AmeriCorps VISTA

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

AmeriCorps VISTA service opportunities

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation’s (HEDC’s) mission is to create and implement economic development initiatives which improve the lives of Latinos – and other underserved communities – within the Greater Kansas City area. This is accomplished through programming that focuses on strengthening existing Latino-owned, small businesses; and cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit of Hispanic start-ups. HEDC is the only area-Community Development Corporation (CDC) offering economic development initiatives purposefully designed to address the needs of the Kansas City area’s most under-served small-business community.  HEDC provides a bilingual and multi-culturally-sensitive approach in assisting current and aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve financial stability. Since tracking data (2006), more than 2,450 individuals have participated in more than 23,400 hours of combined training related to the planning, start-up and growth of small businesses. During this time, HEDC has helped facilitate the start-up and growth of more than 550 local, small businesses (all data pulled from HEDC’s CRM system, Biz-Trakker).  HEDC, through its mission and programs and services, aligns with AmeriCorp’s VISTA’s priority for programs that create economic opportunities to low-income individuals.

 

VISTA – Volunteer Program Coordinator

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is seeking a skilled individual to help develop a formal volunteer program; to support the interests of professionals, students, and small business owners – among others – seeking to help serve the community HEDC serves; further the skills of HEDC clients.

Duties: This VISTA member will develop a formal volunteer program at HEDC, creating an effective process for those individuals seeking to support HEDC and its programs (Business Development, Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy).  Project goals and activities include analyzing and enhancing HEDC’s current volunteer activities and processes, developing a volunteer database, developing necessary forms, recruitment and training, and implementing a volunteer retention program strategy.

Program Benefits: Choice of education award or end of service stipend (upon successful completion of service), Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Training

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attending school during off hours

Service Areas: Economic Opportunity

Skills: Written and oral communication, Time management

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VISTA – Marketing & Communications Coordinator

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is seeking a skilled individual to help develop a formal marketing strategy for the organization; optimizing innovative processes and technologies to increase awareness of HEDC programs and services, events, and key milestones.  Successful marketing and communication plays a key role in the overall success of HEDC, and its ability to effectively strengthen the communities it serves (attracts funders, volunteers, clients and program participants – among other stakeholders).

Duties: This VISTA will analyze existing marketing strategy (including marketing activities, return on marketing investment, etc.).  VISTA will build the infrastructure of HEDC’s marketing and communications, defining and refining an approach to effective outreach.  Other duties include developing a formal marketing policy (especially focused on guidelines for social media marketing), and the development of an e-newsletter.  VISTA will also develop a portfolio of client stories, promoting to funders, partners, and stakeholders the impact of their investment in HEDC programming.

Program Benefits: Choice of education award or end of service stipend (upon successful completion of service), Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Training

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attending school during off hours

Service Areas: Economic Opportunity

Skills: Written and oral communication, Time management

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VISTA – Program Analyst

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is seeking a talented individual to assist the organization with developing – and holding true to – process and procedures for data collection and program evaluation.

Duties: This VISTA will evaluate existing data collection and program evaluation processes, developing a model to improve the effectiveness – and timeliness – of reporting requirements (i.e. reports to funders, board members, and other stakeholders).  VISTA will develop a timeline for existing and future projects, along with developing baseline metrics and surveys, when necessary.  VISTA will work closely with program staff to deliver reports through presentations, marketing activities (annual report, e-newsletter, social media stories), and more.  VISTA will also track and record unmet needs of the organization (via semi-annual surveys/snapshots).

Program Benefits: Choice of education award or end of service stipend (upon successful completion of service), Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Training

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attending school during off hours

Service Areas: Economic Opportunity

Skills: Written and oral communication, Time management, Familiarity with CRM software

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VISTA – Program Development Coordinator

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is seeking a skilled individual to assist with the developing and implementing expanded business development and financial literacy curriculum and program opportunities for the community HEDC serves.  A primary goal of this VISTA is to expand program outreach related to financial literacy.

Duties: This VISTA will evaluate existing programs and services, analyzing and interpreting areas of growth.  VISTA will design, organize, and help to promote new classes and workshops to clients seeking to increase small business opportunities, and those seeking financial freedom.  VISTA will lead communications with existing partners, and seek new, strategic partnerships to guarantee program success.  This VISTA will also assist the HEDC team with fundraising activities, and grant-writing; also researching and tracking industry trends (related to the community development sector)

Program Benefits: Choice of education award or end of service stipend (upon successful completion of service), Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Training

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attending school during off hours

Service Areas: Economic Opportunity

Skills: Written and oral communication, Time management, Familiarity with CRM software, Research and development

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