Open VISTA Positions

VISTA Positions

The overall 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.

Details

  • One year full-time service commitment
  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
  • Living Allowance of $14,960 (pre-tax) provided during service
  • Education Award of $6,495 OR $1500 end of service stipend
  • Health coverage
  • Child care subsidy available for qualified members
  • College loan forbearance
  • Relocation funds (up to $750) and mileage reimbursement ($0.40/mile) available
  • College degree preferred

Available Positions

(Listed By County)

Fully REmote

New York State Association for Rural Health

Communication and Development Specialist (Work from Home)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The Communication and Development Specialist [CDS] will be an integral member of the New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) Team. The CDS will focus on expanding the reach and impact of NYSARH communication with a goal of also increasing revenue generated by the organization. Special responsibilities of the CDS inclue:

  • Managing NYSARH social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), newsletter, website, and press releases
  • Managing new and current NYSARH members
  • Running technical support, evulation, and support of NYSARH webinars 
  • Bringing on new supporters/sponsors of the organization

All NYSARH activities are nonprofit, bipartisan and courteous. A NYSARH supervisor will be readily accessible to support and mentor the CDS.

 

Broome County

Rural Health Network of South Central New York

VISTA Leader (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The AmeriCorps VISTA leaders program is open to members who have completed at least one year of full-time service with AmeriCorps or Peace Corps. VISTA Leaders receive a living allowance of $17,355.52

The VISTA Leader will be responsible for guiding a group of 19 VISTA members through their year of service, supporting them with meetings, resources, and encouragement. In this role, the Leader serves as a mentor, liaison, recruiter, facilitator, and educator for the team. With the support of Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) staff, they will promote the RHSC VISTA project, assist with coordinating VISTA trainings, hold monthly meetings with all VISTA members, and alert current members to updates and webinars with VISTA campus. At times, they will assist in recruiting through promoting and advertising VISTA positions, contacting candidates, performing initial applicant screenings, and recommending top candidates to the VISTA supervisor. The VISTA Leader will also assist with member training opportunities, reporting, and data collection. They will support RHN’s VISTA program by making site visits to other VISTA sites, documenting findings, and sharing these with the VISTA supervisor.

 

Produce Prescription VISTA (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The Produce Prescription Program (PRx) VISTA will provide support for the implementation, evaluation, and expansion of a growing regional produce prescription program and other Food is Medicine initiatives. 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 Food and Health Network Director, health care providers, local food retailers, and program participants.

To learn more about the Food and Health Network, click here

Communications and Development Associate (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

As an integral member of the Development Team, the Communications & Development Associate  VISTA will oversee specified communication and development activities for the overall agency. This will involve working with the various Network programs, including Community Health Services, the Food and Health Network, GetThere (a mobility management program), and more! This position would be a great opportunity for anyone looking to develop their skills in social media, communications strategy, donor relations, email marketing, design, and general website management.

Broome County Council of Churches

Food Security Advocate (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

This VISTA will have a lead role in resource development efforts to support healthy futures through the Broome County Council of Church’s efforts to eliminate food insecurity working with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) and our non-profit grocery store the Greater Good Grocery (GGG). There will also be a focus on ensuring older adults  have access to appropriate foods through Chop-n Chat classes held in Broome County.

The FoodSecurity Adovate’s efforts will focus on:

  1. Collaboration/Working side-by-side with program directors’ in all phases of food sourcing and navigation to support and grow the Council’s food focused programming.
  2. The creation and distribution of written appeals, newsletters and grants to provide education and financial support for programming. 
  3. Assisting with the recruitment , orientation and supervision of volunteers to support the Council’s food-focused work in Broome County.

Chemung County

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Emergency Food Access VISTA (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will work with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST) staff and the network to address gaps in services and increase access to emergency food assistance. This includes increasing volunteer capacity within our network, supporting the roll-out of home deliveries, and assisting with outreach to prospective strategic partners that will enable us to reach our goals towards increasing access.

Food Bank Agency and Program Capacity VISTA (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Agency & Program Capacity priorities to enable our network to increase its capacity through trainings, program development including the expansion of our new Diaper Bank program, and the introduction of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) framework.

Order Ahead Production VISTA (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will work with the production manager at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on implementation of the Order Ahead pilot program. The vista will oversee volunteer shifts for finished goods, manage inventory, work within the operating / ordering system, be a liaison with Community Impact for clients and partners as well as provide data driven reviews and best practices of the operation to the COO. The VISTA will also work on menu creation with our Nutritionist.

Healthcare Partnership VISTA (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will work closely with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Health & Nutrition Programs Manager and Director of Health & Nutrition on new and established healthcare partnership programs with local healthcare institutions. Responsibilities will include supporting menu development, planning for meal delivery programs, program evaluation, and suggestions for improvement and enhancement of services. The VISTA will also have an opportunity to take part in the development of strategies to engage with new healthcare partners.

Food Bank School Food Center VISTA (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will expand the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s School Food Center (SFC) program with a strong emphasis on Broome County. VISTAs will conduct outreach to potential SFC sites, market the program, assist with onboarding new sites, provide technical support, and expand the program into other counties as time permits. The VISTA will also work with the Program & Partnerships team to ensure best practices and models are implemented as well as program evaluation.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County

Community and Economic Vitality Resource Coordinator (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will be a community resource coordinator tasked with the assignments of:

  • Supporting the Eastside Farmers Market (50%)

East Side Farmers Market’s is a weekly neighborhood farmer’s market operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County. Its objective is to increase access to fresh farm products, especially fruits and vegetables) for low-income families. The market provides a viable and profitable market opportunity for farm vendors, and serves to enhance community pride, understanding and connections.  The market offers entrepreneurial opportunities for local craftspeople and cottage industries. In 2021, the market reached an estimated 2,000 customers, averaging over 100 customers per week. The market has a Facebook and Instagram page, and markets using the CCE website. Funding for the market comes from Chemung County, vendors, and contributions from community sponsors.

This position would work closely with the market manager to develop an annual market plan, support weekly market implementation, submit required farmers market applications, review vendor and non-profit tabling applications, train, recruit and review vendors, establish agreements with collaborators, provide outreach to stakeholders and community members, develop relationships with vendors and community, provide weekly supervision of vendors, non-profit tabling agencies, and guests, support SNAP dollar distribution and weekly reporting, support EBT payment and weekly reporting, as well as assist the Ag Resource Educator in developing and administering food system surveys to identify gaps and needs. 

  • Working with the Move Forward Chemung program (50%)

Move Forward is an educational program that is designed to help individuals identify steps they can take to improve the quality of life for themselves and/or their families. It begins with a person completing a survey tool called the Stoplight. It’s a visual, comprehensive assessment tool to help a person see how well they are doing overall, helping the person to see their strengths as well as areas where they are lacking what they need to succeed. 

A caring facilitator, the Progress Partner, helps the person reflect on their responses to the survey and identify areas of weakness or poverty which they would like to improve. They discuss the situation including what the person has tried to date. The Progress Partner shares information with the person about local resources that could help address the issue. The person then creates a Life Map (action plan) to address some of the indicators and agrees to meet with the Progress Partner again to review their progress. After a few months, the person takes the survey again to see if they are moving forward and identify what worked and any additional steps to take.

This position would work closely with the Move Forward team to provide backup supervision to volunteers administering the Stoplight survey tool, develop program and implement outreach and engagement plan and materials, engage and support stakeholders, work closely with the Stoplight tool vendor Poverty Stoplight USA on data collection tool improvements, coordination of meetings and meeting logistics including weekly TA, monthly team meetings, provide meeting minutes, organize records and data management, develop assessment tools, assist with tool trainings and resource development, data collection on community resources, implement community resource gap analysis, stakeholder engagement, stakeholder network evaluation.

Delaware County

Delaware Opportunities

Food and Nutrition Specialist (Hamden, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will work closely with program staff, particularly those connected to food and nutrition programs, to develop, implement, and support new program initiatives focused on children and/or food insecurity.  Some new initiatives that may be part of the experience will include a new mobile food pantry and bringing that to scale, a weekend backpack program for youth via the Food Bank at Delaware Opportunities, Farm to Head Start planning, mass food distribution volunteer recruitment and management, and any other related food and nutrition initiative to support low-income families in Delaware County.

Schuyler County

Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs

Opioid/Over-the-Counter Coordinating VISTA (Watkins Glen, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will address the opioid crisis in Schuyler County by organizing and supporting coalition work surrounding substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. The programming treats opioid addiction and recovery as a health issue, emphasizing prevention, intervention, and treatment.

Tioga County

Tioga Opportunities

Tioga Tells Project Coordinator VISTA (Owego, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The Tioga Tells Project VISTA Member will use information gleaned from Year One and Year Two of the
Tioga Tells Project specific to the identified issue that Tioga County residents do not feel that they have an
active role in the decision-making process in the county and distrust the decision-makers in the county
overall. Working in conjunction with the Department of Planning and Development at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., the VISTA member will research evidence-based options, develop, and implement a “Leadership/Civic
Engagement Curriculum” which will be designed to provide education, training, and “tools” for local
disenfranchised residents who have historically been disconnected from or shut out of civic engagement
opportunities, advocacy efforts, and decision-making roles.

With knowledge comes power. Through education and awareness of skills needed to be effective at
speaking at public meetings, writing a letter to the editor, providing written testimony to proposed changes
in regulations, how to run a meeting and articulate your point of view or opinions, participants will be
equipped to take an active role in their neighborhood, municipality, school district, or other community
efforts. In doing so, participants will bring the voice of the “disenfranchised or marginalized” residents into
the overall decision-making processes.

Potential VISTA candidates should have excellent research and data analysis skills, proven experience in
setting up and working with a data base, experience in making presentation to groups, strong
organizational skills, and the ability to work independently.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (Candor, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will work across all departments in CCE Tioga to strengthen the connection of youth to our food systems.  We have many existing 4-H and Master Gardener volunteers that can be united over shared knowledge, values and food-growing projects.  In addition, with the purchase of a 107-acre educational community farm in 2021, CCE Tioga wants to engage the regional partners with land-based projects. The volunteer coordinator position will need great people skills to engage new constituents and re-connect existing volunteers to our work.  Technical database skills and communication tools will be required. CCE Tioga is migrating to a CRM product solution for their customer data some valuable relational model skills will be acquired during this project.

Food Systems Coordinator (Candor, NY)

Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

The VISTA will work with the CCE Tioga agriculture department to strengthen the connection of beginning farmers to the land including food access to our community.  With the purchase of a 107-acre educational community farm in 2021, CCE Tioga wants to engage the regional partners with land-based projects. The food systems coordinator position will need an understanding of healthy soil practices and great communication skills. Evaluation of our Beginning Farmer Incubator proposal and administration of our Richford CSA model will be main focus areas for engaging local farmers.  Technical database skills and communication tools knowledge is a plus but can also be learned on the job.

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, clear a National Service Criminal History Check, and have their high school diploma or GED