Community Partnerships VISTA Leader

George Washington University
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

The mission of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is to integrate civic engagement into George Washington University’s educational work. We promote equity and active citizenship in a diverse democracy, focus GW’s resources to address community needs through reciprocal partnerships beyond the campus, and enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship at GW.

The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at George Washington University is seeking a VISTA Leader to develop project activities and sources of community support to expand successful community partnerships and volunteer programs between public schools and community organizations. The VISTA Leader will support and liaise with the other VISTAs in the program, develop partner relationships, seek additional program resources, expand communications and information sharing, evaluate program efforts, and identify training and professional development opportunities for program stakeholders. The VISTA Leader will work for one year with GW and DCPS school staff and community members to build her/his education, community development, organizing, and communication skills.

It is projected that the following impacts will accrue from the program at the participating schools:
•Better understanding of existing school-community partnerships 
•Strengthened existing school-community partnerships 
•More school-community partnerships, volunteers, volunteer projects, volunteer hours
•More parent engagement and satisfaction with the school
•More school administrator and teacher satisfaction with partnerships and partner/local organization satisfaction with participating schools
•More financial, human, and in-kind resources as well as strengthe



Key attributes a successful Community Partnerships VISTA Leader will need to perform successfully:
•Desire and ability to work effectively in multiple education environments (university, school district office, urban schools) and with multiple stakeholders, including GW staff, VISTAs, school and district administrators, and community members
•Ability to reach out to, lead, and provide support to VISTAs and other project stakeholders
•Ability to work independently, take initiative, and achieve goals
•Adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to learn from experience
•Strong written and oral communication skills

Special skills and knowledge the candidate should possess and/or be willing to acquire to meet the responsibilities, goals, and outcomes of this position:
•Knowledge and understanding of VISTA programs and structures
•Experience leading programs and staff
•Ability to work in an urban school environment
•Strategic planning
•Ability to initiate and build partnerships between school and community organizations
•Community organizing skills

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