Millersville University’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) is pleased to serve as a 2013-14 AmeriCorps VISTA project host site, through Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC) and the PA State Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). With the main goal of eradicating poverty and long-term capacity for communities, PACC*VISTA members serve across Pennsylvania at institutions of higher education and respective community partners.
In addition to addressing pressing communities needs and fostering community and civic engagement, the Millersville UniversityPACC*VISTA is supported with professional and leadership development opportunities through PACC and Millersville University.
Project Cygnet, coordinated by the PACC*VISTA member, will enhance community building efforts to alleviate poverty and to sustain reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships between the Millersville University campus and Lancaster County community organizations, leaders and members.
Project Cygnet will work with existing and new community partners to enhance their wrap-around services and increase the academic success of at-risk K-12 students. Project Cygnet will build the capacity of these community partners to serve K-12 students by recruiting, training and managing Millersville University student volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors and music instructors. Project Cygnet will work with Scaling Walls a Note at a Time (SWAN), an organization which provides music lessons and performance opportunities to children of incarcerated parents, by recruiting music education majors to serve as instructors and mentors. Project Cygnet will help SWAN develop an evaluation process and marketing materials to promote awareness and encourage increased involvement from the community. The PACC*VISTA will also assist with overall program development, volunteer training, recruitment and sustainability of the project.
Pennsylvania Campus Compact and Millersville University seeks a PACC*VISTA Project Coordinator to join them in their commitment to community service, civic engagement and the eradication of poverty. The PACC*VISTA term of service is July 21, 2013 to July 25, 2014.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree; community service experience. Strong organizational skills, including planning and managing projects, record keeping and data collection. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Professional Suite, the Internet and social media. Possession of valid drivers’ license, insurance, and access to a vehicle. Availability to work evenings and weekends for after-school programming. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity and equity; and successful interview.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience working with K-12 age youth or non-profit community partners in a work or volunteer setting.
VISTA Benefits: Annual living allowance of $11,352. End of Service Award - Education Award of $5,550 or Cash Stipend of $1,500. Health Coverage provided by Seven Corners. Relocation support and Child Care Benefits, if eligible. Professional development and support from PA Campus Compact.
Millersville University Benefits: Unfurnished on-campus housing and meal allowance. Reimbursement for project-related travel. Use of gym and library facilities. Professional development and training opportunities from Millersville University.
Full consideration given to applications received by April 30, 2013.
To apply, please send a resume and letter of application to
Melissa Wardwell, Interim Director, Experiential Learning and Career Management,
Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551