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. 

Now Accepting Applications for 2021/22 Positions To Begin August 2021.

At this time, we are no longer hiring VISTA candidates. 
If you are interested in applying for a VISTA position at The Oaks, please check back in early 2022 for our new positions.

During this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19, we are committed to our AmeriCorps VISTA program at The Oaks. Serving as a VISTA member is a great opportunity to gain significant work experience, make meaningful career connections, and serve the community. Especially in this time of economic instability, VISTA can be a smart career move for recent graduates and those looking to explore new fields of work. 

Previous VISTA positions can be viewed below.

Donor Relations Specialist

  • Research prospective and existing donors in order to engage them in the donor journey
  • Assist with creating systems, communications and events that inspire movement within the donor journey
  • Serve with seasoned (and fun) team fundraising professionals

Donor Services Specialist

  • Optimize a new donor database to encourage true relationship-based philanthropy
  • Assist in the conversion process related to the new database, including developing custom reports and entering new data
  • Serve with seasoned (and fun) team fundraising professionals

Sports/Out-of-School Time Strategist

  • Assist with programming related to The Oaks’ Before/After Care,  Clubs, and Athletics
  • Enhance current athletic and extracurricular programs for over 1,000 students
  • Develop a *new* intramural sports program

Digital Marketing Specialist

  • Optimize digital marketing tools, including The Oaks’ website, blog, email and social media
  • Improve engagement to recruit and retain students, faculty, staff and parents
  • Develop and implement lead generation strategies

School Communications Specialist

  • Serve across departments to enhance communications at a growing school
  • Develop systems to increase equity and efficiency across the organization
  • Create communication systems, templates, and guideline for multiple stakeholders

Admissions Marketing Specialist

  • Assist the Admissions team in recruiting Pre-K to 8th grade students to an intentionally diverse school
  • Enhance admissions events to encourage diversity, equity, and transparency in the enrollment process
  • Develop and execute admission event marketing strategies, including engagement and lead generation

If you have any questions, email Sara Fichtner at sfichtner@theoaksacademy.org​

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

- Erin Wissler Gerdes

About The Oaks academy

The Oaks is a Pre-K through 8th-grade Christ-centered school with three campuses in Indianapolis, close to the Monon Trail, multiple city parks, and vibrant downtown communities. The Oaks serves an intentionally diverse student body – both racially and socioeconomically. Approximately 50 percent of students are white and 50 percent of students are people of color. Fifty percent of the 973 students live in low-income households, and The Oaks provides them with over $3 million in need-based scholarships. This commitment to creating a balanced mixed-race and mixed-income community since the beginning is a model that research has shown to benefit all. 

Learn more at theoaksacademy.org.


Since 1965, the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program’s mission has been to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. The purpose of the VISTA program at The Oaks is to effectively serve families in poverty. Known as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” VISTA offers citizens the opportunity to serve nonprofit organizations while gaining valuable on-the-job skills and experience. 

VISTA Program employment requires a full-time commitment (40 hours per week) for 12 months. There is no religious affiliation required of participants in the AmeriCorps VISTA program and no political activity is allowed due to the program’s affiliation with the federal government.

Benefits of the VISTA Program
  • VISTA Living Allowance:  Approximately $1,027 per month

  • VISTA Health Benefit Program

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

  • Relocation (~$750) if moving more than 50 miles

  • Leave of Absence: 10 personal, 10 medical days off

  • Life Insurance, if requested

  • Public Assistance, if eligible

  • End of Service Benefits

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

  • 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.