Utah State University

AmeriCorps VISTA: VISTA Leader 2020-2021

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(11/22/2019 6:14 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Temporary Full-Time
Job Classification
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Center for Persons w/ Disabilities
Advertised Salary
$621/pay period; $1242/month


This full-time, one-year VISTA position is based at the main office of the Public & School Partnership at Utah State University. The mission of the Public & School Partnership (PSP) is to connect community members to the education, resources, and opportunities they need to elevate themselves and their neighbors out of poverty. The VISTA Leader position is a unique position because it contributes to this goal by serving as a guide, liaison, advocate, and resource for PSP’s VISTA members, ensuring that they have a successful year of VISTA service, as measured by VISTA satisfaction, client and site satisfaction, and various performance measures and outcomes.


*REQUIRED: To serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, all applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least 1 full-time service term with: AmeriCorps VISTA (1 full service term), AmeriCorps (1700-hour service term), OR Peace Corps (1 full service term)*


AmeriCorps VISTA is a National Service program. All AmeriCorps VISTA positions are full-time for one year, as mandated by the Corporation for National and Community service. Successful completion of a one-year service term qualifies all VISTA members and VISTA Leaders for one of two end of service options. VISTA Leaders can choose between an education award of $6195 or a cash stipend of $3000 (direct deposit). The pay, a living stipend, is $1242 per month for VISTA Leaders serving with PSP.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Coordinating and improving upon member support and retention initiatives
    • Identify member needs and interests.
    • Coordinate member support meetings, share best practices suggestions with PSP office team, and pilot new systems and member-support services.
    • Collect relevant feedback and make changes that are in alignment with PSP goals and member needs.
    • Update VISTA members on important information and opportunities necessary to ensure a positive and rewarding service experience.
    • Track VISTA completed objectives and activities in digital portfolio, update VISTAs on their progress as needed.
  • Working with PSP office team and VISTA members to create new and improve existing feedback collection and management systems.
    • Assess current feedback collection and management practices. Identify areas of improvement and research ways to implement improvements. Research and develop new systems of feedback as needed.
    • Assess feedback data and share findings with PSP team. Work with PSP Office team to coordinate an action plan to utilize feedback assessment.
  • Coordinating activities related to 1.) service projects, 2.) national service events, 3.) quarterly trainings, 4.) new-member orientation, and 5.) monthly training.
    • Acquire donations and resources to support service projects, events, and trainings.
    • Coordinate community-wide outreach, establish community partners, and recruit and coordinate community volunteers, as needed.
    • Assist with material preparation, outreach to VISTA members and guest speakers, event reporting, and feedback collection.
  • Coordinating and engaging in meaningful member, sub-site, and community partner recognition initiatives.
    • Acquire donations from local businesses to support various recognition initiatives, including 1.) monthly VISTA recognition awards, 2.) annual recognition banquet, 3.) recognition activities at service projects, events, and trainings
    • Coordinate outreach of and solicit nominations for monthly VISTA recognition program.
    • Share and raise awareness of successes and achievements of VISTA member, sub-site, and community partners through a variety of platforms, including: 1.) social media, 2.) website blog, 3.) newsletter, 4.) email, 5.) other means as identified


Minimum/required qualifications:

  • 18 years of age at the time of placement
  • U.S. citizen
  • Completion of least 1 full-time service term with: AmeriCorps VISTA (1 full service term), AmeriCorps (1700-hour service term), OR Peace Corps (1 full service term)
  • Full-time commitment (40 hours/week) and one-year term of employment
  • Not on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry

Preferred qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and the Google Drive suite.
  • Community outreach, volunteer management, and resource generation experience.
  • Proactive independent worker yet collaborative team member.
  • Ability to maintain high level of performance, produce quality outputs, and feel successful without consistent direct supervision.
  • Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple projects.
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions or work assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.
  • Team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Productive worker with solid work ethic who exerts effort in successfully completing tasks.
  • Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn new skills or techniques.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$621/pay period; $1242/month


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Center for Persons with Disabilities

The Center for Persons with Disabilities is Utah’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The CPD was established in 1972 by Dr. Marvin Fifield, and was the first UCEDD program in the nation to focus on the educational and social needs of children with disabilities. Over our 45-year history, the CPD has grown into one of the largest UCEDD programs in the nation and is recognized as a pioneer in research, training, technical assistance, and services for children and adults with disabilities, families, and the professionals who serve them.


Our Mission:

We are working together to create inclusive communities and improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families through sustainable innovation, collaborative research, responsive service, and interdisciplinary training and education.


Our Values:

  • We Innovate: We lead by developing dynamic, sustainable, forward-thinking programs and services.
  • We Include: We demonstrate how to effectively work toward inclusive communities in our planning, programs, and services. We celebrate diversity in ability, race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, politics, and religion. 
  • We Collaborate: We forge partnerships. Working together makes us more effective and responsive to the current needs of our clients and communities.
  • We Care: We do what we do because we care. We are making the world a better place for people with disabilities and their families.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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