Problem Solving

  • Job posting
    Closing date: 19 September 2017

    The Public Interest Network is looking for a dedicated staffer to support our IT systems, improve TPIN user experience, and help shape the direction of future IT projects. The IT Operations Administrator will take charge of day-to-day operations and user interactions, serve as the “public face” of the IT Team within the Public Interest Network, and become bottom-line on database application maintenance and development.

    About the Public Interest Network

    Location

    Denver, CO 80202
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 20 July 2017

    This position’s purpose is to fulfill the need for STEM exposure and exploration in early childhood and inspire a lifelong interest in math, science, and technology. The Early Childhood Lead Educator presents STEM-focused, early learning programming at Pacific Science Center, including Proton Preschool and other on-site and outreach programs as needed.  Proton Preschool is a part time play based preschool program.

    Location

    200 Second Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98109
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 1 September 2017

    Customer Service Representatives:

    • This position is an entry level position for SSA field offices

    • You are the first point of contact for the public seeking information

    • Assist the public with answering a wide variety of questions about claims, eligibility, and benefits

    • Requires making decisions that may involve sensitive situations

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      Claims Specialist:

    Location

    Various, MI 49525
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    Yes
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 1 August 2017

    The Social Security offices in northern Ohio are interested in receiving resumes of interest from recent VISTA alumni or those that will be alumni in the near future that have Non Competitive Eligibility to be hired by the Federal Government.  The positions are for Claims Specialists and Customer Service Representatives.

    Claims Representatives:

    1. Talk to individuals who apply for benefits administered by the Social Security Administration face-to-face, by telephone or internet

    Location

    Cleveland, OH 44199
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    Yes
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 1 July 2017

    Social Security Administration - Claims Specialist

    We are one of the largest independent agencies in government with over 60,000 employees. We work at more than 1,300 field offices and service centers throughout the country, as well as regional and headquarters locations.

    The majority of positions at Social Security involve working directly with the public, and positions are located throughout the country. Our Public Contact Representatives receive extensive training and mentoring in Social Security programs and state laws.

    Location

    Rochester, MN 55906
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    Yes
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 29 June 2017

    Work On Important Issues

    Do you think the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms makes no sense? Do you agree that the most widely-used herbicide in U.S. history shouldn’t cause serious health impacts? Do you think consumers should be protected from unsafe or unscrupulous practices?

    If you agree — and if you’re willing to work harder than you’ll work at most jobs to win smart solutions on real problems that affect millions of lives — consider a job as a fellow with U.S. PIRG.

    What It Means To Be A Fellow

    Location

    Washington, DC 20003
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 31 August 2017

    Are you up for the challenge of making a difference?

    Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, international student exchange organization. The FLAG team’s mission is providing high-quality international exchange experiences that transform the lives of high school students, American families, and communities. FLAG is seeking enthusiastic, persistent individuals to serve as Local Coordinators.

    Responsibilities include:

    Location

    Portage, MI 49002
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Alumni story
    Ericc :) Powell 2006 2007 Bristol, RI

    The Hokie Pokie says, "Your put your whole self in, you put your whole self out, you put your whole self in and you shake it all about...you do the hokie pokie and you turn yourself around, that's what it's all about!"  That is the VISTA Program.  You commit to a year of putting yourself in a community.  While you are there, you shake off your pre-conceptions, your judgements, and you share your knowledge, skills, and expertise with the community, serving with (not for) them.  At the end of your VISTA year, you leave behind valuable resources, information, tools, transitional materials, and you put yourself out of the community in terms of having left a legacy for them to build upon and grow.  As you leave, you know that you did your part to helping the community turn itself around.  And, "that's what it's all about!"

    Though I served not far from where I went to college, I did not know much about my community except for its afluence.  I decided to live two miles from my service site so I could be in the community.  Though I had a car, I decided it was more cost-effective, healthy, and fun to walk or ride my bike to service.  I am a people-person adn spent time getting to know other people at my service site, along with integrating myself into the community as my VAD talked about improving existing and expanding to new partnerships within the community.

    My first two months were rough, because I have always been a direct service person, and VISTAs do not do direct service but rather capacity-building.  How was I to succeed and finish out a position that I barely made it through two months doing things I did not want to do?  I will tell you how.  Thinking that the problem with the entire situation was not the VISTA Program.  The problem was not my service site.  Nor was it my supervisor.  The issue was not my VAD.  It was me.  When problems exist, first ask yourself, did I do something wrong or is there something I could have done differently?  If so, how could I have fixed it and how can I fix it?  Simple...make action steps and accomplish them.  I had to talk to my supervisor to tell her about my challenges.  That made all of the difference.  She understood and we were able to work together such that my year was extremely successful and meaningful and one of the greatest experiences I have had.

    At the time of my challenges, I used the phrase, "I'd better shape up or ship out" and I knew that for me, shipping out was not an option.  I committed to a year of service and the service site was expecting that as well.  I would do whatever I could to make sure to improve upon my situation and did.  It is common for people to have challenges, difficulties, and periods of disappointment.  But what is important is how you evaluate those times and what you do about them.  Take the time to really reflect on what happened, and spend time working to make a difference!

    VISTA service is amazing, and you are amazing as a VISTA!

  • Job posting
    Closing date: 1 May 2016

    The position of AmeriCorps VISTA Leader offers many opportunities to VISTA alumni who are looking for a new challenge. Kansas has three VISTA Leader positions open to applicants in summer 2015.

    Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas

    VISTA Project Description: Benefit over 300 low-income, minority students and their families served through the College, Catholic Charities, Bethel Neighborhood Center, El Centro, Inc., and the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools.

    Leader Service Dates: 7/24/2015 - 7/23/2016

    Location

    Kansas City, Wichita, KS 0000
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting
    Closing date: 1 May 2016

    Turn the Page, Kansas City, MO

    The position of AmeriCorps VISTA Leader offers many opportunities to VISTA alumni who are looking for a new challenge. Missouri has one VISTA Leader position open to applicants in summer 2015.

    VISTA Project Description: Turn the Page KC mobilizes the Kansas City community to help increase the number of students that can read at grade level by 3rd grade.

    Leader Service Dates: negotiable

    Location

    Kansas City, MO 00000
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No

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