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AmeriCorps VISTA positions

Serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at NKCDC!

NKCDC seeks outstanding individuals to provide a year of service through the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. Our VISTA volunteers will receive a small monthly living allowance funded and administered by the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service. Our AmeriCorps VISTAs function as a core part of our staff devoted to bringing low-income individuals out of poverty.

This position requires a commitment to serve as a full-time employee for a one-year period beginning August 19, 2019. Compensation is paid directly to VISTAs in the form of a living allowance ($542.22 pre-tax bi weekly) from AmeriCorps VISTA. At the end of the term of service, an education award or cash stipend will be provided. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp.

Working closely with staff and community, VISTAs will create and support systems that build the capacity of NKCDC to affect the economic opportunity of the community through interactions with local businesses and households. Tasks may include conducting/analyzing surveys to inform agency programs, community outreach, event planning, recruiting resident volunteers, building collaborations and partnerships or developing resident leadership capacity. VISTAs will receive specialized training on how to implement successful projects locally and nationally.

NKCDC offers three positions

Economic Development Department: Pathways to Entrepreneurship
This VISTA will build a pathway to formalize entrepreneurship and generate wealth and self-employment opportunities for families living in Kensington. Design a program that organizes entrepreneurs currently running businesses out of their homes. Create peer-based learning opportunities to help formalize their business, raise money, and open in Kensington. Improve NKCDC's marketing and tech tools to make it more user friendly for this new audience. This VISTA will increase our capacity to serve these residents through improving our technological infrastructure and marketing strategies. Design a series of new events and workshops that catalyze activity on commercial corridors by providing needed resources such as shared marketing concepts and back-end services.

Community Engagement Department: Healthy Housing
This VISTA will strengthen NKCDC's efforts to increase high-quality affordable housing in Kensington that improves health and minimizes displacement. Create internal systems and conduct external community engagement needed to pilot new ways to get Healthy Housing resources out to residents through our Community Engagement and Housing Services departments. Lead outreach campaigns and enrollment programs to sign up as many residents to available home repair programs as possible. This VISTA will also complete residential perception surveying in NKCDC's focus neighborhood and produce analytical results that guide NKCDC's future programmatic direction.

Community Engagement Department: Resilience and Equity
This VISTA will work on the ground with neighbors who are piloting new community organizing methods to tackle issues ranging from drug crime to new market-rate development. Support Kensington residents in poverty by creating processes needed to address challenges such as toxic stress, social and racial inequity, and social determinants of health. Coordinate launch of "healing centered" resident engagement program that includes training for community leaders and local service providers. Develop an Equitable Development Toolkit that neighbors can use to advocate for more community-minded private development in their neighborhood. Assist NKCDC in incorporating "healing centered" principles into its physical projects such as vacant land conversions.

Training and Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age as of July 31, 2019
  • Responsible, self-motivated, and able to handle multiple on-going projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer skills required (MS Office products proficiency important)
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Ability to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment and follow-through
  • Experience in social media and graphic design a plus
  • Maintains regular and timely attendance
  • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment
  • Working or volunteer experience at other non-profits a plus

To apply

Applications will be accepted until June 22, 2019. Please apply via one of the following two options:

  • Visit my.americorps.gov. Click on "Searching Listings," and search for "NKCDC" under the "Program Name" field to follow the prompts to complete the application for the VISTA position(s) interest you.
  • Email a cover letter and resume to Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, at agoodman@nkcdc.org. Please specify which VISTA positions(s) interest you. Please note that if you are selected via this route, you will still need to apply via the Americorps website. The Americorps approval process takes at least seven (7) days, so please apply early to increase your odds of being considered.

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