The Wyandotte County AmeriCorps VISTA Program is always looking for motivated, passionate and community focused individuals that are eager to share their knowledge and skill-set to help positively impact Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.
Look below to review open VISTA positions. Click on each job title below to be redirected to the complete position description and application process.
Enhance VISTA project success by supporting recruitment and selection of high quality VISTAs to ensure project success. Identify learning needs of VISTAs and coordinate ongoing professional development. Facilitate and encourage peer learning among VISTAs. Coordinate regular meet ups between VISTAs to foster partnership and collaboration. Conduct one-on-one monthly meetings with each VISTA member to review VAD goals, assess progress, and address any member needs. Assist VISTAs in clarifying problems and creating their own solutions, involving sub-site supervisors and the project director as necessary. Must be VISTA, NCCC, AmeriCorps, FEMACorps, or Peace Corps alum.
- Placement is with the Unified Government Public Health Department
CABA Partnership and Development Administrator
This member will focus on expanding partnerships, grant writing, and nonprofit organization/communication. Building program strategy, grant writing, and collaboration with community partners. Provide programming coordination and evaluation of current CABA services, programs, events, etc. to better services and place emphasis on growing the organization. Lead the search, location, and establishment of furthering existing and new possible/future relationships with partners including Government and Community Organizations, Grantors and Program Foundations.
- Placement is with the Central Avenue Betterment Association (CABA)
Communications & Development Specialist (PAL)
This VISTA will lead integration to an online marketing product (e.g. Constant Contact or MailChimp), to effectively communicate with PAL attendees, their families, current and potential PAL donors and supporters, and the broader community. This member will lead social media strategy/plan to effectively communicate the mission, vision, and activities of PAL KCK. The plan will complement fundraising efforts and increase community awareness and engagement. They will also lead various projects that focus on marketing, outreach, and fundraising.
- Placement is with the Police Athletic League (PAL)
Community Outreach and Research Analyst
The VISTA will assist with community outreach events; craft and disseminate budget surveys and models for public and internal feedback, build capacity for Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) with Budget, Strategy, and Research and input from Administration; develop and expand upon existing PBB training and education materials for internal and external stakeholders; develop benchmarking process with Budget, Strategy, and Research that compares UG revenues, expenditures, and other relevant budgetary data to other communities; craft content that explains the budget process, highlights departmental budgets, and advertises points of public engagement to share via Facebook, YouTube, and the UG website.
- Placement is with the Unified Government City Hall Budget Office
KC Digital Drive Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Serve with KC Digital Drive in support of digital marketing and storytelling, including community relations, partner communications, social media, copywriting, and regular and dedicated community and partner communications. add capacity to our event platform that includes a series of digital inclusion, digital skills training, civic and tech innovation, and other community-based events. Help coordinate tasks and deliverables for our regular and promotional publications. Create email templates for broad community engagement. Assist with calendar management, event promotion and audience marketing.
- Placement is with KC Digital Drive
KC Digital Drive Project Coordinator
The VISTA Member will Serve the organization through task management and deliverable-based project coordination to support our Digital Inclusion and Innovation work teams across the more active and capacity-intensive projects in our portfolio; work with Director and department heads to define project management needs and align coordination, timelines, and deliverables for early-stage, exploratory, community-building, or other organization-led projects; work with the Director of Operations to complete weekly/regular project updates for team meetings and as needed; input, track and update project progress in Asana and G-Suite shared resources; Ensure that all projects have a documented workflow, a project profile on our website, and track project news and events as needed for website publication; audit project profiles for freshness and update as needed.
- Placement is with KC Digital Drive
Event Planning and Organizing Data Management
The VISTA member will assist in planning and implementation of strategy/plan to effectively communicate the mission, vision, programs and events of KCKSFFE: develop tools for implementing marketing for a communication and marketing outreach plan; assist in efforts on how to best recruit and engage volunteers, assist in reviewing databases and programs used for donor relations, volunteer management, accounting, impact and planning.
- Placement is with the Kansas City Kansas School Foundation for Excellence
Museum Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA
The AmeriCorps member will play a key role in researching and helping to collect information stories from underserved community members for the Wyandotte County Heritage Exhibit. Learn about the museum resources and methodologies. Assist with the survey and organization of existing research. Seeking new sources and stories. Assist in curating research into exhibit sections and labels. The AmeriCorps member will serve to expand the museum’s outreach efforts. Review existing education materials and identify new programming topics. Develop new educational materials. Create outreach marketing materials for new programs and reach out to underserved schools.
- Placement is with the Wyandotte County Museum
Operations & Training AmeriCorps VISTA
Research and strategize possibility of establishing 501(c)3 Police Department Foundation to assist with funding anti-crime initiatives and community outreach. Gain knowledge and understanding of other agency foundations. Gain knowledge and understanding of 501(c)3; requirements, needs for management; pros and cons of foundations and fundraising activities, etc. Present information gathered; provide recommendations for moving forward. Research and develop Critical Incident Team (CIT) standard operating procedures. Compile and present research, recommendations, and draft standard operating procedure document. Assist with data tracking and compilation of data for Critical Incident Team (CIT) program. Assist with data tracking; assist with new software integration. Create forecast for Bureau of Operations; coordinate planning of trainings and tracking attendees.
- Placement is with the KCK Community Policing
Public Health Communications & Strategic Planning VISTA
Review previous communications goals and procedures, draft updated communications goals and procedures, and present the draft and any additional recommendations to WyCoPHD Communications staff. Assess needs and make recommendations for an updated internal Communications project management process and task management so that all staff involved know what next steps need to be done to avoid redundancy. Ensure that materials in the language(s) the VISTA speaks are accurate and readable and recommend increasing language access. Assist in Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards and strategic planning.
- Placement is with the Wyandotte County Health Department Planning and Operations Department
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response VISTA
Analyze and review the current Public Health Department emergency plans to ensure they meet the Center for Disease Control operational readiness requirements. Identify gaps in the current plans and recommend changes needed. Coordinate with community members and other stakeholders to develop possible emergency plan changes, including a whole community approach and health equity. Communicate with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response staff to establish changes to the plans and/or create new plans.
- Placement is with the Wyandotte County Health Department Emergency Preparedness Department
Records Assistant VISTA
The VISTA member will identify, organize, and file outstanding municipal court tickets into legacy system; engage in training for digital conversion software; coordinate with other departments to develop a digital record plan; launch digital record plan.
- Placement is with the UG City Hall Records office
Rosedale Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA
Build RDA’s capacity to connect with new funders for community projects. Research and narrow down funding prospects for the Rosedale Community Center capital campaign. Prepare materials for capital campaign including case statement, cover letters and emails, gift range chart, and thank you letters. Build RDA’s capacity to keep all Rosedalians informed and connected. Recruit and train volunteers for door-to-door outreach sharing timely community information. Work with local schools to update RDA’s school outreach practices using new technology and procedures.
- Placement is with the Rosedale Development Association
Technology Helpdesk Specialist
The VISTA member will work on completing various certifications to gain professional development experience and have a better understanding of the programs being used; become comfortable with the 30 Departments at the UG and what their common needs will be; work on closing help desk tickets through UG ticketing systems; work with UG departments to learn about technology issues or errors happening across departments to create trainings to work through issues.
- Placement is with the Unified Government City Hall DOTS Department
ThrYve – Reduce Youth Violence for Equity
The VISTA will work to help the team with the evaluation of the ThrYve efforts through data tracking and help with the coordination of collaborative efforts support the ThrYve Team. They will work closely with youth and community members to provide a collaborative network of youth opportunities, including programs, training, and outreach efforts that help reduce youth violence and promote more equitable conditions, particularly for the youth of racial and ethnic identities. The VISTA will coordinate the work of the ThrYve Team to ensure that the project activities are sustained. They will also work with the Evaluation Team to track, manage, clean, and gather ThrYve-related data.
Toolbox Marketing Coordinator
The member will support The Toolbox with marketing and communications strategies; champion data management and collection efforts; lead the creation and implementation of systems to further the organization's mission; expand outreach and recruitment of all small businesses with special emphasis on refugee, immigrant and BIPOC communities; research and implement a storytelling campaign to showcase the entrepreneurs who have exceled with assistance from The Toolbox.
- Placement is with The Toolbox
Transportation Community Outreach Specialist
The VISTA will work in the Unified Government Transportation Department (UGT) to help implement the microlearning virtual program. The VISTA will support the UGT team efforts to develop this multi-year action plan and coordinate a strategy for engaging community partners and the public. The VISTA will help UGT be more effective in providing informational resources to the community and enhancing the coordination and shared vision of the organization's strategic goals to improve customer service and communication.
- Placement is with the Unified Government Transportation Department (UGT)
Urban Design and Planning VISTA
The VISTA member will support Advance Planning projects across the County that seek to develop actionable, equitable and inclusive strategies to life communities into prosperity and sustainability; support the Citywide Master Plan update and Citywide Historic Preservation Plan processes; support ongoing and ad hoc research, education and outreach initiatives; design templates that best communicate and engage elected officials, stakeholders and the general public in the mission and function of the Urban Design and Planning Department.
- Placement is with the Unified Government Urban Design and Planning Department
MOCSA Violence Prevention AmeriCorps VISTA
The Violence Prevention AmeriCorps VISTA will: Assist in coalition development, including meeting planning, partner follow-up, record keeping, and reporting. Lead implementation of community projects in alignment with violence prevention goals. The VISTA will contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the prevention programming through evaluation of programming and the creation of materials and media to support the ongoing success of the coalition. Work with MOCSA staff to expand knowledge of residents and coalition partners of the scope and goals of the violence prevention plan, and build community investment in its ongoing success. Assist in program evaluation in conjunction with MOCSA staff and partners, and participate in subsequent updates and revisions of coalition strategies. Create outreach materials, videos, webinars, or social media that will support ongoing community-level violence prevention programs.