AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at Pacific Symphony for 2024-2025

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ORGANIZATION: Pacific Symphony


AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at Pacific Symphony (Volunteer Infrastructure Program)

POSITION: AmeriCorps VIP Fellow

SERVICE TERM: August 2024 - June 2025

HOURS: Full-time; 1700 hours w/some evenings and weekends

REPORTS TO: Pacific Symphony Senior Director of Volunteer Services

Position Summary:

Pacific Symphony is looking for an AmeriCorps Fellow to work with our Volunteer Services Department. The AmeriCorps Fellow that we select should have a passion for the arts, music and love volunteering. This individual should be a college graduate who is looking for a great experience in the nonprofit sector, especially in an arts organization.

AmeriCorps Fellows work in nonprofit, education and community organizations that serve children, youth and families to build capacity and develop their volunteer programs through the Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP). They do this through: 1) building sustainable systems to track, support, manage, and train volunteers; 2) recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers; and 3) raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program. Partner sites change annually based on community and agency needs. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply leadership and community organizing skills and to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management and nonprofit professional skills is offered.

Program Overview

VIP Fellows are AmeriCorps members who leave a legacy in the communities they serve by building strong, sustainable volunteer programs in existing service organizations. Each VIP Fellow dedicates their service to a single Partner Site, working "behind the scenes" of service to enable volunteers to take part in meaningful service positions that meet community needs.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside Symphony staff to implement the volunteer program, including the development of position descriptions, assessments, training programs, and other tasks as needed.
  • Recruit, train and engage skilled community members as volunteers for programs that support children, youth, and families.
  • Develop a system to support, track and recognize volunteers throughout the year.
  • Contact local businesses and franchises to establish new relationships that provide augmented support to Pacific Symphony.
  • Secure funding, in-kind donations, and corporate volunteers to support the volunteer program by maintaining and nurturing business partnerships.
  • Participate in required trainings and professional development opportunities, including orientation(s), Pacific Symphony meetings, and webinars/state trainings.
  • Positively represent Pacific Symphony in all professional settings.

Desirable Characteristics:

  • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics and integrity. Possess ingenuity and a can-do spirit. Energized by serving others.
  • Possess leadership and interpersonal skills to build positive relationships with staff, work cooperatively in group situations, and effectively respond to and resolve conflicts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Comfortable speaking in public and working with diverse audiences.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to effectively handle multiple tasks. Ability to problem solve and approach situations creatively.
  • Ability to adapt to change in work environment, respond to feedback, and effectively handle competing demands.
  • Proficient in relevant technology.
  • Experience with community service, training, or leadership development.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Bachelor’s degree or above is preferred
  • Musical background is also important for this role
  • Agree to and clear a criminal background check
  • Be available to commit to serving up to 40 hours per week for up to one year of service
  • Be available for both daytime and evening (concert) schedules
  • Must have reliable transportation and ability to travel to various training and service locations
  • Have served no more than two terms in an AmeriCorps state or national program.*


  • Opportunity to make a positive impact in the community
  • Monthly living stipend of $2,727.27
  • Segal Education Award of $7,395.00 at completion of the program
  • California For All Education Award of $2,605.00 at completion of the program (pending annual California State Budget approval)

AmeriCorps Fellows may may use the Education Award to pay for current educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both.

  • Student loan deferment and interest reimbursement at completion of term
  • Health benefits and child care assistance if qualified
  • Potential eligibility for CalFresh (CA's food stamp program)
  • Extensive training, professional development, and experiential learning opportunities

Please note: The living stipend and Education Awards are taxable.

To Apply: Please send resume and letter of interest to Abby Edmunds, No phone calls, please.

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About Pacific Symphony


17620 Fitch Ave Ste 100, SANA ANA, CA 92704, US

Mission Statement

MISSION Pacific Symphony inspires, engages and serves Orange County and the region through exceptional music performances, and education and community programming. VISION Pacific Symphony leads a renaissance in the appreciation, accessibility and impact of classical music in Orange County and the region, through creativity, responsiveness and innovation. VALUES Excellence: We strive for the highest quality in performance, community service and organization. Passion: We bring determination, great energy and vitality to our work and project a sense of pride. Education: We seek to ensure greater understanding and appreciation of music by all ages. Engagement: We listen to and believe in involving the community, our artists, and volunteers in shaping the future of music and ensuring its impact on the broader community. Innovation: We embrace and anticipate change, experiment with new practices, and shape the future of classical music. Financial Responsibility: We generate and steward programs and resources which meet the needs of present and future generations.


to inspire, engage and serve Orange County and the region through exceptional music performances, education and community programming.


Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture, Community


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17620 Fitch Suite #100Irvine, CA 92614



  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours per week, daytimes and evenings (concerts)

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