AmeriCorps Information Technology VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and/or financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. Members earn a modest living allowance of $11,880, limited benefit options and after a year of service are eligible for an Education Award of $5,775 or post-service stipend. More information is available at


IT Project VISTA will assist the Technology Team as it builds Rainbows’ capacity to organize data and provide quality services to families experiencing poverty or at risk for income challenges due to the special circumstances of their special needs children. The work will provide Rainbows the technology to track services provided to children who have special needs, in order to ensure accurate data can be used to secure funding that will allow Rainbows’ quality services to continue.

Rainbows will see a qualified applicant with analytical skills who enjoys working on a project that will contribute to the greater good. At Rainbows, we make children and families our highest priority and the VISTA would join a team that works continuously to improve all aspects of our business.

Find more position details here.


Primary Duties:

• Attend and participate in agency meetings as well as meetings specific to the Technology Project.

• Attend and participate in trainings required by Rainbows and the Technology Project.

• Communicate regularly with supervisor, Technology Team, Technology Project Manager, and Program Coordinators.

• Work with Program Coordinators to identify and understand the current storage system of client information.

• Assist Technology Program Manager in researching steps to be made in transition of data from old system to new system.

• Coordinate efforts of inputting data with all members of the data entry team.

• Provide training to program staff prior to the "Go Live" phase for accurate transfer of children’s data into the new system.

• Provide ongoing support and coordination to program staff in collecting and inputting accurate and timely data into the new system


Preferred Qualifications:

• College Graduate

• An independent, self-motivated individual who is able to communicate in groups and in one-on-one settings.

• Pays close attention to detail and has an analytical approach to problem solving.

• Strong interpersonal skills with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Well versed and excels in computer work. Proficient with Windows Office Suite.

• Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and a personal vehicle.

• Ability to comply with agency and departmental safety policies and procedures.

• Ability to read and write the English language.


Dates of service: 5/1/2017 to 5/1/2018 (approximately)