AmeriCorps VISTAs, SERVE Philadelphia

Posted by on April 29, 2013

Join the SERVE Philadelphia AmeriCorps VISTA Team!
2013-2014 SERVE Philadelphia AmeriCorps VISTA
applications being accepted through May 30th!

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is accepting applications for 12 full time SERVE Philadelphia 2013-2014 AmeriCorps VISTA members, beginning in August 2013, to serve for a period of one year on projects designed to impact financial empowerment, youth engagement, community revitalization and support for veterans and military families.

Click HERE to download the full application!

Applications are being accepted for the twelve positions listed below.  Please reference pages 3 through 7 of the complete application for detailed position descriptions.

SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Team Leader (requires one year of previous experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA)
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for The PhillyRising Collaborative
Volunteer Coordinator for DHS – Juvenile Justice Services
Volunteer Coordinator for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Out of School Activities
Mission365 Coordinator for Global Citizen
GreenPHL Partnership Coordinator
Out-of-School Time Data Coordinator with the Mayor’s Office of Health and Opportunity
Financial Opportunity Outreach Coordinator (2 positions)
Business Service Coordinator for the Department of Commerce (foreign language skills preferred)
Business Service Manager for the Department of Commerce (2 positions, foreign language skills required)

SERVE Philadelphia 2013-2014 VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one year, beginning August 27th 2013 and ending August 30th 2014.  All of the VISTA positions require full time service, with occasional responsibilities in the evening and on weekends.

SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs will participate in local orientation, regularly scheduled professional development sessions and bi-monthly team meetings throughout the year sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service.

SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs are required to attend a mandatory pre-service orientation prior to beginning their year of service (August 27th to the 30th in Philadelphia).   All transportation costs to Pre-Service Orientation will be covered for individuals who are not from Philadelphia.  In addition, a small relocation allowance will be provided to individuals who relocate more than 50 miles to serve as a VISTA in Philadelphia.

AmeriCorps VISTAs receive an annual living allowance of $12,192 ($468 every two weeks), before taxes.  They also have the option to enroll in the VISTA Health Benefits Program.  AmeriCorps VISTAs who are part of the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA team will also receive a monthly transportation pass.

Finally, AmeriCorps VISTAs who successfully complete their year of service can choose to receive either an Education Award of $5,550 or End of Service Stipend of $1,500.  The Education Award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed student loan or used to pay tuition in the future.

NOTE:             Per the policy of the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps 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 8-10 of the complete application, which should be submitted by email to

All applicants invited to participate in a final interview will be required to fill out an on-line application with the Corporation for National and Community Service.  In preparation for this, applicants should go to to set up an account and create an application.  Note: this does NOT need to be completed before submitting your application to SERVE Philadelphia.

Application Release: Wednesday, April 24th

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted via email and reviewed on a rolling basis through Thursday, May 30th.

Interviews: Interviews will take place as applications are received.  Outstanding candidates will receive offers on a rolling basis.

2011-2012 SERVE Philadelphia VISTAS Announced: The full list of VISTAs will be publicly announced on Monday, June 10th

VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: August 27th – 30th in Philadelphia

Term of Service: August 30th 2013 to August 29th 2014

Applicant Requirements
Because all of the projects involve working with children and/or vulnerable populations in some capacity or another, AmeriCorps VISTAs will be required to complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.

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