City of Seattle Mayor’s office seeking AmeriCorps VISTA

The City of Seattle has received a City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program grant from Cities of Service, a national organization that provides technical assistance, programmatic support, planning resources and funding opportunities to coalition member cities.

Cities of Service is providing the City of Seattle with both financial and human capital support, including $30,000 and two AmeriCorps VISTA members. The AmeriCorps VISTA Members will support the Office of Mayor Ed Murray in planning and implementing a neighborhood revitalization initiative in low-income neighborhoods. This initiative – Find It, Fix It Community Walks – is a high-impact service strategy in which the Mayor’s Office engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods, one block at a time. To learn more about Find It, Fix It Community Walks, visit murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit.

The City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program will allow Seattle to enhance and strengthen Community Walks by better engaging community residents. VISTA members will focus on using Community Walk planning and outreach to increase participation in city-based volunteer programs. This work will include designing strategies to recruit volunteers for city revitalization programs, leading community outreach efforts in neighborhoods selected for Community Walks, promoting and publicizing Community Walks, and developing impact metrics and outcome measurements for Community Walks.

Member Duties:

  • Work with the Mayor’s Office to implement and enhance Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk program.
  • Design Community Walk evaluation metrics and evaluate the program’s success.
  • Help “Love Your Block” mini-grant recipients implement their proposals.
  • Organize and lead Neighborhood Action Teams (NATs) at each Community Walk site. NATs will bring together department representatives, local businesses, and neighborhood leaders to develop strategies to promote Community Walks and think up solutions to infrastructure problems.
  • Work with NATs and city departments to conduct neighborhood outreach and encourage residents to participate in Walk-related clean-up projects. Outreach strategies include attending community events and meetings.
  • Work with the Mayor’s communications team to publicize Community Walks

Desired Qualifications:

  • Sense of humor.
  • Outgoing and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Experience in municipal government a plus.
  • Experience working in diverse communities a plus.
  • Experience volunteering and/or working with volunteers (or teaching/group facilitation).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to lead a team.
  • Experience planning and executing events and activities a plus.
  • Able to manage and work with volunteers of varying skill levels and ages.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Able to learn new skills and take direction.
  • Experience working in environments with strong social justice values a plus

Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Training, Relocation Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance, Health Coverage, Stipend, Education award upon successful completion of service.

Program Type: AmeriCorps VISTA
Program Start/End Date: 06/20/2015  –  06/18/2016
Work Schedule: Full Time
Education level: College graduate
Age Requirement: 18+Program location: Seattle, WA. VISTA members will have desks in the Mayor’s Office.
Accepting Applications: Until 3/16/15
Please email applications to: carlo.caldirola-davis@seattle.govApplications should include:

1.       Resume

2.       Cover letter (explain your interest in service and, in particular, Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk program).

3.       References (at least two)