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AmeriCorps VIP- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

  2022-11-24     California Polytechnic State University     1 Grand Ave      $2000 month     Sign On Bonus: Segal Education Award of $3,447.50  

Job Description

Position Summary

VIP Members build volunteer capacity at existing nonprofits, government agencies and schools (Partner Sites) that serve children, youth and families. They do this through: 1) building sustainable systems to track, support, manage, and train virtual or in person volunteers; 2) recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers; and 3) raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program. Partner Sites change annually based on community and agency need, and have included organizations such as Food Banks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Community Health Centers, Environmental Education organizations and more! This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management and nonprofit professional skills is provided.

Program Overview

Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Members are AmeriCorps members who build and strengthen sustainable volunteer programs in existing service organizations. VIP Members leave a legacy in the communities they serve by building lasting systems of volunteer engagement and management. Each VIP Member dedicates their service to a single Partner Site, serving “behind the scenes” to enable volunteers to take part in meaningful service positions that meet community needs. VIP Members are a part of a statewide network of over 100 VIP Members, and are placed in regional teams who meet regularly for collaboration, professional development and training. 

AmeriCorps VIP values and nurtures an environment that is respectful, courageous, inclusive and equitable. We believe service is a way to bring people together and bridge divides; connecting individuals to individuals, and individuals to organizations that can help us tackle society’s toughest challenges. We are strengthened by the diversity of our members, and welcome the unique contributions that you bring to our program. 

Essential AmeriCorps Duties   

  • Develop and implement a volunteer program that engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers and volunteers who take on leadership roles in the organization  
  • Develop business partnerships that provide support for the Partner Site’s volunteer program 
  • Recruit and train community members as volunteers who support the infrastructure of community benefit programs 
  • Track volunteer program and infrastructure development at the Partner Site, utilizing a defined AmeriCorps Member Service Plan  
  • Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience  
  • Participate in all program-required training and development opportunities, including orientation, regular meetings with your local VIP team, annual regional retreat (travel may be required), monthly webinars, and online training
  • Participate in all CA Days of Action, and a minimum of 1 National Service Day during the service term, typically in coordination with your local cohort 
  • Positively represent VIP in a variety of settings, including recruitment opportunities, staff meetings, trainings, and service events        
  • Must meet the program essential job functions; reasonable accommodation available upon request


Service Commitment

  • Full time, six month commitment serving a minimum of 900 hours, may include some evenings and weekends  
  • Service term: either January-June, or February-July
  • Hours are generally Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 6:00PM, 40-45 hours per week (varies slightly by Partner Site) 
  • Service hours are expected to occur in-person at partner sites. Teleservice is only permitted for members during unique, extreme situations and/or emergencies
  • All service hours performed must be only approved program related service activities, and not prohibited or unallowable AmeriCorps activities as listed in member contract & handbook 
  • Training hours will not exceed 15% of member’s total service hours

Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (17 with parental approval)  
  • Clear criminal background check (DOJ and FBI; National Sex Offender Public Database).  
  • Provide proof of complete COVID vaccination (possibly required by region and/or placement site) 
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or a GED by start date  
  • Must either be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States  (Due to federal grant restrictions, we currently can not accept DACA recipients)
  • Must not have more than 3 terms of service previously with AmeriCorps State and National programs  
  • Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated and professional  
  • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics and integrity  
  • Ability to be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the program’s safety policies and rules


  • Volunteer Management Certificate
  • Monthly Living Stipend of $2,000
  • Segal Education Award of $3,447.50
  • Health Benefits 
  • Childcare Assistance (if applicable) 
  • Eligibility for CalFresh (CA’s food stamp program) 
  • Federal Student Loan deferment and interest repayment  
  • Extensive Professional Development and experiential learning opportunities 
  • *Please note: the living stipend and education awards are taxable


For priority review and selection please apply by January 13th 2023

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