Training Design & Development VISTA

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Approximate Annual living allowance of $20,540 + $5,775 Education Award upon completion of service, or a $1,500 cash stipend




201 South Street, Suite 615
United States


About the Organization:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR supports a national network of Affiliates that provide regional, state, and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships.


About the Placement:

VISTAs will serve for one year in MENTOR’s national headquarters office in Boston, MA. This position is sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, which places Corps Members for a year of service to build capacity in organizations throughout the country. Corps Members will play a critical role in strengthening the scope and reach of the national mentoring movement by providing support from a national level to increase the capacity of and resources for local Affiliates who in turn provide training and support to mentoring programs.


About the Position:

The Training Design & Development VISTA will create and curate training materials and resources for Affiliates and mentoring programs, focusing especially on how to incorporate adult learning theory into trainings. This person will coordinate learning opportunities and eventually co-lead training sessions. The ideal candidate would be a skilled communicator, with experience and/or interest in training, and a proactive, strategic thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.




Instructional Design

  • Research and identify best practices for adult learning theory and online and face-to-face training delivery
  • Curate resources for Affiliates on instructional design/adult learning theory/interactive training design for dissemination through online repository
  • Support follow-up training on instructional design by developing resources and tools for internal trainers
  • Support the development and implementation of online practices for our new learning management system; develop manuals and training resources for internal users and Affiliates


Create training and technical assistance resources for Affiliates to support mentoring and youth program development

  • Coordinate, create, and eventually, co-lead various in-person and online trainings, webinars, and tools for Affiliates and mentoring programs
  • Create a standardized library to house resources for mentoring programs
  • Work with Program Team to create a technical assistance manual for Affiliates on best practices for coaching and capacity building of programs
  • Support the creation of resources, training material, and implementation guides relating to important mentoring topics, such as social and emotional learning, quality in mentoring, school-based mentoring, and workforce development


Responding to General Inquiries

  • Connect mentoring programs with MENTOR resources over the phone and through email and develop a system for referring programs to Affiliates


  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong attention-to-detail and organizational skills
  • Experience and/or comfort with training and teaching new skills to small and large groups
  • Comfortable managing multiple priorities
  • Experience and comfort with technology and database work
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with and/or desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for national and community service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member


AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Must be available to travel to all Corps-wide trainings and events
  • Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member


  • Approximate Annual living allowance of $20,540
  • $5,775 Education Award upon completion of service, or a $1,500 cash stipend
  • $500 stipend to be used for personal professional development opportunities
  • Professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the nonprofit sector, including attending the National Mentoring Summit and MENTOR Con for Affiliates
  • Local metro travel expense reimbursement
  • Time off to mentor in the field
  • Professional one-on-one mentor within the organization
  • AmeriCorps childcare benefits are available to qualifying members with children under the age of 13
  • Opportunity to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance
  • Relocation travel (for those who qualify) and settling-in allowance if relocating for service
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for Corps-wide meetings and events
  • A built-in network of Corps members and colleagues

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Candidate must apply online via My AmeriCorps:


Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.


The position is a one year commitment starting August 28, 2018. Selected members must be able to attend an online or in-person Pre-Service Orientation (all expenses paid) or an approved alternative and would begin service immediately following this date.