Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Members are AmeriCorps members who…
- Strengthen robust and sustainable volunteer programs in existing nonprofits, government agencies and schools (Partner Sites) that serve children, youth and families.
- They do this through: 1) building sustainable systems to track, support, manage, and train virtual or in person volunteers; 2) recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers; and 3) raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program.
- Building lasting systems of volunteer engagement and management
- Serve “behind the scenes” at their Partner Site to enable volunteers to take part in meaningful service positions that meet community needs
- *Partner Sites change annually based on community and agency need, and have included organizations such as Food Banks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Community Health Centers, Environmental Education organizations and more!
AmeriCorps VIP values and nurtures an environment that is respectful, courageous, inclusive and equitable. We believe service is a way to bring people together and bridge divides; connecting individuals to individuals, and individuals to organizations that can help us tackle society’s toughest challenges. We are strengthened by the diversity of our members, and welcome the unique contributions that you bring to our program.
This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management and nonprofit professional skills is provided.
Essential AmeriCorps Duties
• Develop and implement a volunteer program that engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers and volunteers who take on leadership roles in the organization
• Develop business partnerships that provide support for the Partner Site’s volunteer program
• Recruit and train community members as volunteers who support the infrastructure of community benefit programs
• Track volunteer program and infrastructure development at the Partner Site, utilizing a defined AmeriCorps Member Service Plan
• Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience
• Participate in all program-required trainings and development opportunities, including orientation, regular meetings with your local VIP team, a regional training (travel may be required), monthly webinars, and online trainings
• Participate in a minimum of 2 National Service Days during the service term, typically in coordination with your local cohort.
• Full time, eleven month commitment serving a minimum of 1700 hours, may include some evenings and weekends
• Hours are generally Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 6:00PM (varies slightly by Partner Site)
• Service hours are expected to occur in-person at partner sites. Teleservice may be permitted for members only during unique, extreme situations and/or emergencies, and only with prior approval from the VIP Program Manager, and the completion of a Teleservice Request Form
Areas of Responsibility
• Positively represent VIP in a variety of settings, including recruitment opportunities, staff meetings, trainings, and service events
• Assist with other community building activities at the Partner Site
• Create and maintain positive relationships with program staff
• Submit monthly Great Stories and volunteer data in the OnCorps tracking system
• Conform to regular, timely attendance requirements at the assigned service site
• Duties take place at multiple site locales throughout California with training seminars at designated locations. Position requires occasional travel. Must be able to work indoors and outdoors, as well as some night and weekend hours
• Must meet the program essential job functions; reasonable accommodations available upon request
• Must be able to adapt to change in work environment, accept feedback and growth opportunities, effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands, work cooperatively in group situations work actively to resolve conflicts, and work well with others on a team
• Work independently and as a member of a team with strong organizational skills and the ability to effectively handle multiple tasks
• Possess leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively with others
• An interest in and/or a background in community service and volunteerism
Benefits of Service
• Monthly living stipend of $1,636
• Segal Education Award of $6,195*
• California For All Education Award approximately $3,500* (pending annual California State budget approval)
• Health Benefits
• Childcare (if applicable)
• Eligibility for CalFresh (CA’s food stamp program)
• Moving stipend for applicants traveling from out of state
• Student loan deferment and interest repayment
• Extensive Professional Development and experiential learning opportunities
*Please note: the living stipend and education awards are taxable
Qualifications and Characteristics
• Must be at least 18 years of age (17 with parental approval)
• Clear criminal background check (DOJ and FBI; National Sex Offender Public Database).
• Submit current, clear TB (tuberculosis) test
• Must have at least a high school diploma or a GED by start date
• Must either be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
• Must not have more than 3 terms of service previously with AmeriCorps State and National programs
• Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated and professional
• Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics and integrity
• Ability to be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the program’s safety policies and rules