VISTA Leader

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, September 12, 2016, 5:00pm


Reno, NV
United States



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The VISTA Leader will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This person will help to support the Student Stewards Program and other TMPF programs. The VISTA Leader will assist the Executive Director in VISTA recruitment and retention by improving and maintaining an applicant database, updating and dispersing position descriptions, and interviewing eligible candidates. The VISTA Leader will increase the professional development opportunities offered to VISTA members at TMPF, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, and the Center for Healthy Aging. This person will also expand TMPF’s organizational capacity by creating new fundraising opportunities and developing the scope and reach of the Student Stewards Program. The VISTA Leader will help improve data collection procedures and maintain TMPF’s performance measures database.  


The mission of TMPF is to support the parks departments operating in Truckee Meadows, including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County parks. We do this primarily by providing in-park programming and opportunities for citizen engagement. TMPF is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Our current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing peoples’ appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.

Service Location: Reno, NV

Timeline for Service: July 2016 – July 2017 (one year contract)

Primary Responsibilities

Maintain and improve TMPF’s VISTA recruitment database and assist in the creation and dispersion of VISTA service opportunities and VADs;

Work with VISTA Supervisor to continue develop TMPF VISTA on-site orientation and training;

Research and organize professional development opportunities for VISTA members at three different nonprofit organizations;

Coordinate with the development team to improve fundraising strategies for major donors, grants, and membership, to support TMPF operations;

Assist the development team in the maintenance of TMPF’s grant tracking database and review grant application drafts;

Develop protocols for initial contact, cultivation, and stewardship of major donors;

Improve and maintain a database to track VISTA performance measures and other grant-related information;

Assist in the compilation of TMPF’s annual report;

Help update and improve TMPF’s strategic plan;

Assist the program team in expanding the Student Stewards Program to include camps and teacher trainings;

Improve and expand current TMPF programs, including the Trails Challenge and TMPF Talks;

Assist the outreach team with recruiting and retaining volunteers for all of TMPF’s programs.



Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision;

Bachelor’s degree;

Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;

Exceptional writing skills;

Strong communication skills;

Strong organizational skills;

High degree of initiative and spirit of service;

One year of AmeriCorps/Peace Corps service;

Preferred: experience in fundraising and donor cultivation;

Preferred: AmeriCorps VISTA experience;

Preferred: experience recruiting AmeriCorps members and volunteers;

Preferred: experience with event planning;

Preferred: reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.


AmeriCorps VISTA

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s VISTA Leader is funded by the Corporations for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit


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How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Jackie Meyer at

Applications are also accepted through Search for Student Stewards. Deadline for applications is September 1, 2016.

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Compensation Information:

In return for their service, the AmeriCorps VISTA leader receives a modest living allowance of $1,180/month and health benefits during their service and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,730.00 or post-service stipend of $1,500.00 after completing their service. A relocation travel allowance of no less than $550 may also apply if they are moving.