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AmeriCorps VISTAs in the Piedmont (VIP) Team Member

Spartanburg, SC

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Full time

Published on 26 Apr 2021

Expires on 26 Apr 2021

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AmeriCorps VISTAs in the Piedmont (VIP) Team Member

Position:  AmeriCorps VISTAs in the Piedmont (VIP) Team Member

Reports to:  Vice President of Community and Collective Impact; direct supervisor dependent on site

Purpose: To increase the capacity of area nonprofit organizations and collective impact work in the areas of Behavioral Health, Education, and Financial Stability.  This position is considered full time and works 40-45 hours per week.  This position is a stipend volunteer role.

Core Hours:  Monday-Friday, 7AM to 4 PM.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule with the possibility of some early mornings, evenings, and occasional weekends.

Timeline:  August 9, 2021 -  August 8, 2022


Help increase access to healthcare, quality education, and financial stability in Upstate South Carolina!            

United Way of the Piedmont in Upstate South Carolina is looking for 20 high-impact, results-driven candidates to lead the way in our collective impact approach to alleviating poverty. Join our dynamic team to be part of grassroots change in Spartanburg, Cherokee, & Union Counties increasing access to behavioral healthcare and increasing financial stability.

AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full-time at an area nonprofit agency. As part of the VISTAs in the Piedmont (VIP) program, which offers a unique approach to AmeriCorps service, you will spend 10% of your time each week working collaboratively with 19 other VISTA members placed in the community to research and implement community-wide solutions focusing on either increasing access to behavioral healthcare or increasing financial stability.

This is a great opportunity for recent graduates, retirees, career-changers, or anyone who is interested in starting a career in the nonprofit field. View details about each opening and apply at Find out more about AmeriCorps at

Minimum Job Requirements:

To qualify for this position, an individual must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school diploma / GED with one year of professional experience or commensurate educational experience;
  • Effective oral, written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Basic organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Willingness to learn new skills; and
  • Ability to read, write, understand, and speak English fluently.

Job Responsibilities:

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will be responsible for increasing the capacity of an area nonprofit organization to provide behavioral health and financial stability services through the following activities:

  • Grant writing and fund development
  • Volunteer recruitment and training
  • Marketing and communications
  • Program assessment, development, and implementation
  • Data collection, research, and analysis
  • Community outreach and engagement

In addition to these site-specific responsibilities, the AmeriCorps VISTA member also spends 10% of their work time at United Way of the Piedmont on the following activities:

  • On-Site Orientation and Training
  • Professional development seminars
  • MLK and other Day of Service planning and execution
  • Community Projects – in collaboration with either the Behavioral Health Taskforce or the Financial Stability Taskforce, the AmeriCorps VISTA members will work in teams to address community-wide issues, conducting research, developing program materials, and establishing partnerships.

In addition, the AmeriCorps VISTA member must fulfill the following organizational requirements:

  • Uphold the mission, vision, and values of the United Way of the Piedmont;
  • Adhere to all personnel policies and practices outlined in the United Way of the Piedmont’s Employee Handbook;
  • Keep direct supervisor informed of all pertinent information related to outlined job responsibilities.

Benefits of Service:

  • Nationally recognized pre-service orientation and training provided
  • Robust professional development and networking opportunities
  • Highly discounted YMCA membership
  • $100 monthly housing stipend
  • Professional mentorship tailored to your individual needs and interests
  • $13,362 annual living stipend, paid bi-weekly via direct deposit
  • Relocation reimbursement & $750 settling-in allowance available for relocation in excess of 50 miles
  • Health coverage available
  • Childcare benefits available
  • Access to basic household and personal hygiene supplies through United Way of the Piedmont’s Gifts in Kind Center
  • $6,345 education award to be used toward federal student loans or furthering your education, or $1,800 cash stipend awarded at successful completion of service
  • One year of federal Non-Competitive hiring eligibility status upon successful completion of service term
  • So much more!

Site-specific job duties, a full list of benefits, and application instructions available online at

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