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Provide ongoing support to 20 VISTA members by providing professional development and networking opportunities, connecting members to resources and developing a network of support for VISTA members.

Service Activities

Assist VISTA Supervisor with facilitating recruitment of 20 VISTA members,including: screening, candidates and submitting formal notification of application status.Prepare and manage calendar for Pre-Service Orientation, professional development training and National Service Days to be disseminated to the hired Assist team with leadership development of VISTAs. Serve as resource in the development and delivery of training for VISTAs. Maintain regular communication with all VISTA members via phone, email, periodic in-person meetings, group network meetings and site visits. Manage weekly time sheets, performance and operate as the liaison for technical assistance. Monitor all VISTA workloads, output, effectiveness and efficiency of all staff.Investigate formal complaints and ensure closure. Ensure safe and appropriate working environments for all staff through close liaison with the site leadership.

Community Need Addressed

Increase capacity building to address poverty in the Englewood community in Chicago, IL

Position Outcomes

A VISTA Leader serving at Greater Englewood CDC will help to ensure 20 VISTAs and VISTA supervisors can successfully build the capacity and ensure the sustainability of each VISTA project.


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

On-going professional development training and post-service career placement assistance

Skills you will gain

Project Management, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking, Event Planning, Community Organizing

Competencies You Will Develop

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
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, 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 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
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 Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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