AmeriCorps VISTA Position – Networks & Events VISTA

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Full Time



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2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 210
United States


Position Description

Join the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in our mission to use the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness, and be a part of our work to protect the civil and human rights of people experiencing homelessness: from the right to perform life-sustaining actions such as sleeping without harassment or criminalization, to the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness to attend and participate in school. The Law Center facilitates the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, and coordinates with stakeholders in communities across the country in a comprehensive movement to end the criminalization of homelessness and turn communities toward constructive solutions. Three AmeriCorps VISTA members will play central and vital roles in the campaign and the Law Center’s work by performing activities including outreach and network development, database management and data analysis, and supporting development & communications activities to build organizational capacity to extend beyond the three-year project.

Your role will focus on supporting our stakeholder networks, to increase the scale and reach of our partnerships, as well as to increase our effectiveness by enhancing our online resources to provide advocates with critical data and information as they work in their local communities. This project will put you in frequent contact with advocates throughout DC and across the country. Additionally, you will provide logistical support for programmatic events hosted by the Law Center and the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign. You’ll work with Law Center staff and two other VISTA members to facilitate information sharing within the Law Center, and among external groups, to bolster campaign efforts and increase methods of collaboration.

This position is a one-year, full-time commitment. This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position, hosted at the Law Center. Candidates must be available to start on June 18, 2018.


The Law Center is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, easily accessible by public transportation. There will be many opportunities to network and to learn a great deal during your time with us.



Develop and implement self-sustainability plan for networks, allowing for ongoing communication and connection among geographically separate network members.

·     Help organize meetings with advocates in network communities and train staff on how to chair future meetings.

·     Finalize best practices and procedural guide for network management, and train staff.

·     Refine and implement annual diagnostic survey(s) to assess network effectiveness, and train staff.

·     Work with network members to identify their local needs.

·     Provide logistical support in planning events, conferences, and meetings.

·     Design and implement template plans and calendars for planning and execution of events related to programmatic activities, for ongoing organizational use.

·     Identify leaders among the network to chair various meetings and provide these leaders with a resource document for effectively leading meetings.

·     Provide resources for network leaders to initiate regular events/ conferences/ meetings to address the local needs of members.

·     Continue to develop databases and resources developed by previous VISTAs by using transition memos left by those VISTAs.


Further develop online resource libraries to support network members, develop continuation plan, and transition ongoing work to staff.

·     Develop and update materials such as reports, fact sheets, Know-Your-Rights information, infographics, webinars, and other materials related to the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign. Make resources available to network members.

·     Develop and implement process by which network members can contribute their own resources to the libraries.

·     Finalize and implement survey process to identify ongoing resource needs from network members, and train staff to continue this work.


·     Commitment to social justice and anti-poverty issues; desire to protect the civil and human rights of people experiencing homelessness, to end the criminalization of homelessness, and to support the human right to housing.

·     Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

·     Event planning experience preferred.

·     Very strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.

·     Strong written and verbal communication skills.

·     Problem-solving ability, creative thinking, and ability to recognize opportunities to strengthen partnerships and systems.

·     Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

·     Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with diverse populations.

·     Experience working on issues related to homelessness is a plus; experience with grassroots organizing, advocacy, campaign management, or movement-building strategies is a plus.


AmeriCorps VISTA provides a modest living stipend, as well as an education award or a post-service stipend upon completion of service. There are numerous other benefits associated with AmeriCorps, including travel stipends, child care benefits, limited health coverage, and special hiring status for federal employment after the completion of the service year. The VISTA volunteer will also receive a free fitness center membership through the Law Center. Read more about AmeriCorps VISTA service benefits at

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Janelle Fernandez at no later than Wednesday, April 25, 2018. In the subject line of your email, please note that you are applying for the "Networks & Events VISTA" position. No phone calls, please. Online application through the AmeriCorps VISTA site will be required if you are selected for an interview.

The Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of color, LGBT persons, persons with disabilities, and persons who have experienced homelessness are especially encouraged to apply.