The Oaks Academy & Americorps VISTA

Experience + Impact

Join The Oaks Academy as an AmeriCorps VISTA to work alongside fundraising and marketing, operations, and finance pros, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of Indianapolis students. VISTA is a full-time year-long service opportunity that provides a living stipend and other benefits.  

Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA


We are recruiting for 12-month service positions that will start August 3, 2020.  

School Operations Specialist

Help build capacity so that all aspects of building operation run smoothly while gaining experience in facilities management and operations.

Human Resource Specialist

Develop Human Resource structures to improve the infrastructure of The Oaks and improve its employee management system to encourage diversity, equity and transparency.

Business Process Strategist

Improve the back-office infrastructure through research into industry best practices and resources. Increase efficiency and creating more financial capacity to serve low-income students

School Admissions Specialist

Work closely with the admissions team to expand efforts to recruit low-income students. Help identify potential partnerships and feeder programs, and will work to enhance admissions events to encourage diversity, equity, and transparency.

Sports/Out-of-School Time Coordinator

Develop and enhance Oaks Plus program offerings, which include Before/After Care, Athletics, and Clubs. Duties will include developing an intramural sports program, and researching a database tool to track participants.

Content & Internal Communications Strategist

Evaluate and improve current strategies and systems to assist The Oaks in improving communications to all of its stakeholders with a focus on equity and efficacy. Duties will include developing a sustainable content creation process and implementing new internal communication strategies. 

Design and Marketing Specialist

Enhance web and email communication to ensure that messages reach audiences equitably, efficiently, and effectively. Duties will include researching tools to personalize messaging and evaluate successful communications

Advancement Services Specialist

Help to research prospective donors, and evaluate and improve donor communication and engagement. Develop a sustainable donor tracking system and work with communications staff to create personalized messaging

what past vistas say

I’ve enjoyed every minute serving as a VISTA at The Oaks Academy. The team provided opportunities for professional development, networking, and personal growth. I came to serve the organization, but they have given me so much in return.

Nicole Livingston

Oaks Academy VISTA, Erin

Serving as an #AmeriCorpsVISTA allowed me the unique opportunity to not only spend a year in service, but also to gain invaluable job training right after graduating college. I'll be forever grateful for my year in service at The Oaks.

Erin Wissler Gerdes


Since 1965, the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program’s mission has been is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. 

About the VISTA Program

  • Requires a full-time commitment (40 hours per week) for 12 months
  • No religious activity required
  • No political activity allowed

Benefits of Participating

  • VISTA Living Allowance:  Approximately $927 per month

  • VISTA Health Benefit Program

  • VISTA Training:  Pre-Service Orientation, On-site Orientation

  • Relocation (~$550) if moving more than 50 miles

  • Life Insurance, if requested

  • Public Assistance, if eligible


End of Service Benefits
Pending successful completion of 12-month service

  • Approximately $6,000 Education Award and Federal Student Loan Forbearance
  • OR $1,800 Cash Stipend and Student Loan Deferment
  • AND Non-Competitive Eligibility for Federal Agency Employment

Have Questions?

Change is always challenging, especially when it may effect your children. Please share any questions or comments you have using the form below, or by emailing me directly at ahart@theoaksacademy.org.

I’ll respond to your inquiry directly and as quickly as I can.