UWJC Now Hiring Volunteer Program Specialist (AmeriCorps VISTA)

The United Way of Johnson County is now accepting applications for a Volunteer Program Specialist to work in the Volunteer Center of Johnson County.  This position is a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position that begins in June 2012 and ends June 2013.  AmeriCorps VISTA is a National Service program. Candidates must love working with people and value the role of volunteerism in the community.  This opportunity will be an incredible opportunity to learn and expand leadership, communication and project management skills.  Deadline to apply is April 17, 2012.  
Position posting is located at:
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=44237.  In order to apply, candidates must scroll down and select the APPLY NOW button and register.
More information about AmeriCorps VISTA positions is available here and at http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp.  
Iowa Volunteer Generation VISTA-Washington County Specialist  
Member Duties: The Program Specialist will work to reduce poverty through the following activities: (1) Increase the ability of Volunteer Programs to recruit volunteers. This includes providing outreach & training to volunteer programs on electronic recruitment, marketing the recruitment system to community/potential volunteers. (2) Increase infrastructure capacity of Volunteer Programs to provide quality experience for volunteers. The Specialist will learn core principles and competencies in Volunteer Management and provide training opportunities to programs. (3) Support Emergency Volunteer Program established to prepare for volunteer coordination during times of disaster. (4) Develop & assist with relationship building between Volunteer Programs by supporting the Volunteer Program Networking Group, facilitating meetings and assisting with leadership team development. Monitoring, reviewing and evaluate progress will be required for all activities.
VISTA Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage , Living Allowance , Relocation Allowance , Training  
Service Areas: Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Disaster Relief . 
Skills: Communications , Community Organization , Computers/Technology , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Leadership , Public Speaking , Recruitment , Writing/Editing . 
Service Description: A community’s stability is often measured by the needs of its most vulnerable populations and for Washington County, the percentage of children and seniors living in poverty grew at an alarming rate from 2000 to 2008. In those eight years, poverty increased by 70% in children under the age of 18 and by 82% in seniors over age 65. The demand for youth and senior services have steadily increased while the availability of funding has declined, resulting in programs relying on volunteer service to provide the necessary bridge. The Volunteer Center at the United Way of Johnson County provides direct capacity building services to nonprofit organizations and volunteer programs to help meet the needs of the community and provides the Emergency Volunteer Center program to connect volunteers with disaster-related needs and recovery.
For more information, please contact Patti Fields at pfields@unitedwayjc.org or 319-338-7823.


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