VISTA Service Positions

Northern New England AmeriCorps VISTA Collaboration Service Opportunities 2021/2022

Join educational institutions across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to support efforts to expand college access & success for low-income students to fight poverty. Apply today-make a difference.

Have a question? Email Aarron Dupuis at dupuis {at} compactnh(.)org

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Open Positions

GEAR UP NH Access Navigator

The GEAR UP New Hampshire Access Navigator will work with juniors and seniors at seven districts throughout New Hampshire. This member will be focused on postsecondary access and success for rural low-income and first generation students who have been GEAR UP students since their seventh and eight grade years, respectively. The Access Navigator will work with seniors and their caretakers on developing their postsecondary plans while also preparing the juniors to make informed decisions for their future. The Access Navigator will create sustainable programming for GEAR UP New Hampshire’s partner schools, foster relationships with higher education institutions and community partners, increase knowledge and aspirations for rural first generation and/or low-income students and their caretakers, and more! Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Nashua Community College

The Student Life Assistant at Nashua Community College will: 1) Support student leadership programs as a strategy to increase student success for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. 2) Encourage volunteering and develop service initiatives to engage low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students. 3) Develop and expand programs that increase college access and student success for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. 4) Expand and build capacity for a peer support network/mentor program that can support low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students to persist and succeed. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Granite United Way - Berlin

The AmeriCorps member(s) serving at Granite United Way in Berlin will work to address financial stability for New Hampshire communities by thoroughly assessing community needs, increasing access to benefits, building volunteer capacity, and supporting cross sector partnerships to holistically address financially stability in the region. The VISTA will support programs, events, and activities that address financial stability by utilizing and expanding upon Granite United Way’s partnerships in the community. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

NHTI, Concord's Community College

A member will: Sit in on campus committees & projects, including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; Actively serve on the Lynx Food Pantry and NHTI CARES Committees, and the Student Engagement Team; Plan, develop, and host events for key dates such as MLK Jr. Day and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; Create timely and creative infographics to promote events across campus; Advise the Alternative Spring Break Program on campus & coordinate service events that engage ASB members with their community; Co-advise the National Society of Leadership and Success club; Conduct outreach to local grocery stores for donations benefiting the food pantry; Staff the pantry on a weekly basis; Assist in the recruitment of future VISTA members; Staff winter and summer orientation programs. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Southside Middle School GEAR UP

The VISTA serving at Southside Middle School will collaborate with the GEAR UP Coordinator to expand the capacity of Southside Middle School to achieve three main goals for low-income and first-generation students: increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education, expand college aspirations and increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education, and increase students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing. The VISTA will develop and strengthen community partnerships, research and develop informed educational equity initiatives, build a tutoring program, develop reflection, evaluation, and assessment tools, and create outreach materials to promote access and success programming and communicate college preparation tips and resources. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12th.

Middle School at Parkside GEAR UP

The VISTA serving at Parkside Middle School will collaborate with the GEAR UP Coordinator to expand the capacity of Parkside Middle School to achieve three main goals for low-income and first-generation students: increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education, expand college aspirations and increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education, and increase students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing. The VISTA will develop and strengthen community partnerships, research and develop informed educational equity initiatives, build a tutoring program, develop reflection, evaluation, and assessment tools, and create outreach materials to promote access and success programming and communicate college preparation tips and resources. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12th.

McLaughlin Middle School GEAR UP

The VISTA serving at McLaughlin Middle School will collaborate with the GEAR UP Coordinator to expand the capacity of McLaughlin Middle School to achieve three main goals for low-income and first-generation students: increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education, expand college aspirations and increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education, and increase students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing. The VISTA will develop and strengthen community partnerships, research and develop informed educational equity initiatives, build a tutoring program, develop reflection, evaluation, and assessment tools, and create outreach materials to promote access and success programming and communicate college preparation tips and resources. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12th.

Hillside Middle School GEAR UP

The VISTA serving at Hillside Middle School will collaborate with the GEAR UP Coordinator to expand the capacity of Hillside Middle School to achieve three main goals for low-income and first-generation students: increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education, expand college aspirations and increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education, and increase students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing. The VISTA will develop and strengthen community partnerships, research and develop informed educational equity initiatives, build a tutoring program, develop reflection, evaluation, and assessment tools, and create outreach materials to promote access and success programming and communicate college preparation tips and resources. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12th.

Saint Anselm College/Access Academy
This position supports the Access Academy, an afterschool program aimed at increasing the learning opportunities for immigrant, refugee, and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds. Access Academy instruction and educational support is run by college instructors and faculty. College students provide a much-needed connection to college and foster the idea that college is possible. VISTA responsibilities include: community, parent/guardian, and school outreach; training and support of college student leaders instructors, and volunteers; recruitment and support of students; program planning and coordination; manage data and presentations; document the program’s process; collect feedback; create and document the training process; build relationship with Manchester ethnic communities, parents/guardians, and community programs; and support student instructors, leaders, and volunteers. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.
Saint Anselm College

This position will support the Remote Tutoring Collaborative and Community Education Programs. Remote tutoring programs provide learning opportunities and educational support for immigrant, refugee, and other underrepresented students from Manchester school district. In addition to academic support, college mentors provide social and emotional support along with a much-needed connection to college, fostering the idea that college is possible. The VISTA responsibilities include: school, community, and parent/guardian outreach; training and support of college student tutors and volunteers; recruitment and support of students; program planning and coordination; manage data and presentations; document the program’s process; collect feedback; create and document the training process; collaborate with the school district and community partners, and; train and support the college tutors, leaders, and volunteers. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Recovery and Resiliency Coordinator

The Recovery and Resiliency Coordinator serving with Campus Compact NH will focus on post-pandemic issues. The member will create resiliency resources and supports for member institutions in preparation of another institutional crisis like a pandemic. Many low-income students may face long-lasting effects of the pandemic on areas of basic needs, transportation, employment, and infrastructure (Internet Connectivity). This project will bring in stakeholders to make sure those students are still supported and find success on their educational journey. The member will also assist Campus Compact on a variety of issues related to a return of normalcy among K12 schools and higher education institutions in the state. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

White Mountains Community College

Work with Admissions and the WMCC Student Affairs department to expand sustainable partnerships with area K-12 schools. Support student leadership programs as a strategy to increase student success for low-income and first-generation students and veterans. Work with PTK, and key staff members to grow WMCC’s free food service (program to combat food insecurity) as a strategy to increase college access and success for low-income students. Assist Academic Affairs and Workforce Development in expanding, developing, and building capacity for workforce training and development. Assist Workforce Development Coordinator in researching and identifying grants to support WMCC and community initiatives aligned with the strategic direction of the organization(s). Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Bates College

The Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College invites applications for the Civic Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship. The Fellow will develop and strengthen programming that connects Bates students to the off-campus community in informed and constructive ways. With a special focus on cultivating college aspirations, the Fellow will partner with existing Bates offices and academic departments to inspire and equip Bates students for a range of community-engaged activities that respond to community-identified needs. The Fellow will be a live-in member of the professional team in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. The Fellow’s work will contribute to the college’s extensive Community-Engaged Learning program by cultivating and sustaining networks of connection and mutual benefit between Bates College and the off-campus community. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

UMaine Bodwell Center

UMaine’s VISTA coordinates Black Bear Mentors and Black Bear Tutors, and partners with Big Brothers Big Sister of Mid-Maine and America Reads America Counts. Recruit, train and support UMaine students as virtual or in-person tutors and mentors. Training includes Developmental Assets, SPARKS, and College Positive Volunteerism. Youth are recruited from 5 school and community sites. Increasing student commitment to school, supporting academic success, and connecting with a college student are shown to decrease drop-out rates and increase college/career aspirations. The BBM/BBT programs introduce children to possibilities and excite them about their future as a college student! Also work with the on-campus food pantry to distribute thousands of pounds of food to students, faculty and staff through a contactless pickup system, especially during breaks and summer. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Maine Campus Compact - STEM Coordinator

The STEM VISTA will: Conduct outreach for collaborative STEM engaging initiatives and identify and develop STEM partnerships in school districts that serve low income students; Provide technical assistance and training support for STEM initiatives and related trainings for educators and students; Conduct surveys to measure effectiveness of STEM initiatives; analyze data and compile a report of findings for internal use; Identify new partnerships for STEM initiatives and help build capacity for implementation; Plan and organize a STEM challenge event focused on a topic like water or climate change; Provide technical assistance support for campus mentor programs to pair college students with K-12 students in the STEM field to get help with homework and overall support; Coordinate efforts with other VISTAs and non-traditional educators; and Increase sustainability of the STEM initiatives/ program. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

New Ventures: Augusta

New Ventures Maine, a statewide outreach and education program of the University of Maine at Augusta, will host an AmeriCorps VISTA position to coordinate information and resources to increase access to and retention in higher education for low income individuals of all ages in Central Maine and statewide. This position will encompass outreach and communications about career and education options and the benefits of higher education and workforce credentials; financial literacy and information about resources to pay for the full cost of attending college; student civic engagement and leadership development; and coordination of wraparound services and resources on campus and in the community. This member will serve at our Augusta site. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Maine Campus Compact - COVID Recovery/Resiliency VISTA

The 2021-2022 COVID Recovery/Resiliency VISTA will work on compiling pertinent information for recovery and resiliency efforts of K-12 and higher education due to COVID-19 while focusing on four bucket areas: hunger and homelessness, academic and technology supports, socioemotional learning, and broader resiliency resources and planning. More specifically, the VISTA will: Research, develop and document concrete and actionable steps educational institutions can take in order to ensure the success of low-income students during the pandemic and recovery phases; assist with the development of trainings and awareness strategies related to COVID-19 that target low-income students on issues such as social emotional health, academic support and resiliency; and create and maintain awareness strategies (i.e. podcasts) to clearly disseminate knowledge related to COVID-19 educational re-entry related to low-income students. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

University of New England

The University of New England seeks to engage a VISTA to help extend, enhance, and sustain its America Reads and America Counts Tutoring Program (ARAC) and to reestablish the College Aspirations Program (CAP). This motivated and enthusiastic individual will work in a university setting, mobilizing university students to be engaged in variety of community service activities on and off campus. These include providing support to the Senior Citizenship seminar, and a variety of other activities on campus such as the Service Fair. In addition, the VISTA, will coordinate the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE students to work with local partner schools. and their K-8 students in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and the Kennebunks through the America Reads America Counts and College Aspiration programs. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

New Ventures Maine: Bangor

New Ventures Maine, a statewide outreach and education program of the University of Maine at Augusta, will host an AmeriCorps VISTA position to coordinate information and resources to increase access to and retention in higher education for low income individuals of all ages in North Central Maine and statewide. This position will encompass outreach and communications about career and education options and the benefits of higher education and workforce credentials; financial literacy and information about resources to pay for the full cost of attending college; student civic engagement and leadership development; and coordination of wraparound services and resources on campus and in the community. This member will serve at our Bangor Site. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

New Ventures Maine: South Portland
New Ventures Maine, a statewide outreach and education program of the University of Maine at Augusta, will host an AmeriCorps VISTA position to coordinate information and resources to increase access to and retention in higher education for low income individuals of all ages in Southern Maine and statewide. This position will encompass outreach and communications about career and education options and the benefits of higher education and workforce credentials; financial literacy and information about resources to pay for the full cost of attending college; student civic engagement and leadership development; and coordination of wraparound services and resources on campus and in the community. This member will serve at our South Portland site. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.
Middlebury College

The Anderson Freeman Resource Center (AFC) provides advocacy, programs, resources, and support for historically underrepresented students, including students of color, queer and transgender students, and first-generation college students at Middlebury College. The VISTA member will work to create programs to support the academic and college life success of these student populations. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Champlain College/ODI

Champlain College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) offers an exciting VISTA position at a dynamic student-centered office. The VISTA will work closely with the Associate Director of ODI to support the success of first generation college students, assist with and expand first generation programs, increase students’ awareness of financial and food insecurity resources, and provide organizational support for ODI programming, with the overarching goal of increasing support for first generation and/or low-income students. This position will work directly with our CARE Scholars a pathway program supporting at risk and often BIPOC students. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Champlain College/WGC

Champlain College’s Women’s and Gender Center (WCG) offers an exciting VISTA position at a dynamic student-centered office. The VISTA will work closely with the professional staff in the WGC to support the success of our female identified and/or low-income students to offer services typical of a women’s and gender center. This position will work closely with female students to help build networks and access to support services especially for populations where female, queer and trans students are underrepresented in the classroom. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.