AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Central CO AHEC - AmeriCorps VISTA

The Colorado AmeriCorps VISTA Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative utilizing 8 AmeriCorps VISTA Members assigned to eight partner sites who, while helping to ensure communities understand the correlation between poverty and opioid use, will build capacity and leverage resources to benefit communities building coalitions to address the Colorado opioid epidemic.

Reports to: Program Managers & Program Coordinator

Service Position Summary: The VISTA Leader is to expand and build the capacity of the VISTA, in coordination with CORP goals. The Leader will provide support and coordination for members to increase the project’s impact. While helping to ensure communities understand the correlation between poverty and opioid use, the CORP VISTA project will build capacity and leverage resources to benefit communities building coalitions to address the Colorado opioid epidemic. The Leader will: 1) Enhance VISTA project success by supporting recruitment and selection of high quality VISTAs to ensure project success.2) Develop and conduct orientation and training to equip VISTAs with knowledge and skills related to the project. 3) Enhance VISTA project and member effectiveness by facilitating the VISTA team, supporting team members in their work, and monitoring member monthly reports. 4)Enhance VISTA project stability and sustainability. 5)Expand and strengthen partnerships and networks

Essential Functions:
• Review VADs for clarity, accuracy and consistency and suggest improvements
• Research recruitment opportunities and promote position announcement through local avenues
• Suggest process for candidate assessment and evaluation that incorporates the VAD in the process
• Assist in screening applicants, setting up interviews and participate in interviews
• Form a plan with supervisor for the on-site orientation and training (OSOT); gather orientation materials, draft agenda, secure presenters/facilitators, etc.; participate in the training implementation
• Evaluate and report on the OSOT to the supervisor, defining changes to be made
• Identify learning needs of VISTAs and coordinate ongoing professional development; maintain professional development records for all VISTAs
• Facilitate and encourage peer learning among VISTAs
• Coordinate four projects for National Days of Service (September 11th National Day of Remembrance, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, Cesar E. Chavez Day and AmeriCorps Week)
• Conduct one-on-one monthly meetings with each VISTA member and Sub-Site Supervisor to review VAD goals, assess progress, address member needs, etc.
• Assist VISTAs in clarifying problems and creating their own solutions, involving the supervisor if the VISTA cannot resolve the issue otherwise
• Train VISTA members on the organization’s reporting requirements and assist with reporting needs, escalating issues to appropriate supervisor
• Guide VISTA members in creating their own sustainability manuals to assist subsequent VISTAs with continuing project implementation
• Archive all significant materials created and document all procedures for implementing the project, for convenient future retrieval by organization staff, future VISTAs and VISTA leaders
• Suggest changes to the program based on challenges and successes VISTAs have experienced
• In collaboration with staff members, create and implement a written plan for project sustainability
• Identify potential collaborators, plan informational meetings, and develop commitments among collaborators

Minimum Standards of Eligibility/Selection Criteria
• At least one term of AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, or Peace Corps service or equivalent
• Be willing to build capacity and leverage resources to benefit communities building coalitions to address the Colorado opioid epidemic as described in the position description.
• Be at least 18 years old upon entering the VISTA program.
• Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
• Successful passing of required criminal background checks, including a National Sex Offender Website search and fingerprint-based criminal history check, to serve with at-risk or vulnerable populations.
• Be able to relate previous education, training, military, or work experience, and demonstrate other relevant skills or interests necessary to perform a specific VISTA assignment.
• Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
• Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, there are special conditions that a VISTA must meet if they decide to hold a part-time job or enroll in school part-time.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Bachelor’s degree in public health, education, or related field
• Experience in project management
• Ability to work effectively with a high degree of independence and self-motivation
• Resourcefulness and ability to problem-solve and take initiative
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written and interpersonal)
• Ability to lead trainings and communicate effectively with communities, partners, and other stakeholders
• Ability to establish positive working relationships
• Strong internal and external customer service orientation
• Strong demonstrated critical-thinking, organizational, and problem-solving skills
• Proven ability to coordinate multiple activities, establish priorities, attend to detail, handle interruptions, manage time and follow-up, and meet deadlines
• Experience in event and meeting planning
• Ability to anticipate needs and priorities
• Flexible and collaborative
• Uses tact and diplomacy when handling incoming and outgoing communications and matters requiring discretion
• Computer proficiency in Office365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and fluent navigation of the internet required
• Experience with Google Apps and video conferencing software preferred

Benefits of VISTA Service:
• Members earn a median living allowance of approximately $705.60 dispersed every two weeks for their term of service (exact amounts vary by service location).
• Upon successful completion of service term, Members are eligible for either an education award of $6,095.00 or an end-of-service stipend accruing at $4.94 per day.
• Healthcare Allowance reimbursement program covers out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles, copayments, etc., up to $7,350 (2018) for those Members with qualifying healthcare coverage.
• AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program (MAP) – provided accessible and quality mental health services
• VISTA program Childcare benefit for qualifying Members.
• Relocation and settling in allowance.
• Loan forbearance and deferment for qualified student loans (for those choosing end-of-service stipend only).

Required: Reliable access to a vehicle and auto insurance.

To Apply: Applications are accepted online at For more information about the program, please email

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