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Serving JC 2016-2017 

 

In April of 2015, Mayor Steven M. Fulop established Serving Jersey City – JC VISTA, a federally-funded volunteer project that addresses the needs of low-income residents by expanding economic opportunity, engaging youth and strengthening communities. JC VISTA is part of the AmeriCorps VISTA, a nationwide program whose corps volunteer full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to carry out programs that fight poverty.   

  

The Jersey City Resident Response Center is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 JC VISTA program. JC VISTA members will serve for a period of one year on a wide variety of projects designed to advance economic development, youth development and community revitalization. 

  

Please see the 2016-2017 JC VISTA Application below to review detailed descriptions of all available positions and requirements. We are currently recruiting for positions in these divisions: 

The Jersey City Resident Response Center 

Jersey City Department of Public Works 

The Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership  

Jersey City Office of Welcoming Communities 

Jersey City Division of Community Development- Youth Services 

Jersey City Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism 

 

2016-2017 JC VISTA Information and Application   

The Jersey City Resident Response Center is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 JC VISTA program, part of AmeriCorps VISTA. JC VISTA members will serve for a period of one year on projects designed to advance economic development, youth development and community revitalization. 

  

Applications are being accepted for the following positions:  

JULY Cohort  

  • Cities of Service Associate at the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism 
  • Neighborhood Service Analyst at the Jersey City Department of Public Works 
  • Neighborhood Service Coordinator at the Jersey City Department of Public Works  
  • Workforce Investment Coordinator at the Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership  
  • Data Analyst and Volunteer Coordinator at the Jersey City Resident Response Center 

AUGUST Cohort  

  •    Immigration &  New Citizen Service Coordinator at the Office of Welcoming Communities 
  • Workforce Investment Analyst at the Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership 
  • Youth Services Associate at the Division of Community Development 
  • JC VISTA Leader (requires one year of previous experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA) 

Application Deadlines (by Cohort): 

Table Cohort 2016


Applicant Requirements

AmeriCorps VISTA members will be required to complete a criminal background check.

Schedule 

The 2016-2017 JC VISTA members will serve full time for a period of one year. The VISTA leader can begin as early as possible. All of our VISTA positions require full time service, with occasional responsibilities during the evening and weekends. 

  

JC VISTA members must participate in a mandatory pre-service orientation sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA if they have not participated in one previously.  If applicable, pre-approved transportation and lodging costs for this Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) will be covered by the AmeriCorps VISTA program.   In addition, JC VISTA members will also attend a local Jersey City orientation, regularly scheduled professional development sessions and bi-monthly team meetings sponsored by the Jersey City Resident Response Center throughout the year. 


Benefits 

Each JC VISTA member will receive an annual living allowance of $13,296 before taxes. They also have the option to enroll in the VISTA Health Benefits Program.  

  

Finally, AmeriCorps VISTA members who successfully complete their year of service can choose to receive either an Education Award of $5,730 or an End of Service Stipend of $1,500. The Education Award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed student loan or used to pay tuition in the future. 

 

For detailed information about AmeriCorps VISTA, including member benefits, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp

Application Process 

Application deadlines vary by which cohort a position is within, please check page 3 for deadlines. Pages 12-14 of the application can be scanned and the essay along with your resume can be attached in a separate Word or PDF document. 

  

Applications and essay responses must be submitted via email to jcvistas@jcnj.org. If you are invited for a final interview, we ask at that point that you fill out a formal application within the my.americorps.gov portal. You can find any of the JC VISTA positions by searching “Serve Jersey City” or “JC VISTA” in the portal. 

  

NOTE: When submitting applications via email, please put your Last Name and the Name of the Position you are applying for in the SUBJECT LINE. 

 Are you ready to be a Leader? 
 August Cohort 
Jersey City Resident Response Center 
JC VISTA Leader  

 

Jersey City seeks to harness the power of community engagement and leadership to improve the lives of low-income residents. The JC VISTA team, administered though the Jersey City Resident Response Center, is vital to the City’s ability to develop, implement and evaluate a clear and coordinated strategy for promoting and supporting community engagement strategies, including targeted volunteerism, as an effective means to addressing the City’s greatest challenges.  Administered by the Jersey City Resident Response Center (RRC), this strategy will include ongoing collaboration with multiple City and County agencies, departments, nonprofit organizations and community groups. To help lead this effort, the City is seeking an experienced AmeriCorps VISTA member (the leader must have at least one year of experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA) to serve as the JC VISTA Leader. This exciting opportunity will enable the Leader to support ongoing work that includes capacity-building to support workforce development and youth development. 

  

Charged with leading the JC VISTA corps, the JC VISTA Leader will:   

1) Increase the presence and awareness of the JC VISTA corps  

2) Manage the day to day operations of the SERVE JC VISTA corps  

3) Collect and analyze data as it relates to JC VISTA projects and  

4) Provide JC VISTA members with mentorship and professional development 

This position requires at least one year of experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA and pays an annual living allowance of $15,696 ($603 every two weeks) before taxes. 

                      

Note: This position requires at least one year of experience as AmeriCorps Vista 



Do you believe in Community Empowerment? 
July Cohort 
Jersey City Resident Response Center 
 

The Jersey City Resident Response Center (RRC) is the City’s primary vehicle for resident engagement. The office serves as the central constituent services office for residents seeking to resolve a wide range of issues. The RRC is designed to streamline the process for responding to constituent issues, guarantee response times, centralize the process, and provide a mechanism for the city to track progress and efficient use of resources. The 15 member team is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and is supported by the Jersey City Call Center. 

 

Jersey City Resident Response Center - Constituent Services 
Data Analyst and Volunteer Coordinator (DAVC)    
1 Position 

 

  • The Data Analyst and Volunteer Coordinator (DAVC) VISTA will support development of data management and routing protocols to better serve the Jersey City population and connect families in need with essential government services.   
  • The DAVC VISTA will create structure for meetings, agenda and content for stakeholder meetings that aim to resolve key issues and determine a course of action.  
  • The DAVC VISTA will establish a system for quantifying and qualifying issues originating from the RRC; analysis will need to produce proper decision making protocols as it relates to issues assigned to Mayor’s Quality of Life Task Force (MQOLTF).  
  • The DAVC VISTA will develop opportunities for volunteers and interns to assist the RRC and promote a long-term culture of volunteerism in the community. 

Jersey City Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism 
Cities of Service Associate (COSA)    
1 Position 

The Cities of Service Associate (COSA) VISTA will assist in developing impact initiatives that will enhance Cities of Service’s goals.  

The COSA VISTA will support the formation of a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and protocols for coverage throughout low income neighborhoods for deployment during emergency situations.  

 

  • The COSA VISTA will develop a system for tracking and reporting impact metrics for Cities of Service initiatives.  
  • The COSA will create a format for email outreach, including general communications, newsletters, community updates, surveys and other communication methods.  
  • The COSA VISTA will develop protocols for efficiently updating the City website to publicize community events, job opportunities, volunteer opportunities and other pertinent community information.  
  • The COSA will assist in the development and design of publicity materials and tools to promote effective communications and engagement with the community.  
  • The COSA will research best practices being implemented by other Cities of Service locations to assist Jersey City in long term planning for future program goals and objectives.  
  • The COSA VISTA will conceptualize a fundraising framework to secure funds to plan, develop, design and implement Cities of Service programs. 

 

Do you want to fight poverty with passion through community revitalization? 
July Cohort 
Department of Public Works 

 

The Jersey City Department of Public Works (JCDPW) is a member of the Mayor’s Quality of Life Task Force (MQLTF). The MQLTF is an informal task force comprised of several different municipal departments and divisions, and has established public/private partnerships with Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) and United Water, as well as other local, state, and federal agencies.  This team approach is meant to convey the complete depth and breadth of the City’s maintenance, enforcement and policing powers to bring about a greater quality of life for all Jersey City residents.  The JCDPW in coordination with the MQLTF tackles a variety of problems that affect the health, life, and safety of Jersey City residents, including deploying inter-departmental teams to conduct actual site visits and tours of local neighborhoods with residents to address code enforcement, public safety concerns and community service needs. 


 Jersey City Department of Public Works 

Neighborhood Service Analyst (NSA)   
1 Position 

The Neighborhood Service Analyst (NSA) VISTA will create a list of underlying issues and works with the MQLTF to devise a process for tracking and developing remedies to underlying issues.  

  • The NSA will create an organized framework for policies and procedures manual with respect to complaints in every city department and agency.  
  • The NSA will develop and design JC DPW promotional material that will engage low income and new residents in their native language in an effort to empower them to utilize the MQLTF to improve their quality of life.  
  • The NSA VISTA will develop templates for quarterly and other reports that analyze the collected data pertaining to the JCDPW and MQLTF. 
Jersey City Department of Public Works 
Neighborhood Service Coordinator (NSC)   
1 Position 

The NSC VISTA will continue to coordinate walkthroughs in high priority neighborhoods identified through data analysis and community outreach in conjunction with the Director of Public Safety and other City personnel to better understand the issues facing priority neighborhoods.  

  • The NSC VISTA will support, interview, and analyze needs of various communities, particularly those in the lowest income areas of the City.  
  • The NSC will coordinate an outreach plan to engage clergy, community groups and diverse stakeholders to facilitate long-term engagement and communication with Jersey City’s residents.  
  • The NSC VISTA will recruit community volunteers to participate in initiatives and promote a long term culture of volunteerism in the community.  
  • The NSC will develop opportunities for volunteers and interns to support the needs of local groups and organizations. The NSA VISTA will research and analyze best practices for increasing JCDPW and the  MQLTF efficiency and available services by developing stronger partnerships with various public agencies, not-for-profit organizations and for-profit developers. 
Are you ready to connect communities to support Jersey City Youth? 
August Cohort 
Division of Community Development 
Youth Services Associate (YSA)   
1 Position 

The Division of Community Development will work with the Mayor’s Office to develop a stronger network among youth service providers and youth employment programs across the City. This project seeks to engage community members in the development and implementation of innovative programs to empower youth through educational and economic opportunities.     

  • The YSA VISTA will coordinate meetings amongst a diverse group of Youth Development stakeholders from government, community and faith-based organizations and law enforcement to develop a long-term framework for youth empowerment programming and engagement.  
  • The YSA will assist in research, data collection and analysis of protective and risk factors that impact youth delinquency and positive youth development in order to inform the development of policies and programs for youth.  
  • The YSA will evaluate changes in local, regional, state and national policies, practices and programs that affect youth and their families to inform decision making and program development.  
  • The YSA VISTA will create and implement an outreach and communications strategy for increased youth awareness of local support services via multiple media outlets and social media services.  
  • The YSA VISTA will assess management and development of local resources to better coordinate community stakeholders in advancing positive youth development goals.  
  • The YSA will identify and develop topical areas of focus that will support long-term youth development goals. The YSA will identify gaps in youth services and support systems to assist the City and community partners in developing responsive programs and services. 
  •  The YSA will develop a system for facilitating project management and outreach for community events and programs serving youth. The YSA VISTA will develop internal resources to support various youth initiatives including the Jersey City Summer Works and forthcoming youth planning board.   

 

Can you help Jersey City continue as a leader in creating access to resources for all Americans? 
August Cohort 
Office of Welcoming Communities 
Immigration and New Citizen Services Coordinator (INCSC)   
1 Position 

 

The Office of Welcoming Communities works to empower, integrate, and celebrate the immigrant community of Jersey City. This office promotes the success of the immigrant community by ensuring and enhancing access to the City services and guiding immigrants through the citizenship application process. The Office of Welcoming Communities offers free access to immigration information, along with assistance and resources to prepare residents for the citizenship exam and educate individuals on how to lead a happy and healthy productive life in Jersey City. 

 

  • In Year 2 the INCSC VISTA will continue to identify and prioritize the needs and challenges of immigrant and new citizen populations.  
  • The INCSC VISTA will assist in decision making and policy development that provide educational and economic opportunity to these populations.  
  • The INCSC VISTA will convene focus groups with stakeholders to qualitatively assess needs and develop framework for outreach and engagement of immigrants and new citizens.  
  • The INCSC VISTA will research best practices for management and retention of volunteers in order to facilitate the implementation of a volunteerism strategy that empowers low-income immigrants and new citizens. 
  •  The INCSC VISTA will research funding and grant opportunities that will assist in serving the needs of low   income immigrant and new citizen populations.  
  • The INCSC VISTA will survey stakeholder needs to develop a plan for volunteer involvement and expand the fellowship program 
Are you ready to elevate and prepare people to compete in the workforce? 
 July and August Cohort 
Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership  
 

The Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership is an innovative collaboration which seeks to advance the skills of the unemployed and underemployed residents in the Hudson County area by connecting them with both training for in-demand occupations and placements with the employers seeking to fill those jobs. The Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership is collaboration between the City of Jersey City, the Jersey City Office of Employment and Training, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, and the Hudson County Workforce Investment Board. The Workforce Partnership will enable VISTAS to serve Jersey City Employment and Training Program, the City’s primary job training arm, which serves welfare recipients and has a model re-entry program for the formerly incarcerated. The Workforce Partnership will also serve as the host of an innovative opportunity youth technology training program, NPower, which plans to launch its Jersey City programming in July 2015. The NPower program will train selected youth in both Cisco technology skills and soft skills and will place them in tech internships throughout the City of Jersey City. 

Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership 
Workforce Investment Coordinator (WIC) 
 1 Position  

 

  • The WIC VISTA will review , distribute and present regional labor market data to stakeholders.  
  • The WIC VISTA will identify and engage appropriate employers; connect employers with workforce development and education partners to identify and implement strategies for addressing labor market needs.   
  • The WIC VISTA will serve as the primary point of contact for employers in Hudson County and Jersey City’s rising industry sectors to develop the framework and communication structure for ongoing assessment of workforce needs to inform job training and placement programming.  
  • The WIC VISTA will coordinate and implement the structure of employer outreach timelines and follow-up procedures as it relates to project management.  
  • The WIC VISTA will coordinate convening of regional stakeholders for the purpose of enhancing coordination between and among programs that provide workforce development services and to connect employers with demand driven programming.  
  • The WIC VISTAs will work to improve efficient and effective employer outreach, including screening questions and on the job training employer feedback assessments.  
  • The WIA VISTAs will create protocols for marketing and outreach for the JCHWP website.  
 August Cohort 
Jersey City Hudson Workforce Partnership 
Workforce Investment Analyst (WIA) 
1 Position   
  • The WIA VISTA will develop a system for continuously collecting and updating regional labor market data.  
  • The WIA VISTA will research and identify appropriate employers; connect employers with workforce development and education partners to identify and implement strategies for addressing labor market needs.   
  • The WIA VISTA will research and analyze employers in Hudson County and Jersey City’s rising industry sectors to develop the framework and communication structure for ongoing assessment of workforce needs to inform job training and placement programming.  
  • The WIA VISTA will collect and analyze data ascertained during employer outreach timelines and will review follow-up procedures as it relates to efficient project management.  
  • The WIA VISTA will assist in the convening of regional stakeholders for the purpose of enhancing coordination between and among programs that provide workforce development services and to connect employers with demand driven programming.  
  • The WIA VISTA will develop a system to collect pertinent data and content from employer outreach, including research and analyzing screening questions, bench marks and on the job training employer feedback assessments.  
  • The WIA VISTAs will create protocols for managing data collection from the JCHWP website.  
  • The WIA will create reports and provide analysis on JCHWP program’s efficiency and effectiveness. 
Download the 2016-2017 JC VISTA Serving Jersey City Application here.

 

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