December 13th, 2016: Due to the snow, the boys basketball games and girls basketball practice have been cancelled. After Care is available at all locations.

VISTAs at The Oaks

Do you or does someone you know want a fantastic opportunity to do a year of service and gain real-world experience?

About The Oaks Academy’s VISTA program

The Oaks Academy seeks candidates that are mission-driven, career-minded, self-motivated, idea-inspired, and social justice oriented. Ideal applicants are seeking significant responsibility within a quality learning experience alongside fundraising professionals.

1) Events and PR Specialist - APPLY NOW!

The VISTA member will work closely with the Annual Fund Manager to plan and execute events such as the second annual Christmas Tree Festival and other admissions and fundraising events for the school. Duties will include:

  • Event planning - beginning, during, and after events
  • Prospect research
  • Engage new and current donors
  • Engage new parents
  • Recruiting potential donors
  • Detail-oriented


  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Event planning experience
  • Knowledge of Senior Systems is a plus
  • Research abilities
  • Basic stewardship understandings
  • Full-time commitment (forty hours per week)
  • Twelve-month commitment (July 2017-June 2018)

2) Digital Marketing Specialist - APPLY NOW!

The VISTA member will work with The Oaks Academy Advancement Team to develop and implement social media strategies and digital marketing templates for various audiences that will educate and inform them about the mission of The Oaks. Duties include:

  • Social media management
  • Web development
  • Email template design
  • Compiling analytics


  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Thorough knowledge of all social media platforms
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Basic understanding of HTML is a plus
  • Knowledge of Hootsuite, System Sciences, and Senior Systems is preferred
  • Adobe and GIMP skills
  • Desire to learn about photography and video editing
  • Full-time commitment (forty hours per week)
  • Twelve-month commitment (July 2017-June 2018)

VISTA Program Overview

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a program where members create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve at a nonprofit organization or public agency. AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service.

VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. Learn everything about VISTA here!


  • Vast connections through The Oaks Academy opens doors for future jobs
  • Allows you to better understand the nonprofit sector
  • Leave with large portfolio many people take years to acquire
  • Receive experience in a professional environment
  • Professional development
  • One year of non-competitive eligibility for employment in the federal government
  • $5,500 education award, or $1,500 end of year bonus
  • VISTA Living Allowance: Approximately $990 per month
  • VISTA Health Benefit Program
  • VISTA Leave of Absence: 10 personal, 10 medical, 5 emergency days
  • Relocation (~$550) if moving more than 50 miles
  • Learn about all VISTA benefits here!

Learn about Indianapolis!

Indianapolis is a bustling, thriving, urban metropolis. It has been voted one of the most inexpensive cities to live in, but is also considered one of the newest “up and coming” cities. From Fountain Square to Irvington, and Mass ave to Broad Ripple, Indy’s diverse neighborhoods offer a home for everyone - artists, professionals, and history buffs alike. With the median age of 34 years old, Indianapolis boasts a thriving young professionals demographic. If you’ve never been here, visit, and see why over 2 million people call Indy “home.”

Hear about what it’s like from past VISTAs!

Name: Gina Dacy
Position: Donor Relations Coordinator

Gina Dacy, originally from Rochester, Minnesota, is a 2015 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. While there, she studied economics, Spanish and international studies. Looking for a meaningful way to gain professional experience in a non-profit setting, she discovered the VISTA program at The Oaks and decided it was a perfect fit. While never having been before, Gina moved to Indianapolis and found it to be a smooth and easy transition into a new city.

During her time at The Oaks, Gina has had the opportunity to experience many different aspects of working in an advancement office. Some of her duties include prospect research, tracking movement in the donor pipeline, database management and donor communication. After having gained such valuable experience, Gina got a job at a local university as the Assistant Director for Athletic Development.

Name: Lydia Thurston
Position: Digital Marketer

Lydia Thurston graduated from Butler University in 2016 with a double major in English and Philosophy. With a philanthropic upbringing, she wanted to make her first year out of college educational, impactful, and significant. Having lived in Indiana most of her life, she was well aware of the mission of The Oaks, and found that with the VISTA position, she could make a difference in the community while gaining knowledge of office culture in the modern world.

While at The Oaks, Lydia was tasked with social media scheduling and posting, email template design, webpage design, and tracking analytics and trends both within the organization and the educational field itself.