Guiding Opportunities AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Cities of Service is seeking two AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the GO program in St. Louis, M.O. This position requires a high level of community interaction, calling on VISTA members to build relationships with residents and partner organizations. AmeriCorps VISTAs will report to the Opportunity Zone Lead at St. Louis Development Corporation.

Position Overview
Cities of Service is seeking two AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the GO program in St. Louis, M.O. This position requires a high level of community interaction, calling on VISTA members to build relationships with residents and partner organizations. AmeriCorps VISTAs will report to the Opportunity Zone Lead at St. Louis Development Corporation.

Responsibilities include:

  • With guidance from the Opportunity Zone Lead, prioritize engagement neighborhoods according to the census tracts that are designated OZs.
  • Conduct a landscape analysis of potential and existing partnerships, and develop relationships with those partners.
  • Conduct extensive outreach to community members through a variety of means to ensure that a good representation of community members, not just the usual suspects, participate in engagement activities.
  • Plan and host a series of local engagement activities that engage citizens in a dialogue about local needs, their vision for the future, and local economic development.
  • Together with the Opportunity Zone Lead, synthesize the learnings from the
  • engagement activities and translate those learnings to inform the city’s OZ goals for those communities.
  • In partnership with community members, identify and implement some community volunteer initiatives, such as park rehabilitation, lot revitalization, or community clean-ups.
  • Collect and report on the tangible impact of these community initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To learn about what some of our previous AmeriCorps VISTA members have learned during their years of service and what they are doing now, check out some of our AmeriCorps VISTA member profiles on the Cities of Service website.

Duration and Compensation
This is a one-year, full-time AmeriCorps VISTA commitment commencing on September 3, 2019. A living stipend is provided and an additional end-of-service award is provided contingent on successful completion of the service year. Relocation assistance is provided as needed.

Qualifications

  • Some college preferred
  • Experience working in community engagement preferred
  • Comfort interacting with community members and building relationships required

To Apply
To apply for this position, to go https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=90596
or visit https:// my . americorps .gov/ and search for “Guiding Opportunities.”

If you have any questions, feel free to email vista@citiesofservice.org.

About Cities of Service
Cities of Service is a nonprofit organization that helps mayors build stronger cities by changing the way local government and citizens work together. We help coalition cities tap into the knowledge, creativity, and service of their citizens to help identify and solve critical public problems. Cities of Service supports a coalition of more than 260 cities, representing over 73
million people across the Americas and Europe.


With a data-driven focus on creating measurable results, Cities of Service provides counsel, expert technical assistance, and proven resources to city leaders and their staff. We bring coalition members together to share best practices, expand networks, and deepen relationships. We also design and manage competitive grant programs for cities that leverage our expertise in
advising and connecting cities.

About Guiding Opportunities
The Guiding Opportunities (GO) program will build capacity in six cities to engage community members in the Opportunity Zone (OZ) planning process. VISTA members will develop the infrastructure for the city's OZ citizen engagement, expand partnerships with local community groups, coordinate workshops for relevant stakeholders, and support citizen-led activities in the
community.

For its GO program, Cities of Service awarded each winning city $25,000 to support community visioning and volunteer initiatives to engage citizens in the OZ planning process. In addition, two AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed in each winning city’s city hall to serve as community engagement specialists to strengthen public trust and ensure that the people who can benefit the most from OZ investments have a voice in the process.

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