AmeriCorps VISTA: Marketing & Development Assistant
HOPE is seeking to fill the opening for an AmeriCorps VISTA Member position on our staff, starting in August.
VISTA Members support projects that expand the capacity of organizations that help people emerge from poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA is intended to be the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps.
VISTA stands for Volunteers In Service To America
Position Title: AmeriCorps VISTA -- Marketing and Development Assistant
The VISTA Project will help expand HOPE’s capacity in community awareness, volunteerism, and fundraising. This position will create and support processes and tools that build the infrastructure to accomplish the project. The Marketing and Development Assistant will actively support activities in the production of brochures, Social Media, Newsletters, and databases. The VISTA Member will be responsible for clear communication, data accuracy, and achieving project deadlines.
This is a full time, 12-month VISTA Member position with benefits funded by AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. Benefits include a bi-weekly living allowance of $473.50 (monthly: $1,025.91), AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits and an $1,800 End of Service Stipend or a $6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or existing qualified educational loans. Student loans may be deferred during the 12-month commitment. You can also request interest payments during the 12-month commitment. For more information about VISTA, visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs.
Four-year college degree from an accredited college of university (Major or credits in Business or Marketing, preferred)
Previous experience preferred with:
Marketing and Business
Sales or fundraising
Data entry and database management
Background of AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty. President John F. Kennedy originated the idea for VISTA, which was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.
VISTA is an anti-poverty program created by Lyndon B. Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. Initially, the program increased employment opportunities for conscientious people who felt they could contribute tangibly to the War on Poverty. Volunteers served in communities throughout the U.S., focusing on enriching educational programs and vocational training for the nation's underprivileged classes.
VISTA's legislative purpose, as defined under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act (DVSA) of 1973, is to supplement efforts to fight poverty in low-income communities by engaging Americans from all walks of life in a year of full-time service. VISTA members support the program's purpose through three primary objectives: 1) encouraging volunteer service at the local level, 2) generating the commitment of private sector resources, and 3) strengthening local agencies and organizations that serve low-income communities. There are approximately 5,000 VISTA members serving in over 900 projects throughout the nation.
During the Clinton Administration, VISTA was brought under the newly created AmeriCorps program, a division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and was renamed "AmeriCorps*VISTA". VISTA members sign up with a host agency to a full-time term of service – 365 days. In return for their service, members are provided with orientation and training, a living stipend calculated at no less than 105% of the poverty line, settling in and transportation costs, child care benefits, and a basic health care plan. Upon completion of their one-year term, VISTA members have the option of receiving a cash award or the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. There is also the option for individuals to serve as Summer Associates for terms of 8, 9 or 10 weeks along side full-time VISTA members for a reduced AmeriCorps Education Award.