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City of Dubuque Gaining Opportunities AmeriCorps VISTA

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While there is some flexibility to the start date, ideally the VISTA member will begin their year of service on 6/10/19. 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 several objectives:
• Assist with the organizational development of Gaining Opportunities (GO) that will engage low-income residents.
• Develop data tracking and volunteer management processes for program outputs such as facilitation and programming at community
meetings, childcare, meal donations, outreach for recruitment of participants and volunteers.
• Assess and analyze data collection methods currently used to track various program outputs.
• Modify systems to meet the needs of the current organizational structure and programming.
• Pilot the use of updated systems and procedures.
• Train staff to sustain new systems and procedures to track progress for various program outputs.
• Research and analyze past successes and challenges with volunteer recruitment by collecting feedback from stakeholders.
• Modify strategies as needed to fit current organizational structure and programming.
• Train volunteers and leadership to implement and sustain the new recruitment and retention strategies.

Community Need Addressed

Gaining Opportunities (GO) is a new program that focuses on community development and family self-sufficiency for individuals that are willing and ready to move out of poverty. The core curriculum is based on the goals of self-sufficiency which are; Meaningful Employment, Education/Training for the Workplace, Financial Stability, Accessibility to Essential Needs, Social Capital and the Ability to Navigate Systems. A component of GO is Getting Ahead in the Workplace.

Position Outcomes

This is a personal development curriculum which guides participants in creating the path to a stable, secure future. Participants examine their own experience of poverty, assess their financial, emotional, social, and other personal resources, and learn how they can build these resources in their lives. It offers concepts and tools that allow participants to create attainable goals for their future.


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 Economic Security, Homelessness & Housing
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Local Government Agency
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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