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Financial Stability VISTA

United Way of Indian River County
Vero Beach, FL

Relocation expenses: Paid

Entry Level
Full time
no work experience required
High School Diploma
Less than $20,000 per year

Published on 6 Apr 2019

Expires on 6 Apr 2019

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Financial Stability VISTA

Build a brighter economic future for low-income families in Indian River County and enhance your program management, leadership, communication, and analysis skills.  Join us today!

The recent United Way ALICE Report provides a holistic snapshot of financial insecurity at the state, county and municipal level. The population identified in the report as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) are hardworking members of the community who are employed, yet can’t keep up with the rising cost of living.

ALICE families earn above the Federal Poverty Level, yet struggle to cover basic needs, including housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and necessary technology. Traditional measures of poverty do not capture the magnitude of people who are struggling financially; and, that is where the ALICE Report steps in. In our county 51% of households struggle to meet the basic costs of living here.

United Way’s approach to helping ALICE family’s needs to be short-term and long-term.  We recognize the only way to ensure that individuals are empowered to be successful in the future is to make sure they possess the skills and education to be financially resilient

The more we unite community resources to support United Way of Indian River County’s Financial Stability work, the closer we come to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to a sustainable income and ultimately a quality education, good health and stable housing.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you have the power to make a big impact in the lives of others in our local community.

VISTA will build the capacity and expand programming in the Financial Stability Impact area. All programs strive to increase economic opportunity for low-income residents. 

United Way of Indian River County’s employee culture is one of service, kindness, and resourcefulness.  This is a great opportunity for someone to join a small collaborative, supportive team, working intelligently, individually, and diligently.  A successful VISTA candidate is flexible, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and emotionally intelligent.

As a result of VISTA’s efforts, United Way of Indian River County will better understand what combination of income services are currently available to the target community, where service gaps are, what best practices can be adopted to enhance program impact, and how to leverage local resources to better achieve our goals. 

Together with your help, we will transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in Indian River County.

In coordination with the Chief Operating Officer and the Community Impact Coordinator, and in collaboration with other United Way staff, specific VISTA responsibilities include:

(1) Program Assessment: evaluating the effectiveness of the individual programs as well as the collective portfolio of programs. 

(2) Service Mapping: identifying geographical service gaps. 

(3) Research: identify best practices and make recommendations for improved program effectiveness. 

(4) Volunteer Recruitment: ensure programs have access to volunteers to expand and sustain programming. Help to train volunteers on proposed initiatives.

(5) Outreach: help, plan, execute and support volunteer recruitment for two episodic volunteer events that create a greater awareness in the community about the struggles of people living in poverty.

Ongoing technical training and support will be provided in-house, mainly by the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Community Impact, and the Community Impact Coordinator. The VISTA will also be directed and encouraged to seek out additional opportunities for skill and professional development to enhance their role including in-person capacity-building trainings offered for example, by Florida Prosperity Partnership, and those offered via webinars for example through CFED, the Heartland Alliance and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

AmeriCorps VISTA offers Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon successful completion of service, Health Coverage, Living Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Training

Service Areas: Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills : Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Social Services ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Computers/Technology ,  Non-Profit Management . 

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS: Some College preferred, high school diploma/GED accepted.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.