Volunteer Empowerment Project AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

International Rescue Committee (IRC) VEP AmeriCorps VISTA Project

About the organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading nonsectarian organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. The IRC provides emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC in Salt Lake City, UT opened its doors in 1994, and offers extended case management to newly arrived refugees for up to 24-months as well as over twenty different programs to educate and empower refugees and other new Americans.

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a federal AmeriCorps national service program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift Americans out of poverty.


Based out of the IRC Salt Lake City office, the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position works in tandem with the Volunteer Empowerment Project (VEP) to facilitate a meaningful and successful service term for 15 year-long VISTA members and 10+ summer associates placed at three nonprofits throughout the state of Utah: the International Rescue Committee, United Way of Utah County, and United Way of Northern Utah. Each VEP VISTA member has a unique assignment description with time-bound objectives that expand community-facing programming and build capacity at their respective sites. VISTAs in the project provide indirect service that focuses on bolstering education, economic empowerment, and healthy living initiatives.

The VEP VISTA Leader works closely alongside each VISTA member to better equip them with the knowledge and tools to succeed during their service term. As an educator, mentor, liaison and resource provider, the VISTA Leader supports the VISTA cohort by centering mental health and well-being; highlighting opportunities for professional development; and cultivating an overall environment of learning, encouragement and open communication. Major responsibilities include one-on-one coaching, delivering professional development trainings, conducting quantitative and qualitative data tracking, contributing to grant reports, and more.


- Must have successfully completed at least 1) one year of VISTA service OR 2) one full term of full-service (serving 1,700 hours or more) with either AmeriCorps State and National or AmeriCorps National Community Corps (NCCC) OR 3) one traditional term of Peace Corps service.
- Must be able to clear an FBI Criminal Background Check.
- Undergraduate degree or higher preferred.
- Demonstrated multi-cultural experience, or experience working with refugees or other vulnerable populations, preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership or mentoring experience.
- Excellent relationship-centered communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English.
- Highly organized and detail-oriented, with ability to prioritize, plan and manage time efficiently.
- Patience, flexibility and a good sense of humor.
- Professional, friendly and courteous attitude.
- Motivated, diligent, with ability to work independently.
- Proficient in Microsoft and Google Suites.
- Commitment to the missions of the IRC and AmeriCorps.


$1,316 Monthly Living Allowance + $300 Monthly Housing Stipend

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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