Harvey County DV/SA VISTA Fellow - Newton

Position: VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
Harvey County DV/SA 
Location: Newton, KS

Goal of the Project:

To build a stronger volunteer program to improve our organization's capacity to serve Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault victims and to find sustainable solutions to continue this service in the future.

Objectives of the Assignment (Period of Performance: February 2015-February 2016)

  • Volunteer training, management, and development
    • Work with Executive Director, Director of Outreach, and other staff to recruit and engaging low-income, at-risk residents in Harvey County for participation in planning, developing and implementing effective strategies to advance the success of our organization.
    • Participate in developing community assessments with Executive Director, Director of Outreach, and other staff to identify and be responsive and relevant to the needs of Harvey County residents, with emphasis on low-income, at-risk populations.
    • Learn the current volunteer management computer system, prepare/update documentation for how to use it, and recommend improvements
    • Maintain computer records for volunteer management system
    • Review volunteer job descriptions and update as needed
    • Write and/or update volunteer training materials
    • Recruit 15 new volunteers in twelve months through posting positions on volunteer websites, attending community meetings, and utilizing other volunteer recruitment resources
    • Train new volunteers
    • Research and implement best practices for recruiting, engaging, training, retaining, and supporting volunteers.
    • Evaluate effectiveness of volunteer recruitment and management program.
  • Partnership development
    • Work with Executive Director and Director of Outreach to promote our organization to other service agencies in the community, with emphasis on the need for volunteers
    • Organize at least one volunteer recruitment event quarterly, in coordination with other community service agencies when practical

Tasks may include:

  • Recruiting and managing volunteers for the organization
  • Developing community assessments
  • Identifying and being responsive to the needs of low income, at-risk residents of Harvey County
  • Working with Victims of Domestic or Sexual Assault

Vista Benefits:

  • Modest monthly Living Allowance
    • Your choice of an End-of-Year Cash Stipend valued at $1,500 OR the Segal Education Award valued at $5,550 to be used for loan payments or tuition costs
    • Health Benefits and Child Care Sup-port
    • One Year of Non-Competitive Eligibility for Qualified Federal Job Positions
    • Invaluable Professional Experience

To apply:

Go to http://my.americorps.gov and search the opportunity listings.


Contact Jessica Taylor at 316-284-6920 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


VISTA Assignment Description (VAD)

Crisis Services Director - Emporia

Position: Crisis Services Director
SOS, Inc.
Location: Emporia, KS

Posted: 3-31-2015


Work involves planning, organizing and directing the work of Crisis Services staff; facilitating and coordinating the activities of the Lyon County Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Team and the Sexual Assault Response Team; providing support and technical assistance in developing CCR Teams in the counties of Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, and Osage counties and; assisting the Executive Director with grant and financial matters pertaining to Crisis Services.


Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or proven experience. An ability to network with community professionals and represent the agency in a positive and professional manner. Good oral and written communication skills, analytical, planning, organization, and time-management skills. Proven ability to provide leadership in the development and administration of the programs. Ability to supervise employees by recruiting and selecting staff, then in planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of the program staff.


An understanding of sexual and domestic violence. Bilingual (preferably English and Spanish). Master’s degree in related field.


This position may at times be requested by the Executive Director or her designee to assume other tasks and responsibilities necessary to reflect a cooperative atmosphere in the unit or SOS as a whole.

  1. Provide supervision insuring Crisis Services is in accordance with rules and regulations by recruiting, hiring, training, assigning work, and evaluating support staff. Hold a monthly meeting for all crisis services staff members. Facilitate weekly meetings for Emporia Crisis Services staff. Visit each satellite site as necessary.
  2. Coordinate and facilitate monthly Lyon County Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Team and the Sexual Assault Response Team meetings. Provide new members of CCR with background information and goals for each Team.
  3. Provide technical assistance to new CCR Teams or inter-agency/multi-disciplinary groups in satellite counties.
  4. Provide community and professional presentations and trainings throughout the year in conjunction with SOS Crisis Services staff.
  5. Attend CORE meetings and provide them with written monthly/annual updates, monthly all-staff meetings, and other meetings as directed by the executive director.
  6. Assist with all grants pertaining to Crisis Services, including writing and providing narrative reports. Assist the Crisis Services staff with supervision in making sure their grant goals and objectives are being met.
  7. Supervise the Shelter Manager to ensure the Shelter is being maintained to adequately provide services for our clients.
  8. Create policies when policies when necessary. Ensure all KCSDV accreditation standards are being maintained and followed by the Crisis Services staff, as well as VAWA standards.
  9. Develop, coordinate, and implement an annual summit for Sexual and Domestic Violence with the community relations director.
  10. Attend approved professional training and continuing educational opportunities when possible.

STATUS: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt

TO APPLY: Mail a cover letter and resume to:

Connie J Cahoone
PO Box 1191
Emporia, KS 66801


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