boston planning & development agency

  • BPS Liaison VISTA

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    Office of Workforce Development
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    boston planning & development agency


    TITLE: BPS Liaison 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 Boston Public Schools (BPS) Liaison VISTA will support the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD’s) in strengthening outreach, communications, and programmatic infrastructure that is shared between OWD and BPS and is crucial to Boston Saves and Tuition Free Community College (TFCC). They will also work to increase BPS awareness of City Academy as a post-graduation training option. 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 BPS. The service of VISTA members will support Boston Saves, 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 Boston Public Schools (BPS) Liaison VISTA’s tasks will include: - Acting as the primary point of contact for BPS central and BPS schools for all Boston Saves, TFCC, and City Academy activities. - Actively engaging and consistently updating key BPS stakeholders on OWD initiates in partnership with BPS. - Attending school-based engagement and planning events. - Facilitating student, family, and school feedback on overall program experience to improve experience for families and students. - Deepening relationships with BPS departments regarding the integration of financial education and post-secondary planning into district-wide curriculum. - Streamline process for translation of all documents into BPS district-mandated languages. - Ensuring communication about joint OWD-BPS the programs (including pages on BPS website) are relevant and up-to-date. - Assisting with communication and outreach to new TFCC students as they transition into post-secondary student status.


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

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


    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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