Community Outreach & Early Childhood Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA
Reports to: Hannah Kenny, Welcome Baby Program Director
Hours: This is a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position serving 1,700 hours annually.
Location: Ogden, Utah. This position will be located at United Way of Northern Utah.
About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program:
Since 1965, over 220,000 AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program have joined the fight against poverty by helping local organizations expand their capacity to make change. The VISTA program serves in each of the 50 U.S. states and in all U.S. territories. Through capacity-building activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment, AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program serve in an office setting and gain professional experience and leadership skills. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Members serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program serve full-time for one-year terms. They build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level and empower individuals and communities.
Summary of Position:
This AmeriCorps VISTA position will assist the Welcome Baby Program in strengthening community outreach efforts and recruitment/retention of program volunteers, and ultimately help program families gain valuable resources that will help them overcome poverty and other environmental stressors. Welcome Baby is a free, monthly in-home visitation program that focuses on child development, parent engagement and support, kindergarten readiness, and increased access to community resources. The focus of the VISTA will center around the creation of robust volunteer recruitment and retention plan, strengthening of program volunteer trainings, and the creation of a family recruitment plan that centers on widening our multicultural reach and increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the program. All of these efforts in their entirety will ultimately increase the capacity of the Welcome Baby Program, allowing for more families living in poverty to enroll and gain access to beneficial information and support needed in order to become more confident and educated providers for their children.
- Create a DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) improvement and outreach plan to ensure that the program is educated on local agencies that serve culturally diverse populations of individuals and implement practices into the Welcome Baby Program that will ensure a more effective method of serving families who are not natively English-speaking.
- Create a robust outreach and recruitment plan to enroll 18 AmeriCorps State and National members into the Welcome Baby Program, to serve as Home Visitation Coordinators in Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Summit counties.
- Create a training outline to ensure a smooth and thorough rollout of new program curriculum guidebooks in Weber County for home visitors with Spanish-speaking families.
- Create an annual training plan for home visitors to ensure access to relevant early childhood education topics, as well as community resources that are available for the families that they serve.
- Attend community events to market the Welcome Baby Program to potential program families, volunteers, and community partners.
- Support the Community Outreach Coordinator with ongoing projects such as donations, community events, and partner outreach.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Monthly living allowance of $1,375 (for a yearly total of $16,500).
- Education award of $6,345 at the end of service year to use toward payment of student loans or future tuition, fees, and/or books at a college, university, or trade school. If the member is over the age of 55, they may gift their education award to a child or grandchild. All members can receive forbearance of payments on current student loans during their year of service.
- Health care reimbursement assistance
- Childcare assistance, as needed
- Ongoing professional training and support
- Members develop excellent management and organizational skills
- The chance to make a difference in the lives of many babies and families in our community.
- Commitment to program participants and community
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
- Detail- and results-oriented
- Able to relate to people from diverse backgrounds
- Fluency in Spanish is a bonus
- Positive attitude and adaptability to a constantly changing environment
Member Requirements/ Information:
- Member must be a high school graduate
- Must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States
- Member must produce these documents prior to enrollment: birth certificate or passport, driver’s license, social security card, high school graduation verification
- High standards of professional ethics and conduct
- Member must submit to and pass an FBI background check/Sex offender check conducted prior to hire
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google, and computer technology
- Reliable vehicle
How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Hannah Kenny, email@example.com
Closing Date: March 1st, 2022
For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program please visit: https://americorps.gov/serve
NOTE: The statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the person employed. Also, the statements do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
About United Way of Northern Utah: United Way of Northern Utah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which serves Weber, Box Elder, Oneida and Morgan counties. Its mission is to Unite people and organizations to build a healthy, stable, and well-educated community where individuals, families, and neighborhoods thrive. Website: http://www.uwnu.org