VISTA Program Coordinator, Caring Commission

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Department: Caring Commission Position: VISTA Program Coordinator Reports to: Volunteer Manager and Planning Manager Date: May 2016


Tagline: Work to Ensure Holocaust Survivors Continue to Survive With Dignity

Position Details:

 *   One-year service commitment, August 29 2016 - August 25 2017.
 *   Required Pre Service Orientation, August 23 - August 26 2016

Position Summary: You are equally overwhelmed by the suffering you see around you, and passionate about doing something about it. The right candidate is looking for a job that offers more than just a paycheck. Working in the areas of community outreach and engagement, volunteer management and mobilization, strategic planning, and fundraising, this one-year VISTA program may be exactly what you're looking for to gain the experience you need to enter the job market with a full deck.

About the Program: For the third year in a row, UJA-Federation of New York is participating in a national VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) initiative. Often known as the "domestic Peace Corps," VISTA is a national service program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Participants receive a modest living allowance in exchange for a one-year service commitment. As a VISTA, you will join a community that is building infrastructure in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or educational institutions to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty or alleviate pressures associated with living in poverty.

This opportunity is focused on a particular population - Holocaust survivors - and aims to increase the capacity of communities throughout the country to meet their increasing needs and ensure that they can live with dignity and quality of life for as long as possible. Your role will primarily focus on mobilizing and managing volunteers and creating innovative volunteer programming to assist this population.

During the one-year project (August 31, 2016 - August 31, 2017), you will bring capacity to UJA-Federation and our extended network in the area of Holocaust survivor services. Through volunteer mobilization and community engagement and outreach, you will be responsible for raising awareness and educating members of the community on the needs and challenges facing the large number of Holocaust survivors that live within our region. The goal of this effort is to sustain support for this population for as long as they remain alive and in need, which we estimate will remain steady through 2020 and continue to be significant in 2025.

Major Responsibilities: * Create systems and strategies for mobilizing volunteers to address the needs of Holocaust survivors and to enhance the capacity of local agencies serving this population. Research innovative models and best practices and work with service providers to implement. * Develop and plan regular volunteer projects serving survivors that members of the community, including donors and other affinity groups, can be a part of. Design site visits, volunteer projects and other mechanisms for exposing community members to the needs and challenges facing survivors so as to raise awareness and by extension funds. * Create tools and resources that future VISTAs, UJA-Federation staff, and agencies in the field can utilize in replicating and/or expanding successful volunteer projects. * Develop methods and materials for outreach, recruitment and engagement of local community groups (schools, synagogues, and other community-based agencies) in Holocaust education and awareness and coordinate the participation of such groups at annual community and fundraising events. * Regularly convene agencies in the New York area serving Holocaust survivors around volunteerism and community engagement so as to create a menu of volunteer opportunities and to explore innovative projects and partnerships that will enable the community as a whole to raise awareness about the needs and challenges facing this population and to mobilize people to respond through hands-on service. * Act as liaison - among internal UJA-Federation staff and donor groups as well as among the various stakeholders involved in supporting Holocaust survivors in the New York area (New York City, Long Island and Westchester). * When relevant and needed develop materials for marketing, educational, fundraising, and outreach purposes. Materials could include, but not be limited to: policy papers, case statements, planning memos, impact reports, presentations (PowerPoint and video), vignettes, etc. * Develop an assessment tool to better measure the impact of programs serving survivors and utilize it as a vehicle for community planning, fundraising, education, outreach and awareness. * Work and coordinate efforts with VISTAs placed at other organizations in New York.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Working knowledge of UJA-Federation, its network of agencies, the New York Jewish community, and Holocaust survivors.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the mission and goals of UJA-Federation and the VISTA project.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in volunteer recruitment, mobilization and management.
  • Ability to lead, coordinate, and galvanize others.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to think creatively, build consensus, and solve problems.
  • Ability to negotiate between big picture and smaller details, appropriately prioritizing tasks while keeping other details organized.
  • Ability to manage time of self, multi-task, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Active learner who asks great questions while seeking and providing stimulating answers.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and working knowledge of other database and Internet tools.

Rachel Krakowski Human Resources Assistant UJA-Federation of New York 130 East 59th Street |New York, New York 10022 Tel. (212) 836-1421 |Fax. (212) 836-1622

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