Location: Bristol, RI Category: Staff positions Posted On: Fri Nov 30 2018 Job Description:
The VISTA will assist Roger Williams University in building capacity for equity by supporting two projects related to college access and success: SOAR (Strive, Overcome, Achieve, Rise) and Rogers High School College Access program. The focus of these programs is college access (Rogers High) and college success for under-resourced, first generation and high-touch students at RWU. The VISTA will be building capacity for these two programs under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Multicultural Initiatives, who will be coordinating the programs. This is a 35 hour per week position that will function mainly out of the Intercultural Center.
For SOAR, a high potential/high touch-mentoring program for under-resourced, first generation and high-touch students, the AmeriCorps VISTA member will help to identify and coordinate mentors and support mentor/mentee relationships. They will also survey SOAR students to identify needs and interests, create a schedule of monthly events, and create a system of evaluation to track impact of mentor/mentee relationships, check-ins and SOAR students' status, and conduct outreach.
For the College Access program in collaboration with Rogers High School in Newport, RI, the VISTA will work closely with Rogers High School staff to coordinate visits to the RWU campus. The VISTA will identify, develop, and create programming related to college access in terms of outreach, marketing, registration, etc. Other duties will include conducting outreach via and creating a system of evaluation which may include running focus groups and compiling results.
Identifying and pursuing collaborative relationships with both on-campus and off-campus organizations, resources and community partners
Survey identified students to assess their needs and interests
Create a schedule of monthly events to meet their needs leveraging speakers and other resources as needed
Create a systems to track individual meetings and "check-ins" and students' status
Conduct outreach via social media, email list serves and website postings
Create marketing, registration, and training materials for students, program volunteers, and community resources.
Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA Service:
Bi-weekly living allowance (stipend) of $472.22
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)
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
Roger Williams will also provide some meal support and a recreation center pass with this position. There is also the possibility of on-campus housing upon request.
AmeriCorps VISTA Eligibility Requirements:
Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
Pass a national service criminal history check
Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.
The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.
For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9
Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.
Internal Number: 105326
About Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University is inextricably connected to Roger Williams, the 17th-century leader devoted to freedom of conscience and social justice who founded a community in Rhode Island based on those tenets. Roger Williams' philosophy, and what has been called his 'lively experiment,' nurtured the growth of vibrant and open societies. Our pursuit of excellence in education, academic accomplishment and community service is rooted in his focus on intellectual exchange, critical thinking, inclusiveness and innovation as a means of improving a free society. It is this legacy that inspires our core purpose.