Mercy Corps Northwest VISTAs oversee projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through financial education, job skills training, microenterprise & asset development, affordable housing, homeless services, food security, and disaster preparedness. While the programs VISTAs develop endure for years, VISTA members perform only indirect service; interaction with clients will be limited and the member will spend the majority of their time in an office setting. However, VISTA offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in implementing a program—skills highly desired by employers.
Please note: VISTAs serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort are placed in different non-profits around Oregon & Washington. Most positions are located in the Portland Metro Area, but a few are located in Washington and Central Oregon. Please check the location of the specific position before applying and note that in some cases, rural sites may require that you have reliable transportation.
To be eligible for VISTA service, a candidate must:
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Please note: VISTA positions may have their own specific skills and qualifications not shown in the list above. Please see more details on skills and qualifications for specific VISTA positions in the listings above.
AmeriCorps VISTAs serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest cohort receive several benefits, including:
*All living allowance amounts are pre-tax (both Federal and State taxes will be withheld in Oregon) and are paid to members by direct deposit every 14 days.
Positions will be open until February 21st, 2020, unless filled sooner. Early applications strongly encouraged as selections are made on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit an application through the MyAmeriCorps.gov portal via the links provided in the job titles below. No other application materials will be accepted.
We are currently recruiting for the following AmeriCorps VISTA positions:
Based at Mercy Corps Northwest in Portland, OR, the VISTA Leader serves directly with the Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) VISTA Program—a team of 18 AmeriCorps VISTAs and 2 VISTA Leaders managed by MCNW and stationed at nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state. The VISTA Leader supports the MCNW VISTA Team by coordinating & planning member trainings, mentoring members & resolving conflicts, coordinating/conducting site visits, collecting reports & managing data, and supporting outreach efforts & sharing program impact.
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals are eligible to serve as VISTA Leaders only if they have successfully completed at least one term of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), or Peace Corps.
As a VISTA member at The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas you will help end poverty by expanding The Arc’s employment program that provides job readiness to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The activities are to identify key funders, oversee a skill-based employment training pairing adults with I/DD and a job coach learning skills for competitive employment, and expand a network of employment providers and employers.
As a VISTA member at HAWC you will help end poverty by developing a community engagement framework to help ensure affordable housing projects funded by the Metro Affordable Housing Bond are welcoming to low-income households in communities of color. Major functions include: establishing partnerships with diverse community groups, establishing community feedback mechanisms, and building a toolkit of culturally specific engagement activities.
The Online Education Associate is a key member of the small business education team, building capacity within the MCNW Education Department and Women’s Business Center (WBC) to deliver small business training to rural and mobility-challenged entrepreneurs. Key focus areas include training and education, technology, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach. The Online Education Associate will pilot a customized online education platform with partner organizations, develop expanded resources to build out the class offerings, create connections with rural development organizations to support underserved entrepreneurs, and provide recommendations for future expansion of online offerings.
This VISTA will develop marketing and outreach strategies to recruit businesses into a small business incubator. The member will recruit small businesses and food truck businesses, organize trainings, and plan events in the incubator. They will research Warm Springs and learn about the history of the Old Commissary Building, where the incubator will be located and assist in asset mapping projects of the community. The VISTA will help build capacity by talking to local organizations and fundraising to support the incubator.
The member will generate awareness of the CIT project’s goals and services among low-income residents of Portland’s 122nd neighborhood to facilitate community involvement, investment and training. Tasks will include conducting outreach to low income housing and developing a long-term marketing plan, participating in the creation of the design, monitoring, and evaluation plan, and supporting fundraising efforts.
As a VISTA member at JOIN, you will play an instrumental role in helping individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness end their homelessness and move into permanent housing by creating and implementing a Volunteer Program. In your role as Volunteer Coordinator, you will review and update volunteer needs and volunteer job descriptions, continue to develop a volunteer training guide and process, develop a volunteer stewardship plan, and recruit new volunteers.
As a VISTA member at Stone Soup you will help end poverty by creating a volunteer system that connects individual or group volunteers to opportunities that support the training of low-income participants at risk of homelessness for employment in the hospitality and foodservice industry. Major functions will include expanding our volunteer base by creating volunteer systems and recruiting and training volunteers.