Website Central CO AHEC - AmeriCorps VISTA

The Colorado AmeriCorps VISTA Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative utilizing 12 AmeriCorps VISTA Members 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. Individual Members will be expected to work with 10 outside organization to help build capacity.

Reports to: Site Supervisor & Program Managers 

Service Position Summary: 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. Members will:

 1) Expand and strengthen partnerships and networks

 2) Expand scale and reach to increase community awareness and program engagement

 3) Build capacity for financial resources

 4) Expand technology use

 5) Build volunteer recruitment and management systems.

6) Coordinate and deliver train the trainer education on youth prescription drug misuse prevention

7) Facilitate train the trainer surrounding naloxone use and education

8) Support provider education events around safe opioid prescribing practices


Essential Functions: 

  • Plan, facilitate and attend informational meetings with community partners about prevention, harm reduction, and treatment of/for substance use and opioid use disorder
  • Increase community awareness of the opioid epidemic through the use of public relations communication plans, presentations, and other media sources.
  • Develop outreach plans, presentations, and communications to expand outreach to program participants
  • Identify and develop resources for fundraising and draft and submit proposals. *Proposals can include internal and external fund requests for organizations combating the opioid epidemic.*
  • Develop technology plans for service sites and surrounding organization, pilot new tools, and develop ongoing technology resources
  • Recruit, train, and manage community volunteers to assist with programming needs.
  • Produce and distribute educational presentations and marketing materials that highlight the income-based health disparities that contribute to the opioid epidemic.
  • Initiate, support and enhance community-based collaborations/coalitions with lead local partners
  • Collect, document and report impact data for CCAHEC and service-sites.
  • Accurately and professionally discuss with community partners and volunteers the objectives of the AmeriCorps program, positive youth development, and site-specific objectives.

AmeriCorps term requirements 

  • Commit to complete your term of service and site-specific responsibilities by end of term.
  • Complete contract service hours (full-time for one year) and site-specific responsibilities by end of term.
  • Participate in on-going trainings and events as required and requested by AmeriCorps and/or CO AHEC Regions.
  • Participate in National Days of Service
  • Accurately complete and submit enrollment paperwork and reports.
  • Have dependable transportation to and from host site and community meetings and activities..
  • Participate in performance reviews with the Site Supervisor and Program Managers.
  • Meet regularly with site supervisor to discuss program objectives and updates.
  • Represent AmeriCorps VISTA, COAHEC Regions, host site, and program/partner sites in a professional manner.

 Minimum Standards of Eligibility/Selection Criteria

  • 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 willing and able to complete the required full-time hours of service by end of term.
  • 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.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • College graduate with coursework in a related field
  • Knowledge of statewide efforts addressing the Colorado opioid epidemic.
  • Desire to have a positive impact on the Colorado opioid epidemic.
  • Desire to participate in hands-on experience in the areas of capacity building, leveraging resources to benefit communities, and building coalitions.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and complete multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to serve in a team setting and to promote collaboration.
  • Ability and willingness to develop innovative and creative approaches to assigned responsibilities.
  • Ability and willingness to serve in a position with flexible hours, including evenings and weekends when needed.
  • Ability to use a computer for e-mail communication, collaboration, and online reporting, as well as familiarity/comfort with other technological tools that may assist in completing program objectives.
  • Outgoing and personable nature.
  • Adaptable, practical, energetic, and intrinsically motivated.
  • Professional, respectful, and brings a positive attitude.
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity.
  • Comfort with public speaking or willingness to learn the skill


Benefits of VISTA Service:

  • Members earn a median living allowance of approximately $542.22 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.
  • 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).

Service Environment: Ability to serve in an office and community settings with stakeholders. 

Required:  Reliable access to a vehicle and auto insurance.

To Apply: Positions are available in counties across Colorado. Applications are accepted online at http://centralcoahec.org/forms/view.php?id=29564.  For more information about the program, please email cori@centralcoahec.org.

CORP is dedicated to equal employment and service opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment or service. CORP prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees, including managers, supervisors, co-workers, and non-employees such as volunteers, members, customers, clients, vendors, consultants, etc.

To apply for this job please visit centralcoahec.org.