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Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA

Volunteer Iowa
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While there is some flexibility to the start date, ideally the VISTA member will begin their year of service on 5/13/19. There are a number of benefits included: childcare assistance if eligible, relocation allowance, health coverage, a living stipend, multiple professional development opportunities, and the member's choice between an end of service education award or end of service stipend.

Service Activities

This AmeriCorps VISTA position will cover four different objectives: 1. Recruit and engage a variety of community sectors in local prevention services by collaboration with staff and AmeriCorps State Member, conduct a community prevention needs assessment to identify potential positions for volunteers and create volunteer position descriptions. 2. Implement a comprehensive community needs assessment for prevention services by working in collaboration with staff and community partners, assist in implementing the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Survey. 3. Increase community capacity to become engaged in prevention services by implementing trainings as well as utilizing social and web based marketing strategies to promote ASAC and best practices for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. 4. Participate in Ongoing Professional Development by continuing learning on various topics including but not limited to substance use disorders and mental health.

Community Need Addressed

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) provides accessible, comprehensive substance abuse services delivered with dignity, respect and professionalism to reduce the impact of substance use disorders.

Position Outcomes

These services will expand our prevention department and community’s capacity to effectively implement substance use disorder prevention services utilizing best practices based on current local data. Effective prevention services have been proven to reduce risk factors of substance use in the community, such as poverty.


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

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, 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, 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 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, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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