UMASS Lowell River Hawk Scholars Academy AmeriCorps VISTA



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


UMASS Lowell
United States


About the program:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public, 4-year institution hosting a VISTA member on its campus to support the River Hawk Scholars Academy program (RHSA). The RHSA promotes student success and fosters engagement on campus and in the local community for full-time, first-year, low-income students who identify as first-generation as they transition to diverse college communities. This project will focus on developing partnerships, program evaluation, outreach and marketing, resource development and leadership development for River Hawk Scholars Mentors.

Responsibilities of position: 

Partnership Development

Connect with existing partners (high schools, college access program and TRIO programs) and identify new partners in key markets. Develop working relationships to best understand how UMASS Lowell RHSA can best support college access in partnership with existing programs and create a strong and well-supported pipeline of RHSA students.


Support all aspects of program evaluation to help RHSA document and assess the impact of RHSA. Create systems to collect data, both numbers and compelling stories. Create impact reports and other material that tells the story of RHSA impact.


Create articles, blogs, social media posts and website content about RHSA to share information, market the program and tell the story of impact.

Resource Development

Assist in the identification of resources that can be leveraged to support RHSA both cash and in-kind. Conduct research on funding for first generation college programs and assist with writing funding requests. Identify campus faculty, staff and student resources that can be leveraged to support the program.

Leadership development for the River Hawks Scholars Mentors

Identify the leadership development needs of RHSA mentors and leverage training and support to meet their needs.Create systems to support and document the work of the mentors with the RHSA scholars. Research similar mentor programs at other institutions to identify best practice for peer mentoring.


  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920) or post-service stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the program
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender)
  • Relocation assistance (for candidates moving more than 50 miles to serve)
  • Healthcare benefits
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government positions
  • Child care assistance

Living Allowance will total $20,640.75 for the year


  • Training Provided

How To Apply

  1. Check if you meet these qualifications: College degree (Associate’s or higher); Leadership experience; Strong organization skills; Excellent verbal and written communication; Strong interests in community service, social change, and advancing education
  2. Complete an application on the My AmeriCorps portal and submit it to our listing, “Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTA.”
  3. Submit your resume, cover letter, and the contact information of two professional references to ccsnevista {at} compact(.)org.
  4. Within a week of submitting your completed application and materials, you’ll be contacted by the CCSNE VISTA recruitment team concerning next steps.
  5. If selected to move forward, you’ll complete a phone interview with two members of the CCSNE recruitment team. This interview is an opportunity for you to get to know our program better and for our team to determine whether you’re a good fit for the 2018-2019 CCSNE corps.
  6. Finally, if accepted to the CCSNE VISTA program, you will be placed at a host site based on your professional skills, interests and regional preference.