Mile High United Way
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • $564.06 pretax, bi-weekly stipend
  • Other
  • AmeriCorps VISTA - 40 hours/week

Upon successful completion of 365 days, may be eligible for $5,815 Education Award.


Organization Profile

Working side-by-side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on the biggest, most complex issues facing Metro Denver. Our united approach changes the odds for the children, families, and individuals in our community, and moves them out of poverty. We do this because we believe every child has the right to a safe and stimulating place to learn, and that when every youth in Metro Denver graduates prepared for a career or college, our community is stronger. We also know that when people don't have their most basic needs met, longer-term goals, like finding financial stability, are out of reach. And when we work together, we make a lasting, sustainable impact on our community.

Position Concept

Bridging the Gap works with youth exiting the child welfare system in Colorado providing safe and stable housing vouchers as well as one-on-one coaching focused on education, employment, financial success, health relationships, wellness, and other topics as needed.

The role of the Bridging the Gap Evaluator is to strengthen the evaluation capacity of the program to demonstrate solid outcomes. This position will expand understanding of Bridging the Gap's impact on youth exiting the child welfare system while using data to continuously learn and align the program model with existing evidence. The Bridging the Gap Evaluator will build the capacity of program staff to implement rigorous data practices, conduct data analysis, and facilitate activities to learn from the data implementing relevant changes into program structure. In addition, this position will build the capacity of program staff to use data to guide deeper organizational partnerships and to advocate for systems change in Colorado. The Bridging the Gap Evaluator will report to the Mile High United Way Evaluation and Learning team and will support other evaluation capacity building activities as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and implementation of program data collection practices and processes including qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Assist program staff in develop data accuracy checks using Salesforce. Interface with Mile High United Way IT department to provide feedback and recommend system edits
  • Collaborate with Evaluation and Learning team to identify a Bridging the Gap learning agenda
  • Collaborate with Evaluation and Learning team to conduct data analysis to answer key learning questions and build the capacity of program staff to understand basic evaluation methodology
  • Engage program staff in data collection, audit, reporting, and other relevant trainings as necessary
  • Co-lead data meetings engaging program staff to guide decision-making
  • Recommend data and research-informed changes to the Bridging the Gap program and logic models
  • Assist IT in building Salesforce reporting tools to access data needed for grant applications, grant reports, program reports, and other data as needed by the Evaluation and Learning, Bridging the Gap, and Resource Development teams
  • Engage and deepen partnerships to share program data with community partners
  • Develop knowledge of the child welfare system, trauma-informed practice, and the intersections of poverty, homelessness, and emotional wellness needs.
  • Participate in Mile High United Way staff professional development and volunteer opportunities

The ideal candidate will have a college degree and a passion for community building. He or she must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien. Candidates will be required to undergo thorough state and federal background checks including fingerprinting. The selected candidate will have a dedication to community service; ability to make a commitment to complete 12 months of service (November 27th, 2017 - November 27th, 2018); experience conducting research; be able to read, write and speak English fluently. Prior exposure to Salesforce and data management is desirable.

This posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the position.

Mile High United Way is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants who have disabilities which hinder their ability to complete the application process. Please contact us to request accommodation in the application process.

We use e-Verify to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work.


What We'll Ask of You

Commit to 12 months

After we hire and train a Bridging the Gap Evaluation VISTA, we rely on that member for the entire service term no substitutes or replacements. Our service term runs from November 27th, 2017 - November 27th, 2018

Participate in professional training

If you are accepted into the program, you will attend required training sessions and be exposed to many optional professional development experiences. The initial training will include Mile High United Way Orientation during your first week. Additional required and optional trainings throughout the year will continue to build your skills.

Engage in your community

Members spend their year viewing their community through the lens of service. They seize opportunities to be involved with community-based service activities, such as volunteering at local schools and getting involved on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Occasional weekend or evening service may be necessary.


What You'll Gain

Experience in program implementation and community collaboration

What sets the Bridging the Gap program apart is the ability to move low-income youth into safe and stable housing while providing guidance and empowerment to achieve important goals for moving out of poverty. As a Bridging the Gap Evaluation VISTA member you will gain invaluable insight into the value of, and processes involved in order to accomplish, effective program evaluation and capacity building.

Professional skill-building & networks

We invest in our members because they are each given real responsibility in our community. For members who are pursuing or continuing an education or nonprofit career, the hands-on experience offers an invaluable stepping stone. Members are introduced to the vast Mile High United Way network of donors and corporate partners as well as district and school level staff, along with adding the impressive AmeriCorps name to their resumes.


Financial Benefits    

Living allowance

Members receive a living allowance. Prior to taxes, the living allowance is approximately $564.06 (pretax) biweekly up to $14,665.70 for the service term (November 27th, 2017 - November 27th, 2018).  Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to the full service term.

Education Award

The education award is equal to the maximum Pell Grant of the fiscal year in which you started your service. For members starting service on or after October 1, 2016, the value of the education award is $5,815 (as a Summer Associate, you are eligible to receive a $1,230.69 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end of service cash stipend that accrues at a daily rate of $4.11). The award is in the form of a voucher (not cash) and can be used for future educational training and related expenses at Title IV schools, and/or to repay existing qualified federal student loans. Be sure to visit the EdAward site to learn which student loans are qualified and which are not.

You may use the education award for up to seven years after completing service. When you use any portion of the award during a particular year, it is considered taxable income in that year.

Stipend

In lieu of receiving an Education Award, members who successfully complete their year of service can elect to receive an End of Service stipend. The accrual for the stipend is $4.94/day. The maximum stipend amount is $1,803.10 for 365 days of service. Please note that the End of Service stipend is considered taxable income in the year it is received.

Student loan forbearance

If a member is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust.

Health insurance

Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans including VISTAs are required to have health coverage. So you're expected to have health coverage when you join VISTA unless you are exempt from this requirement.

VISTA members who maintain health insurance during their service term may enroll in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance. This allowance is a reimbursement program that covers out-of-pocket costs associated with healthcare. Out-of-pocket expenses may include: your annual deductible, coinsurance, copayments, and other charges for qualified medical expenses and limited dental and vision services. The Healthcare Allowance will help offset these expenses up to $7,150 in 2017. The Healthcare Allowance does not cover costs associated with purchasing insurance, costs for non-essential health expenses, or charges associated with dependents or other individuals covered under your healthcare plan.

Examples of qualifying healthcare coverage:

  • Family health insurance: If you are 26 or younger and on a parent's plan, or married and covered by a spouse's plan;
  • Health insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace;
  • Medicaid, Medicare, or military healthcare benefits; or
  • Coverage available to individuals in the U.S. territories or who belong to a federally recognized tribe.

VISTA members who are legally exempt from needing to maintain qualifying healthcare coverage during their term of service are eligible to enroll in the AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan. The plan is available to eligible members at no cost and covers eligible expenses for medical office visits, most lab and x-ray services, limited preventive care (e.g., an annual ob-gyn visit for women), limited dental and vision, medical emergencies, surgical and hospitalization expenses, and certain prescription drug costs. It does not cover pre-existing conditions or care for dependents, including your spouse.

International Medical Group (IMG) is the administrator of the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance and the AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan. For details about either benefit, please visit: americorpsvista.imglobal.com.

Childcare assistance

Members may qualify (based on income) to receive child care reimbursement assistance. More information about this benefit can be obtained during the interview process.

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