The City of New Orleans VISTA program is implemented by the Office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Office of Human Rights and Equity. The City is seeking passionate individuals to build capacity to break the cycle of poverty and empower our community. The City of New Orleans Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) seeks to normalize concepts of social and racial justice within City government, organize staff to advance equity in their spheres of influence, and operationalize equitable policies, programs, and procedures within City government. The Office provides education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, with a primary focus on racial and social equity.
The VISTA member will provide for the design and implementation of a municipal identification program, a cutting-edge program that cities across the country are exploring. This program will be instrumental in removing barriers members of our community currently experience who do not have easy, equitable access to identification (i.e. immigrant populations, residents returning from incarceration, or our unhoused population).
This Office is in an exciting period of growth and as a VISTA member, you will have ample opportunity to learn valuable skills, including: to encourage buy-in and participation for ambitious equity-focused initiatives, to understand the functions and roles of City government and local organizations, and to engage with a broad array of New Orleans stakeholders and perspectives. Trainings are a core component of the work of this office, which the VISTA member will have access to, in addition to the network-building possibilities those activities provide.
Throughout one year of service, the VISTA member will work with the Office of Human Rights and Equity to:
-Develop a community-centered and informed design, approach, and distribution of New Orleans’ inaugural municipal identification program through the facilitation and coordination of an ID Working Group made up of local stakeholders.
-Create a list and make first points of contact with relevant community stakeholders and partners to introduce the municipal ID program, identify target populations for future service and search for leading representative organizations and perspectives from those communities.
-Make introductions to relevant community partners and leaders and design a pitch/introduction for the municipal ID program to community partners.
-Develop an equitable communications strategy across multiple platforms, including creating materials explaining benefits and process in navigable ways.
Community Need Addressed
The CNO VISTA Program supports City Hall by implementing sustainable capacity building projects to increase the effectiveness of each department.
Our VISTA members help the City strengthen existing services and provide more services for underserved and disproportionately impacted communities.
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
Skills you will gain
Competencies You Will Develop
Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, 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, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization