2018 – 2019 Positions

VISTA Positions

The over-arching goal of these individual VISTA projects is to improve the health status of low income, uninsured, and predominantly rural residents in South Central New York State. Additionally, each RHSC VISTA project will include strategies to better serve low income military families and veterans in all activities planned, developed and implemented.

Details

  • One year full-time service commitment
  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
  • VISTA term runs ONE FULL YEAR
  • Living Allowance of $12,312 provided during service
  • Education Award of $6095 OR $1500 end of service stipend
  • Health coverage
  • Child care subsidy available for qualified members
  • College loan forbearance
  • Relocation funds (up to $550) and mileage reimbursement available
  • College degree preferred

Open Roles

Marketing and Communications VISTA - (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2019 – Summer 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
This VISTA member will increase capacity by creating and implementing a communications strategy for the Rural Health Network of SCNY. The VISTA member will promote agency programs through media relations efforts; manage website content and social media; contribute to monthly newsletters; create content for grant proposals, resource development materials, and other marketing collateral; and assist in implementing new brand guidelines. The member will have the opportunity to assist with events and presentations delivered to community stakeholders. Strong writing skills and a familiarity with or willingness to learn about graphic design are a plus. 

(Personal vehicle recommended.)
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Community Health Education VISTA - (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2019 – Summer 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
This VISTA will assist the Director of Community Health Education at Rural Health Network with coordinating trainings for the public, to include national service members as well. The VISTA will identify gaps in education, specific to mental health, behavioral health, and substance use.  This VISTA will also assist with relevant grant writing, as needed, at RHN in support of Community heath education programs and services.  VISTA will also help organize poverty simulations to educate the community.
Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) VISTA - (Binghamton, NY)

June 2019 – June 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
Provide critical support for the implementation, evaluation, and expansion of a growing regional produce prescription program. The FVRx VISTA will expand the capacity and impact of the program through coordination, communication, access to resources, and resource development. The VISTA will work closely with the FaHN Director, health care providers, local food retailers, and program participants.
Center for Civic Engagement Volunteer Coordinator VISTA - (Binghamton, NY)

September 2019 – September 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)

The VISTA will partner with Binghamton University Community Schools through the Center for Civic Engagement’s Youth Initiative to strengthen a model of utilizing college interns and volunteers to implement a countywide, university-assisted community school initiative in Broome County. This work with the Youth Initiative aims to create learning environments that address the needs of schoolchildren and enhance student support so youth can take full advantage of all classroom opportunities, irrespective of income or other barriers. This VISTA will work with the Youth Initiative team to enhance orientation materials, monthly training resources, and data collection and evaluation system for interns and volunteers. Our VISTA member will coordinate and disseminate information and documentation of this model, and will develop new processes and structures for the use of interns and volunteers, providing more stability and sustainability to our program.

Binghamton University Community Schools Bucks Coordinator - (Binghamton, NY)

September 2019 – September 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
The VISTA member will serve with Binghamton University Community Schools BUCS (formerly Promise Zone) Bucks program to increase school attendance (reduce absenteeism) through the Community Schools Success Mentor Model. The Success Mentors are college students who will mentor students in K – 12 in our local public schools served by Binghamton University Community Schools. Success Mentors will meet regularly with assigned K – 12 students to monitor school attendance and identify barriers to school attendance. Working with school staff, barriers will be addressed in an effort to improve school attendance. The VISTA member will help to build this model and develop the model and the process for implementation.
School districts included in this project are:
Binghamton City School District
Harpursville
Johnson City
Union-Endicott
Windsor
Whitney Point
Rural Tioga Poverty Education VISTA - (Owego, NY and Binghamton, NY)

August 2019 – August 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
The VISTA member will lead efforts for Tioga County initiatives focused on the coordination of action steps identified in the 2018-2019 Tioga Tells Quality of Life Assessment project. The final product will ensure more equitable resources and service allocation to rural Tioga County residents.  

Application

Successful applicants (minimum age 18) will demonstrate the following proficiencies and values:

  • An interest in, and commitment to, health and/or rural communities and people
  • Evidence of current and/or past volunteer service activities
  • Communication skills, including writing and verbal communication with clarity and accuracy
  • Self direction: Members must be self-directed and show evidence of their ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and they must have their high school diploma or GED

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