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JOB OPENING: Safe Routes to School VISTA Position

This VISTA position is a great opportunity to make a tangible difference in a Seattle neighborhood.

This position has been created in collaboration with the Seattle Mayor’s Office and its Engage Seattle team. The work the VISTA position will undertake will primarily occur at schools in Southeast Seattle, but you will also be located in downtown Seattle and supervised by Seattle Department of Transportation staff.

The long-term goal of the position is to increase attendance at school by supporting transportation options—walking, biking and riding transit to school – and to create a stronger network of community members, parents, and teachers that support these transportation options and will help get students to school on time and ready to learn. This work will occur primarily within one middle school in Southeast Seattle, but there will be partnerships with other schools (middle school and elementary) as well. The position will work in collaboration with leadership from schools, non-profits and other sectors.

APPLICATIONS/INTERVIEWS:

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 29TH by 5:00 p.m. Click here for the official Americorps listing. Please apply through this system. Interviews will take place Friday March 2nd or Monday March 5th. If the position is offered, acceptance of the position must occur by the end of the day on March 6th. Phone interviews (or Skype) will be accepted.

If you’re not familiar with the Americorps VISTA program, please see http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp. If you’re unfamiliar with Safe Routes to School, please see http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/about-us/mission-and-history and http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes/.

MORE DETAILS:

The specific tasks you take on may include the following:

• Develop relationships to the school and its community partners
• Develop and conduct surveys with students, parents and teachers to assess issues related to student attendance and modes of transportation
• Produce a walking and biking audit of the school attendance area not eligible for school bus transportation
• Create bus, bike, walk circulation map for each of the schools
• Identify issues and barriers (real and/or perceived) related to implementing safe routes to school and sustaining school attendance
• Design strategies and an encouragement campaign for walking, biking, and taking transit to school that will address barriers
• Identify teachers, parents, and community volunteers who are willing to participate
• Conduct three school-wide events with partners to reach out to parents and teachers with information on safe walking and biking, and seek resources to support events if necessary

The Safe Routes to School VISTA will coordinate with the Mayor’s Engage Seattle team to highlight civic engagement in support of local youth. It is the Mayor’s goal that all Seattle youth can succeed in school and in life. Through developing a growing volunteer corps in support of youth development and education, the City of Seattle is addressing the short term progress necessary to support our most vulnerable youth but also facilitating the long-term change that can impact generations to come.

This position is a multi-faceted position that would benefit from many different types of skill sets and knowledge bases. Besides the core function of developing relationships and capacity for more community involvement, this position will benefit from strong written and visual communications skills, event management, social marketing/behavior change efforts, knowledge of built environment topics (i.e., safe and welcoming street design), awareness of public safety issues in a diverse area of Seattle, knowledge of the education system, and more.

Posted by: Rebecca Deehr