START/END DATE: 6/5/2023 - 6/4/2024
**UWKC AmeriCorps members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first day of service.** The Volunteer Engagement Vista will rebuild a robust and diverse volunteer community following the significant organizational and community shifts that occurred over the past three years of the pandemic. By building volunteer capacity across the agency, this VISTA assignment supports our priority to maintain, enhance, and build job training pathways for youth and adults through online learning and on-the-job training at FareStart’s social enterprise businesses. This work will subsequently promote economic mobility for individuals impacted by systemic racism, food insecurity, and barriers to employment in King County. This VISTA project fights poverty by building capacity in our Volunteer Department so we can recruit, train, and retain a larger and more diverse volunteer community who will work with our training programs to provide job readiness and self-empowerment curriculum that will have a lasting impact on the economic mobility and personal stability of our program participants.
MEMBER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Audit current volunteer documents and recommend updates and expansions to meet current need.
- Design new volunteer opportunities across the agency in order to build capacity for FareStart’s Job Training work that increases engagement between staff, volunteers, and populations served.
- Develop up to date outreach materials and tracking systems to build a stronger volunteer network.
- Develop internal volunteer liaison trainings (each department that receives volunteers will need a Person In Charge (PIC) for volunteers).
- Build strategy in recruiting and training 500 new volunteers to better align with those we serve.
- Utilize updated volunteer documents and processes to pilot new volunteer opportunities across the agencies.
- Compile feedback from staff and volunteers to recommend necessary changes to piloted events to turn these into successful, sustainable, reoccurring volunteer opportunities.
Position Length: 12 months
Benefits & Compensation:
- Bi-weekly stipend of $1027.88 (pre-tax)
- $6,895 Education Award or $1,800 End of Service Stipend upon successful completion of
- Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
- Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
- Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
- Childcare assistance
- 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave plus 11 federal holidays
- Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
- Access to emergency assistance program to mitigate unforeseen financial emergencies that put your continued participation in AmeriCorps service at risk
- Monthly team meetings, high-quality training, professional development, and networking opportunities
- Lifelong friends and colleagues who are passionate about service!
Professional Development Benefits:
- Robust professional development to support your personal, professional, and service goals and growth
- Skills to be gained include but not limited to: Interpersonal and Intercultural communication, community outreach, adaptability, relationship building, conflict management, customer service, resource navigation, data entry, knowledge of WA public benefits, knowledge of inner workings of non-profits and community college systems
- Career development trainings provided by UWKC AmeriCorps team
- Previous trainings include: How to Network, Resume Workshops, Mock Interviews, How to make your LinkedIn Profile Shine
- Networking opportunities within United Way and Community Partners
As a member of this cohort, you will be supported with a robust orientation, ongoing professional development opportunities, training, check-ins, and the tools and resources you need to succeed.
What We’re Looking For:
- Hunger and poverty disproportionately affect people who identify with multiple intersections of marginality—including people that identify as Black, Native, POC, queer, trans, disabled, first generation, etc. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage those that identify with these communities to apply
- Understanding of systemic racism and commitment to anti-racist work to ensure outputs are relevant and accessible to community members
- Flexibility and quick problem-solving skills to balance the variety of service activities and any potential shift in program priorities
- Experience working on multiple projects at once and ability to self-manage
- Ability to communicate clearly with staff members, partners, and AmeriCorps members
- Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with team, partners, and community members.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills including public speaking skills
AmeriCorps Program Eligibility:
- Must be over 18 years old on the first day of service
- Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Unfortunately, F1 visas are not sufficient.
- Must be available 40 hours per week. Exact hours may vary by site placement, but will primarily be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check, FBI background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not currently living in Washington
- High school diploma/GED
- Per United Way of King County Policy, AmeriCorps members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of service. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
Please note that United Way of King County has moved to remote and limited in-person operations. As such, be prepared to participate in interviews remotely and to complete service responsibilities in a hybrid environment (in-person and remote) should we move forward with your candidacy. If technology presents a barrier to applying, interviewing, or accepting the position, please reach out to email@example.com for accommodations.
Additionally, per United Way and public health guidance, all AmeriCorps members must be able to transition from working hybrid to commuting to their site to serve 40 hrs. per week at any time during their service year. Service schedules will be based on your service site’s needs.
To Apply: Create an application on My AmeriCorps Portal or click here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=117195
- No resume or cover letter is required.
- The application process moves quickly, please expect a response within 1-2 days.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.