VISTA Member Recruitment
It’s no secret that discovering, vetting, and selecting the right AmeriCorps VISTA candidate for a project is critical. It may be the most influential decision you make as a sponsor all year.
With thoughtful planning and a well-executed strategy, VISTA recruitment can be efficient and cost-effective while still landing you the appropriate person to get things done.
Browse through each of the five stages of recruitment below for resources to help you plan, market, screen, interview, select, and engage your VISTA members.
VISTA Leader Roles in eGrants
VISTA Leaders may be given the role of Grantee Recruiter in My AmeriCorps, through eGrants, to support a project sponsor’s recruitment activities.
In the role of Grantee Recruiter, a VISTA Leader is able to edit existing service opportunity listings, search for and contact VISTA candidates, and review applications. Although the role of Grantee Recruiter allows the user to approve or reject applications, a VISTA Leader may not do so. Only a project manager or supervisor may submit new service opportunity listings and approve or reject applications.
In addition, VISTA Leaders may not access eGrants to work on project-management tasks—progress reports, sponsor verification, etc.—as this is a project staff function. Under no circumstance can a VISTA Leader have “grantee,” “grantee administrator,” or any other eGrants roles assigned to them. Failure to comply with these provisions by a project sponsor or Leader can lead to project closure.
To hold the role of Grantee Recruiter, the Leader must apply for a separate eGrants account and the Grantee Administrator for the project may then approve the request by assigning the role of Grantee Recruiter to the Leader. VISTA Leaders may not use their supervisors’ accounts and passwords.
Steps to create an eGrants account can be found on pages 6-11 in the My AmeriCorps User Guide: www.nationalservice.gov/resources/americorps/egrants-my-americorps-user-guide-vista-sponsors If there are any questions or concerns regarding VISTA Leaders, please contact your Regional Office.