AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Coordinator
Summary of Position: Provide capacity building support to stimulate equitable economic development within the Alberta Main Street (AMS) target area.
The AMS VISTA will build infrastructure to support:
- Volunteers: Serve as the point of contact (recruiting, training, supporting, and recognizing) while developing sustainable systems;
- Fundraising: Expand and support the development of sustainable funding sources;
- Equity: Assist in implementing the AMS Equity Strategy;
- Tracking Systems: Utilize CRM to track data related to funding, volunteer management and stakeholder contacts.
Program Goals: The Main Street/Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative AmeriCorps*VISTA program goals are:
- To stimulate economic development within the district resulting in increased access to job training, business technical assistance and opportunities for employment.
- To develop and implement fundraising strategies based on diversified income streams. Stable and diversified resource development strategies will allow the district to spend more time on economic development activities and less on fundraising activities.
- To create a strong base of committed volunteers and the systems to support transitions on or off of committees and/or projects.
Competencies, Skills and Experience of Successful Candidate
The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Additionally, s/he will bring the following competencies, skills and experience to their service at Alberta Main Street.
- A strong work ethic with high standards of transparency and accountability
- A communication style that reflects authenticity and approachability
- Cultural competency and the ability to interact respectfully and effectively with diverse stakeholders
- Abilty to problem solve
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, interpersonal awareness, and listening skills
- The ability to work independently and to take initiative while maintaining a high degree of professionalism working as part of a small team
- Leadership and/or facilitation skills
- Strong computer skills and an aptitude for learning new systems
- Education and/or prior work/volunteer/lived experience (3+ years) in relevant fields (planning, business administration, public administration, volunteer or nonprofit administration and/or small business development)
- Building professional relationships and communicating regularly with stakeholders in person, on the phone and via email
- Leading and/or managing volunteers
- Managing projects and/or events
Additionally, it is essential that the VISTA be able to regularly traverse the district to communicate and interact with stakeholders and work evening and weekend hours as needed.
- Associates or Bachelors degree or 3+ years of relevant experience
- A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
- Able to serve full-time for one year
- Ability to pass a criminal history background check
- Typical office work requires the ability to lift, carry, push and pull objects up to 20 pounds. Duties may require lifting 40 pounds occasionally.
- Sitting for extended periods, but may involve some amount of standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting, walking, carrying, and reaching.
- Extensive wrist and hand movements required for frequent keyboarding and use of office equipment.
- Ability to perform close work to file, read and use computer.
- Ability to continuously exchange information through listening and talking with coworkers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals required.
- Ability to be mobile community wide for appropriate organizational needs required.
VISTA offers several tangible and intangible benefits to serving. As a VISTA with Alberta Main Street you receive:
- A taxable living allowance of $11,645 per year, dispersed bi-weekly.
- A monthly bus pass OR a $100/month housing allowance (paid directly to landlord)
- A healthcare spending allowance that can be put towards approved medical expenses. Please note that this is not health insurance. Members must secure their own health insurance.
- Relocation assistance (if moving more than 50 miles to serve).
- Childcare assistance (if eligible).
- A $100 scholarship fund that can be used to pay for training or professional development related to your VISTA project.
- The support of a VISTA Network Coordinator, who provides individual support to VISTA members serving within the Main Street/NPI Network.
- Upon successful completion of a service term, the choice of a $1,500 stipend or an education award of $5,775 that can be put toward future or former educational expenses, including eligible student loans. Certain universities will match this award with their own scholarships.
- Upon completion of a service term, one year of noncompetitive eligibility for employment with the Federal Government. Alums also have access to the Employers of National Service network, which is a group of public and private organizations that indicate preference in hiring AmeriCorps alums.