About NYC VISTA:

The NYC VISTA Program supports NYC government agencies to lift New Yorkers out of poverty by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of each agency.

NYC VISTA Basics:

VISTA members serve at New York City government agencies (known as host sites) to address critical city issues related to poverty by engaging in capacity building work. Capacity building refers to tasks and activities that create, expand or strengthen the systems and processes that help an organization carry out its anti-poverty work.These tasks and activities include the transfer of knowledge/skills, products, and relationships.

Direct service refers to activities that immediately address a client’s needs, e.g. tutoring or providing meals at a soup kitchen. VISTAs do not do direct service. 

NYC VISTA member activities can include program development and delivery; performance measurement; research and data evaluation; community engagement, outreach and promotion; and partnership expansion and development.

 

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 NYC VISTA Program Year are now CLOSED and will no longer be reviewed. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from April 10, 2020 - June 5, 2020. Please note that the service term is August 3, 2020 - August 2, 2021.

 

NYC VISTA Application Timeline:

  • Friday, April 10: NYC VISTA Application opens
  • Friday, June 5: Last day NYC VISTA will accept applications
  • Tuesday, June 30: Last day candidates can accept a position offer
  • Monday, August 3: First Day of Service Term!

 

NYC VISTA Application Process Overview:

Step 1: Apply on my.americorps.gov 

  • A list of available NYC VISTA positions can be found below. When you click any of the links, you will be re-directed to its Service Opportunity Listing where you'll be able to apply for the position.

Step 2: Applicant Phone Screen

  • A member of the NYC VISTA Recruitment team will review your application once it is received. You will be notified within two weeks of applying whether you have been invited to move forward to a phone screen.
  • The phone screen is an initial interview to determine your fit and eligiblity for our NYC VISTA program and will be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Please note that phone screens are not specific to the position(s) you applied for in your application.

Step 3: Host Site Supervisor Interview 

  • Within two to three weeks after you have participated in a phone screen, you will be notified whether you have been selected to move forward to a phone interview with the supervisor of the VISTA position you've applied for. If you have been selected to interview, a member of the NYC VISTA Recruitment team will coordinate the interview based on both your and the host site supervisor's availability.
  • You may be selected to interview for up to three positions based on how many positions you applied to on my.americorps.gov. 

Step 4: Candidate Offers

  • Within two weeks of participating in a host site supervisor interview, you can expect to hear if you have been offered a position.
  • If a supervisor you interviewed with would like to offer you a position, a member of the NYC VISTA Recruitment team will extend the offer to you. You will have three business days to either accept or decline.
  • If you do not accept or decline the offer within three business days, the offer may be sent to another candidate.

 

 

 

As the City continues to deal with the realities and effects of the COVID-19 crisis, we anticipate that host sites and positions listed currently may change before the start of the service year in August 2020. We will do our best to match applicants in their position or host site of choice, however all host sites and positions descriptions are subject to change. If there is a change in host site or position, you will be alerted of any changes to your placement of interest. We will do our best to recommend options similar to your first choice of position or host site.

 

NYC VISTA Member Benefits*:

  • NYC VISTA Members: Living allowance of up to $20,640.75 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service
  • NYC VISTA Leader: Living allowance of up to $23,038.80 (pre-tax) for 12 months of service (Note: VISTA Leaders must have successfully completed one year of National Service.)
  • Unlimited Monthly MetroCard (valued at $1,524)
  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195 or end-of-service cash stipend of up to $1,800  ($3,000 for VISTA Leaders)
  • VISTA Virtual Member Orientation (VMO), On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT), and ongoing professional development
  • Limited health care benefits, including routine dental care and limited vision services
  • $750 settling-in allowance, if relocating more than 50 miles
  • Loan Forbearance and deferment for qualified student loans during active service; interest paid on qualified loans if successfully completes program
  • Non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position, if qualified
  • Childcare assistance, if qualified, during active service

*Member benefits are subject to change for the 2020-2021 program year.

For specific information about VISTA benefits, visit the VISTA Campus.

 

NYC VISTA Requirements:

What are the requirments to serve as a NYC VISTA member?

  • Must be U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Have successfully obtained a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to the start of the program
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to serve full time for the program term (generally M-F 9AM - 5PM)

 

*Note updated policy: As of May 3, 2015, VISTA Members and Leaders may hold legal part-time employment that is unrelated to their assigned project and that does not interfere with their service or service hours. To learn more, visit the VISTA Campus.

 

Email nycvista@cityhall.nyc.gov with any additional questions.