Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Leader

Mercy Corps Northwest Americorps Program

About the organization

Mercy Corps Northwest AmeriCorps members oversee projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through financial education, job skills training, microenterprise & asset development, affordable housing, homeless services, food security, and disaster preparedness. While the programs that AmeriCorps members develop endure for years, AmeriCorps members perform only indirect service; interaction with clients will be limited and the member will spend the majority of their time in an office setting*. However, AmeriCorps service offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in implementing a program—skills highly desired by employers.


Located in Portland, Oregon, Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) is the domestic arm of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid organization. MCNW programs are designed to increase economic self-sufficiency and financial inclusion through microenterprise development for aspiring business owners & entrepreneurs, education and skills training for incarcerated women, and capacity building services through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. As a VISTA Leader, you will serve directly with our Americorps VISTA Program alongside our second VISTA Leader and be the facilitator to a team of 21 AmeriCorps VISTAs who are managed by MCNW and stationed at nonprofit organizations and public agencies across Oregon and Washington. AmeriCorps VISTA members and Leaders perform only indirect service; interaction with clients will be limited and the Leader will spend the majority of their time in an office setting or remotely until it is safe to serve in the office. However, the VISTA Leader will help alleviate poverty by ensuring that the VISTA members serving with the MCNW team have the support, resources, and training needed to have a successful experience and positive outcomes.

Leader duties will include: mentoring members; planning and coordinating member training and events; monitoring and supporting member progress through meetings, data collection, tracking, and site visits; supporting member recruitment and onboarding; and strengthening program outreach and marketing


PLEASE NOTE: Individuals are only eligible to serve as VISTA Leaders if they have successfully completed at least one term of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), or Peace Corps.

To be eligible for AmeriCorps service, a candidate must:
Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
Pass a national service criminal history check
Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses:
US citizen
US National
Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status)
Persons legally residing within a state with the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout AmeriCorps service, or holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status

Demonstrated commitment to community/public service
Intercultural communication skills and experience working within diverse communities
Preference given to those with lived experience in economically diverse environments
Strong volunteer/community service experience
High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree, or 4 years of relevant work experience, or a combination preferred (college degree is NOT required)
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to solve problems and be flexible
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well in a team environment
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive preferred

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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