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DownCity Design Community Outreach VISTA

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DownCity Design
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Providence, RI
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Published 24 days ago

DownCity Design is a non-profit design organization dedicated to helping people design solutions for their communities. Our goal is to improve the core cities of Rhode Island by inviting citizens to imagine and create better futures, using the tools of design. Our free design education programs help youth become change-makers by inviting them to create structures, graphics, and products that respond creatively to challenges and opportunities in their communities. 

Learn more about our work at www.downcitydesign.org

DownCity Design is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year stipended service commitment from October 25, 2021 - October 24, 2022. The Community Outreach VISTA will help DownCity Design share the stories of the extraordinary service learning, creative problem-solving, and community building work of our youth designers. This AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will help us document and describe our work in visually engaging ways with our existing students, alumni, friends and fans, and will help us to expand our reach to new audiences and generate support for our mission. The Community Outreach VISTA will also support our fundraising efforts by creating compelling campaign materials, tracking donations in our database, and researching and preparing grant proposals. 

Location: DownCity Design (425 West Fountain Street, Providence, RI); Possible remote telework


Duties and Responsibilities:

The key objectives and activities of this VISTA assignment for DownCity Design include:

Communications:

  • Share DCD’s work via social media, including management of our social media accounts
  • Draft an engaging and informative monthly e-newsletter 
  • Draft press releases for project unveilings and maintain network of press contacts
  • Update DCD website regularly with news and projects
  • Create communication pieces for student recruitment, including brochures and posters
  • Document in-person and online programs through photo, video, and other creative means

Fundraising:

  • Help develop annual campaign and capital campaign materials
  • Assist with grant proposals and reports
  • Manage donor database and generate reports
  • Maintain relationships with current corporate sponsors
  • Research potential donors and funders

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention:

  • Develop tools for tracking volunteers
  • Outreach efforts to attract new volunteers
  • Communicate regularly with volunteers to keep them engaged


Skills required:

DownCity Design seeks a creative individual who can think strategically to implement long-term systems for program documentation, communications, and fundraising. 

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organization and professionalism
  • Openness to creative collaboration and working as a team
  • Ability to adapt quickly and work remotely or independently as needed
  • Ability to plan for long-term projects and design strategies for implementation
  • Graphic design and photo/video documentation skill strongly preferred
  • Comfort with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
  • Other digital media skills (video, animation, audio, etc.) are a plus
  • Comfort with data collection, entry, and analysis
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Excitement about project-based learning and social practice


Note: AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program under the Corporation for National and Community Service designed specifically to fight poverty. The VISTA member commits to serve full-time for one full year at a nonprofit organization and receives a living stipend totaling approximately $13,800 for those twelve months of service. Upon successful completion of the term of service, the Member also receives either an education award of approximately $6,195 or cash award of $1,800. For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon at adrienne@downcitydesign.org as soon as possible—decisions will be made on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

DownCity Design is a non-profit design organization dedicated to helping people design solutions for their communities. Our goal is to improve the core cities of Rhode Island by inviting citizens to imagine and create better futures…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    October 25, 2021
    9:00 AM EDT
    1:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    October 24, 2022
    5:00 PM EDT
    9:00 PM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Providence, RI
Associated Location

DownCity Design

Providence, RI, USA

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon at adrienne@downcitydesign.org as soon as possible—decisions will be made on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon at adrienne@downcitydesign.org as soon as possible—decisions will be made…

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