Community Resilience-Building Program Organizer (VISTA Position)
Member Duties: The VISTA will develop more resilient communities through community involvement. They achieve this by serving as local ambassadors and experts on local-impact volunteering programs that are designed to improve environmental and social resilience for vulnerable populations such as New Americans. This volunteer will be asked to conduct an assessment of the potential partners in community gardening efforts to determine feasibility, capacity, gaps and opportunities to strengthen community resilience. He or she also will assess disaster preparedness needs of the New American population in conjunction with existing staff in order to communicate with partners to meet the determined needs. The VISTA will also establish a broader pool of volunteers to assist New Americans with education and training for disaster preparedness and disaster response.
Program Benefits: Living allowance, relocation allowance, choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, childcare assistance (if eligible), health coverage*, training.
Terms: Car recommended
Service Areas: Disaster relief, public safety, community outreach.
Skills: Social services, general skills, writing/editing, fund raising/grant writing, team work, public speaking, non-profit management, disaster services.
Service Description: The Community Resilience-Building Program Organizer in Fargo is ideal for anyone who has a strong desire to build the resiliency and capacity of underserved, low-income and vulnerable communities through the use of community outreach, assessment, volunteer-organizing, program development and partnership building. The organizer will be one of 8 VISTA members located at Lutheran Social Service organizations across the United States in order to implement strategies and tools to improve community resilience in low-income and vulnerable communities. The VISTA will be part of a new proactive, holistic and measurable approach that builds upon the existing local social-service system. The goal is to help low-income communities better withstand and recover from a continuum of disruptions, ranging from home fires or flooding to economic crisis, extreme weather events, or human-caused disasters. Successful candidates should possess the ability to work well with others on a professional level within nonprofit organizations and when interacting with community leaders. Objectives and activities will require candidates to be strategic, innovative, compassionate, team-centered, hard-working and goal-oriented. Prior experience living and/or working in low-income communities and/or providing essential services to vulnerable communities is preferred. Knowledge of community-assessment best practices, disaster services, fundraising, and volunteer development would be beneficial.