: AmeriCorps VISTA
Program: LEO Inc.
Work Schedule: Full Time
Education level: College graduate
Age Requirement: Minimum: 18 Maximum: None
Program Locations: Lynn, Massachusetts
Languages: English, Spanish
Accepting Applications: 09/15/2021 – 11/30/2021
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that alleviate poverty.
LEO Inc. provides a safety net of services for at-risk, low-income families, stabilizing them for the short term while investing in a long-term, two-generation approach to education that promotes economic independence and family stability. We partner with individuals, children and families in Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott, and Wakefield to increase participation in programs that maximize their potential. Together we demonstrate that it is possible to break the cycle of poverty and move forward.
LEO’s signature programs are Early Head Start and Head Start, early education and care for children from birth to 5 years; home heating fuel assistance; and community services that provide basic needs resources to our community. LEO’s intake and referral process ensures that our clients have access to the full complement of services for which they qualify, which also include supplemental food distribution, emergency rent and utility assistance, English language and financial literacy classes, VITA income tax preparation, and other programs that improve an adult’s ability to be an effective caregiver and head of household.
VISTA Member Benefits:
– In House Training
– $1,027.88 biweekly living allowance; LEO provides an additional $300 monthly rent stipend; $6,345 Segal Education Award after completion of a full-year of service*
– Health insurance coverage
– Experience in nonprofit management; professional development
– Student loan forbearance or deferment, accrued interest will be covered
– Childcare subsidy, where applicable
-Relocation allowance, where applicable
– 10 personal days, 10 sick days, holidays observed by LEO will not be counted toward days off
*The Segal Education Award can be used to:
- Repay a qualified student loan; or,
- Pay the cost of attending a qualified institution of higher education
- Or, the member can choose an end of service stipend, approximately $1,800 for a full year of service, instead of the Segal award.
This is a great opportunity for growing and seasoned professionals with career interests in:
– Public administration
– Outreach and communication development
– Education reform
– Community service
– Focus on best practices of outreach, participation, accountability, and measures for engaging residents to contribute to the larger goals of Impact Lynn (increase incomes, education levels, and diverse engagement).
– Review the current volunteer program and internal policies for effectiveness/strengths and areas of improvement to develop policies and procedures that support a self-sustaining volunteer program.
– Strengthen existing partnerships, and support the growth of new partnerships.
– Successfully plan and implement volunteer opportunities where the needs of our multi-culturally and economically diverse community are identified and met to remove barriers to participation.
– Create work plans, calendars, logistical checklists, and invitation lists to support implementation of these events and develop training materials (PowerPoints, handouts, etc.) or refine existing materials for use at community events.
– Develop and implement a system to solicit and track feedback from event participants and work collaboratively with our Development and Community Engagement staff to document these events.
The ideal candidate would possess:
– Exceptional and effective communication and writing skills;
– Strong attention to detail and organizational skills;
– Strong work ethic and commitment to producing high-quality projects;
– Excellent interpersonal strengths with a desire to build relationships among staff, clients, and donors;
– Multi-tasking ability while managing a workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;
– Ability to coordinate the efforts of diverse collaborators;
– Ability to increase productivity and improve methods, approaches, and contributions;
– Commitment to continuous learning
This job is:
– A good fit for undergrad and grad students looking to develop their professional skills in a workplace
– A good fit for applicants who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more
– A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education
– A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply
– A job for which people with disabilities are encouraged to apply
– A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply