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Serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA

The Arc Jacksonville’s VITAL Project
VISTAs Igniting The Community to provide Access to Life

AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a national service program all about helping individuals reach their fullest potential. VISTA is designed to build the capacity of an organization and enhance its ability to serve the community.

VISTA members serve full time (~40 hours/week) for one full year on projects that build the capacity of the organization. Projects can vary and are not limited to: developing outreach and marketing campaigns, building a social media presence, creating a program database, writing grants, managing a program in its first year, and recruiting volunteers. As a result, VISTA impacts both the person serving as well as the individuals served.

At The Arc Jacksonville, VISTA members serve a vital role in helping individuals with disabilities take their next step in earning a living, education, independence, creating a home and community involvement.

We are looking for dynamic members of the community who believe in the abilities of every person. Applicants should identify with our ideals:

  • People with any disability are valued members of society and Intelligent Quotients (IQ) do not define a person or their worth
  • Diversity is valuable
  • VISTA members should be positive, engaging leaders with creative solutions to all challenges brought their way

Member Benefits

  • Living Stipend: Members receive a modest living allowance of approximately $990/month to cover basic living expenses.
  • Professional Development Training: Attend in person and virtual training where you learn how to be a community development change agent. All members will receive continual Professional Development training opportunities, boosting their resume and better preparing them for their next step in employment. Members will have opportunities to network and partner with local non-profits, as well as gain valuable experience with the disability population that proves valuable for many future careers.
  • Relocation Allowance: If you move 50+ miles from your home to a new community, you receive relocation travel assistance and a settling-in allowance
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE): Earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process.
  • Healthcare Benefit: Choose between reimbursement for healthcare or a healthcare plan. Dental and vision are also included.
  • End of Service Award: Choose between a $5,815 Segal Education Award to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,500 cash stipend.
  • Child Care: You may be eligible to receive a child care benefit if you have children under the age of 13.
  • For a complete list of benefits, visit: https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service

Current Openings

Location

Downtown

Job description

Increase the overall perception of individuals with intellectual/developmental differences (I/DD) and expand their level and ease of access to services and resources by assisting with donor and volunteer communications, leading social media marketing and researching individuals/companies and best practices.
    • Oversee all aspects of the agency social media, including but not limited to management, development, updating and tracking of all channels
    • Maintain an accurate and current database, ensuring information is input correctly and in a timely manner
    • Lead creation and production of e-newsletter
    • Attend and assist with the two signature fundraising events, and additional events as needed
    • Develop and market opportunities to attract and engage young professionals.
    • Write content for all forms of communications, including but not limited to, social media, website, donor/volunteer communications and website.

Education

Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred. Graphic design, photography and videography experience preferred

Qualifications

Demonstrated success in achieving professional goals with the ability to meet deadlines, work efficiently and independently while handling various projects simultaneously. Must have demonstrated proficiency in a variety of computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be detail oriented with excellent organizational skills. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must enthusiastically embrace the notion that individuals with intellectual and developmental differences are valued members of our community and should have an array of cutting edge and quality services and supports to choose from. Reliable transportation required.

If you are interested in serving as a VISTA with The Arc Jacksonville, contact Charlotte Temple at ctemple@arcjacksonville.org or 904.355.0155