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Literacy Source is an equal opportunity employer working towards a culturally diverse workplace. People of color and multilingual/bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.


AmeriCorps VISTA Position 2019-20: Community Builder


The goal of this VISTA position is to increase our organizational capacity by developing internal resources and expanding external support to provide free learner centered education and skill building services (ESOL, GED, beginning literacy) to low-income adults working to increase basic skills. The VISTA will develop and expand fundraising opportunities, increase community awareness of and participation in Literacy Source activities, and expand our ability to provide services to the community.  The VISTA will focus on four main areas:

Capacity Building: Coordinate the implementation of new community fundraising events to raise awareness and attract new donors to support adult literacy skill building services for low-income adults.

Family Literacy:  Research, develop and coordinate new opportunities for whole family participation, including holding quarterly on-site literacy events to engage families in literacy activities.

Community Education: Coordinate opportunities for greater community engagement, awareness and support of issues impacting immigrants, refugees and adult learners by planning three community educational events and coordinating informational articles on issues for our website, social media and monthly e-news.

Community Participation: Develop plan for sustained, student-centered community engagement and outreach to increase awareness, access and participation in adult literacy skill development services, including working with interested students to tell their stories and develop skills/confidence to participate in outreach events.

Minimum requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident status

  • Willing to submit to fingerprints for a background check

  • Be able to commit to full time service for one year starting March 2019

  • Be able to exhibit previous education, training, military or work experience and any other relevant skills or interests necessary to perform a specific VISTA assignment. VISTA requires applicants to have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.

  • Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAS cannot enroll in school except in limited circumstances or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation. VISTAS may have additional employment outside of AmeriCorps but this employment should not interfere with the VISTA project.

Desired qualifications

  • Interest working in a non-profit or public agency with volunteers and clients of diverse backgrounds.

  • Interest in working with immigrant and refugee populations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated competence in interpersonal relationships, group facilitation and presentations.

  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks in a busy office environment.

  • Strong organizational skills – ability to use initiative, work both independently and as part of a team, assume personal responsibility and take on a leadership role.

  • Strong computer skills - proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher.

  • Willing to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.

  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks in a busy office environment

Compensation and benefits

  • Living allowance: Approximately $1,583/month (before taxes)

  • Health benefits in compliance with the minimum coverage standards of the ACA

  • End of Service Award: $5,815 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend

  • Student loan deferment or forbearance

  • Childcare assistance

  • 10 days of sick leave, 10 days of vacation leave, 9 Federal holidays

  • Professional work experience

  • In-service training resources

  • Non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs

  • ORCA LIFT pass at bus 2-zone peak fare and full Link fare levels


40 hours per week.  Hours will vary depending on quarter.

How to apply

1.  Apply online through the Corporation for National Service: Literacy Source VISTA

Listing ID: 85390. 


2.  Submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail to Caroline.

Rolling interviews start on January 9th, and will continue until the position is filled.