Empowerment Coordinator with Faith and Community Organizations

Virginia Capacity Building Project

About the organization

The Virginia Capacity Building Project is an AmeriCorps VISTA project dedicated to strengthening access to social services across the Commonwealth, with the ultimate goal of combatting poverty and ensuring healthy futures for those we serve. Based out of the Virginia Department of Social Services, we are placing full-time National Service Members with six offices and projects around VDSS. Our team will be addressing a wide variety of topics, including: expanding access to affordable childcare; providing resources to address Substance Use Disorder; pursuing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive service landscape; furthering the goals of food security and good nutrition for all; and many more.


This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program dedicated to ending poverty through capacity building initiatives with community partners. You can read more about VISTA at https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista.

The VISTA Member will build a faith and community organization network around substance use disorder (SUD) and implement priority programs (e.g. recovery congregations, screening tools, a Faith-Based Initiative SUD certification program). The VISTA Member will develop materials and presentations that will increase community engagement, increase participation in coalition efforts to address SUD, and help support pandemic recovery programs/services. They will research policy that addresses the prevention, treatment, and harm reduction, and review existing prevention, treatment and harm reduction efforts targeting youth, including education, juvenile justice, health, and foster care. The AmeriCorps Member will also identify new materials and recommend updates to current information on the statewide substance use disorder website, and explore the use of peer support.


This is designed to be an entry-level position. Applicants are expected to speak fluent Spanish. No prior experience is required, but previous involvement with volunteer work or social services is preferred. Strong communication and research skills are required.

VISTA members receive a living stipend, healthcare benefits, and childcare assistance. They are also eligible for a relocation allowance where applicable. Upon successfully completing their year of service, members are eligible for an Education Award or Cash Stipend bonus, as well as one full year of Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal employment.


$13,800 (annually)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please note that this is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. If you are interested, create a profile and application at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do, and then submit your application for this position.

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