AmeriCorps VISTA Income Specialist
Do you have a passion for helping others succeed? Are you ready to kick start your career and gain valuable non-profit management experience? Spend a year leading an AmeriCorps VISTA project that will empower individuals living in poverty to obtain employment, improve their financial education and management skills and attain self-sufficiency for themselves and their family. Specifically, United Way of Story County is recruiting an AmeriCorps VISTA candidate to help identify, assess, build and/or expand programs that provide free tax preparation, financial education/coaching, and job skills/training for low income individuals. Special emphasis will be placed on job skill training and workforce development issues during this year of service.
The VISTA Income Specialist will be an integral part of this work by coordinating the effort to identify existing resources for, and the unmet needs of, the low-income community; increase community awareness; and seek effective solutions. The successful candidate will be an outgoing individual that has the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, understands how to communicate effectively with a variety of different stakeholders and exhibits a passion for wanting to help make poverty history. In return for your year long, full-time commitment you will receive a living allowance and an educational stipend that can be used toward past or future college expenses.
The VISTA Income Specialist will (1) Identify and map community programs that provide tax preparation, financial education, job training/skill development services and evaluate the effectiveness of those programs; (2) Identify unmet needs of low income residents and recommend strategies and services to address those needs; (3) Build/enhance relationships with new/current partners working to address economic development and empower individuals and families living in poverty to improve their economic status; (4) Recruit, train, coordinate and communicate with community/corporate volunteers to participate in poverty reduction initiatives; (5) Support communication (via social media, web, email and community presentations) on the needs of low income residents and programs/resources available to meet them; and (6) plan and execute two episodic volunteer events that create a greater awareness in the community about the struggles of people living in poverty.
A Bachelor’s degree from one of the following colleges is preferred but not required: Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary, or Business. This position may start as early as July 17th. For more information or to apply: