OneStar Foundation Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA

OneStar Foundation
February 2, 2023
3000 Pegasus Park Dr. Suite 718, Dallas, Texas
Job Type


Job Title: Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA

Opening Date: January 31, 2023. Open until filled.

Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 based on experience, plus comprehensive benefits, and meaningful work in an environment that values excellence.

About OneStar

OneStar’s mission is to strengthen Texas communities by creating pathways for individuals and organizations to engage, connect, and accelerate their impact. For over four decades there has been an acknowledgment by the State of Texas of the critical importance of civic engagement and volunteering to the strength of our communities. From the creation of the Texas Center for Volunteer Action in 1976 to the formation of its eventual successor, OneStar Foundation in 2004, Texas has maintained its support of a strong nonprofit sector.

Today, OneStar carries out its mission for state government as a supporting nonprofit of the Office of the Governor. We serve as the state’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the State Service Commission, managing a portfolio of approximately $34 million in federal grant funds for AmeriCorps Texas programs. OneStar focuses on strengthening the nonprofit sector, encouraging civic engagement through service and volunteering, and building disaster resiliency across Texas. We are One Texas, united in building resilient and thriving communities.

At OneStar, we are committed to be an exemplary employer, where our employees are our greatest asset. OneStar believes we should model the leadership we hope to see in our communities by embracing a culture and values based on adaptability & learning, diversity, equity & inclusion, partnerships & shared purpose, transparency & trust, and always doing our best work for our fellow Texans.


General Description

Performs complex administrative and supervisory program work. Work involves establishing program goals and objectives; developing program guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations; developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving program goals; evaluating program activities; and coordinating program activities. Assigns and supervises the work of others. Reports to the Director of National Service and works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Provides day-to-day oversight and direct project management of OneStar’s AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project.
  2. Supervises, assigns, and oversees the work of assigned VISTA Leader(s), including providing coaching and feedback and meeting regularly with VISTA Leader(s).
  3. Supports management of federal AmeriCorps VISTA grant(s), including adherence to all grant requirements as set forth by the AmeriCorps, the federal agency.
  4. Serves as the primary contact to AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project funders and stakeholders, including the AmeriCorps Regional Office.
  5. Directly manages host site development, recruitment, selection, and onboarding processes.
  6. Maintains host site grant records in Salesforce and analyzes data from Salesforce.
  7. Develops and recommends program guidelines, procedures, policies, and rules; and monitors compliance with policies and procedures.
  8. Conducts monitoring and site visits to host sites; identifying any issues of noncompliance and developing recommendations for corrective action as necessary; alerting executive management immediately of any possible signs of fraud, waste, or abuse of resources.
  9. Supports preparation of required federal reports for the management of the project.
  10. Oversees recruitment plan for VISTA members with implementation support from VISTA Leaders. Ensures candidates are supported throughout the member recruitment and placement process.
  11. Oversees orientation and training activities for AmeriCorps VISTA members, site supervisors, and others as needed; including providing training and technical assistance.
  12. Supports AmeriCorps VISTA members during their term of service by serving as a resource to answer questions related to their service.
  13. Oversees, or directly prepares, the preparation of training and operational manuals, educational and marketing materials, best practices, and public information programs.
  14. Develop content and update AmeriCorps VISTA Project pages of OneStar’s website, in partnership with OneStar’s communication team.
  15. Regularly reviews AmeriCorps VISTA program area functions and operations, identifies areas needing change, and develops recommendations to improve programs or to address areas of concern.
  16. Coordinates with the Director of National Service to develop program goals and objectives.
  17. Evaluates research findings relative to OneStar’s mission and, particularly, high-quality AmeriCorps VISTA program designs and AmeriCorps VISTA program management.
  18. Contribute to OneStar’s thought leadership efforts by helping to write content for publications, newsletters, website, social media, and online resources.
  19. Plans, facilitates, and represents OneStar at meetings, conferences, trainings, and/or other events with nonprofit leaders, staff, and other stakeholders, including making remarks or presentations.
  20. Supports the preparation of program budget requests.
  21. May support the procurement process for contracts with consultants or other training providers as needed; including the process by which OneStar team members and others can utilize the services of the contractors.
  22. May be assigned to cross-functional teams to support OneStar goals and objectives.
  23. Performs related work as assigned consistent with current duties and responsibilities
    Minimum Qualifications

1. 3-4 years of relevant work experience; 1 to 2 years of relevant management experience is preferred.

2. Understanding and commitment to OneStar’s mission and strategies and to all its programs and initiatives.

3. AmeriCorps program and member management experience is strongly preferred.

4. Personal AmeriCorps service experience is preferred.

5. Experience working with nonprofit organizations is preferred, including faith-based and other grassroots community organizations, and/or other social service sector organizations.

6. Must thrive in a work environment of significant growth, development and change.

7. Willing to travel in Texas, and occasionally to other states, for host-site monitoring visits and special events (approximately 10% time).

8. Graduation from an accredited university with major coursework in a relevant field (equivalent work experience may be substituted for this requirement).


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

1. Knowledge of best practices in AmeriCorps VISTA program and member management is preferred.

2. Knowledge of AmeriCorps federal regulations, provisions, and other AmeriCorps VISTA-specific program directives is preferred.

3. Ability to coach host sites, particularly related to AmeriCorps member support.

4. Ability to research, interpret, apply and communicate complex regulations, provisions, policies and procedures.

5. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions; to analyze complex information and develop plans to address identified issues; and to effectively demonstrate negotiation and facilitation skills.

6. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and provide recommendations.

7. A strong passion for supporting a portfolio of organizations with diverse community driven missions, and an ability to work with a variety of organization types (faith-based and community organizations, state/local governments, colleges/universities).

8. Intellectual curiosity, creativity, high-energy, persistent, quick study, positive attitude.

9. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet multiple deadlines with excellent time management and organizational skills, detail oriented, and the ability to work both independently with general supervision and as part of a project team.

10. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

11. Excellent customer service skills.

12. Ability to think strategically in relationship building and partnership development.

13. Ability to lead teams where appropriate.

14. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

15. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

16. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

17. Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain cooperative, professional and productive work relationships with others.

If you see yourself in some, but not all, of the description above, we encourage you to apply; you might bring something to this role that we did not anticipate.

EOE. OneStar Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer. OneStar prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. OneStar conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

It is the policy of OneStar Foundation to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). OneStar will not discriminate against any qualified employee or job applicant with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment, because of a person's physical or mental disability. OneStar will also make reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not impose an undue hardship on OneStar.

Application Instructions

If you see yourself in some, but not all, of the description above, we encourage you to apply at; you might bring something to this role that we did not anticipate.

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