We’re Hiring! Seeking AmeriCorps*VISTA to serve as Development & Outreach Coordinator

The West Seattle Helpline has been awarded an AmeriCorps placement through YWCA Sound Youth.

Join our team! by Rick Farley

We will be hiring an AmeriCorps*VISTA to serve as our Development and Outreach Coordinator. The selected applicant will be responsible for evaluating our existing development and outreach strategies and systems and then using that evaluation to guide the development and pilot-testing of new-and-improved approaches to raising awareness, funds, and resources needed to more effectively fulfill our mission.

The primary responsibilities associated with this position will involve:

  • Researching best practices for each of three areas: client- & community-focused outreach, donor- & volunteer focused outreach, and donor engagement & cultivation.
  • Work under supervision of the Executive Director and in consultation with respective Board of Directors committees to design a strategic plan for each of those three areas.
  • Use plans to guide the development of a data collection protocol to ensure that the West Seattle Helpline is gathering and communicating the quantitative and qualitative impact data needed for optimal execution of each plan.
  • Oversee the launch of strategic plans in a “pilot phase” to allow for testing, revision, and re-testing in an iterative quality-improvement process.

Hours Needed

The VISTA Member is expected to serve a flexible 40 hour week. Hours will typically be Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Sound Youth VISTA Team meetings and trainings are held twice a month, usually on Fridays.


  • Commitment to social justice and working to undo all forms of oppression
  • Dedication and commitment to 12 months of service
  • Ability to take initiative, with a willingness to be flexible and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Strong writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Prior experience with marketing, outreach, fundraising, and/or communications
  • Experience working with diverse community stakeholders
  • Technological savvy and proficiency in online tools such as Google Drive, social media platforms, and online software systems
  • Proficiency in Somali, Arabic, Vietnamese, and / or Spanish a plus (but not required)

About Sound Youth VISTA

AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. AmeriCorps*VISTA members are stipend volunteers that serve for one year, full time at nonprofit or governmental organizations building capacity. Sound Youth VISTA recruits and places VISTA members in nonprofit organizations that work with underserved youth in the Seattle area. During their service, Sound Youth trains members in social justice issues relevant to their work and personal development, and offers the support of a team of VISTAs. Sound Youth sites offer the professional development support necessary for successful completion of VISTA projects. Upon successful completion of one year of service, volunteers are eligible to renew their commitment for another year.


AmeriCorps*VISTA Benefits

  • A living stipend of $1,222/month (pre-tax)
  • A three day Pre-Service Orientation (PSO)
  • Loan forbearance or deferment for qualified student loans.
  • An education award of $5,730 or end-of-year cash stipend of $1,500 (pre-tax)
  • Health coverage
  • A child care subsidy
  • 10 personal days and 10 sick days
  • Some subsidized transportation for service-related travel
  • A relocation allowance for people moving >50 miles
  • 1 year of non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs

*Note: VISTA members ARE ALLOWED to hold secondary jobs or make additional income during a VISTA service term.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, however some college combined with work experience may substitute for a degree
  • Significant experience with community service and/or non-profit organization work
  • Must be available to serve full-time for one year

How to Apply

Before applying, please read additional information about serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member.

Submit an AmeriCorps application online no later than July 10th, 2016. The AmeriCorps application includes an online form to be filled out by 2 references, and two short essay questions. It can be accessed online at the national “My AmeriCorps” site. The link for the official job posting is:


If you have any questions, please contact the Sound Youth Director Eden Lord by email at elord@ywcaworks.org.

Sound Youth has a commitment to diversity and inclusion. People of color, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ people, and people whose experiences and identities reflect those of the communities served are strongly encouraged to apply.