City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is 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 Mayor’s priority initiative to plan and implement neighborhood revitalization in low-income neighborhoods. The initiative administered through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods – Find It, Fix It Community Walks – is a high-impact service strategy in which the Mayor and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods 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 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to implement and enhance Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk program.
  • Review and update Community Walk evaluation metrics and evaluate the program’s success.
  • Help “Love Your Block” mini-grant recipients implement their proposals.
  • Organize and lead CWAT (Community Walk Action Team) at each Community Walk site. CWATs will bring together department representatives, local businesses, and neighborhood leaders to develop strategies to promote Community Walks and find solutions to infrastructure problems.
  • Work with CWATs and city departments to conduct neighborhood outreach and encourage residents to participate in Walk-related clean-up projects. Outreach efforts include attending community events and meetings in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Work with the Mayor’s communications team to publicize Community Walks.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Outgoing and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Experience in municipal government.
  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sense of humor.

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:  2/15/2016 – 6/15/2017

Work Schedule:  Full Time

Education level:  College graduate

Age Requirement:  Over 18 years old

Program location:  Seattle, WA. VISTA members will have desks in the Department of Neighborhoods.

Accepting Applications:  Until 5:00 p.m. PST on 1/05/16 (Note: applicants will need to be available the week of 1/04/16 for phone interviews.

Please email applications to:  jeanne.murphy@seattle.gov

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in service and, in particular, Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk program.
  • References (at least two, one professional and one personal).