VISTA Leader with Hunger Free America's National AmeriCorps VISTA Program

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Recruiting Organization: Hunger Free America VISTA

VISTA Leader with Hunger Free America’s National AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Title: VISTA Leader, Training Specialist & Summer Associate VISTA Program

Application deadline: 11:59PM EST Sunday, August 6th, 2023

Start Date: Between Tuesday, August 29th, 2023, and Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Reports to: Erika Hernandez Burke, Program Manager of HFA’s National AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Location: Must be located within a reasonable commutable distance of either Hunger Free America’s Financial District office (50 Broad, New York, NY 10004) or Bronx office (938 Sheridan Ave, Bronx, NY 10451).

Opportunity Type: Service opportunity with primarily virtual work and occasional in-person events. Full-Time (35-hour week) for a 1-year commitment.

About Hunger Free America:

Hunger Free America is a nonpartisan, national nonprofit group working to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

We are both a direct service and advocacy organization -- with each component strengthening the other. As a direct service provider, we assist low-income families obtain aid from government programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- formerly called the Food Stamp program -- and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) so that people struggling to pay their bills have access to nutritious food.

HFA is one of the nation's most effective advocates for improved economic and public policies with our staff working daily on the front lines of hunger, empowering low-income people to speak out on their own behalf, and connecting families nationwide with private food resources.

About HFA’s National AmeriCorps VISTA Program:

Hunger Free America sponsors two AmeriCorps national service programs, a year-long program, and a Summer Associate program, both of which enable participants to serve the country while fighting hunger.

About the VISTA Leader Role:

The AmeriCorps VISTA Leader role is open to members who have completed at least one year of full-time service with AmeriCorps or Peace Corps. VISTA Leaders work to expand and build the capacity of individual members.

VISTA Leaders have demonstrated leadership qualities and skills during their service and are prepared to accept a new level of responsibility. You will gain experience as a facilitator and educator, recruiter, resource generator, mentor, liaison, and ambassador, and you are offered additional training and development opportunities.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Member Engagement: Manage, support, and promote VISTA member engagement and understand and monitor scope and objectives of each member’s Volunteer Assignment Description (VAD).
  • Ensure that project requirements and reminders are communicated to all VISTA members via email and/or telephone calls.
  • Review members’ VAD objectives and tasks to be revisited quarterly. Conduct check-in calls with VISTA members periodically and upon VISTA member’s request if needed to monitor progress of VAD objectives and completion of program requirements, provide support to VISTA members based on specific opportunities and/or challenges, and receive mutual feedback.
  • Serve as a liaison for the VISTA member with sponsor organizations and other VISTA members.
  • Organize and facilitate member engagement opportunities including but not limited to periodic and optional social gatherings, and periodic newsletters with pertinent VISTA content.
  • Training and Technical Assistance: Identify training and technical assistance opportunities to promote members' service capacity and support their professional development.
  • Survey members, organize quarterly workshops, monthly topical discussions, and informal groups according to the needs and interests of members.
  • Create and distribute an Anti-Hunger VISTA Handbook that includes resources, funding opportunities and best practices.
  • Recruitment: Recruit, screen, and onboard VISTA members with guidance from Program Director, Manager, and Recruitment Specialist.
  • Participate in implementation of program recruitment plan. Review potential VISTA member applications and participate in applicant interviews to make recommendations to staff.
  • Support onboarding process including training, communications, and technical assistance.
  • Summer Program Support: Participate in program design and implementation of HFA's Summer Associate VISTA Program.
  • Create and implement a work plan that outlines marketing, host site and VISTA member recruitment and selection, Summer Associate programming and supervision.
  • Work with Recruitment Team to design and distribute host site recruitment material. Participate in the selection process.
  • Work with the Recruitment Team to design and distribute recruitment material for Summer Associates. Participate in the selection process.
  • Review, revise and help facilitate Summer Associate information sessions, orientations, monthly trainings, informal meetings, and graduation ceremony.
  • Distribute weekly emails/newsletter/Slack messages to VISTA members and host sites keeping informed of program requirements, opportunities, and best practices.
  • Check in with each VISTA member at least once during the summer program. Hold 2 weekly 1-hour office hours for VISTAs to meet to discuss challenges and opportunities.
  • Evaluation and Data Collection: Support Program Director with ongoing evaluation of project’s progress towards achieving outputs and outcomes.
  • Survey VISTA members and sites periodically to evaluate project effectiveness in achieving outputs and outcomes which may entail organizing and conducting site visits.
  • Support VISTA members to ensure accurate reporting on monthly reports.
  • Participate in data gathering and organization for reports to funders.

Stipend/Living Allowance: $31,525/year

Benefits (learn more about any of the benefits listed below here):

  • 20 days of paid time off available for either personal or medical reasons
  • End of Service Award in the form of either the Segal Education Award to the amount of $6,895 or the Cash Award to the amount of $3,000
  • Healthcare Benefits
  • Childcare Benefit for qualifying households
  • Relocation Travel Assistance and Settling-In Allowance if you are moving more than 50 miles from your home to serve
  • Professional Development and Alumni Network Opportunities
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility Status for 1 year for federal employment opportunities upon completion of the service term


  • Candidate must have completed at least one year of full-time service with AmeriCorps or Peace Corps.

Qualities of an ideal candidate:

  • Experience growing and training others
  • Comfortability with public speaking
  • Volunteer management and/or recruitment experience appreciated
  • Salesforce experience appreciated
  • Database and data set management appreciated
  • Works well in a collaborative environment
  • Professionalism and clarity in written and verbal communications


VISTA Leaders complete a self-directed virtual orientation which explores the leader role and offers recommendations on effective communication with your AmeriCorps team.

HFA’s National AmeriCorps VISTA Team will provide training particular to the role under the guidance of the Program Director, Program Manager, Recruitment Specialist, and two fellow VISTA Leaders.

Application Instructions:

Please provide a resume, cover letter, 2 references, and proof of service* from either AmeriCorps or Peace Corps via email to with the subject line, "VISTA Leader Applicant, [YOUR NAME]" by 11:59PM EST Sunday, August 6th, 2023.

*A note on proof of service. If you are an AmeriCorps alum, please provide the "VISTA Verification of Service" available for download within your myAmeriCorps account under the My Service Letter tab. If you are a Peace Corps alum, please request a Certificate of Service within your RPCV Portal through the Contact Us page. Please indicate if you need the certificate sent to another email other than the one listed on your RPCV account. The request can take up to 10 days to process, so please indicate in your application if you are awaiting your Peace Corps certificate, and include program details (dates, location, and project name).

Inquires: Please reach out with any questions to!

Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of diverse races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are very strongly encouraged to apply.

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