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Recruitment VISTA

 


THE POSITION

Reporting to the Recruitment Team, the Recruitment VISTA will play a key role in advancing the relationships between the College for Social Innovation and their partners, specifically college success organizations, as well as forging new relationships with low-income college students at our partner colleges. The right candidate will be a confident organizer with strong interpersonal skills, and a passion for working with low-income communities to increase their economic opportunities. This is a VISTA/Americorp position and requires a 10-12 month commitment with an option to commit to a second year. 

This is an ideal role for an emerging professional interested in working with and on behalf of low-income college students through creation of skill building/economic advancement workshops and partnerships.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Build new partnerships with college access organizations to support their graduates in building pre-career skills and making them aware of the SITC opportunity

  • Build partnerships with college access organizations and develop strategies to connect their graduates to Semester in the City opportunity, with the common goal of improving college completion and career success rates;
  • Use CFSI’s existing marketing materials and interpersonal connections to share the Semester in the City opportunity with departments at college partners that are focused on supporting low-income and other underrepresented students; 
  • Develop and pilot new and innovative strategies to reach out to underrepresented students about the SITC program;
  • Research resources for low-income students that support their success in Semester in the City.

Work with and on behalf of low-income students enrolled at CFSI’s partner colleges to create skill-building workshops 

  • Conduct needs assessment by engaging internal and external stakeholders, through interviews and other primary research methods;
  • From needs assessment, design a prototype of workshop sessions; gather feedback from program staff and key stakeholders; iterate on design based on feedback
  • Develop and implement pilot workshop session plan; co-hosting sessions at partner colleges
  • Create a training manual for student ambassadors and CFSI staff to deliver future workshops based on feedback from initial pilots.

Conduct secondary and primary research on the benefits of high-impact learning opportunities and on the challenges of access to such programs for low-income students

  • Design and conduct initial secondary research, receive feedback, design and conduct second stage of research;
  • Organize a focus group of SITC low-income students;
  • Present and distribute findings from research on benefits of high-impact learning and barriers to access; both in presentation and report form.

QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSETS

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and relevant experience with research, strategic planning, project management, and comfort with office applications such as slide decks and spreadsheets
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and research skills, excellent with details and follow-up
  • Self-starter and high level of comfort working on projects independently
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; A team player, who can relate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
  • Embody CFSI’s core values of an optimistic mindset, curiosity, teamwork, purposeful effort, and kindness and generosity of spirit
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus

TERMS OF AMERICORPS VISTA SERVICE

  • AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to a 10-12 month, full-time placement
  • Additional outside employment is permitted with approval from the host site supervisor and CCSNE program staff. Outside employment must not interfere with VISTA service
  • A VISTA member is allowed to attend class(es) part-time as long as their studies do not interfere with their VISTA responsibilities. VISTA members must receive approval from host site supervisors before enrolling in courses.
  • The Hatch Act applies to VISTA members at all times during their service, including certain activities during their off-duty hours. A VISTA is prohibited from engaging in any form of political activity (either partisan or nonpartisan) during their years of service. Click here to learn more about the Hatch Act.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS OF CAMPUS COMPACT VISTA SERVICE

  • Bi-weekly living allowance/stipend ($829.36 for Suffolk County);
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,195) 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;
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave;
  • Access to professional development opportunities (required retreats and optional trainings throughout the service year);
  • Access to national and state Campus Compact network opportunities;
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government jobs after service;
  • Child Care assistance;

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION & BENEFITS THROUGH CFSI

  • Housing stipend of $3000 ($250 per month) payable as reimbursement or directly to landlord;
  • MBTA MonthlyLink bus and subway pass (valued at $90/month);
  • Cell phone reimbursement (valued at up to $80/month);
  • Access to regular and ongoing feedback and professional development opportunities internally and ability to leverage organizational resources to seek additional development opportunities externally.
 

College for Social Innovation (CFSI) brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. Our college students, referred to as Social Innovation Fellows, build skills, a digital portfolio, and a professional network that helps to position them to become the next generation of problem solvers for humanity’s tough challenges. Students are placed in a semester-long internship (400 hours) and also take skill-building and reflection classes twice a week as part of a diverse “Semester in the City” cohort.

College for Social Innovation recently completed a three-year pilot of its Semester in the City program, having enrolled 193 students from six colleges and universities and achieved strong initial results. We now have 13 college partners and are looking to further build an innovative and unique educational experience that can add value for students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector.

In the next four to five years, we look to create a nationally recognized curriculum and instructional delivery model that generates strong results while growing to serve 500+ students per year and piloting growth beyond Boston. Ultimately, we aim to build a movement to make it common for millions of college students -- representing the full diversity of the nation -- to gain access to careers in the fast-growing social sector. During their Semester in the City, Fellows participate in well-structured and academically-accredited internships where they learn from real-world experiences, build relationships with mentors, and build personal, professional and academic skills.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

College for Social Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. National Service Alumni (i.e. Military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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We believe in the power of positivity, and that people deserve to be happy both at home and at work.  That's why we focus on three key components to find the right match for each of our current openings: aligning your individual strengths with the requirements of the role, finding work you feel passionate about, and ensuring your values match those of the organization.

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