JOBS: VISTA Leader Positions

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I'm with NeighborWorks America - a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. I am looking to fill 3 VISTA Leader positions. See below!

VISTA Leader--National Foreclosure Prevention Program (NeighborWorks America)
Community Strengthening Against Foreclosures
Washington, DC

Job Description
This program partners AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) with NeighborWorks America toward a common national goal. AmeriCorps*VISTA provides full-time volunteers to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. NeighborWorks America has a 30 year history of working with communities to spur reinvestment and brings much content, research, and infrastructure support to maximize and replicate successful strategies.
The NeighborWorks network has been awarded the opportunity to place approximately 150 VISTAs in NWOs across the United States, as well as three VISTA Leaders that will work from the NeighborWorks America headquarters in Washington, DC. VISTA Leaders are individuals who have already served at least one term as a VISTA volunteer and who are interested in providing coaching, technical and other resources and facilitating communications with and between VISTAs in their anti-poverty efforts. Each VISTA Leader will support the efforts of approximately 50-60 VISTA volunteers in communities around the country heavily impacted by the current mortgage foreclosure crisis. This new program is made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The three VISTA Leaders will work closely with a national project coordinator to implement the program and will work closely with VISTA members placed in cities and towns throughout the nation. The VISTA Leaders will support the efforts of the VISTAs and their host organizations, collect and disseminate successful strategies, and generally build the capacity of NeighborWorks organizations (NWOs) to reduce the number of foreclosures, stabilize communities affected by foreclosures, and protect and build personal and community assets in low- and moderate-income communities.

Each VISTA Leader will:

• Work closely with content experts at NeighborWorks America and VISTA volunteers on one of the following program components: 1) Foreclosure prevention, 2) Community stabilization (post-foreclosure), or 3) Financial fitness and asset building;
• Provide management, technical, and project-related support to VISTA members and their host NWOs;
• Conduct select site visits to VISTA members’ NWOs;
• Ensure that each VISTA volunteer is supported in his/her program goals;
• Collect and distribute information and experience;
• Gather information from VISTAs/sites for quarterly reports;
• Facilitate communication between VISTAs;
• Collaborate with other VISTA Leaders to ensure comprehensive program results;
• Promote VISTA activities and accomplishments;
• Serve as a communications link between NeighborWorks America and VISTAs;
• Support the VISTA-NeighborWorks National Project Coordinator with information, gathering surveys, printed materials and other related activities; and
• Plan for the transfer of knowledge by evaluating and documenting the program outcomes for successful replication.

Work Details
Each of the three VISTA Leaders will work out of NeighborWorks® America headquarters in Washington, DC in close cooperation with the other VISTA Leaders, the VISTA-NeighborWorks National Project Coordinator, NeighborWorks America content experts, NeighborWorks America Training Division staff and others. Each VISTA Leader will work closely with VISTA members in the field to ensure that the objectives of the NWOs and the national program are met or exceeded, and to increase their ongoing capacity to reduce the number of foreclosures and minimize their negative impacts on families and communities.

It is expected that VISTA Leaders will travel up to 15% of their time, conducting site visits, receiving training, and attending national meetings. The VISTA Leaders will be supervised by the VISTA-NeighborWorks National Coordinator who will provide guidance and development on the VISTA Leader’s professional skills and on their day-to-day operations.

This position requires a commitment to serve as a full-time employee for one full year. Compensation is paid directly to VISTA Leaders in the form of a living allowance from AmeriCorps*VISTA. Health insurance is provided. At the end of the term of service, an education award or cash stipend may be provided. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, see http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/programs/americorps_vista.asp.

Training and Qualifications
• Former VISTA volunteer
• U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age
• High level of interpersonal communication skills
• Responsible, self-motivated, able to handle multiple on-going projects, and needs minimal supervision
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Relevant non-profit or community development experience
• Computer skills required (MS Office products proficiency helpful)
• Ability to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment and follow-through
• Maintains regular and timely attendance
• Thrives in a fast-paced work environment
• Willingness to travel up to 15%

Application Instructions:

Apply online at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do

In the Quick Search box, select "AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders" from the Program Type drop down field; select "District of Columbia" from the State drop down field; and enter "VISTA Leader-Natl Foreclosure Prevention Pgm (NeighborWorks)" in the Program Name field.

NeighborWorks® America is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background & reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2009.

Job Category: Administrative
Position Type: Full-Time
Travel Required: 15%
Salary: VISTA Leader living allowance of $15,948 plus other VISTA Leader benefits
Posted Date: May 12, 2009

Contact Information
Contact Person: Human Resources
Fax: (202) 220-2311
Address: 1325 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005
Website: http://www.nw.org