The AmeriCorps VISTA at Bryant University will collaborate with stakeholders on and off campus to support a successful project that focuses on supporting the external aspects of student leadership and community partnerships. The VISTA will work to advance the objectives of their role and connect them with the long-term vision of Community Engagement at Bryant University. Their work will incorporate a priority anti-poverty focus on the areas of education and economic opportunity. Ultimately, a successful VISTA will develop the capacity of the organizations they work with (including Bryant) as they seek to create sustainable solutions that empower communities. In the area of external partnerships, the primary function of the VISTA will be to support the creation of a formalized Partnership Development Program (PDP).
This role will be divided into two main areas. First, the VISTA, in conjunction with partners, will work to create a framework (blueprint) for formalized partnerships between Bryant and the non-profit sector. This will include creating a system of interventions that focus on efficiency, sustainability, reciprocity, and assessment.
Second, the VISTA will work with a selection of "pilot partners" that will utilize the PDP to work toward implementing the interventions and achieving the objectives that are outlined. In the area of external leadership, the VISTA will work to develop a framework of leadership development opportunities that connect students and organizations with the surrounding community and non-profit partners.
Some important aspects of this role include:
1. creating different types of involvement so that a variety of entry points into the community can be established for students at differing levels of experience
2. developing interventions that train, manage, assess, and recruit students
3. determining sustainable strategies of peer to peer development and student self empowerment so that programs and cohorts of students can be leveraged to ensure the long-term success and management of these initiatives
4. designing clear integration points between these external leadership opportunities and the work of the PDP so that partnership management is sustainable and largely student driven.
In addition to these main areas, the VISTA will work to research the assets both on and off campus so that a foundation of work can be formed that is based on a clear understanding of resources, gaps, opportunities, and potential challenges. The AmeriCorps VISTA will play an essential role in the strategic growth of community engagement at Bryant University.
A successful applicant should have experience and/or interest in some of the following areas:
- Passion for national service and AmeriCorps VISTA’s mission of fighting poverty, building capacity, and strengthening communities
- Interest in student leadership development
- Experience in systems development and/or creating and managing processes
- Experience with assessment and program evaluation
- Interest and ability to manage service experiences in a way that identifies and unpacks educational components and learning outcomes
- Experience working with college students
- experience in event planning and/or program design 8. Experience working with the non-profit sector and/or developing partnerships
The following are requirement for this role:
- 4-year college degree is strongly preferred
- Upon selection, an applicant must meet the required background checks from both Bryant University and the Corporation for National and Community Service
- AmeriCorps requires that candidates are U.S. citizens or have U.S. work authorization covering the year of service
- Host Site/Sponsor: Bryant University’s Center for Student Leadership and Involvement
- Location: Bryant University (Smithfield, Rhode Island)
Benefits Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Service:
- Bi-weekly living allowance/stipend – $472.22
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,095) or post service stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the program
- Student loan forbearance or deferment while serving (depending on lender)
- For candidates that will relocate 50 miles or more, a settling-in allowance of $750 and mileage reimbursement
- Healthcare benefits
- Access to professional development opportunities
- Access to national and state Campus Compact network opportunities
- One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government jobs after service
- Child Care assistance