various VISTA postitions, SERVE Philadelphia

Posted on May 09, 2011

SERVE Philadelphia 2011-2012 VISTA Information and Application

In September 2010, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter created the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service to ensure that his administration was at the forefront of promoting service as a strategy to impact challenges and strengthen communities.  For more information about the office, and to read the City’s plan for service, please visit:

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is accepting applications for five SERVE Philadelphia 2011-2012 VISTAs to work on a variety of projects across the city designed to increase access to educational opportunities and strengthen community volunteer networks.

NOTE: Four of these positions will be housed in the Mayor’s Office.  The fifth VISTA will be hosted by Global Citizen, a close partner of the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service.

Applications are being accepted for the positions listed below.  Please reference pages three through seven for full position descriptions.

•    Graduation Coach Campaign Training Coordinator (see page 3)
•    PhillyGoes2College Outreach Coordinator  (see page 4)
•    SERVE Philadelphia Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (see page 5)
•    Parks and Recreation Volunteer Engagement Support Coordinator (see page 6)
•    Global Citizen/King Day of Service Project & Volunteer Coordinator (see page 7)

SERVE Philadelphia 2011-2012 VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one year, beginning Friday, August 12, 2011 and ending Friday, August 10, 2012.   VISTAs are required to attend a mandatory pre-service orientation in Philadelphia from Monday, August 8th to Thursday, August 11th.

Each of the five VISTA positions outlined on pages three through seven require full time service, with occasional responsibilities in the evening and on weekends.

SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs will participate in local orientation and regularly scheduled professional development sessions throughout the year sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service in collaboration with our network of partners.

VISTAs will receive a living allowance of $977/month, before taxes.  They will also have the option to enroll in the VISTA Health Benefits Program.  Finally, VISTAs who complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,350.  This award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed loan or used to pay tuition in the future.  NOTE: Per the policy of the Corporation for National and Community Service, VISTAs cannot engage in additional paid work during their year of service.

For detailed information about AmeriCorps VISTA, including member benefits, please visit:

Application Process
Please see pages 8 and 9 for the application, which can be submitted by email to or by mail to the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, 112 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA  19107.

NOTE: Once candidates have been accepted, they will need to fill out an on-line application through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Get the application and each of the position descriptions at:

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