The VISTA Leader will focus on VISTA recruitment and retention, creating new professional development opportunities for VISTA members, and provide resources and support to AmeriCorps VISTA members.
The VISTA Leader will be an essential member of the team for this growing nonprofit organization. This person will help to support Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in assisting the Programs and Events Manager in VISTA recruitment and retention of AmeriCorps positions by improving and maintaining an applicant database, updating and dispersing position descriptions, and interviewing eligible candidates.
The VISTA Leader will increase the professional development opportunities offered to VISTA members at the Parks Foundation, Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Lahontan Audubon Society, City of Reno, and Envirolution. VISTA Leaders play a crucial role in providing support to VISTAs through one-on-one meetings, providing resources throughout service, and promoting a spirit of service for all VISTA members. The VISTA Leader will also help improve data collection procedures and sustainability binders.
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is a private nonprofit that was incorporated in 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) determination in 2013. The Parks Foundation protects and enhances our communities' livability through public engagement, education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces, and trails. Current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing people’s appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks. A special emphasis is placed on increasing access to free programming for low income community members in order to improve education and health outcomes for people living in poverty.
February 16, 2021 - February 15, 2022
Improve and maintain Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s VISTA recruitment database and assist in the creation and dispersion of VISTA service opportunities and VISTA Assignment Descriptions (VADs);
Improve and implement Parks Foundation VISTA on-site orientations and trainings;
Research and organize monthly professional development opportunities for VISTA members at five different nonprofit organizations;
Improve and maintain a database to track VISTA performance measures;
Assist in the compilation of the Parks Foundation’s annual report;
Provide support and resources to VISTAs within Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s consortium;
Help update and improve the Parks Foundation’s sustainability plan.
Previous AmeriCorps or Peace Corps service REQUIRED;
Passionate commitment to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's mission and vision;
Bachelor’s degree and/or comparable experience;
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional writing skills;
Strong communication skills;
Strong organizational skills;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
Preferred: experience recruiting;
Preferred: experience with event planning;
Preferred: reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.
Compensation and Benefits
In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approximately $15,800.
Upon completion of service, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195 or post-service stipend of $3,000.
A relocation settling-in allowance of no less than $750 if you are moving more than 50 miles, and travel allowance based on mileage may also apply.
Health benefits during service.
Child care assistance (if applicable).
Qualified student loan deferment or forbearance.
Non-competitive eligibility for qualified government jobs the first year after completing service.
Professional development through monthly training, skills learned in service, and experience in a nonprofit environment.
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation offers flex time, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel, a casual dress code, and a fun office environment!
This position is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit americorps.gov.
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations.