VISTA Announcement

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Recruiting 8/28/2017 to 9/29/2017 for community-minded individuals in the following locations to help establish and develop a program in the Department of Correction that links returning citizens with community mentors: 

  • Coeur‘ d Alene,
  • Lewiston,
  • Caldwell,
  • Boise,
  • Twin Falls,
  • Pocatello,
  • Idaho Falls.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a position as an employee with the Idaho Department of Correction or an offer of employment with IDOC.

This is a position through the AmeriCorps VISTA program and current employees of IDOC are not eligible. For additional information visit:

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista  

http://serve.idaho.gov/americorps/vista 

You will not be providing direct mentoring services, but rather assist with the establishment and development of the Free2Succeed mentoring program in your respective area.

This is a great opportunity for retirees or students who may be able to work with their school schedule. 

Benefits to becoming a VISTA:

  • May be able to hold part-time service outside of employment that doesn’t conflict with VISTA service with supervisor approval. 
  • Living allowance of $1,026.00/month – paid bi-weekly.
  • End of service education award of $5815 which can be used for future tuition or to repay student loans OR $1800 cash stipend. 
  • Federal student loan deferment and interest on loans paid while serving
  • 10 personal and 10 medical leave days during a full year of service plus national holidays observed by the sponsoring organization
  • Healthcare Allowance up to $6,600 for out-of-pocket qualified medical costs (not premiums). VISTAs are responsible for maintaining their own health insurance during service
  • Public assistance benefits held previously are not affected by VISTA living allowance
  • Transportation reimbursement of $.57 per mile by Idaho Department of Correction
  • One-time $550 settling in allowance can be used for moving expenses, security deposit, etc. (if eligible)
  • Relocation reimbursement for travel/shipping related costs up to $.34/mile - $1,000 maximum (if eligible)
  • Childcare reimbursement up to $400/child (if whole household is income eligible)
  • Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) must be attended before beginning service (4 days in Portland, which is paid for by AmeriCorps)
  • Opportunity for in-service training and professional development activities (dates TBA)
  • Focus on program development and capacity building (not direct service)
  • Gain valuable experience working with numerous people, professionals, volunteers, community organizations, etc. which may lead to full-time employment

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with regional development and implementation of Free2Succeed Community Mentoring program.
  • Recruit, train, develop, and support mentors from local community; 
  • Create structure and framework within the local probation and parole district office; 
  • Do public presentations when needed; 
  • Develop community resources, 
  • Match mentors with returning citizens, 
  • Create sustainable program policies and procedures; 
  • Gather research data for program efficacy; 
  • Assist with reentry efforts from incarceration to community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At 21 years of age
  • Some knowledge of criminal justice 
  • Some knowledge of identifying social or human science resources to fit the needs of clients • Some knowledge of computer operations to include entering, retrieving and storing data 
  • Some experience writing detailed reports. 
  • Valid Driver's License 
  • Willingness to work with individuals with criminal backgrounds
  • Purchase a cell phone that can be used for work (monthly cell phone allowance will be provided). 

Desirable skills: 

  • Leadership 
  • Writing/Editing  
  • General Skills
  • Communications
  • Team Work
  • Community Organization
  • Social Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • Recruitment
  • Non-Profit Management 

To apply go to the following links to review the announcement and click on Apply Now!

Coeur ‘d Alene - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76422&fromSearch=...

Lewiston - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76423&fromSearch=...

Caldwell - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76424&fromSearch=...

Boise - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76354&fromSearch=...

Twin Falls - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76425&fromSearch=...

Pocatello - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76426&fromSearch=...

Idaho Falls - https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=76427&fromSearch=...

What do I do now?

Follow the instructions at the specific link above to apply via the AmeriCorps VISTA program and complete a background questionnaire for the Idaho Department of Correction at https://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/careers/background_investigation_ques... and submit it to Jeff Kirkman at jkirkman@idoc.idaho.gov as soon as you can. 

Do not worry about certain things that may be in your past, we will look at all candidates on a case-by-case basis. 

Story published: 08/29/2017
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