Each fall Elevate hires three AmeriCorps VISTAs to support our program through a year-long service experience. Through this program, VISTAs receive on-site training from Elevate, access to AmeriCorps training webinars, VISTA networking opportunities, a living stipend, healthcare, and the choice between an education award or exit stipend.

Who We Are Looking For

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking for a collaborative but autonomous work culture. We are an amazing team, and our genuine affection for one another is one of key components of what makes Elevate Tutoring so special! If you are looking to join an organization that is fun, high-energy, and flexible, then we can’t wait to meet you! The ideal candidate for this position will be dependable, organized, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Learn more about our organization at ​www.elevatetutoring.org​.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree OR 3-4 years of direct college access/success experience, personal experience with transfer pathways and first-generation college students a plus.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport with college students of diverse backgrounds (race, gender, income, immigration, and economics).
  • Ability to maintain focus on long-term projects while also transitioning to urgent projects when the need arises.
  • Familiarity and comfort with Google Suite and Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)
  • Availability to maintain consistent office hours during business hours (approx. 75% of total hours) with flexibility to support occasional evening and weekend meetings or events.
  • Comfortable working remotely, with access to a suitable personal home work space. Elevate does not maintain a physical office space, but this role may require occasional site visits, meetings, and events within the San Jose metro area. Must have availability and access to reliable transportation.
  • Spanish fluency is a plus (but not required)!

When & How to Apply

  • Applications will be reviewed as received, and accepted through Sunday, October 24. Expected start date is December 9, 2021.
  • In addition to the application on the Americorps website, please email a cover letter and resume to Director of Programs and Operations, Catherine Bradshaw, at [email protected]
    • Please read examples of the project tasks each role might take on below, with additional notes on useful skills. Include in your cover letter which VISTA role(s) are of interest to you and address how your skills might serve you in those roles. (A bulleted list is fine!) 

If you have any questions regarding your application, please email us at [email protected]

About AmeriCorps VISTA

Elevate Tutoring’s VISTA positions are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit americorps.gov.

Program Compensation & Benefits

  • In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approximately $30,003.
  • Upon completion of service, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,345 (eligible for matching grants at select universities) or post-service stipend of $1,800.
  • Health benefits during service.
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable).
  • Child care assistance (if applicable).
  • Qualified student loan deferment or forbearance.
  • Non-competitive eligibility for qualified government jobs the first year after completing service.
  • Optional life insurance
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps members and alums
  • Professional development through monthly training, skills learned in service, and experience in a nonprofit environment.

Job Openings:

Partnerships & Programs VISTA

The Partnerships VISTA will strengthen existing partner sites, develop a strategy for selecting and onboarding new partner sites, and assist in creating new community networks. This will deepen Elevate’s impact by offering services where they are most needed, improve efficacy of service delivery at existing partner sites, and increase efficiency of service delivery to Tutor Fellows.

Proposed Project Activities:
  • Work with existing school partners to develop strategic deployment plans for tutoring.
  • Research and identify new prospective school partners based on strategic goals of balancing greatest need with quality of Tutor Fellow experience.
  • Perform a needs analysis and create a strategic plan for adding partner sites.
  • Develop a plan for deepening Community College partnerships and identify key stakeholders at each campus. 
  • Observe and suggest improvements on relationships with referral partners (organizations that refer Tutor Fellows).
  • Research and facilitate new connections with university and college staff at the schools Elevate Tutor Fellows attend (e.g. SJSU, SCU) to streamline case management and college success for Fellows.
  • Perform needs analysis and strategic plan for implementing geographic expansion.
  • Work with Database/Evaluations VISTA to integrate data requests and evaluation needs into the day-to-day partnership management plan.
  • Work with Communications VISTA to ensure community network events have a clear, consistent communication plan that supports program success and participant retention.

Position Specific Skills (preferred but not required):

  • Ability to engage diverse stakeholders in meaningful conversation
  • Some understanding of school organization structure and dynamics (most likely through school site work experience)
  • Experience running group discussions with both homogeneous and varied stakeholders
  • Comfortable reading and understanding research articles relating to education, social sciences, and public policy
  • Some experience using data sets to drive decision making, i.e. using a metrics or requirements structure to evaluate and rank options a significant advantage

Communications & Fund Development VISTA

A Communications/Fund Development VISTA would create a foundation of materials and protocols that can be used to communicate with families, the public, and supporters (donors, volunteers, and partners). This organizational capacity will also strengthen fund development, which would benefit from clear storytelling and organized strategy to build financial resources for growth.

Proposed Project Activities:
  • Work with partner sites, families, and Tutor Fellows to build a portfolio of stories, photos, video, and other collateral for communications and fundraising.
  • Edit the existing communications calendar and develop a scheduled rollout plan for various communications.
  • Coordinate and implement communications strategies for email, web, multimedia, and social media platforms:
    • Lead the development of the quarterly newsletter 
    • Develop social media campaigns and messaging
    • Manage edits/changes to website, branding materials, and other collateral
  • Research prospective funders and create or update materials to support funding proposals.
  • Collaborate with Partnerships VISTA to create a communications strategy to support community networks of nonprofits, educators, and parents.
  • Collaborate with Database/Evaluations VISTA to research and develop methods for integrating stakeholder experiences and feedback into program planning, especially families served by tutoring.

Position Specific Skills (preferred but not required):

  • Experience with engaging with scheduling platforms for social media and email marketing:
    • Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
    • MailChimp — or other content management systems
  • Experience in marketing to and engaging with diverse audiences and partners
  • Experience utilizing multimedia programs to develop digital and video assets
  • Experience using graphic design platforms (such as Canva and Adobe Editor a plus)!
  • Experience crafting external messaging:
    • Communicating organization’s mission, vision, and values with diverse audiences
  • Experience with donor outreach and communication

Database & Evaluation VISTA

A Database/Evaluations VISTA would organize and direct program evaluation. In concert with other VISTAs, staff, volunteers, and partners, this VISTA would shore up the foundation for good program management by examining the programs as they are, considering where they are intended to go, and creating methodology for Elevate to make strategic management decisions. We believe that good data not only improves service delivery to students and Tutor Fellows, but also empowers supporters to be better advocates for our community by providing impact evidence that can be leveraged to raise funds for program growth.

Proposed Project Activities:
  • Work with staff and stakeholders to design evaluation metrics and tools to evaluate programs 
  • Review existing database tools in Salesforce & GoogleDrive and research alternative data storage tools as needed
  • Manage the transfer of existing data into Salesforce and recommend next steps in database systems design
  • Create survey tools, focus group procedures, and interview methodology for data collection from internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate with other VISTAs to evaluate data needs for other teams and how to best incorporate into Salesforce
  • Collaborate with the other VISTAs to review existing data for helpful stories and materials

Position Specific Skills (preferred but not required):

  • Some basic familiarity with program evaluation (theoretical or practical) as well as ability to enter data accurately, develop verification procedures, and create analysis reports.
  • Experience working with a data management platform (Salesforce preferred) 
  • Experience with evaluation tools 
    • Survey development
    • Focus group development & leadership
    • Conducting interviews
    • Quantitative & qualitative data analysis