Colorado Nonprofit Association

Vision Projects Coordinator

Program Overview: Led by the United Way of SWCO (UWSWC), Team UP AmeriCorps places AmeriCorps members at organizations throughout Southwest Colorado. While these members serve as part of a regional cohort and participate in regional cohort trainings and activities, they spend the majority of their term serving directly at a specific host site organization. Through collaborative service, Team UP AmeriCorps members develop their own professional skills and passions, expand effectiveness of southwest Colorado organizations, and ultimately support people to thrive. Team UP has been utilizing collective impact initiatives since 2015 to collaborate across sectors and promote communication towards common goals within rural Southwest Colorado communities.

The Riverhouse Children’s Center’s mission is to build the foundation for a lifetime of success through quality early childhood education. Riverhouse serves 3 populations: parents, children, and employees. Currently, there are 60 working families, their 72 children (ages six weeks to five years), and the 30 staff members who provide reliable, quality childcare. 30% of Riverhouse’s families receive a monthly subsidy from either our program or the state subsidy program. Riverhouse’s work environment is dynamic and diverse. They have staff members of all ages and would incorporate the AmeriCorps member(s) fully into the team.

Service Position Summary: Riverhouse is searching for one to two AmeriCorps members to serve as Vision Project Coordinators to implement the center’s vision projects in order to boost their culture and community. The Vision Project Coordinators would be an integral part of a preschool that already strives to engage children in stimulating activities while supporting parents. The members’ days would have both structure and variety. Focused on their vision projects of highest interest, members would divide time between direct classroom time engaging with children alongside two teachers, time planning and implementing vision projects with Riverhouse administrators, and time spent with parents during coordinated activities. Vision projects include, but are not limited to: implementing a food nutrition/garden program, expanding volunteer coordination, implementing an afterhours Spanish-speaking childcare program, coordinating additional enrichment activities, and coordinating family engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities: Team UP AmeriCorps members serve directly at their Host Site organization to develop, implement, and enhance programs, projects, and activities through direct and indirect service. Duties include:

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:

Desired Qualifications:

Term of Service – Time Commitment: This is a Full-Time* national and community service position requiring, at a minimum, a total of 1700 hours during the year (approximately 40 hours/week.) The position begins September 9, 2024 and ends August 31, 2025. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments.

*For the right candidate, this could be reduced to a Part-Time position.

Service on the following dates is required:

Training and Support Provided: Team UP AmeriCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable, approved trainings. Members will be supervised and supported by Riverhouse Program Director Rebecca McKibben (programdirector@riverhousecci.org), as well as by Team UP AmeriCorps program staff. The PY 24-25 cohort of Team UP AmeriCorps members serving throughout the region will also act as additional resources and support for each other.

Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at Riverhouse Children’s Center at 742 Florida Road, Durango, CO. Occasional off-site engagement and partnership activities, meetings, etc. will be required.