AmeriCorps VISTA member
The Vermont Works for Women AmeriCorps VISTA member will develop and build upon our new Career Mentorship program; develop relationships and outreach for our Trailblazers program and begin to develop a network of businesses, instructors and mentors in other regions of Vermont. The VISTA will also support the development of our online classroom. These programs will alleviate poverty for women and gender non-conforming participants by providing soft and hard skills training and career mentoring.
Vermont Works for Women works toward improving economic stability and independence for women. All of our programs have the goal of providing education, exploration, support and/or training with the end result of increasing economic opportunities for girls and women, thereby alleviating poverty. Our youth programs expose girls and gender non-conforming youth to a wide range of career pathways through career exploration and education programs to strengthen and support healthy social and emotional development, increase confidence, and expand opportunities for girls. Our youth programs include middle school summer camps and afterschool programs focused on STEM and trades activities, career exploration programs that connect middle school girls with their local tech centers, and high school career conferences and job shadow programs.
For adult women and gender non-conforming participants, our Employment and Career Services program provides individualized 1:1 coaching and job support online as well as by phone and email, as well as through an online curriculum. We offer virtual job shadows for career exploration and a monthly online social hour for peer support and networking. A majority of participants have significant barriers and challenges to obtaining sustainable employment, such as generational poverty, incarceration, history of substance abuse disorder, history of trauma, etc. Additionally, our Trailblazers program combines professional soft skills with hard skills technical training in construction, electrical, green energy and plumbing. This program’s unique approach trains a female-only cohort in high-demand fields, with marketable and transferable skills and built-in mentorship.
Minimum Job Requirements
Education and Experience:
High school diploma/GED
Public Speaking, Communication, Writing/Editing, Computers/Technology, Recruitment, Leadership, and Team Work.
- Full-time, 40 hours/week. The position starts on 8/31/2021 and ends 8/30/2022.
- The schedule typically operates within standard business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with some evening/weekend activities. Primarily within an office environment. During COVID significant telework encouraged.
- Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for VWW’s mission
- Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Excellent presentation and public speaking skills
- A can-do attitude concerning all-things technology related
- Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities, and accomplish goals
- Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
- Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems
- Ability to deal with the public and staff in a friendly, pleasant and professional manner Ability to analyze and solve problems
- A sense of humor, tact and diplomacy.