Supervisor Webinars

Upcoming Supervisor Webinars

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On-Demand Supervisor Webinars

Click on the title of each webinar listed below to view a recorded video of that webinar, and to access a PDF version of the webinar and other supporting material.

PSO Blend: Evaluation and Evolution
This webinar provides a brief overview of an evaluation of the roll-out of PSO Blend and describes how those findings are being used to refine the training. Learn about the VISTA supervisor’s role in supporting members in PSO Blend, and hear the most recent developments in content, process, and policy.

Overcoming Common Roadblocks to a Successful On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT)
In this session, you will explore how to overcome common hurdles around successfully onboarding your new VISTA member. We will discuss how to ensure your onsite orientation includes responsive training aligned to the unique strengths of each VISTA and is customized to the varied responsibilities of members participating in either PSO Blend or PSO Classic.

Helping Your Members Thrive
This session includes firsthand accounts from members who have thrived during service, as well as stories of supervisors who inspired them.

Managing VISTAs: Fundamental Supervisory Skills
You will gain insight into what to expect when leading and managing a VISTA member, learn how to set a VISTA member up for success on their project, and understand how to better support the professional growth of a VISTA member throughout their service year.

8 VISTA Member Retention Strategies You Can't Ignore
Explore key places in the lifecycle of a VISTA project where supervisors can provide both important resources and one-on-one guidance to their VISTAs that will increase member success and satisfaction.

Addressing Mental Health Concerns
This session explores what supervisors can do throughout the VISTA life cycle to support and enhance the overall well-being of VISTAs so that the challenges of VISTA service do not negatively impact their ability to serve or worsen pre-existing emotional or mental health issues.

Reporting Roles and Responsibilities for AmeriCorps VISTA Projects
This webinar provides valuable information on project management, record keeping and reporting responsibilities for AmeriCorps VISTA projects, including tools for collecting performance measurement data, and data and reports such as the Project Progress Reports (PPRs).

VISTA Member Retention 201: Responding to Member Challenges
This webinar provides practical tips and advice for communicating with your member, specifically around challenging issues and circumstances. We’ll explore ways to address common challenges in order to ensure a successful project and a meaningful experience for your VISTA member.

Supervisors & VISTAs Planning Together for Life After VISTA
A year goes by fast, and when it comes time to end service, do you know what the next steps are? Supervisors and VISTA members can work in tandem to ensure a successful transition post service for both the program and the VISTAs.

Beyond VISTA: Project Sustainability Approaches & Strategies
VISTA projects are developed with a goal to phase out the need for VISTA members by strengthening the capacity of the sponsoring sites and engaging community members to ensure project impact persists long after their departure. Explore effective practices and ways you can partner with your VISTA member(s) to maximize your project's ability to fulfill its mission. (revised 4/19/2016)

Crafting a Compelling Service Opportunity Listing
Learn how to make an engaging and complete Service Opportunity Listing that attracts well-informed and passionate candidates. We will explore how to create a snappy two-line teaser, the key elements to a listing and the relationship between your listing and your VADs.

Writing Fabulous VADs
Join us to review the key elements that make up an effective VAD that will guide members to build capacity and engage community in the organization where they will serve.

Briefing on the PSO Blend for VISTA Supervisors
Learn about the plans for a new approach to training incoming VISTA members that blends distance learning and fieldwork, including the role of the VISTA supervisor.

Strategies for Connecting with Sites & VISTAs at a Distance
No matter what size the team or how far the distance, leading remote teams is a challenging task that requires intentionality and creative planning to foster a supportive environment.

Sub-site Supervisor Orientation
This webinar will focus on the critical responsibilities and tasks expected of you and will help you discover a framework for understanding your overlapping roles as a supervisor. This webinar is tailored for sub-site supervisors who did not attend Supervisors Orientation.

Retaining VISTAs Throughout the Project Lifecycle
Explore key places in the lifecycle of a VISTA project where supervisors can provide both important resources and one-on-one guidance to their VISTAs that will increase member success and satisfaction.

eGrants Demystified: The Insider’s Guide
eGrants is the go-to system for member management. Mastering eGrants can mean the difference between smooth sailing and rough seas ahead. Preview the system and learn the ropes from experienced state office staff members who provide eGrants coaching on a regular basis.

Supervisor Circle: Focus on Recruitment
This interactive session will include a variety of guest speakers who will address topics that you submit during registration. This is an opportunity to bring recruitment strategies and questions as well as successes and challenges to the table, and brainstorm solutions in a supportive environment.

OSOT Makeover
Does your on-site orientation and training (OSOT) need a makeover? Looking for ways to customize your training or add interactive elements? Curious about what others are doing? Whether you are an established project or just starting out, everyone can benefit from new techniques and tools to freshen-up their OSOT.

End-of-Service Transition: Preparing Your Organization and VISTAs for Life After Service
A year goes by fast, and when it comes time for your VISTAs to end service, do you know what the next steps are? Join us to learn more about how you and your VISTA can ensure a successful transition after your VISTA leaves, how to help prepare members for the next steps in their professional or educational careers, and what the important administrative requirements are associated with VISTAs ending service.

Strengthening VADs and Service Opportunity Listings
VISTA Assignment Description, or (VAD), is the foundation on which the entire VISTA member experience is built. Presenting a VISTA with a strong VAD from the start of service ensures the member knows what they will be doing and how they will be building capacity for your project. The VAD should inspire your Service Opportunity Listing so candidates can be well informed and intrigued from the start. Join us to review the key elements that make up an effective VAD and discover how VADs can inspire engaging Service Opportunity (originally broadcast 2/17/15).

Elements of a Recruitment Plan
Why plan? Taking the time upfront to develop a recruitment plan can save you time, clarify staff roles, and help you identify tasks and resources you will need to ensure you have candidates in place by key deadlines. Explore the elements and resources needed to create a VISTA recruitment plan with this recorded webinar (originally broadcast 1/20/15).

Leveraging the VISTA Campus for Project Training
Looking for resources to provide ongoing training for VISTA members? Need templates and documents to onboard and support new sub-site supervisors? Wish there was a way to easily “recommend” online resources to members and supervisors? Join us to explore training and development resources for VISTA members and sub-site supervisors available through the new VISTA Campus (originally broadcast 12/16/14).

Managing Your VISTA Project
(Required: Pre-Supervisors Orientation Webinar)
Watch this overview of supervisor roles and responsibilities to get a clear picture of what CNCS expects in terms of reporting and project/member management, as well as the support provided.

Your First Five Plays
This session highlights important tasks including onboarding, reporting, eGrants, and more.

Next Steps After Orientation
This session features reflections from new supervisors and helps you find report deadlines, key documents, and checklists.

Preparing for Life After VISTA
How can you help your VISTAs to build sustainability into their project and move to the next chapter of their professional lives? Explore the full meaning of "End-of-Service Transition."

Recruiting: Attracting Successful VISTAs
Discover practices that other supervisors use to find people with the potential to succeed, determine the best fit through targeted screening and interviewing, and streamline the recruitment process.

Introduction to Training Your Sub-Site Supervisors
Discover effective practices to train and support sub-site supervisors.

Using the New VISTA Campus and VISTA Impact App to Foster Member Connections
This webinar highlights new features included in the redesigned VISTA Campus, and explores the VISTA Impact App, a tool designed to assist your VISTAs in tracking their statistics and streamline reporting procedures.

Cost Share Billing: Pay Now Functionality Overview
This webinar introduces the Pay Now system that cost share sponsors can use for paying invoices.Original webcast July 30, 2014.