South Sound YMCA (Olympia, WA) - Advancement & Outreach Coordinator VISTA
The Sound YMCA has over 125 years of experience working with youth and families. Our programs typically include community health and recreation programs at 2 YMCA branches, 33 school-based childcare sites, and robust youth sports and day-camp programs. We are the largest provider of youth programs in our area. Our mission is to provide youth and our community an affordable and accessible resource for the positive development of spirit, mind, and body through recreational, health, and leadership programs. As an employer, the Y is a place to belong. We value personal and professional development through training and coaching opportunities, and that our ability to serve our community lies in the hands of each and every member of our team. We understand that looking at program development and community outreach through a lens of equity and social justice is critical to ensuring our ability to foster healthy communities and meet our overall mission. For this reason, the South Sound Y is currently making significant investments in an organization-wide evaluation and training opportunity focused on our goal of becoming a more equitable and anti-racist organization. As we move through this work, we anticipate shifts in the population of individuals served, programs offered, and the way in which we reach out in the community. The Advancement Department supports this work through strategic community outreach including fundraising activities, marketing and communications, and volunteer development. In doing so, this small, supportive group works with staff in all areas of our organization, as well as volunteers and community partners throughout the region. Departmental goals in the coming year include the successful launch of a new YMCA facility in Shelton, evaluation and restructuring of our annual fundraising plan to meet current community need, and evaluation of current communication systems with focuses on both administrative efficiency and equity/access.
The member will build organizational capacity through service in fundraising, communications, and outreach projects. They will support our fundraising work by researching and applying for new funding opportunities and work directly with volunteers to implement best practices for effective annual fundraising. Communications work will increase the efficiency and reach of our marketing and communications efforts by creating new automated systems and strategies for reaching out into underserved communities within our service area. In this work, the VISTA member will fight poverty by connecting marginalized communities to program and employment opportunities. And, by increasing fundraising capacity, they will ensure the financial resources necessary to offer free and reduced-price programs to all individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay. The VISTA member will also have opportunities for professional development in both technical skills and leadership competencies.
About Greater South Sound VISTA Team
3525 7th Ave SW, 201, Olympia, WA 98502, US
Serve Your Community. Start Your Career. Join the Greater South Sound VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Team.
Greater South Sound VISTAs serve in the offices of our region’s public and nonprofit agencies, guided by the four Key Principles of VISTA Service: End Poverty, Build Capacity, Empower Communities, and Create Sustainable Solutions. Our Host Sites (the agencies hosting VISTAs) are spread across the Greater South Sound region, not only in Thurston County but also in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, Jefferson, and Clallam Counties.
We’re looking for applicants of all ages, from all backgrounds, who are passionate about social justice and economic equity, self motivated, and team oriented. With VISTA, you choose where you submit your application - select the Host Sites that you’re the most passionate about. Each Host Site creates an individualized VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) to plan out the VISTA’s upcoming Year of Service, so each VISTA position is unique. Some VADs involve being out in the community regularly, whereas others might involve a lot of time in the office analyzing data or designing a website. Sample responsibilities listed in recent VADs include: developing trainings for food bank volunteers, revising policies for a shelter, creating a public awareness campaign to prevent human trafficking, writing grants for a free childcare program, and more.
2102 Carriage St SWOlympia, WA 98502
July 19, 2021
- Professional Development
- Child Development
- Grant Writing / Research
- Community Outreach
- Resource Development / Management
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Full time commitment (40 hours/week) for one year with comprehensive benefits: https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/vista/benefits
- Eligibility Requirements Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a s