VISTA members have the unique opportunity to learn the inner-workings of a national, non-profit organization. Members get real-world experience, gaining skills involved with non-profit management.
The Data and Evaluation VISTA member would be responsible for developing systems for database development and improvement, data analysis, and promotion of a data driven culture in order to expand quality services to students within the CIS of Mid-America network. The goals of the position are toensure that data collection methods are up-to-date and efficient; staff are trained and have adequate resources to ensure quality data; and the data is used to effectively evaluate the performance of the organization. Activities would include: development of curriculum and training materials, implement evaluation of data analysis, provide technical support to staff with data entry, lead the charge in creating a data driven culture, creation of data resource materials, and support in network-wide data validation efforts. The Coordinator would serve from the main office in Lawrence, KS and would work with the entire CIS of Mid-America network.
Overview of VISTA role with CIS of Mid-America:
The AmeriCorps VISTA members at CIS of Mid-America will have many opportunities to gain skills involved with non-profit management and the needs of at-risk youth. Members will support program research and development that will directly benefit the students that the organization serves. Members will help tell the organization’s story through data evaluation and community engagement, make programs thrive through research and volunteer recruitment and management, and find ways to make the organization fiscally sound through grant research and supporting donor relations. Members look to gain valuable knowledge and experience in non-profit management.