Description

Job Summary: Background on AmeriCorps VISTA

Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a federal national service program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift Americans out of poverty. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs, housed at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by recruiting Americans 18 years and older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization ("sponsor") to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.

Job Overview:

The Community Outreach & Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA position (service member) will support the IRC in Salt Lake City to further develop strategies for ethical storytelling while increasing the reach and scope of communications and storytelling from across the organization to external stakeholders, including partners, donors, volunteers and other supporters. Through these efforts, the service member will increase educational opportunities for supportive community members, increasing the understanding of refugees, refugee resettlement and the true needs associated with the work of the IRC. The service member will be responsible for building in-depth storytelling for a monthly email newsletter, social media, and quarterly and annual impact reports. Additionally, the service member will expand broader supporter-community engagement by implementing sustainable training opportunities for staff and interns participating in the Speakers Bureau as well as developing guides for virtual and in-person community engagement activities.

Key Working Relationships:
This position reports to the Development Manager and works closely with other development team members. The position will liaise with IRC SLC program managers and coordinators.

Work Environment:

Standard work environment and regular office hours. Position based out of Salt Lake City but remote for foreseeable future due to the pandemic. May require some in-person activities following strict safety guidelines.

AmeriCorps VISTA Benefits

• Financial Support
• Monthly “living allowance” of $1,116 (pre-taxes) paid in biweekly installments.
• End-of-Service Benefit
o This is a full-time contract and commitment for the course of one year (365 days). Upon successful completion of the contract, the AmeriCorps VISTA will receive one of two end-of-service benefits: 1) Segal AmeriCorps Education Award equivalent to $6,345 (to be used to pay for education costs at eligible institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay eligible student loans), OR 2) a $1,800 Cash Stipend.
• Healthcare Benefit
o Limited options provided through International Medical Group.
o Visit https://americorpsvista.imglobal.com/ for more information.
• Leave Benefits
o 10 national holidays (observed by the IRC)
o 10 personal days
o 10 medical days
o Extended medical leave (up to 5 days)
o Parental leave for birth/adoption (up to 10 days)
o Emergency leave for critical illness or death of immediate family member (up to 5 days)
• Travel (if relocating from 50 or more miles away from Salt Lake City)
o Relocation Travel Allowance: Based on the direct mileage ($0.40/mile) between permanent home of record and the IRC.
o Settling-In Allowance: $750 (pre-taxes) intended to help with initial expense deposits and utilities.
o Close-of-Service Allowance: Same amount as Relocation Travel Allowance if moving back to permanent residence once service year is completed.
• Childcare Assistance
o Up to $400/month per child under the age 13. Paid directly to qualified childcare provider(s).
o Visit https://www.americorpschildcare.com/ for more information.
• To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, visit https://www.vistacampus.gov/members/benefits-of-service.
Primary Responsibilities: • Gather and prepare content for monthly email newsletter, social media, and quarterly & annual impact reports; ensure client voice is centered in writing while balancing organizational storytelling as a whole.
• Implement training schedule for staff and interns to improve understanding of ethical storytelling, story spotting, as well as skills-based trainings on photography, storytelling, etc.
• Build out calendaring tools to increase proactive external communications strategies.
• Develop and implement internal strategies to streamline processes for content gathering, especially for quarterly and annual impact reports.
• Maintain and support content creation for Rescue.org site, increasing accessibility of information for broader community outreach.
• Develop and implement toolkits for engagement events, both internal to the IRC in Salt Lake City and for external supporters organizing DIY events.
• Organize, develop and implement a robust resource guide for Speakers Bureau members, including professional development resources and skills training.
• Organize and implement Speakers Bureau training opportunities, including a sustainable calendar of trainings for consistent support of staff and interns.
• Implement a monthly e-newsletter for Speakers Bureau members.
• Support the efforts to implement the New American Voices Initiative, empowering beneficiaries with the skills needed to tell their own stories.
• Ensure sustainability of projects implemented and plan transition of activities to broader development team.
• Other duties as assigned.
Desired Qualifications: REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to fulfill requirement of AmeriCorps VISTA program: full-time service for 12 months without school or other Key Working Relationships:
This position reports to the Development Manager and works closely with other development team members. The position will liaise with IRC SLC program managers and coordinators.

Work Environment:

Standard work environment and regular office hours. Position based out of Salt Lake City but remote for foreseeable future due to the pandemic. May require some in-person activities following strict safety guidelines
How to Apply: Apply through IRC website
Compensation Type: Annual salary
Hourly Wage Minimum: This is a salary position.
Hourly Wage Maximum: This is a salary position.
Salary Minimum: $15,000
Salary Maximum: $15,000
Closing Date: 1/25/2021
Status: Full Time
Location: Salt Lake City

Information

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Contact Name: Jesse Sheets
Email: jesse.sheets@rescue.org