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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

Now accepting applications for 2021/22 positions to begin in August 2021

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 an 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. 

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 in the organization, but they have given me so much in return.
Nicole Livingston
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA 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.
Oaks Academy VISTA, Erin
Erin Wissler Gerdes

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

Information Technology Specialist

At The Oaks, you’ll use your skills to help to develop systems and training that will support the mission of a quality urban network of schools for years to come. 

This VISTA member serve alongside The Oaks Academy’s Director of Information Technology to help manage the rollout of the new Student Information System to various constituencies and departments within the organization. The VISTA will help to develop a project management plan and create instructional materials that will help users utilize the system easily and effectively. Ideal VISTA members would have an interest in serving at a mission-driven school, and gaining experience in facilities management/operations at a growing organization.

Business/Human Resources Specialist

Join our team at The Oaks, a diverse network of schools in Indianapolis. With your capacity-building skills, we can support teachers to educate more students, better! 

This VISTA member will help to optimize systems as they relate to employee and vendor management. Building on the service of past VISTAs at The Oaks, this VISTA will help to continue bringing business operations and HR processes up-to-date, in turn, increasing equity and efficiency, and creating more financial capacity to serve low-income students. Ideal VISTA members would have an interest in serving at a mission-driven school and gaining experience in the field of nonprofit management or human resources at a growing organization.

Donor Relations Specialist

Join our team at The Oaks, a diverse network of schools in Indianapolis. With your skills, we can introduce and engage more donors in supporting scholarships for low-income students! 

This VISTA member will help research prospective and existing donors and will optimize the new Student Information System as it relates to customer relationship management (CRM) in order to improve the donor journey (donor engagement from prospect to consistent support) to help raise funds for scholarships for low-income students. Duties will include…assisting with the conversion from one CRM to another, creating systems and processes in the new CRM to reflect the donor journey and inspire movement between steps, developing custom reports to help assess the health of the database and advancement operations, conducting research to develop new relationships and strengthening existing ones towards increased support, and entering data into the CRM.  Ideal VISTA members would have an interest in gaining valuable donor relations experience at a growing, mission-driven organization.

Admissions Marketing Specialist

Join our team at The Oaks, a diverse network of schools in Indianapolis. With your capacity-building skills, we can recruit more students to receive a quality education! 

As part of the Marketing and Communications team, this VISTA will serve closely with the admissions team to expand efforts to recruit students from low-income households to engage prospective parents on the journey to enrollment. He/She will also create processes to integrate leads and new students into the new Student Information System. This VISTA will serve to enhance admissions events to encourage diversity, equity, and transparency in the enrollment process. Duties will include running and analyzing advertising efforts, cultivating new marketing efforts, creating promotion strategies for admissions events, creating standardized yearly communications, and creating digital engagement strategy and lead generation strategy for prospective families. Ideal VISTA members would have an interest in serving at a mission-driven school and gaining experience in the fields of education and recruitment at a growing organization. 

School Communications Specialist

Join our team at The Oaks, a diverse network of schools in Indianapolis. With your skills, we can improve communications to better engage the community in our mission! 

Supervised by the Director of Marketing and Communications, this VISTA member will serve closely with the advancement, academic, and Oaks Plus (extra-curricular) departments to communicate and engage with their stakeholders – donors, students, and families. Through research into industry best practices and resources, this VISTA will help 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 preparing The Oaks Academy to release a new school information system by creating systems and templates for faculty and all school communication, build a process to maintain and update portals within our school information system, creating school-wide emails and templates, and documenting brand and communications. Ideal VISTA members would have an interest in gaining valuable communications experience at a growing, mission-driven organization. 

Digital Marketing Specialist

Join our team at The Oaks, a diverse network of schools in Indianapolis. With your skills, we can improve communications to better engage the community in our mission! 

As part of the Marketing and Communications team, this VISTA member will help to integrate other communications tools (i.e. website, social media, email provider) to the new Student Information System. This VISTA member will help to enhance digital communications by creating templates to ensure that messages reach audiences equitably, efficiently, and effectively. Duties will include creating sustainable digital engagement strategy via The Oaks Academy blog, email and social media, creating sustainable systems and processes for digital communication within our new school information system, build lead generation systems for donor and faculty recruiting, and standardize web design. Ideal VISTA members would have an interest in gaining valuable communications experience at a growing, mission-driven organization.

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

About AMERICORPS VISTA

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.