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NJ Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program is Recruiting New Members

The Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement at The College of New Jersey and the Bonner Foundation – two nationally recognized organizations in civic engagement – are currently recruiting for AmeriCorps VISTA positions addressing: economic development, asset-based community development, hunger & nutrition, literacy, volunteer development, and local policy.  Positions are for one-year terms, and available starting November 2013 throughout Mercer and Middlesex counties.  The positions offer an excellent opportunity to develop concrete working skills and knowledge, while networking with top executives in the non-profit, city, county and for-profit industries.  If interested email vista@bonner.org or call Heather Camp at 609-771-2108. Attached are descriptions of the program and some of the positions available.

The TCNJ Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement and the Bonner Foundation are hiring for the following positions:

New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows Leader -  Applicants for the VISTA Leader position must have successfully completed a one-year VISTA term. The VISTA leader will work with additional VISTA leader to organize and facilitate VISTA recruitment and selection efforts. Assist with the coordination and implementation of the On-Site Orientation, monthly VISTA member trainings, and one mid-year retreat. Develop VISTA Life resources (housing options, government benefits information, free or low-income entertainment options) to share with members. Conduct visits to VISTA placement sites to review progress made towards VAD objectives and assess the overall experience of the VISTA member and the community partner. Develop and Coordinate evaluations for members and progress reports from VISTA placement sites. Assist with the development and implementation of trainings for VISTA site supervisors.

 

Asset-Based Community Development Coordinator - The ABCD Coordinator will grow and expand a buy local campaign started in 2011 at TCNJ, specifically he/she will: 1) Grow the stakeholder group and broaden the regional effort; 2) Update the database of local vendors and share with purchasing staff at TCNJ and other local institutions; 3) Continue to work with the Small Business Development Center and the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce to expand the information sessions to include a broader range of opportunities for vendors; 4) Provide two presentations on behalf of local business associations in order to educate business owners about how to do local business with larger institutions and also enhance buy local initiatives in the Trenton and the Mercer County Area; 5) Update and expand the system which captures the impact or increase on local businesses from the efforts of this position.

 

Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator at Shiloh Community Development Corporation - The Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator will: 1) Complete a volunteer management plan, develop an assessment plan and tool for tracking volunteer satisfaction and impact; 2) Develop an outreach plan targeting key community groups, businesses and retired communities; 3) Identify and implement ongoing communication with volunteers; 4) Create vertical marketing strategies using social media to target specific volunteer and donor populations, expanding volunteer skill levels and improving communication with donors; 5) Utilize newsletters, social media and other internet tools to publicly highlight volunteers and their work; 6) Develop a training curriculum utilizing a combination of on-line tools and classroom settings to educate newly recruited volunteers about the organizational mission, policies and procedures, and standards; and 7) To improve retention rates, celebrate the work of volunteers by publishing a document or hosting a celebratory event at the end of the year.

 

Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator at Henry J. Austin Health Center - The Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator will recruit volunteers who possess knowledge and/or experience with the social service system in Trenton in order to connect patrons to the social services they need. Specifically the coordinator will: 1) Complete a volunteer management plan and assessment tool for tracking volunteer satisfaction and impact; 2) Develop a clear outreach plan targeting key community groups, businesses and retired communities; 3) Identify and implement a method of ongoing communication with volunteers; 4) Create vertical marketing strategies using social media to target specific volunteer and donor populations; 5) Utilize newsletters, social media and other internet tools to publicly highlight volunteers work; 6) Implement and expand training materials to include different organizational volunteers, and 7) To improve retention rates, celebrate the work of volunteers by publishing a document or hosting a celebratory event at the end of the year.

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