Austin Regional Economic Development VISTA Leader
Please note that in order to qualify for this position you must have served either as a VISTA, an AmeriCorps Member, or as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) VISTA project seeks to increase capacity in economically distressed rural communities to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment, and provide a better quality of life. In its fourth year, this project continues growth throughout five states in the Southwest region and the selected VISTA Leader will be instrumental in building out a program and supporting an engaged team of VISTA Members. The VISTA Leader will be located in Austin, Texas. The VISTA Leader will be located in Austin, Texas. They will spend time working with the EDA project sponsor, their immediate supervisor, and their regional VISTA peers to expand and build the capacity of the individual VISTA members and their respective service sites. The VISTA Leader will serve as a resource on the VISTA program and for economic development principles (emphasized early in their training) for the VISTA team. It is expected that the VISTA Leader will develop a strong VISTA recruitment and retention program, strengthen the training and development of EDA VISTA Members, and track the impact of the VISTAs throughout the region; and in addition, will work to add value to the broader EDA district partner network. The overall EDA Mission is "to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy." Consideration for this position will be on a rolling basis as applications are received. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please feel free to reach out directly to the program contact listed.
Member Duties : Initially, the VISTA will be assisting EDA and the Sub-Site EDDs with recruitment efforts and primary orientation and training programs. During that time, the VISTA will also attend training on economic development principles and will be researching economic development resources in order to better understand the support required by VISTA Members. Throughout their service, the VISTA Leader will support the other VISTA Members through ongoing training, tracking development and site activities, and facilitating idea sharing and coordination of member and service site programs. Finally, the VISTA Leader will build out and track metrics which measure the economic impact the program is having in the region. Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service , Stipend , Health Coverage* , Relocation Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Living Allowance , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours . Service Areas :
Technology , Neighborhood Revitalization , Entrepreneur/Business , Disaster Relief , Environment , Education , Community Outreach , Community and Economic Development , Housing . Skills :
Recruitment , Business/Entrepreneur , Team Work , Communications , Education , Computers/Technology , Leadership , Community Organization , General Skills , Public Speaking , Teaching/Tutoring , Writing/Editing .
About Economic Development Administration
903 San Jacinto, Suite 206, Austin, TX 78701, US
EDA's Mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.
As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States.
Guided by the basic principle that communities must be empowered to develop and implement their own economic development and revitalization strategies, EDA works directly with local economic development officials to make grant investments that are well-defined, timely, and linked to a long-term, sustainable economic development strategy.
EDA’s flexible programs and structure enable nimble operations and allow for innovation and responsiveness to changing economic needs and conditions faced by its local and state government partners. Grants made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.
701 BrazosSuite 780Austin, TX 78701
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- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training