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Mercy Corps Northwest AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Mercy Corps Northwest AmeriCorps VISTA Team, Portland, OR, United States

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/21/2020

Build professional nonprofit skills while building community! The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Program seeks applicants passionate about economic justice to join a cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA members that will begin a year of public service on March 16th 2020.

Program Description—Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Program
Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) VISTAs manage projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through microenterprise & financial asset development, job skills training, food security, homeless services, and affordable housing. VISTAs serve throughout the region in various non-profits to perform indirect service—working behind the scenes on projects such as volunteer recruitment, program development, partnership building & outreach, and grant writing. While the programs that VISTAs develop endure for years, VISTAs have limited interaction with clients and are generally based in a non-profit office setting. Participating in the AmeriCorps VISTA program through MCNW offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in program implementation—skills highly desired by employers.

Please note: VISTAs serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort are placed in different non-profits around Oregon & Washington. Most positions are located in the Portland Metro Area, but a few are located in Washington and Central Oregon. Please check the location of the specific position before applying.

We are currently recruiting for the following AmeriCorps VISTA positions:

Employment Capacity Building Coordinator--The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas (Portland, OR)
As a VISTA member at The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas you will help end poverty by expanding The Arc’s employment program that provides job readiness to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The activities are to identify key funders, oversee a skill-based employment training pairing adults with I/DD and a job coach learning skills for competitive employment, and expand a network of employment providers and employers.

Affordable Housing Outreach Coordinator--Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) (Hillsboro, OR)
As a VISTA member at HAWC you will help end poverty by developing a community engagement framework to help ensure affordable housing projects funded by the Metro Affordable Housing Bond are welcoming to low-income households in communities of color. Major functions include: establishing partnerships with diverse community groups, establishing community feedback mechanisms, and building a toolkit of culturally specific engagement activities.

Online Education Associate--Mercy Corps Northwest (Portland, OR)
The Online Education Associate is a key member of the small business education team, building capacity within the MCNW Education Department and Women’s Business Center (WBC) to deliver small business training to rural and mobility-challenged entrepreneurs. Key focus areas include training and education, technology, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach. The Online Education Associate will pilot a customized online education platform with partner organizations, develop expanded resources to build out the class offerings, create connections with rural development organizations to support underserved entrepreneurs, and provide recommendations for future expansion of online offerings.

Outreach and Marketing Specialist--Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) (Warm Springs, OR)
This VISTA will develop marketing and outreach strategies to recruit businesses into a small business incubator. The member will recruit small businesses and food truck businesses, organize trainings, and plan events in the incubator. They will research Warm Springs and learn about the history of the Old Commissary Building, where the incubator will be located and assist in asset mapping projects of the community. The VISTA will help build capacity by talking to local organizations and fundraising to support the incubator.

Outreach Coordinator--Mercy Corps, Community Investment Trust (Portland, OR)
The member will generate awareness of the CIT project’s goals and services among low-income residents of Portland’s 122nd neighborhood to facilitate community involvement, investment and training. Tasks will include conducting outreach to low income housing and developing a long-term marketing plan, participating in the creation of the design, monitoring, and evaluation plan, and supporting fundraising efforts.

Volunteer Coordinator--JOIN (Portland, OR)
As a VISTA member at JOIN, you will play an instrumental role in helping individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness end their homelessness and move into permanent housing by creating and implementing a Volunteer Program. In your role as Volunteer Coordinator, you will review and update volunteer needs and volunteer job descriptions, continue to develop a volunteer training guide and process, develop a volunteer stewardship plan, and recruit new volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator--Stone Soup PDX (Portland, OR)
As a VISTA member at Stone Soup you will help end poverty by creating a volunteer system that connects individual or group volunteers to opportunities that support the training of low-income participants at risk of homelessness for employment in the hospitality and foodservice industry. Major functions will include expanding our volunteer base by creating volunteer systems and recruiting and training volunteers.

Applicants must submit their application through the MyAmeriCorps portal. The link to the specific position listings can be found by following the hyperlink in the job titles on our Open Positions web page (

Minimum Skills & Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, or 4 years of relevant work experience, or a combination thereof
Demonstrated commitment to community/public service
Intercultural communication skills and experience working within diverse communities
Preference given to those with experience in economically diverse environments
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Proven ability to solve problems and be flexible
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well in a team environment

** VISTA positions may have their own specific skills and qualifications not shown in the list above. Please see more details on skills and qualifications for specific VISTA positions in the listings above.


AmeriCorps VISTAs serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort receive several benefits, including:
*A living allowance paid bi-weekly (every 14 days) of:
**$562.52 (or $14,665.70/year) for those serving in the Portland Metro Area
**$479.08 (or $12,490.30/year) for the members serving in Warm Springs, OR
***All living allowance amounts are pre-tax (both Federal and State taxes will be withheld in Oregon) and are paid to members by direct deposit every 14 days.

*Upon completion of a service term, the choice of a $1,800 end of service stipend or a $6,095 Segal Education Award that can be used towards education, including eligible student loans. Certain universities will match this award with their own scholarships.

*A healthcare allowance or benefit plan to cover approved out-of-pocket (co-pay, co-insurance, deductible, etc.) medical expenses up to $7,900. Please note that this is not health insurance—members must secure their own health insurance.

*Relocation assistance (if moving more than 50 miles to serve) of $750 and mileage reimbursement of $00.40/mile from home of record to the service site.

*Childcare assistance (if eligible)

*A $4,000 supplemental benefit from Mercy Corps Northwest, consisting of:
**$300 professional development stipend to use towards any opportunities (classes, conferences, trainings, etc.),
**$3,700 to be used towards approved housing, transportation, food, and goods assistance during your year of service. More on how to access and use this benefit will be provided during the onboarding process.

*Training in topics such as communications, grant writing, and project management

*Upon completion of a service term, one year of Noncompetitive Eligibility for employment with the Federal Government

*Access to a network of VISTA members, nonprofits, and professionals to build your network and develop your skills!

How to apply:
*Review open positions on our web site and click on the header of the position(s) you’re interested in to apply. You will be redirected to the portal.

*Click the “apply now” button at the bottom of the page and you will be prompted to create a profile on the portal.

*Follow the instructions to complete your profile.

*Once your profile is created, you are ready to apply! Submit your application to the position(s) you’re interested in on the portal (you may submit your application to up to 10 positions at a time).

*If your application is a match, the supervisor for the VISTA position will reach out within a few weeks for an interview.

*Positions will be open until February 21st, 2020, unless filled sooner. Early applications strongly encouraged as selections are made on a rolling basis.
Applicants must submit an application through the portal via the links provided in the job titles below. No other application materials will be accepted.

Contact Information:
For questions regarding the above positions or application process, please contact AmeriCorps VISTA Program Supervisor, Olivia Rasmussen,

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