2021 Americorps vista positions

Join the IndyEast Promise Zone to help improve neighbors’ quality of life, directly address poverty on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, and receive personal & professional development along the way!

Closing: April 17, 2021 
Start Date: June 7, 2021
Type: Full-Time, 12 months
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

VISTA volunteers in front of Promise Zone sign

What You Will Be Doing:

Seven IndyEast Promise Zone VISTA members will work with staff and committees to achieve goals related to Community Engagement, Housing, Education, Public Safety, and Economic Development, and Job Creation. Selected candidates will begin June 6, 2021 and the service term will last 12 months. General duties include:

  • Coordinate Promise Zone committee and working group meetings.
  • Work with committees and community partners to implement activities and interventions that will accomplish Promise Zone goals.
  • Develop and implement strategies to communicate and engage with neighborhood residents the successes and challenges of the Promise Zone.
  • Work with the Promise Zone Director, Indianapolis and IU Public Policy Institute and other evaluation partners to collect data and report outcomes to various stakeholders.
Interested in applying?

Please feel free to schedule a time to connect with us, where you will learn more about the Promise Zone, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, and specific positions. The Promise Zone Director, Kinsley Castro, will be present to answers questions and provide feedback on their time working with the Promise Zone.

Individuals applying for positions must do so through the AmeriCorps website by creating an account on the website and completing the online application. Selecting the position you want to apply to below will take you directly to the AmeriCorps VISTA application.

The Digital and Strategic Communications Coordinator will work directly with the Promise Zone Director to develop and implement a communications strategy for the Promise Zone across multiple platforms. This communications strategy will include telling the story and translating the success of the Promise Zone initiative to a diverse group of stakeholders, including federal and city government, funders, and neighborhood residents. The Digital and Strategic Communications Coordinator will also be responsible for managing multiple platforms of communication, including the existing Promise Zone website  and social media pages. Finally, the Digital and Strategic Communications Coordinator will work with the Promise Zone Director and Implementation Partners to capture and share success stories that demonstrate the impact of the Promise Zone in the neighborhood.

The Data and Evaluation Coordinator will track qualitative performance metrics for IndyEast Initiatives, seeking to maximize use of United Way’s performance tracking software. The Data and Evaluation Coordinator will support ongoing data collection and mapping efforts across all Promise Zone committees, working closely with the IU Public Policy Institute and other research partners. Second, the Data and Evaluation Coordinator will prepare data for Promise Zone committee meetings and workgroups, and refine the Promise Zone data collection system. Finally, the Data and Evaluation Coordinator will work with the staff and the Safe IndyEast committee to implement activities focused on promise zone safety goals (listed below) that include crime prevention, youth intervention programming, and supportive reentry services. 

The Economic Development Coordinator will work with the co-chairs of the Buy IndyEast committee to achieve the Promise Zone plan goals related to increasing economic activity centered on small business support, arts-based community development and creative infrastructure. The Economic Development Coordinator will work with the Promise Zone staff and the Buy IndyEast committee to implement activities creating vibrant commercial corridors while establishing the IndyEast area as a regional destination for arts, dining, and recreation.

The Education and Workforce Development Coordinator will work with Promise Zone Director and co-chairs of the Learn IndyEast and Work IndyEast committees to achieve the Promise Zone plan goals related to education and workforce development. The member will build capacity of the committees by leading committee and working group meetings and fostering the functions of the committees. The Education and Workforce Development Coordinator will plan and implement strategies that engage the community in education and workforce strategies. Finally, the Education and Workforce Development Coordinator will work with staff and committees to research, plan and develop partnerships to support education and workforce goals.

The Research and Evaluation Coordinator VISTA will take an active role in developing research practices, with a focus on quantitative data. First, the Research and Evaluation Coordinator will develop research summaries and logic models for strategic initiatives, which includes pulling reports for specific projects. Secondly, the Research and Evaluation Coordinator will support evaluation components of neighborhood engagement projects—including, but not limited to—stakeholder surveys and interviews. Third, the Research and Evaluation Coordinator will develop the infrastructure and protocols to disseminate information to anchor institutions, city leadership, businesses, area non-profits, philanthropic organizations and the residents about impact and outcomes. Finally, the VISTA will work with staff and Live IndyEast committee to implement activities focused on promise zone housing goals.

Two positions available. The Community and Economic Development Coordinators will be placed at local community development corporations (CDC) on the Near Eastside, either Martindale-Brightwood CDC or Southeast Neighborhood Development. The Community and Economic Development Coordinators will work with representatives of the CDCs to build capacity within their organizations and increase economic activity centered on small business support, community development, and creative infrastructure. The Community and Economic Development Coordinators will work at their designated site four days of the week, and will join the other five VISTA members one day a week for personal and professional development.

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What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to fight poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. In return for their service, members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving an education award or post-service stipend after completing their service.