Program Coordinator- Americorps VISTA

Cohoes, New York - 54353
The Connect Center is a youth center in Cohoes, NY that offers free after school and summer
programming in STEAM areas to students in grades 6-12 in the Capital District. Our mission is to
break the cycle of poverty by connecting youth to careers. We believe impacting poverty
requires a whole human approach so in addition to our youth programs, we also offer several
community support services like a food pantry, community closet, Backpack program and little
free libraries.

We are seeking a person who wants to:

● Explore the world of youth and community programming
● Gain experience working with youth
● Learn what it’s like to work in a quickly growing nonprofit organization


The goal of this year three of three position, is to leave the Connect Center will have engaging,
well-run, educational opportunities for local school children that follow best practices and serve
as a model for similar centers.

Similar to the youth programming, the site-based pantry and backpack programs will have the
same goals of committed long-term volunteers running them and follow best practices to serve
as a model for future projects.

Living Allowance

VISTAs earn a living allowance for their service. The annual living allowance is $17,600.30,
which is $675.08 on a bi-weekly basis.

Note: VISTAs and VISTA Leaders do not have access to on-campus housing.

Visit us online: and on IG: @sienavistas

To Apply: email Mairead Carr at or search “ACE at Siena” on the MyAmeriCorps Portal.

Minimum Qualifications:

● Must have an Associates level education or higher
● US citizen or have permanent resident status
● Experience with email
● Proficient with computers and technology
● Have great attitude
● Have a growth mindset
● Great communication skills
● Ability to be flexible
● Problem solving skills
● Willingness to lead
● Conflict resolution skills

Professional Development

As a part of the ACE program, VISTA members take part in our monthly team building days,
attend AmeriCorps trainings, and have access to Siena’s faculty to learn more about their areas
of interest.

At the Connect Center, VISTAs will develop skills in public speaking, nonprofit management, and
leadership. With a large number of community partners, the Connect Center offers many
networking opportunities in a wide range of industries.


● Experience working in a quickly growing nonprofit organization
● Experience working with middle- and high school-aged youth
● Networking and career advancement opportunities
● Supportive cohort of peers
● Campus Meal Plan
● Siena Gym/Library/Career and Internship Center Access
● CDTA bus pass
● Non-competitive eligibility for federal employment
● $6,345.00 Education Award upon successful completion of full service term  

The VISTA serving as Program Coordinator, will focus on:

● Coordinating programs, communications, procedures and style guide
● Sustainability of programs through volunteer recruitment and management
● Conducting data collection and assessments to support funding opportunities
● Overseeing newsletter marketing and social media posts of Connect Center programs
will be organized in a marketing calendar

Supporting Duties

Day to day activities may include:

● Daily communications including answering phones, emails and social media messages
● Leading small teams of volunteers during programming
● Creating digital flyers and brochures
● Updating the website content
● Update and complete sustainability year three VISTA documents

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