PPS-SF is Hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA to Start July 2019!

Join our team! PPS-SF is hiring a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our staff for a one-year term starting this coming July.

Know someone who is passionate about equity and public education? This position is perfect for someone interested in strengthening parent leadership across San Francisco’s diverse communities and learning the critical skills of fund development and using social media to support a movement!

About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members are stipended volunteers that serve for one year, full time at nonprofit or governmental organizations building capacity.

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  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must be U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License, automobile insurance and reliable means of transportation.

  • Excellent writing skills and organizational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Competent public speaking skills and/or experience.

  • Computer proficiency

  • We are interested in candidates able to communicate in Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin

How to apply

  • Before applying, please read additional information about serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Read more here.

  • Submit an AmeriCorps application for this position online no later than June 7, 2019. Click here to apply. For any questions, please contact info@ppssf.org with “AmeriCorps VISTA” in the subject line.

Meet our current AmeriCorps VISTA member Kiara Quintanar who was named April’s “Member of the Month!”

Our AMAZING Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA member Kiara Quintanar!

Our AMAZING Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA member Kiara Quintanar!

Kiara is the first AmeriCorps VISTA member hired by PPS-SF and we feel incredibly fortunate to have her on our team!

We asked her a few questions about her experience as a VISTA.

What is one of your favorite things about working at PPS-SF?

Definitely the PPS-SF staff and community we work with! This has been my first full-time position and I have been overwhelmed by how welcoming, supportive, and collaborative the team is. We serve and work with such a diverse community that it is inspiring to experience the thread that connects so many across the City: believing in the power and necessity of strong public schools!

What is something you have learned from your experience?

One of the biggest things I will take away from my time at PPS-SF is that you do not need a big team to make a difference. We are a team of 10 and this organization supports thousands of families every year, many of which are one-on-one interactions, on various platforms. If a team, no matter the size, is committed and hardworking, impacts will be made. Seeing this in action is extremely motivating, especially for those passionate about social justice issues.

What would you tell someone thinking about serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA?

Americorps VISTA is a great way to explore after graduation. If you are like me, unsure of what path to take, a year of service that includes structure and support, as well as benefits, is a perfect way to enter into the workforce. Through PPS-SF I have also been exposed to many different organizations and sectors that we collaborate with which has given me a greater sense of the different ways to pursue passions.

Kiara goes above and beyond for her co-workers and the parents and families we help. Her insight and value has really shown itself in her work with staff, families and parents whose first language is not English. Kiara’s talents are exemplified in the successful launch of our new Parent & Family Leaders Program where she has recruited, trained and managed 8 people as they serve as an extension of our outreach team.
— Excerpt from AmeriCorps VISTA Member of the Month nomination submission