We're excited that you're interested in serving with the MCN AmeriCorps VISTA Program! Our VISTA positions are listed below and grouped by primary focus area: Program Development, Community Engagement, Communications, and Service Leadership.
If interested, please create a profile and application on the my.americorps.gov website. You can then use this profile and follow the links below to apply to the position(s) that interest you the most.
Please refer any questions regarding the application process to Jesse Chang, VISTA Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-757-3083.
African Development Center
Systems Development Specialist
African Development Center helps the African immigrant and refugee community grow businesses, build wealth, and increase investment in Minnesota’s African communities. The Systems Development Specialist will lead our volunteer program and marketing initiatives while having a truly positive impact on families in Saint Paul. Utilize your talents and join our dynamic team to make a real difference in the community!
Neighborhood Development Alliance
The Community Liaison VISTA member will create informed and community-driven programs to engage our residents at Villa del Sol in accessing and/or creating services that can provide increased job and educational opportunities. The Community Liasion will also assist residents of Villa del Sol in the formation of a residents’ group, create a sustainable budget for managing the community space, and develop a communication plan for Villa del Sol to ensure continued usage of the site.
American Indian Family Center
The AIFC is looking to enhance its protocol for managing recruiting, training, supporting and retaining volunteers and interns to support the programs and services provided to families we serve. In addition, it has become apparent through the work of staff in the community that public awareness of AIFC is relatively minimal. As a result, marketing, grant management, fundraising, communications, outreach and engagement efforts are needed to strengthen initial and ongoing partner and donor connections and fiscal support.
Our VISTA will share information about our program via MailChimp, Facebook, Twitter and newsletters because, although successful in our work, Exodus Lending remains fairly unknown in the community. The VISTA will help us communicate with current and new potential stakeholders to raise awareness of the problem of payday loans and how Exodus Lending can help individuals who are trapped by these loans to break free and start to save for the future. The VISTA will also work with staff to set up a yearly fundraising plan and help carry out specific fundraising activities.
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
Community Outreach Coordinator
The Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will work with MOI staff to build the organization’s capacity to work with underserved youth in order to develop essential writing and creative thinking skills that lead to academic success. The VISTA will build volunteer systems, develop community outreach plans, and strengthen organizational capacity as MOI moves its center from St. Paul to Minneapolis and connects with a new community of students, families, schools, and volunteers.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Inclusion and Engagement Specialist
The Inclusion and Engagement VISTA project will focus on building MCN’s internal capacity for cultural competency. The goal is to increase staff awareness and learning around equity issues and create new processes, such as a racial equity framework, that improve MCN’s ability to advance and imbed racial equity and inclusion within MCN. We hope that concentrating our efforts on systemic organizational changes results in a fundamental cultural shift within our organization and helps bring equity issues to the forefront of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector.
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
The Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota was established in 1983 with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for Minnesota Lao families. LACM serves approximately 1,000 low-income and limited English-speaking Lao community members annually through a continuum of 5 programs including health, housing, employment, seniors, and civic engagement.With the help of the VISTA, LACM seeks to develop stronger systems (i.e., data collection, grant management, fund development, partnership development) that will enhance programming and organizational sustainability.
The Program Specialist will advance Ka Joog’s mission through a variety of capacity-building activities including: student-parent engagement; fundraising and development; and evaluation. The VISTA member will learn a variety of valuable skills necessary for running a nonprofit while providing critical support that will result in a long-term positive impact on the organization.
Somali American Parent Association
The Program Specialist will advance SAPA’s mission through a variety of capacity-building activities including: student-parent engagement; fundraising and development; and evaluation. The VISTA member will learn a variety of valuable skills necessary for running a nonprofit while providing critical support that will result in a positive long-termimpact on the organization.
All Parks Alliance for Change
Community Engagement Specialist
Manufactured home parks are a critical source of affordable housing; however, they face the threat of a park being sold or closed with the rising foreclosure risk. The community engagement specialist will help build capacity through expanding and maintaining community partners and resources for home park residents to ultimately increase the capacity for residents to take collective action through stronger community actions.
Casa de Esperanza
Community Capacity Building Specialist
Casa de Esperanza provides comprehensive services and resources for Latin@ individuals, families, community members, and organizations. The organization's work is grounded in efforts that advance effective responses to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships and that resonate in Latin@ communities. Effectively engaging volunteers and sharing our work with external audiences, the VISTA will help build our capacity to address these issues by supporting our work to make ending domestic violence everyone’s work.
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council
NRRC House Development Coordinator
The Development Coordinator will create and implement a sustainability plan for the NRRC house and its environmental initiatives. This will involve researching and writing grant proposals to obtain funds for full implementation of this
"healthy initiative--the NRRC House" including plans for a greenhouse, vegetable, herb,
medicinal, and rain gardens, play structures, a wind turbine, and solar panels.
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Through events planning, volunteer coordination, and communications/social media activities, the VISTA will increase MIWRC's capacity to engage extra-agency financial and human capital support for our mission.
Council on American-Islamic Relations, MN
The Outreach Coordinator will be building capacity in the form of expanding CAIR-MN's training network by researching and building a database resource of Minnesota employers and other organizations such as nonprofits and government agencies. The intention of building the database is to then perform outreach to the employers by region and arrange CAIR-MN training opportunities for employers and their employees.
Sewa-Aifw (Asian Indian Family Wellness)
The Project Planner will improve SEWA volunteer management capabilities by building a comprehensive volunteer management and reporting system. This will increase our ability to recruit, select, screen, train, and recognize volunteers, improve our ability to track, report and recognize volunteers and evaluate the implementation and results of new volunteer management system and training, and improvement in volunteer recruitment and training.
Dream of Wild Health
Evaluation and Communications Specialist
Dream of Wild Health restores health and well-being in the Native American community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways. We share our knowledge, resources and skills with others in strategic efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and nutrition, and reconnect people and plants in a reciprocal relationship. The Communications and Evaluation Specialist will strategically bolster Dream of Wild Health capacity to increase our impact on the health of the Native American community using technology and engagement.
Communication and Volunteer Specialist
As a growing organization, Frogtown Farm has struggled to build the organizational infrastructure quick enough to meet the demand for our programs and products. In order to continue to grow, we need to be able to tell our story to community members, potential funders, customers, and volunteers in a consistent and comprehensive way. We also need to tap into the excitement and interest in the farm to build a volunteer system and base to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.
MIGIZI Communications, Inc.
Marketing and Communications VISTA
The goal of the Marketing and Communications VISTA is three-fold and will focus on social media protocols and visibility, improved web content, and the creation of a Virtual Alumni Network. The goal of the Marketing and Communications VISTA is to significantly improve MIGIZI’s virtual presence, web and social media content, and develop a communication network with our alumni and our worldwide allies.
Communications and Sustainability Specialist
Standpoint is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote justice for domestic and sexual violence victims. The goal of the communications and sustainability specialist is to ultimately develop resources necessary to provide better and more holistic communication about Standpoint services and information about domestic and sexual violence, specifically directed towards diverse and underserved communities. It is clear the need for legal assistance for domestic and sexual violence victims in these communities is great, and ensuring that the proper information is received by the populations that need it is imperative.
Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment
Communications and Development Coordinator
The Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment is rooted in four core values: diversity, self-determination, economic sustainability, and social justice. The communications and development coordinator will build capacity through maintaining partnerships and seeking new opportunities for collaboration to leverage resources for the success of immigrant and refugee women and girls. In addition, the coordinator will ensuring WISE, Inc.’s sustainability to continue its mission into the future through diversified funding sources, effective management, strong governance and appropriate planning, including succession planning.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
**To be eligible for this position you must have successfully completed a full term of VISTA, other state/national AmeriCorps program or Peace Corps.**
The VISTA Leader will support the growth and success of the MCN’s VISTA program as it supports the success of 20 VISTA members placed in culturally-specific nonprofits across the Twin Cities Metro. This goal will be accomplished by delivering professional development opportunities, recruiting VISTA members for the 2017-2018 service year, providing technical assistance to VISTA members and supervisors, and developing the groundwork for the additional growth of the program in the coming year.