AmeriCorps*VISTA, Chestnut Hill College

Posted by on April 20, 2009

[emailed 4/20/09]

Position:    AmeriCorps PACC*VISTA- Chestnut Hill College

Reports to:     Assistant Director of Career Services for Service-Learning and Experiential Education

Purpose:    The AmeriCorps*VISTA will be responsible for deepening and sustaining the community partnership between Roxborough High School and Chestnut Hill College.  The VISTA will work to increase Chestnut Hill College student engagement in the Senior Project at Roxborough High School.

•    Bachelor’s degree from a recognized and accredited college or university, or three years of related volunteer experience
•    Demonstrated commitment to social justice, cultural diversity and poverty-related issues
•    Must possess sufficient experience in a collegiate environment to understand the academic culture and must have the ability to effectively interact with faculty, staff, students and administrators
•    Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
•    Must be a self-starter and possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills
•    Demonstrates ability to organize and work independently as a leader and as part of a team
•    Familiarity with Philadelphia area K-12 schools, social services and Chestnut Hill College community partnerships a plus

•    Assist in oversight of the College’s partnership with Roxborough High School
•    Increase Chestnut Hill College student volunteers/mentors at Roxborough High School
•    Refine and support existing campus-community partnerships
•    Act as liaison between Chestnut Hill College and community partners
•    Collaborate with Pennsylvania Campus Compact and the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development to deepen campus-community partnerships
•    Work collaboratively with faculty, staff and administration to create policy and procedures for ensuring the academic quality and integration of service-learning
•    Conduct semester site visits/evaluations with students volunteering at area service sites
•    Act as liaison to faculty/staff for service-learning resources
•    Assist in recruitment and administration of Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program

Terms of Service:
•    Commit to serving as a full-time VISTA for one year, from August 15, 2009- August 14, 2010
•    Receive a monthly/annual allowance of $949/$11,388, and limited health coverage
•    Receive a post-service education award of $4,725 OR a $1,200 cash stipend upon completion of year of service.
•    Attend a five-day pre-service orientation August 10-14, and at least three other trainings/retreats as prescribed by PACC and CNCS
•    To learn more about other AmeriCorps*VISTA benefits visit

To apply or for more information, please contact:

Ryan P. Murphy, M.S.
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19118

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