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AmeriCorps VISTA positions

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 20, 2018. Compensation is paid directly to VISTAs in the form of a living allowance ($510 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. VISTAs will work closely with the resident and small business community and organize forums that lead leadership capacity and help Kensington neighbors address common needs together instead of struggling in isolation. 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.

Available 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. This will build off lessons learned from our repair partnerships with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, but seek to broaden and deepen NKCDC's capacity and impact to help increase the inventory of healthy and affordable housing in our target neighborhood. Lead outreach campaigns and enrollment programs to sign up as many residents to available home repair programs as possible. Act as point person for Block Build event in partnership with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. Design a series of "choose your own adventure" style workshops that provides a customized range of options for clients to get the training they need. 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. Adapt NKCDC's internal organizational practices to better and policies to better serve our neighbors in greatest need. Build organizational capacity and infrastructure to integrate NKCDC's Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) pilot into organizational policies. Assist NKCDC in incorporating "trauma-informed care" principles and practices into office administration. Coordinate launch of trauma-informed resident engagement program that includes skill building for community leaders, increasing social cohesion, and increasing access to services.

Training and Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age as of July 31, 2018
  • 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 web design a plus
  • Maintains regular and timely attendance
  • Thrives in a fast-paced work environment
  • Relevant non-profit or community development experience

To apply

Applications will be accepted until June 15th 2018. Please apply via one of the following two options:

1. Visit my.americorps.gov. Search for "NKCDC" under the "Program Name" field and follow the prompts to complete the application for the VISTA position(s) interest you.

2. Email a cover letter and resume to Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, at agoodman [AT] 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.

AmeriCorps VISTA job descriptions
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