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CCUSA Family Strengthening VISTA Leader

Catholic Charities USA
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The CCUSA Family Strengthening VISTA Program works to build the capacity of Catholic Charities agencies working to promote our "foundational services," serving low-income individuals. These services include case management, adult and child literacy, employment assistance, mentorship, foster care, senior care, health services, housing, and food services that address the unique needs of communities. VISTAs support these initiatives by working on projects focused on volunteer management, resource development, community engagement, and curriculum and mentorship development. The VISTA Leader will support the 46 VISTAs in service across the country, providing mentorship, technical assistance, and recruitment support to our affiliated sub-sites.

Service Activities

The VISTA Leader will support, from a distance, the VISTAs in the CCUSA Family Strengthening Program by: *Ensuring peer learning and networking in support of member responsibilities; *Developing trainings and resources (promoted to attend one outside information-gathering event a month); *Assisting with grants management and ensuring compliance across program sites; *Training site supervisor on recruitment best practices and support recruitment efforts; *Managing members and project staff in data collection, reporting, and analysis; *Providing coaching and professional development to VISTAs to prepare for life after service; and *Working with the project director on program planning, coordination, communication, and record-keeping. Please note applicants must have prior service experience through a full term of AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, or Peace Corps to be eligible for this position, no exceptions.

Community Need Addressed

The CCUSA Family Strengthening VISTA Leader will help support the objectives of VISTA members serving in their respective roles throughout the country. Through these positions and support provided by the VISTA Leader, the Family Strengthening Program will build the capacity of Catholic Charities member agencies to provide "foundational services," to low-income individuals along the entire spectrum of life: children, adults, elders, families, and communities. These foundational services include case management, adult and child literacy, employment assistance, mentorship, foster care, senior care, criminal justice ministries, health services, housing, food services, and more that address the unique needs of communities.

Position Outcomes

As a result of the CCUSA Family Strenghting VISTA leaders service, VISTA members across the country will be able to better carry out their objectives to help build capacity and alleviate poverty in communities across the nation.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Benefits

College Degree, Credential or Certification

Skills you will gain

Leadership, Non-Profit Management, Writing/Editing, Conflict Resolution, Communications, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Team Work.

Competencies You Will Develop

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, 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
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
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
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
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
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
  • Activity Types Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Aging, Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth, Homelessness & Housing, Veterans & Military Families
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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