Workforce Development Associate VISTA

Beyond Housing

51 - 200 employees
St. Louis
Development / Fundraising
Paid Internship / Part Time
$0 - $29,999


Position Summary: The Workforce Development Associate VISTA will work to develop and build the capacity of Beyond Housing’s supportive services for workforce development. The VISTA will work closely with Beyond Housing program staff and other VISTA servicemembers, external workforce development partners, and local resource providers to develop systems, partnerships, programming, and training to better serve Beyond Housing’s program clients in addressing employment, education, and entrepreneurship needs.  Work will be performed at Beyond Housing’s headquarters with the option to work remotely at times.


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Salary and Benefits:

  • This is an AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunity. AmeriCorps VISTA members receive an annual living allowance of $17,600 to cover basic expenses plus the following benefits:
    • Choice of End-of-service Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6000) to pay for a range of education expenses or an $1800 cash stipend
    • Option to defer student loan payments until the end of the service year
    • Professional development training
    • Other benefits, include relocation allowance, childcare assistance, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel, and health care options
    • Federal non-competitive eligibility
    • To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, visit here:


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and present research investigating the primary obstacles preventing 24:1 residents from securing higher wage employment or starting their own businesses
  • Develop and maintain information around employment and education opportunities, local businesses and anchor institutions, job fairs/expos, and other resources related to employment opportunities available for 24:1 resident
  • Develop and maintain a list of local businesses and information on small business resources and support that are available in the 24:1
  • Help facilitate internal and external meetings on workforce development
  • Support the development of specialized employment and education support services, including but not limited to collecting and analyzing data, identifying program partners, documenting workflows, and making recommendations for improved case management protocols
  • Cultivate pipeline for local employment in living wage jobs by facilitating connections between job-seeking 24:1 residents and hiring employers, recommending strategies to increase internal recruiting and hiring, and creating an onboarding/orientation packet for the Forestry team’s Native Stewardship Program
  • Support the development of supportive services for small businesses, including but not limited to using research on challenges and available resources to recommend strategies, identifying and engaging mentors and subject area experts to participate in supportive programming, planning 24:1 Small Business Network events, and supporting the implementation of the Entrepreneur-In-Residence program
  • Train program staff on referral protocols, resources, and programming
  • Track program participation and develop recommendations for improvements and expansion, including data entry, analysis, and evaluation in partnership with the Evaluation department
  • Work cross-programmatically to ensure that employment supports, and small business supports are integrated and aligned with the work of other internal teams; support other teams with projects/events related to workforce development, including but not limited to Career Day for Normandy Schools and hiring for the Forestry team’s Native Stewardship Program
  • Participate in Beyond Housing employee training and events


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, urban studies, public policy, sociology, anthropology or related field preferred
  • Professional or volunteer experience in workforce development, community development, or social services
  • Project development and management experience
  • Experienced working in a community‐based setting
  • Culturally competent in communicating, educating, and collaborating with low‐income families
  • Familiarity with Normandy Collaborative and 24:1 area
  • Ability to self-direct
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Adaptability and flexibility; ability to work in a dynamic environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of community support and resources



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