AmeriCorps VISTA Development and Communications Associate 2019-2020

Oakland, California, United States Full-time

Join the Corps!

Do you believe that when a child learns to read, they are empowered to transform their future?

Super Stars Literacy is looking for individuals like you to join our cohort of dedicated instructors. Our program works with Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students in underserved schools to provide daytime intervention and after-school literacy programming. Our members are interested in education, are committed to making a lasting impact in their communities, and are excited about working with elementary-aged students.


The Nitty Gritty

Start: August 1, 2019

End: August 1, 2020

Schedule: ~40 hours per week, hours vary, regular night and weekend events required

Time Off: 10 sick days, 10 vacation days, and 9 federal holidays

Training: 3 day national orientation, 5 day site orientation, plus weekly check-ins and debriefs with a supervisor. Other trainings available at member/supervisor discretion

Living Allowance: $925.12 biweekly (before taxes and deductions)

Benefits: Housing allowance ($300.00 per month), cell phone reimbursement ($30.00), mileage reimbursement, health coverage, child care reimbursement, choice of education award ($6,000) or cash stipend ($3,000) at the end of service, loan forbearance.

Requirements: 4 year college degree or equivalent; strong written and presentation skills


Development and Communications Associate VISTA Position Description

The Development and Communications Associate VISTA will create a sustainable committee structure and fundraising plan for SSL’s YPAN (Young Professionals and Alumni Network) by :

[1] developing effective messaging and PR strategies to publicize SSL’s fundraising events

[2] collaborating with the SSL Development staff to develop and execute an annual fundraising goal including identifying new fundraising prospects and drafting proposals

[3] Creating a YPAN committee manual

[4] Developing SSL’s social media content. The VISTA will join a team of highly skilled development professionals and will be supervised and supported by the SSL Development Manager.


Desired Qualifications

  • Interest in working with children (experience in literacy tutoring desirable but not required)
  • A positive and resilient attitude
  • Communication skills necessary to work with children, school staff, and volunteers
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a full workload
  • Flexibility and poise when dealing with stressful situations
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Bilingual desirable but not required


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Commitment to the full term of service
  • All members must pass criminal history check, including FBI, DOJ, and NSOPW searches
  • Proof of tuberculosis clearance
  • High school diploma or equivalent; Bachelors Degree preferred
  • Proof of citizenship or legal permanent resident status.


About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, safety, health, and the environment. Super Stars Literacy partners with AmeriCorps to provide full-time service opportunities in title 1 schools in Oakland. Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps members dedicate 1700 hours of service per term in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living allowance supported by our AmeriCorps grant. AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about education and the nonprofit sector. For more information, please visit