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 Field Operations VISTA (South) member would be responsible for developing systems for resource development, community awareness and engagement, and program development in order to expand quality services to students within the CIS of Mid-America network. The goals of the position are to better engage the community, asses and build better programming for students, and expand and enrich the opportunities to volunteer with the organization. Activities would include: representing the organization at community events and meetings, cultivating partnerships with universities, soliciting donations, evaluating current program development and implementation, researching new curricula and programming, developing material resources, engaging and recruiting volunteers, and volunteer management. The member would serve from the main office in Lawrence, KS and provide support throughout the South Kansas region (Ottawa, Independence, Chanute, Pittsburg, Ft. Scott, Parsons, El Dorado, Emporia, Garden City, and Dodge City). There will be some travel involved; members will be compensated.
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.