VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) Fellow

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Develop and implement a volunteer program that engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers and volunteers who take on leadership roles in the organization

Service Activities

• Develop and implement a volunteer program that engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers and volunteers who take on leadership roles in the organization
• Develop business partnerships that provide support for the Partner Site
• Recruit and train community members as volunteers who support the infrastructure of programs run by nonprofit and educational organizations
• Track volunteer program and infrastructure development at the Partner Site, utilizing a defined AmeriCorps Member Work Plan
• Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience
• Participate in all program-required trainings and development opportunities, including orientation, regular meetings with your local VIP team, one statewide training (travel and overnight stay will be required), and online trainings

Community Need Addressed

VIP Fellows will increase the number of high-value (skilled and corporate) volunteers providing needed services to nonprofit and educational organizations that serve children, youth and families. Additionally, VIP Fellows will build capacity within the Partner Site volunteer program to provide the support, skills and resources volunteers need to be successful.

Position Outcomes

VIP Fellows work as a part of a team to coordinate volunteer programs and to coach and support a cadre of high-value volunteers. The VIP Fellows’ primary role is developing the volunteer program at the Partner Site, bringing resources of highly-skilled volunteers to the children and families the program serves. VIP Fellows spend time in the community, building partnerships, and forging lasting relationships. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth, their families, and the local community.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

Organization, flexibility, motivation,c ontinuous professional development in personalized areas, learning to accept constructive feedback, growth with ethics and integrity, adaptability with changes in working environment, multitasking, collaboration and cooperation, conflict resolution, teamwork, time management, event planning, volunteer management and engagement, relationship building, develop leadership and interpersonal skills, and much more!

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Focus Areas Office Activites In Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth Hands On Activites In Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth Professional Activites In Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Child Welfare Agency, Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, County Office of Education, Elementary School, Federal Government Agency, Foundation, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Middle School, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Recreation or Youth Center, School-based Nonprofit, School District, Social Enterprise (nonprofit), Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

CalSERVES AmeriCorps

Focus Areas
Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth
Contact Information
2121 Imola Ave
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 586-9285
Year Founded
1998