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.)
About the Rural Health Network

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.
Food and Health Network Program Assistant VISTA - (Binghamton, NY)

Summer 2019 – Summer 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
Advance communications, resource development, and capacity-building to support the Food and Health Network Program (FaHN), and community food projects across an eight county region. The VISTA will work closely with FaHN staff, including the Director, Community Food Coordinator, and Farm to School Coordinator, to develop coordinated annual communication and education strategies that enhance food security and local food access initiatives. The Program Assistant VISTA will assist with resource development through an annual fundraising campaign, grant research and writing, and development of an event sponsorship strategy. The VISTA will also work closely with community partners to build capacity through volunteer recruitment and participation in county-based anti-hunger task forces¿ and food councils.
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.
Community Schools 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)
Dedicated to creating community schools in Broome County by partnering with Binghamton University, BC Mental Health, BOCES, & local school districts. The VISTA Promise Zone project began with one VISTA in Whitney Point.  The following year, the project expanded to  Binghamton City Schools.  Later with the help of another VISTA slot, Union-Endicott, Windsor, Johnson City, Harpursville and Deposit School Districts were added. A curriculum was developed by the first VISTA to train parent leaders in the implementation of the school engagement strategies.  One VISTA will assist with implementing the programs that parents have designed, analyze focus group findings and will provide support and feedback to the program via data analysis and reporting.  The Community Schools Volunteer Coordinator VISTA will primarily focus on recruitment and management of volunteers and interns.
Binghamton University Community Schools VISTA - (Binghamton, NY)

September 2019 – September 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
Binghamton University Community Schools VISTA will build capacity by coordinating the BUS Bucks program (a collaborative effort among Binghamton University’s Promise Zone Community Schools, Kim Myers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and several local school districts.  The goal of this program is to provide K-12 students with a feeling of empowerment and control over their lives, their education and ultimately their future. Work with community school coordinators, students and their families to identify individual challenges and goals for each student. Those goals may involve addressing chronic absenteeism, behavior and/or family issues, or any other issue that is hindering academic success.
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.  The final product will ensure more equitable resources and service allocation to rural Tioga County. 
Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) VISTA - (Watkins Glen, NY)

Summer 2019 – Summer 2020

(VISTA terms always run for one full year, but we can be flexible on the start date)
The Opioid/Over the Counter Coordinating VISTA will focus on addressing 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. The member will work on coalition expansion, collaborative resource development efforts, and the creation of new materials for development, communications, and assessment.

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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