[Entry level] Outreach and Community Partnership Associate: VISTA

Programs · Houston, Texas
Department Programs
Employment Type Contractor
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Outreach and Community Partnership Associate - VISTA

Reports to: Urban Scholars Houston Managing Director

Status: Entry Level VISTA One year Full-time Service Opportunity, starting August 31, 2020 to August 30, 2021 (with the possibility of a second year renewal)

Overview:  SJLI is dedicated to improving the education, health and well-being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training and community mobilization. We privilege the ideas, voice and leadership of our youth and community members. We envision communities where education empowers individuals to use their agency for the purpose of improving each other’s lives.  We educate and empower youth and community members to identify and rectify injustice. We build capacity for individuals and communities to advocate for their needs. We train and build leaders, deliver effective programs and provide neighborhoods with resources.

We empower through education, create thriving communities and change systems.  Our programs have impact.  More than 1,619 high school students have been served through our Urban Scholars Program; we teach 250 Healthy Living lifestyles classes annually; and average a 94% high school graduation rate among our high school seniors.  Our 100 Seeds of Change Initiative built 103 community, school, neighborhood and household gardens. We increase food security by distributing thousands of pounds of free fresh produce to families and households in Inglewood.  We are also working to end the school to prison pipeline.

The ideal candidate for this position has a passion for social justice, has experience in community outreach, working with diverse communities, communications, media relations, developing and implementing social media campaigns and creating online content. 

Position Summary: This position is a service opportunity in association with the AmeriCorps/VISTA Corporation for National and Community Service at the Urban Scholars program in Houston, Texas. This position is responsible for increasing community awareness and identifying opportunities for partnerships among individuals and organizations in Houston, Texas.  This Associate will also assist the SJLI communications team to promote the Houston program among SJLI general supporters.  This Associate will work under the supervision of the Houston Managing Director in conjunction with other Houston Associates and SJLI team members to identify strategies that engage parents, school administrators, community representatives, local government agencies and non-profit organizations who are involved in supporting students in Houston Independent School District. This position will work both remotely and in person at the Houston Urban Scholars program office and when necessary, Houston Independent School District (HISD) school sites.


Compensation: AmeriCorp/VISTA service members receive an Annual Living Allowance, paid bi-weekly.  A healthcare benefit option is available.  Service member has the option of an End of Service cash award OR Education Award toward payment of student loans.  For complete list of AmeriCorp/VISTA benefits, please visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista


  • Explore collaborative and partnership opportunities with community members, public agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations.
  • Assist with communications and community outreach efforts to promote the Urban Scholars Houston program.
  • Develop and implement a Marketing and Communications plan to elevate public awareness of the Urban Scholars Houston program.
  • Produce outreach materials (displays, brochures, flyers, articles) that promote and raise the profile of the Urban Scholars Houston program.
  • Create written and visual content for newsletters, social media, newspaper and online articles, public service announcements, and press releases.
  • Develop social media and newsletter content for Houston in coordination with SJLI Communications team.
  • Create a editorial calendar 
  • Track, measure and report on web and social media analytics
  • Assist with community outreach and marketing efforts for special events
  • Explore collaborative and partnership opportunities with community members, public agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations
  • Support the Urban Scholars Houston and SJLI Communications team as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, marketing, public education and relevant field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of the Social Justice Learning Institute
  • Highly organized, resourceful and self-motivated with exceptional time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to serve as a conduit for information to and from other members
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, a creative mind, and a positive attitude
  • Exceptional written, visual and oral communication skills a must
  • Experience in creating social media campaigns and familiarity with upkeep and maintaining social media posts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
  • Experience editing Drupal or WordPress websites; basic knowledge of HTML a plus
  • Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, Publisher or other graphics programs preferred

How to Apply: Please apply by using the link on SJLI website at https://sjli.org/get-involved/#join-our-team OR on bamboohr at https://socialjusticelearninginstitute.bamboohr.com/hiring/jobs

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