City of Dallas – GrowSouth Americorps VISTA

The VISTA project will strengthen neighborhoods in the Southern Dallas areas outlined in the Mayor’s GrowSouth initiative. Throughout one year of service, VISTAs will provide neighborhoods with critical community engagement training and will recruit volunteers in service to communities. VISTA members will use a train-the-trainer model to provide neighborhood outreach.

About Americorps VISTA:

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network programs. VISTA has been on the front lines fighting to strengthen communities in America more than 50 years.

By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get satisfaction that comes from helping others. VISTA members make a year-long, full-ticommitment to serve with an opportunity to serve an additional twelve months. With passcommitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. There are as many reasons to serve as there are people we serve. Volunteering is not just an altruistic act.

Each VISTA will receive $983 per month for their work, plus an additional $5500 education award, options for health benefits, child care benefits and paid sick leave/vacation. Information on AmeriCorps VISTA can be found at: http://www.nationalservice.org/

Program Description

Mission

The mission of the Dallas Mayor’s VISTA program is to reinvigorate and inspire the neighborhoods of traditionally underserved regions of the city to build the capacity of both
formal and informal neighborhood associations, by providing resources and networks to accomplish neighborhood driven strategies.

The Mayor’s GrowSouth initiative recognizes Dallas as a city of neighborhoods and embraces the unique identity and strength of each. It is a plan that strives to enhance collective impact through collaboration and partnerships to leverage our resources and produce effective results. The GrowSouth VISTA team will address the causes of poverty by helping neighborhoods recognize and tackle challenges and put plans into action for the prosperity of southern Dallas neighborhoods.

Audience Served
Citizens and neighborhoods in the GrowSouth boundaries are the primary audience. From students to retirees, VISTA volunteers will work to empower neighborhoods, encourage engagement and build leadership capacity.

Program Highlights

Throughout the year of service, VISTA volunteers will have the opportunity to develop visions and plans at the ground level while having access to resources and knowledge including various City departments. VISTA volunteers will serve as liaisons, working to connect involved and interested community members with one another and with programs that can enrich their local neighborhoods, strengthening the city as a whole. Work will heavily involve all aspects of community development, goal setting, coordination and project implementation.

Responsibilities
– Budget analysis
– Project management and coordination
– Training leaders in effective meeting strategies
– Commitment to attend monthly neighborhood meetings/functions
– Providing neighborhood leaders with resources
– Providing resources, materials, and training opportunities to aid neighborhoods with computer assistance to navigate templates, websites and social media
– Continuous communications with supervisor
– Creating database of neighborhood contacts and resources to assist with GrowSouth

Qualifications
AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Successful candidates should have the ability to work both independently and in a team environment with enthusiasm and creativity. Preference will be given to applicants with project management, technical design, and marketing and communications backgrounds. Bilingual in Spanish a plus! Emphasis given to candidates who reside in southern Dallas. A background check will be performed on selected applicants and is a requirement of the position. Applicants will possess the following skills:

– Project Management
– Leadership
– Analytical decision-making and sound judgment
– Works well with individuals from diverse, socio-economic backgrounds
– Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
– Self-Motivated and works with limited supervision
– Willing to be flexible and creative problem solver
– Ability to work in fast-paced changing environment
– Effective verbal and written communication skills
– Proficient in Microsoft Office

Dates of Service and Work Hours
Pre‐service Orientation (PSO) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on July 18-21, 2016. All expenses related to this training, including travel to and from your neighborhood will be covered. Service dates are July 18, 2016 – July 21, 2017. VISTA member will report to project site on July 22, 2016. The VISTA member is expected to work approximately 40 hours per week, with frequent evening and weekend community activities.

To Apply
VISTA program details: http://www.nationalservice.org.

Apply at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do

Questions or concerns please contact Brenda Allen at Brenda.allen@dallascityhall.com.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, May 20, 2016.

We will review and interview applicants as we receive materials.

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