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AmeriCorps VISTA members expand the capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers will produce the largest impact on reducing poverty and building community resiliency, sustainability, and equity in Northeastern Minnesota. 

We are expanding our cohort in February 2021 with seven new positions! Review our available 2021-22 VISTA positions and apply by following the links below.

Learn more about Ecolibrium3’s AmeriCorps VISTA program or the benefits of being an AmeriCorps VISTA member.

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Build capacity in a growing nonprofit serving older adults by creating a dynamic fundraising campaigns, evaluating organizational processes and procedures and by leading the development of new programs to meet community needs.

Age Well Arrowhead is a nonprofit in Duluth, MN that promotes wellness and independence for low income older adults allowing them to age well at home. The VISTA member will be part of the Age Well Arrowhead team and play an integral part in service delivery expansion by evaluating current programs and creating new processes and services that support the organization’s mission. Age Well Arrowhead embraces new technologies and approaches to reaching low income older adults and developing partnerships that support growth and the VISTA member will be key to designing and implementing novel and sustainable solutions. This includes collaboration with state and regional organizations to identify best practices for supporting low income senior’s ability to age in place.

The Development Director VISTA will review program delivery models and implement systems to increase program efficiency and develop new programs and services for delivery to serve more low income vulnerable older adults. The Development Director position includes developing a fundraising program as part of an organizational sustainability plan and other activities including grant writing and external communications. Candidates should be excited to serve in a growing organization, demonstrate patience and understanding when working with the aging population, and display strong self-motivated to bring new solutions to our community. 

Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps is a dynamic program on the shores of Lake Superior. You’ll work with passionate individuals to build community resilience and develop coordinated anti-poverty strategies.

The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps began in 2017 with ten members focused on expanding capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. The program focuses on a holistic model of addressing poverty from various angles such as equity and inclusion, food access and systems, government policy, community development, education, and design and creative placemaking. In 2020, the Ecolibrium3 has 25 members working with many partners, including governments to build equity and health into community plans, nonprofits to advance neighborhood revitalization and economic success for residents, public health and tribes to combat opioids and hunger, and organizations to expand opportunities for youth. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers may produce the largest impact on reducing poverty.

We seek a VISTA Leader that can help develop the support resources needed for VISTA members to succeed in their positions, develop the Ecolibrium3 program to better serve the community, and is interested in directing their own special project for capacity development. The VISTA Leaders should have excellent communications skills, be flexible, be able to empathize with members and community representatives to identify issues and possible solutions, and be a strong ambassador for AmeriCorps. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Leader will co-lead a cohort with two other VISTA Leaders (positions rotate in August) and will ensure strong individual support to members and the development of a cohesive cohort, while also specializing in one area: professional development, cohort communications, or partnerships and sustainability. The VISTA Leader will build upon their previous AmeriCorps or Peace Corps experience to create a rewarding experience for themselves, their members, and our program sites.

Member Duties:

  1. Build the capacity of the Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps members and community project sites by building member skills and facilitating members’ professional and personal growth.
  2. Increase Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA members’ professional development skills and abilities.
  3. Create a community mentorship program to connect VISTA members with local professionals.

Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps is a dynamic program on the shores of Lake Superior. You’ll work with passionate individuals to build community resilience and develop coordinated anti-poverty strategies.

The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps began in 2017 with ten members focused on expanding capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. The program focuses on a holistic model of addressing poverty from various angles such as equity and inclusion, food access and systems, government policy, community development, education, and design and creative placemaking. In 2020, the Ecolibrium3 has 25 members working with many partners, including governments to build equity and health into community plans, nonprofits to advance neighborhood revitalization and economic success for residents, public health and tribes to combat opioids and hunger, and organizations to expand opportunities for youth. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers may produce the largest impact on reducing poverty.

We seek a VISTA Leader that can help develop the support resources needed for VISTA members to succeed in their positions, develop the Ecolibrium3 program to better serve the community, and is interested in directing their own special project for capacity development. The VISTA Leaders should have excellent communications skills, be flexible, be able to empathize with members and community representatives to identify issues and possible solutions, and be a strong ambassador for AmeriCorps. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Leader will co-lead a cohort with two other VISTA Leaders (positions rotate in August) and will ensure strong individual support to members and the development of a cohesive cohort, while also specializing in one area: professional development, cohort communications, or partnerships and sustainability. The VISTA Leader will build upon their previous AmeriCorps or Peace Corps experience to create a rewarding experience for themselves, their members, and our program sites.

Member Duties:

  1. Build the capacity of the Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps members and community project sites by building member skills and facilitating members’ personal growth.
  2. Expand community awareness of the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA Program and understanding of the mission of AmeriCorps VISTA.

Ecolibrium3 was nationally recognized for our previous work leading regional disaster recovery efforts after flooding in 2012. We build capacity across multiple sectors including housing, food access, education, environment, and health to enable collaborative efforts for real community impact. This position will support northeastern Minnesota through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and proactively tackle the long-term recovery for the community by coordinating between multiple organizations and governmental agencies. Ecolibrium3 seeks a detail-oriented person with strong communications skills and work ethic to serve as a Pandemic Recovery Coordinator. Specifically, this position will help build structures including pandemic recovery case management, development of a community mental wellness plan (including broad community training in psychological first aid), and expand partnerships to financially support households affected by pandemic related economic issues. The Eco3 VISTA Corps is made up of 30 members serving at 20 different sites. Each VISTA Corps member builds capacity to eliminate poverty by developing a more equitable and sustainable community. Members serve individually at sites with their own scope of work, however we also apply a cohort model that provides training opportunities and periodic joint projects.

The Pandemic Recovery Coordinator VISTA will help establish a three-year long-term recovery plan for northeastern Minnesota communities and provide capacity to guide implementation during their term of service.

1. Analyze the challenges posed by the pandemic, winter, and anticipated system shocks (i.e. end of moratoria, unemployment benefits, etc.) that will disproportionately impact low-income populations and suggest potential mitigation strategies.

2. Develop a gross understanding of COVID support programs and giving to basic needs-focused organizations in proportion to COVID-modified services and client needs. 

3. Expand the understanding of gaps that can be strategically filled by philanthropy, government, and nonprofit organizations. 

4. Develop collective strategies, as identified by sector leaders in housing, food access, safety, youth services, mental health, financial stability, and healthcare.

Family Rise Together is looking for a self-motivated VISTA to improve its mission of providing support for fathers and bringing families together. Family Rise Together (FRT) is nonprofit in Duluth, MN guided by the philosophy and teaching of self-determination, personal control, and increased finances. The purpose of FRT is to help strengthen the family unity by engaging fathers in their children’s lives to establish family values, social roles and participation in the community.

The Development Coordinator VISTA will be responsible for building the capacity of a fast- growing organization to improve its procedures, marketing and fundraising capabilities. The LFC is entering into larger grant partnerships and potential government contracts and this VISTA will be integral to streamlining reporting, fundraising, and grant management.

We are looking for a VISTA who is a self-starter, motivated for local and national changes to address health-related aspects including mental health and chemical dependency illness, and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. This is a position perfect for someone interested in learning the ropes on how to start your own business or nonprofit organization. VISTA member will be part of the Eco3 VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota.

Member Duties:

  1. Analyze operations for deficits and gaps of efficiency and look for improvement opportunities to organize services. a. Conduct analysis of existing programs and future projects. b. Develop relationships with FRT community and partners. c. Research nonprofit best practices in concern of housing development.
  2. Build the capacity and develop resources for FRT to achieve its mission to support family units. a. Create a grant management system and systems for tracking and reporting. b. Design a fundraising event and campaign for FRT projects
  3. Assist in developing marketing and communications to build organizational awareness and program reach. a. Develop a marketing and communications plan for FRT programs. b. Market the service and work that the Family Rise Together offers to BIPOC communities and consumers and what it means to the community economically, environmentally and more.

We seek to empower the Black community by reconstructing cultural and socio-economic narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black. Join a team offering alternative education programs and connecting our community to resources and opportunity.

The Family Freedom Center seeks to empower the Black community by reconstructing cultural and socio-economic narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black, both historically and present day. Family Freedom Center will do this by exploring alternative means of education and providing resources that bridge the gap between community and students. This bridge will engage members of the organization with love, respect, guidance, knowledge, and pride. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will work directly with our Executive Director and staff, our elder outreach program, our youth outreach program, building up our web presence, and exploring and identifying grant opportunities that fall line with Family Freedom Center’s organizational mission.

VISTA members will be on ground zero when it comes to re-evaluating, creating and re-booting the Family Freedom Center’s online platform. It is Family Freedom Centers goal and vision to create an interactive platform that allows members in a user-friendly manner to connect with Family Freedom Center on various online platforms. That will allow FFC members to receive and get information about various programming opportunities, as well as crucial local updates and services. VISTA members will research, study, and write grants that fall under the mission and goals of Family Freedom Center and the programming opportunities provided by the organization.

Serve on the Fond du Lac Reservation working on the Band’s food sovereignty efforts and the development of a new Agricultural Division, with duties including program development, Tribal based training, and grant writing. Other potential projects could include some comprehensive planning, transportation plan update and pedestrian/bike trail development. 

The Food Sovereignty position with the Fond du Lac ban will offer an opportunity to see multiple perspectives throughout a Tribal community. This position will explore program development, grant development, volunteer recruitment and organizational and program evaluation. We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about creative community development. This person should be flexible in the type of work they will be participating in. The work will include building capacity with our Planning Division and partnering divisions to work collaboratively on the creation of an Agricultural Program for the Fond du Lac Band. The member will lead dissemination of food sovereignty efforts and build systems to make our work more powerful. Successful candidates will be comfortable in an office environment working in a shared space with others in a collaborative way. They will have basic computer skills and experience writing reports, papers or grants. They will engage with community members and be self-motivated and able to work independently. 

The Fond du Lac Reservation is located next to Cloquet, MN just 20 miles southwest of the city of Duluth, MN. The Treaty of 1854 between the United States Government and the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa established the Reservation, comprised of 101,400 acres. The government is overseen by the Reservation Business Committee, comprised of five popularly elected officials. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has over 40 programs including, but not limited to, a K-12 School, Head Start and Early Head Start, Human Services and Social Services, Resource Management and Transportation. In addition to full government services, the Band also runs enterprises such as a gas station, two Casinos and a propane company. The VISTA will work under the direction of the Band’s Planning and Economic Development Division Director.

Member Duties:
1) Increase food security among tribal members

2) Maximize learning and economic development opportunities for tribal members

3) Determine strategic structure and plan for agricultural and food security programs

4) Build program sustainability

Key activities include:

1) Research potential uses for Agricultural Properties

2) Research best practices for increasing economic opportunity through agriculture

3) Define organizational structure for an agricultural division

4) Assist in planning to implement the Local Foods Strategic Plan and educate the community on Food Sovereignty Efforts

Assist with data collection, coordination, and implementation of public health and research projects with the Center for American Indian Health who works in partnership with tribal communities to design public health programs that raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people.

This VISTA position will be with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for American Indian Health, Great Lakes Hub, in Duluth, MN. Founded in 1991 and based in the Department of International Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for American Indian Health supports public health interventions designed for and by Native peoples. The Center has offices in tribal communities across Arizona and New Mexico as well as a Great Lakes Hub serving tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and along the shared border with Canada. With nearly 40 years of collaboration with Native American tribes, the Center supports public health interventions in more than 140 tribal communities in over 20 states. These partnerships have achieved landmark public health breakthroughs credited with saving millions of children’s lives worldwide.

The VISTA will work with a team of interdisciplinary social scientists (e.g., sociologists, psychologists, public health scholars), community members, and undergraduate RAs on exciting, private and federally funded opioid public health program evaluation initiatives in collaboration with American Indian tribal communities. Their duties will include participating in public health research and coordinating communications about public health initiatives.

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