Bridge to Finish Outreach & Communications VISTA

START/END DATE: 5/9/2022 - 5/8/2023

**Now Offering $1000 Service Completion Bonus!**

Community and technical colleges are an affordable way for people to get a higher education, yet fewer than half of community college students earn a credential. Further, the COVID-19 crisis demonstrated the importance of a college education. So far during the pandemic, the unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma has been roughly twice that of those with a bachelors degree at 9% and 4.8% respectively, disproportionately impacting black, indigenous, and people of color individuals. Bridge to Finish helps students stay in school and complete their education by offering financial tools and resources through coaching, workshops, and grants. In the 2022-2023 school year, Benefits Hub will provide 20,000 interventions to 8,000 students and target our efforts toward students of color, parenting students, and first-generation college students to take steps towards undoing systemic inequities.

Position Description

The Bridge to Finish Outreach and Communications VISTA will build the capacity of the Benefits Hub Program in King County to connect low-income students to the resources they need to attain credentials, obtain good jobs, and achieve financial stability by improving persistence and completion rates for low-income community and technical college students. This position will offer opportunities to further develop your professional and leadership skills through project management, systems change, and application of racial equity strategies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research best practices for student communication and engagement and implement communication improvements that result in a better service experience and utilization
  • Research best practices for student communication and engagement and implement communication improvements that result in a better service experience and utilization
  • Project manage strategic communications to convey program updates to key stakeholders
  • Coordinate activities for student ambassadors and evaluate impact of program for participants  
  • Improve service delivery and follow-up so that students report feeling confident and supported, and receive multiple interventions

Qualifications:

  • We believe that the communities we serve must be centered in the work we do therefore people of color, first generation college students, and community college graduates are highly encouraged to apply
  • Second language skill is highly desirable so that we can offer connections to students in their preferred or native languages
  • Understanding of systemic racism and commitment to anti-racist work to ensure outputs are relevant and accessible to students
  • Flexibility and quick problem-solving skills to balance the variety of service activities and any potential shift in student/program priorities
  • Experience working on multiple projects at once and ability to self-manage
  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff members, partners, and community members
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with staff team and community partners, including some remote partnerships
  • Experience in data analysis, or the willingness and ability to learn new technology

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:

  • Familiarity with Washington State, especially communities most greatly impacted by food and housing insecurity
  • Strong computer skills and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media sites

If you do not have the preferred knowledge, experience, or qualifications, please do not be discouraged from applying. We offer professional development, support, and on-the-job learning.

VISTA Program Eligibility:

Applicants must

  • Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.
  • Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. F-1 visas are not sufficient.
  • Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.
  • Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. AmeriCorps assesses criminal history on a case-by-case basis when determining applicant eligibility.
  • Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours.
  • Have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.
  • Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAs cannot enroll in school except in limited circumstances or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation. VISTAs may have additional employment outside of AmeriCorps but this employment should not interfere with the VISTA project.
  • US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent residents, or persons legally residing in a state. Persons legally residing in a state include (but not limited to) those having the following legal residency classifications: refugee status, asylum or asylee status, temporary protected status, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Unfortunately, F1 Visas are not sufficient. 

Compensation and Benefits

  • Living allowance of $2,004.24 (pretax), monthly
  • $6,395 Education Award or $1,800 cash stipend upon successful completion of service
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible) – By law, only AmeriCorps VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award.  All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • ORCA LIFT card
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
  • Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
  • Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
  • Professional work experience
  • Unique cohort experience with monthly team meetings to participate in high-quality training, professional development, networking opportunities, and one-on-one support from a VISTA Leader

Hunger and poverty disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. 

To Apply: Create an application on My AmeriCorps Portal or click here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=109860

  • No resume or cover letter is required.
  • The application process moves quickly, please expect a response within 1-2 days.
  • Please contact unitedwayamericorps@uwkc.org with any questions.