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Volunteer Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

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 Applicants need to apply directly through AmeriCorps portal via this link which also provides position description information.

  • $1,000/monthly for housing
  • $877.66 Biweekly living allowance 
  • Monthly cell phone Stipend
  • Health Coverage
  • Childcare benefit
  • Education award
  • Hybrid Schedule 

For any questions please contact Brandon Morales at office  775.846.0250 or by email at


Job/Volunteer Description 

Organization overview: Communities In Schools of Nevada currently serves more than 100,000 students at 110 high-poverty schools throughout the state. More specifically, our Western affiliate serves over 9,000 students in 15 schools within Washoe County. With more than 120 + community partners, we coordinate resources and services — literally bringing Community into our Schools — to do whatever it takes in supporting the students we serve. Since our founding in 2004, Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS of Nevada) has provided Integrated Student Supports (ISS) to students throughout Nevada. ISS is an evidence-based, success-proven methodology for providing students with the services and resources they need to remove academic and nonacademic barriers to their success. The CIS model of ISS has been developed over a 45-year history within the CIS national network, serving 1.8 million students in over 3,650 schools across 25 states and Washington D.C. 

As the Volunteer Coordinator VISTA member at Communities In Schools of Nevada’s Western Affiliate in Reno, you will support our mission to help children unlock the unlimited potential they have but which may not be accessible to them due to inequities of opportunities to succeed. Your work will focus on actively recruiting and coordinating volunteers, data entry and maintenance, while focusing on the future sustainability of the program. 

You will collaborate with CIS staff to identify volunteer opportunities and how to communicate these opportunities to the larger community. In addition, you will have the chance to work with seasoned nonprofit administrators and program personnel and network with other nonprofits and community partners. This is a great opportunity for a strong communicator interested in community service, nonprofit administration, and social justice. 

Applicants should be able to successfully work independently, be organized, have strong writing skills, and have a passion for helping students achieve in life. This position will have the opportunity to work a hybrid in-person model.

Primary Job Functions: The volunteer program should include the needs of all functions requiring volunteers, including program services, fundraising and administration. 

Core Functions: 

  • Volunteer recruitment and coordination
  • Assessment of the need for volunteers for program services
  • Coordinate and manage onboarding process for volunteers at school sites throughout our Western Nevada Affiliate

Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteer Coordination Process

  • Coordination of volunteers with an emphasis on program sustainability within the organization.
  • Update and co-lead the execution of a volunteer program plan for CIS, including identifying volunteer needs, creating volunteer job descriptions and schedules, creating volunteer trainings, recruiting potential volunteers, and actively coordinating volunteers for both direct services and fundraising support.
  • Coordinate with staff on volunteer needs.
  • Analyze and report on efforts at the end of the VISTA year term and make recommendations for beyond VISTA program sustainability.
  • Supports volunteer activities relating to community engagement activities/events.
  • Ensure compliance with AmeriCorps VISTA rules and regulations.
  • Sit on the Volunteer Tactical Team for statewide best practices and continuity.

Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination

  • Improve volunteer training resources, capabilities, and documentation processes.
  • Share the mission of the organization during a site visit and volunteer orientation.
  • Communicate with volunteers and business partners on upcoming volunteer opportunities.
  • Ensure all volunteers are aligned with Communities In Schools of Nevada and WCSD policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with Site Coordinators in collecting details on events where volunteers are needed and communicate expectations to the volunteers.

Volunteer Projects and Activities Coordination

  • Identify additional volunteer activities and opportunities which would allow CIS to provide more student support efforts to support development and learning.
  • Grow the available volunteer opportunities offered by CIS and with identified partner agencies.
  • Attends key events and promote Communities in Schools of Nevada, Inc.

Qualifications and Competencies

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum two years of volunteering.
  • Positive attitude and flexibility to work in an ever-changing environment.
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail a must.
  • Excellent organizational, coordination and administrative skills.
  • Computer literate in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Internet use.
  • Strong writing skills and non-profit experience desirable.
  • Sensitivity to and interest in needs of youth and diverse ethnic populations.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit, use hands and fingers, talk or hear continually. Ability to stand, walk, reach, push, pull regularly and for extended periods of time.  Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch regularly.  Must be able to lift, push, pull, etc. efficiently and on a regular basis. They will often transport items from one site of the campus to the other.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to travel with reliable transportation to and from school sites.
  • Work environment is indoors and climate controlled but will frequently be exposed to outdoor weather conditions.
  • Moderate noise levels as found in business office and classroom settings.