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Austin National Alliance on Mental Illness OneStar VISTA
While founded in 1984, NAMI Austin is basically a 33-year old “startup,” having hired its first executive director just 3 years ago. Since then, NAMI Austin has been strategically riding a wave of change in the way our community addresses mental health by providing the best mental health education, and support and advocacy programming, all at no cost. To meet the growing needs of the community, we’re looking for someone to propel us to the next level by expanding our services to communities of color that have historically been underserved and low-income communities. That starts with recruiting, training and retaining volunteer speakers, peer educators and coordinators from those communities. As a volunteer-driven organization with limited resources, this VISTA position has the potential to have a huge impact on the lives of the thousands of individuals and families in the Austin area affected by mental illness. Located in the heart of the “Live Music Capitol of the World,” NAMI Austin offers a VISTA member a unique blend of opportunity for professional growth in a great location for anyone who loves the outdoors, a thriving music and arts community, and the best food truck tacos in the state. The Community Education Coordinator VISTA has three major roles: managing the donor and volunteer database, strategically creating an outreach plan for the recruitment of new volunteers, and coordinating programs that reach a high percentage of people of color. Our programs help create more confident, resilient families and individuals. This, in turn, can improve job stability and access to steady income and health insurance, which also provides better access to mental health treatment, a continuing positive cycle. The position will allow for a combination of creativity, innovation, and strategic organizational development in an extremely supportive atmosphere with great training and strong teamwork in a city with a large and visible AmeriCorps presence.
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Member Duties : The NAMI Austin Community Education Coordinator VISTA will enhance the agency’s volunteer and engagement programs by developing new and improved tools to ensure long-term and sustainable volunteer retention and tracking. Duties include developing and improving volunteer recruitment, training, and assist with program coordination for recruited volunteers. The VISTA member’s contributions will help support the agency’s expansion and stability by more effectively and efficiently managing the fast-paced growth of the volunteer program while ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the organization. She or he will work closely with the mission-driven staff of a vibrant organization experiencing exponential growth at a time of increased community mental health awareness through health education and programming for low-income and underserved communities.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Technology ,  Health . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications . 
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Austin National Alliance on Mental Illness OneStar VISTA

Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/08/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS  


Accepting Applications
From  03/19/2019  To  06/14/2019 

Contact Karen Ranus
4110 Guadalupe St
Austin   TX   78751
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71052