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 and Organizational Development, Community Engagement and Volunteering, Marketing and Communications, and Service Leadership.
If you are interested in applying to one of the positions below, please create a profile and application on the my.americorps.gov website. You can then use the AmeriCorps profile 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.
Program and Organizational Development
Nonprofit Sustainability Specialist
The Nonprofit Sustainability Specialist will increase support available to the Somali community through Isuroon’s services by increasing operational efficiencies of Isuroon’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) programming and through developing organizational capacity to provide these services.
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.
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
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 (e.g. data collection, grant management, and fund development) that will enhance programming and organizational sustainability.
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.
Community Engagement and Volunteering
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.
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.
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 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.
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
Community Outreach Coordinator
The Community Outreach Coordinator 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.
Neighborhood Development Alliance
The Community Liaison 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 Liaison 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.
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, track, and recognize volunteers and evaluate the implementation and results of new volunteer management system and training.
Marketing and Communications
African Development Center
Systems Development Specialist
The 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.
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, new, and potential stakeholders to raise awareness of the problem of payday loans and how Exodus Lending helps 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.
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 base and system to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.
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.
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’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 VISTA program as it supports the success of 19 VISTA members placed in culturally-specific nonprofits across the Twin Cities. This goal will be accomplished by delivering professional development opportunities, recruiting VISTA members for the 2020-21 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.