AmeriCorps Service Opportunties

Position: Community Outreach Specialist

Organization: Immunize Nevada

Summary

Immunize Nevada is a non-profit organization that works to saves lives by preventing disease and promoting health. Our mission ensures people across Nevada can access vaccines, healthcare, and other resources they need to stay healthy. Our work helps people live longer, healthier lives by protecting them against vaccine-preventable disease. 

Position Description

The Immunize Nevada AmeriCorps program is designed to effectively communicate with families, seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, socioeconomically disadvantaged, uninsured or underinsured, and school-age children, etc. on how to access immunizations and, ultimately, preventive healthcare. AmeriCorps members will address the current disparities that exist for student’s ability to access recommended and school required vaccines, often preventing them from timely enrollment in school. Our AmeriCorps program called “Healthy Futures: Reducing Immunization Disparities” aims to create healthy communities across Nevada by serving urban and rural Nevada counties. 

AmeriCorps members will be providing valuable outreach, education, and resources to areas in which community members may not readily have access to healthcare resources, preventative care, and immunization information. Members will work to increase access and improved opportunities to healthcare and immunizations.


Service Locations: Nevada Statewide

  • Las Vegas/Mesquite (full-time position)
  • Reno/Sparks/Incline (full-time position)
  • Carson/Lyon/Douglas (full-time and part-time positions available)
  • Elko (part-time position)
  • Nye (part-time position)
  • Lander (part-time position)
  • White Pine (part-time position)
  • Additional locations may be assigned 

Timeline for Service:  September 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, plan and implement an immunization clinic in a community-based organization.
  • Conduct outreach to local community organizations to develop a resource map/resource directory.
  • Establish relationships with local community organizations and partners.
  • Provide on-site outreach through vaccination forecasting (i.e. look up immunization records on WebIZ, print out copies of records for individuals).
  • Organize and conduct outreach with community partners to increase awareness and advocacy of immunizations.
  • Participate as presenter to parents and families on immunization topics.
  • Provide immunization assistance with the local school nurse through vaccine forecasting and data collection of immunization rates.
  • Provide resource directories throughout the community. 
  • Provide immunization assistance with health contact at child cares or private schools through vaccine forecasting and data collection of immunization rates.
  • This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Participate in Immunize Nevada training, state AmeriCorps, and project training events.
  • Collaborate with fellow AmeriCorps members and program staff on outreach, data analysis, and other projects.
  • Consult with program and site supervisors on service plan activities, work place issues and other supervisory matters.
  • Wear AmeriCorps identification through the use of pins, badges, special clothing, etc. while performing AmeriCorps duties.
  • Provide timely communication and responses to staff and host site staff.
  • Provide timely and accurate data reports as requested by the state commission.
  • Submit OnCorps service reports.

Qualifications

  • Enjoys speaking to others and engaging in public health topics.
  • Takes initiative, solves problems, and actively participates and contributes to the team.
  • Positive attitude and passion for mentoring and encouraging others.
  • Adept at interacting and effectively communicating with youth and adults from all walks of life.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Committed to the concepts of national service, helping others, and making a difference in the community.
  • Familiar with basic computer operations: email, word-processing, spreadsheets, and basic graphics.
  • Access to reliable transportation to and from program location, AmeriCorps trainings, events, and service-related activities (rural service and training locations may not have access to public transportation). Service-related mileage will be reimbursed except to and from the member’s primary service site. 


Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award. Preferred but not necessary for members to have a Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Biology, Health Administration, Community Health, School of Sciences, or 1-2 years related professional experience.


Member Benefits:

AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance stipend, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
 

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Immunize Nevada's AmeriCorps Program Manager, Carol Luna, here.
 

For more information, please email the AmeriCorps Program Manager, Carol Luna, here or call at 702-529-4711. For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit their webiste here.