Friday, December 10, 2010

Program Associate/ AmeriCorps Vista member (Park Slope) United States

Position Announcement

The Organization
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) – a nonprofit workforce development organization – seeks a multi-talented individual for the position of New York Drives Program Associate - AmeriCorps*VISTA. BWI helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement ( New York Drives is an innovative training program that combines driver’s education with job readiness training in order to connect low-income New Yorkers to increased employment and educational opportunities. The Program Associate will assist the Program Coordinator in several capacity-building projects, including the enhancement of retention and job search support services for program alumni, the development of a targeted recruitment strategy to find qualified applicants, and the expansion of the employer network for BWI participants. S/he will be a key member of a small, hard-working team. The position will begin in January 2011 and last for one year.

Through a grant from the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service, VISTA members work with a BWI program full-time for one year. For more information about VISTA visit

The Program Associate will build the capacity of New York Drives. Responsibilities will include:
• Researching social media and online resources for New York Drives program.
• Coordinating a pilot social media/online job development tool for alumni.
• Researching and designing a participant recruitment plan for New York Drives.
• Gearing recruitment toward attracting more applicants who are fit for funding and employment criteria.
• Developing outreach materials; conducting participant outreach; attending recruitment events in the field.
• Conducting research online, by phone, and in person to identify businesses within target sectors and to expand on current employer database.
• Compiling reports and tracking progress on capacity-building projects.

In order to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. You may not be enrolled in school or hold other employment during your VISTA year. In addition we seek:
• Prior work, community or volunteer experience
• Strong communication skills (oral and written)
• Strong people-skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people
• Computer literacy, including Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with social networking sites and experience in database management is preferred.
• Strong desire to make a difference through hard work, and eagerness to learn new skills
• Commitment to BWI’s mission

VISTA volunteers receive the following compensation:
• Living stipend of $1163/month, subject to federal but not city or state taxes (stipend does not count as income in calculating public assistance benefits)
• Unlimited Monthly Metrocard
• Basic health insurance
• Choice of education award of $5,500 to be used for tuition or student loan repayment, OR cash stipend of $1,500, after you complete a year of service
• Student loan forbearance
• Optional life insurance
• Childcare reimbursement, if eligible

To Apply
Please email resume and cover letter to:
Melissa Allen
Program Coordinator


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