Now Hiring: New Urban Arts Central Program VISTA

VISTA PSO:  November 14-17, 2017
VISTA in-office start date: November 18, 2017
Time: Full-Time, Ability to work afternoons and evenings a must
Supervisor: Tracy Jacques, Central Expansion Program Site Director
Living Stipend: $12,402 (paid bi-weekly)
Benefits: VISTA Living Stipend, Healthcare Benefit, End-of-Service Award or Education Award, Leave, Professional Development, Career Opportunities
Application Due: September 20, 2017

Description:
New Urban Arts and Central High School seek a VISTA with a strong interest in youth development to assist with the implementation and day-to- day operations of a new after school program at Central High School.

New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized community-based art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists. Since 1997, we have served more than 3,000 Providence teens and 175 artists. Each year, our public programs reach over 3,000 visitors and participants. Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives.

Central High School is one of the lowest performing high schools in the state of Rhode Island; it is a priority school, targeted for state intervention. 60% of students are chronically absent, and 92% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. A new, joint initiative between New Urban Arts and Central High School is designed to provide afterschool activities and enrichment opportunities to the youth in this community who need them most.

New Urban Arts and Central High School seek a self-directed and highly motivated VISTA member with strong written and verbal communication skills to assist in the implementation of a new after school program, including establishing systems for day-to- day operations, data tracking, attendance, demographic reporting, student recruitment, scheduling activities, and managing communication with students, parents, school administrators, and New Urban Arts’ staff.

VISTA member will be stationed at Central High School and will report directly to the Central Site Director. They will also work in close collaboration with the New Urban Arts and Central High School community, staff, volunteers, and youth participants.

VISTA Activities:

  • Assist Central Site Director in establishing systems for day-to-day operations of a new afterschool program
  • Design and implement systems for enrollment, data tracking, attendance, and reporting (including the creation of the Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment (RIPQA) binder, a necessary component of the evaluation process for RIDE 21st Century programs)
  • Support student recruitment efforts, including the creation and distribution of recruitment print materials
  • Manage communication with students, parents, Central High School administrators, and New Urban Arts’ staff
  • Schedule activities with afterschool providers and coordinate after school transportation

Other benefits beyond the standard VISTA benefits:
Access to use New Urban Arts’ studio space and participate in New Urban Arts’ professional development training programs.

Is a car recommended for this position?
No

Do you have a language requirement?
No, but Spanish a plus

Special skills needed for this project:
General Skills, Computers/Technology, Writing/Editing, Communications, Team Work, Communications, Proficiency with MS Office Suite and familiarity with databases a plus, interest in working with high school students in a public high school setting, must be able to communicate with both students and administrators, discretion and the ability to handle sensitive information a must, and ability to work in a stressful environment without contributing to the stress.

TO APPLY:

E-mail resume and cover letter to Tracy Jacques, tracy@newurbanarts.org, subject: Central Program VISTA. No calls please. Submit your resume and cover letter as two separate attachments; do not include them in the body of your email. PDF is the preferred file format. New Urban Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

This VISTA position is pending final approval from the Corporation for National and Community Service.