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Reading Partners VISTA Member (2018-2019)

Reading Partners
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Systems and Resources Development: Diagnose, design, and implement scalable systems for knowledge management and best practices for the Operations and/or Community Engagement teams

Strategy Analysis: Research, execute, and document best practices that increase efficiency and effectiveness of tutor and staff onboarding.

Service Activities

Our VISTAs day-to-day will include participating in and facilitating meetings with regions and other national departments to facilitate best practice sharing and resource sharing, in addition to diving into our data to reflect on lessons learned and providing suggestions for organizational improvement. Our VISTAs strictly follow their VAD (VISTA Assignment Description), which can be discussed in detail during your interview process!

Community Need Addressed

The Reading Partners VISTA help (1) ensure our national and regional efforts to recruit volunteers are effective, because without successful engagement efforts our thousands of students would not receive the necessary tutoring! And (2) to better support operational and systems health, to implement national initiatives, ultimately allowing us to serve more students across the nation.

Position Outcomes

The VISTA will develop and document new/improved systems, best practices, and tools for to support the growth and quality our systems.

Reading Partners VISTAs offers an amazing chance to give back through capacity-building roles. As a VISTA, you’ll receive benefits, a great place to serve, and the opportunity to springboard a glowing and growing career.

Our top VISTA Coordinators are ambassadors for service, demonstrate a passion for relationship and systems development, and strongly believe in our vision and values.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, 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 Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Less than High School Completed
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, National Nonprofit/Affiliate
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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