Now Hiring for Unique Full-Time Opportunities Across Iowa

March 1, 2017

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is seeking dynamic, hard-working, civic-minded professionals for 12 AmeriCorps VISTA positions at 11 colleges, universities, nonprofit, and governmental organizations across the state as part of the Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA project. Members will work full-time for a year and provide support for capacity building service projects that work toward alleviating poverty through education and economic opportunity.  

Members receive a living stipend during their year of service, and a nearly $6,000 education award upon completion. They can also access other benefits like health care, child care, housing in some cases, and student loan deferment.  

Positions begin in June and July and are available in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Mount Pleasant, Des Moines, and Grinnell. See below to learn more about each available position and don’t wait to apply. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and positions fill quickly.

Central College Learn more here! 

The VISTA will serve at-risk youth in Pella, Iowa by promoting higher education and developing a mentorship program that increases the likelihood of youth enrolling and persisting in post-secondary education. VISTA activities will involve developing and delivering programs to expose students to higher education environments and to the individuals engaging in higher education (students, faculty and staff). 

Cedar Rapids Public Library Learn more here!  

The AmeriCorps VISTA will support the development off the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s summer reading program, the Summer Dare. This program has three main components: 1. The Summer Dare – offered to the general public and regular library patrons. This structure requires individuals to initiate engagement with the library to participate in the program. 2. The Summer Dare Everywhere – targeted outreach to childcare providers serving low-income families and disadvantaged students. The library works with partner organizations to host the Summer Dare at their care facilities utilizing library volunteer support, moving beyond the library walls and impacting students with barriers to accessing traditional library resources. 3. The Summer Dare Kit – toolkits and curricula developed by library staff for care providers and/or parents to implement literacy programs and activities with students outside of the library.  

Dubuque Human Rights Department Learn more here! 

The VISTAs service activities will be focused on expanding and strengthening partnerships and networks working collectively to impact the success of low income youth and youth of color. Activities during year one will include assessing the needs and opportunities for network partners to support one another and to cross-refer families, identifying ways to leverage local colleges and university as partners to assist with best practices research and with program evaluation and measurement, and drafting a logic model for how the My Brother’s Keeper network will function short, mid, and long term.  

Iowa Wesleyan University Learn more here! 

This VISTA project will develop a mentoring program, Tiger Time, in local elementary schools that will connect low-income youth (mentee) and Iowa Wesleyan University students (mentor). As a result of this intervention, the mentees will form healthy relationships with their mentors that will result in a feeling of stability which will increase in their academic profile, resiliency, and self-worth. The VISTA member will recruit and train college student volunteers into mentorship positions.  

Linn County Public Health Department Learn more here! 

The project aims to provide community training and education to community members who work with low income populations on unsafe housing conditions and local resources that are available. The training will be evaluated by participants to determine program effectiveness and long-term program development. Through this intervention, LCPH will reach larger groups of audience in the community, thus increasing awareness on the relationship between health and housing and directing low income individuals to local resources. 

Mercy College of Health and Sciences Learn more here! 

The VISTA will create a promotional plan to make students aware of financial literacy resources and programming/education activities. Develop and implement programming activities and education that meets low income student needs regarding financial literacy. Work with community partners to determine how Mercy College can assist their clients with financial literacy resources 

Operation New View Learn more here! 

The VISTA will help alleviate poverty in Dubuque by providing leadership and capacity building for Operation: New View’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs. The VISTA will support program growth and capacity building of EITC and VITA, through successful volunteer recruitment and increasing awareness of organization programs for individuals seeking assistance from financial literacy programs in Dubuque, Jackson and Delaware Counties. 

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa (2 positions available) Learn more here! 

Vista members will meet with community leaders and groups to share the message of Connections Matter. This will happen through trainings and one on one meetings. Additional follow-up with community groups and individuals in regards to actions taken as a result of the training. Members will create needed materials and relationships within the community to allow for this work to continue beyond their time in the community. 

United Way of East Central Iowa Learn more here! 

The focus of the VISTA’s work will be on expanding VIP Rockin’ Readers and the improvement of and expansion of attendance strategies in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. The VISTA will also partner with the public library’s VISTA in creating a practicum opportunity for local college students that helps expand the library’s Summer Dare Everywhere reading program and also on One 2 Read. 

Willis Dady Emergency Homeless Shelter Learn more here! 

By recruiting skilled volunteers and leveraging resources such as area colleges, the project will increase the quantity and quality of services available to homeless and near-homeless households in Linn County. These services will help homeless and near-homeless households overcome their barriers to stable housing. 

Grinnell College Learn more here! 

This VISTA project will use the Family Development Self Sustainability (FaDSS) intervention used by the Mid Iowa Community Action agency (MICA) to support rural Iowa’s low-income adults in gaining job-ready skills. Only individuals who do not currently qualify for traditionally funded social services will receive support from this VISTA project. With the support of this VISTA project, clients will create a pattern of change for themselves and their families that will result in better employability.

The Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA project is generously supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The project is funded with $223,084 (78%) in federal funding and $62,745 (28%) from non-governmental sources. 

About IACC: Iowa Campus Compact is a statewide association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education. We strengthen the capacity of our public, private, and two-year institution members to prepare all students to become engaged citizens.