boston planning & development agency

  • Outreach & Recruitment VISTA

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    Office of Workforce Development
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    boston planning & development agency


    TITLE: Outreach & Recruitment VISTA

    *** This position is an AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunity, a national service program through the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in full-time, one-year terms helping to build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Applicants must also apply through to be considered for this opportunity. ***



    The Community Outreach & Recruitment VISTA will support the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development’s (OWD’s) special projects to increase knowledge of, and enrollment into, the office’s programs and initiatives. Tasks will be focused on building relationships, educating target residents, and developing referral networks and communication strategies. OWD is an innovative public agency that seeks to promote economic self-sufficiency to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the city’s economic vitality and future, seeking to connect low-income residents with job training and employment opportunities and to promote lifelong literacy and educational pathways. This VISTA project will work to connect low-income Boston residents to job skills training, post-secondary education, and financial resources that facilitate economic opportunities and financial stability. Three VISTA members will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as refining evaluation tools and systems, developing comprehensive and coordinated outreach strategies, and deepening the institutional partnership between OWD and Boston Public Schools (BPS). The service of VISTA members will support Boston Saves, Tuition Free Community College (TFCC), and the City Academy program. OWD’s VISTA project will have the primary objectives of: 1) Developing systems for improved evaluation and recruitment; 2) Leveraging resources and relationships in the community and with partnering City agencies; and 3) Increasing resident engagement in program planning. VISTAs will build knowledge of existing systems and help to identify gaps and areas where improvements will help OWD’s special projects to increase effectiveness of service delivery and grow to scale. The ultimate outcome of these efforts will be to maximize the ability of Boston Saves, TFCC, and City Academy to positively impact community members’ economic and financial stability and increase upward mobility



    The Community Outreach & Recruitment VISTA’s tasks will include: - Understanding OWD’s current outreach methods and researching best practices for recruitment in the workforce development and college savings and college access. - Attending community events in settings such as schools, GED/HiSET programs, career centers, and community based organizations to present on the various initiatives; engaging target residents, answering questions and directing to appropriate next steps. - Identifying outreach opportunities and relationship building with potential partners, referral sources and community organizations. - Assisting with developing communications to potential participants with the goals of increasing enrollment and overall visibility of the initiatives. - Developing systems to coordinate outreach efforts across special projects that will target key audiences to maximize impact. - Recruitment of volunteers for further capacity building and engagement of initiatives.


    Service Areas :
    Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Education , Community and Economic Development .

    Skills :
    Communications , General Skills , Team Work , Computers/Technology , Community Organization , Public Speaking , Youth Development , Non-Profit Management , Recruitment , Writing/Editing , Social Services , Education .


    Health Coverage* , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Relocation Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Monthly transit pass, grocery gift cards , Living Allowance . 


    *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit


    DATES OF PROGRAM: June 2019 - June 2020

    Terms :
    Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours.



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