AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Organizational Overview:

Hawai‘i Green Growth is a public private partnership committed to advancing economic, social and environmental goals, and a recognized United Nations Local2030 Hub that scales local sustainability solutions to global challenges. Hawai‘i Green Growth formed in response to the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to identify green growth priorities and advance a green economy within an island context.

The Aloha+ Challenge: He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia is a statewide commitment to achieve Hawai‘i’s sustainability goals, and serves as a local framework to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Aloha+ Challenge was launched in 2014 by HGG public and private sector partners with leadership from the State, Counties, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and State Legislature. The Aloha+ Challenge enjoys unprecedented political support to achieve time-bound sustainability goals and indicators, which are measured through an open-data impact Dashboard. HGG works with public and private partners on joint policies, initiatives, and communications that advance Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge goals. The Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard is an online open-data platform to track progress, provide accountability and ensure transparency on Hawai‘i’s economic, social, and environmental priorities.

Position Summary:

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position offered through the Hawai‘i Green Growth – Aloha+ Challenge VISTA Program to address poverty and increase economic, social, and environmental resiliency across Hawai‘i. VISTA Leader positions are open to members who have previously served a full term of full-time service with any AmeriCorps program or with Peace Corps, and demonstrate exemplary skills and leadership in community service. Learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program at:

This is a full-time position that will support Hawai‘i Green Growth (HGG) in (1) coordinating, training and guiding VISTA members, (2) identifying and developing funding opportunities relative to HGG’s mission to catalyze action through the Aloha+ Challenge, Hawaii’s statewide commitment to achieve key sustainability outcomes and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The proposed VISTA project aligns with AmeriCorps’ Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Education, and Environmental Stewardship focus areas. This position will have the opportunity to take on meaningful responsibility quickly, and engage with a diverse network of local, national and international partners.

Eligibility for the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Position: 

In order to be considered for hire, one must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available full time (40 hours/week)
  • Previously served a full term of full-time service with any AmeriCorps program or with Peace Corps,
    and demonstrate exemplary skills and leadership in community service
  • Pass a national service criminal history check
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e., Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

AmeriCorps Compensation and Benefits Package:

  • Living allowance (approx. $31,438 annually)
  • Segel Education Award ($6,495) or cash stipend ($1,800)
  • Relocation Travel Allowance and Settling In Allowance
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Benefits Program
  • Child Care Benefits
  • Professional Development Training Full details available at


It is preferred that the applicant has the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership and/or mentorship experience
  • Strong attention to detail, organization, planning skills and personal accountability
  • GIS skills to support map making, proposal development and data analysis / presentation
  • Interest in a collaborative and integrated approach to sustainability that supports environmental,
    social and economic prosperity
  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i’s geography and communities, as well as a respect for Hawaiian language, culture and traditions
  • Relevant education and/or work experience
  • Flexible in supporting other duties as assigned

This year-long position is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Support recruitment and hiring of VISTA Members:

  • Support recruitment and selection of highly
    qualified VISTA members to ensure project success.
  • Research recruitment opportunities and promote position announcements through local avenues
  • Suggest process for candidate assessment and evaluation that incorporates the VAD in the process
  • Assist in screening applicants, setting up interviews, and participating in interviews

2. Orientation and Training:

  • Develop and conduct orientation and training to equip VISTAs with knowledge and skills related to the project.
  • Form a plan with supervisor for On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT); gather orientation
  • materials, draft agenda, secure presenters/facilitators, etc.; participate in the implementation
  • Evaluate and report on the OSOT to the supervisor; recommend improvements and changes to be made
  • Identify learning needs of VISTA members and coordinate ongoing professional development; maintain professional development records for all VISTA members
  • Facilitate and encourage peer learning among VISTA members

3 . Monitoring & Reporting:

  • Enhance VISTA project and member effectiveness by facilitating the VISTA team, supporting team members in their work, and monitoring member monthly reports.
  • Conduct one-on-one monthly meetings with each VISTA member to review VAD goals, assess
    progress, address member needs, etc.
  • Assist VISTA members in clarifying problems and creating their own solutions, involving the supervisor
    if the VISTA member cannot resolve the issue otherwise
  • Train VISTA members on the organization’s reporting requirements and assist with reporting needs
  • Collect monthly reports from each VISTA member, review data and summarize for project coordinator

4. Project Stability and Sustainability:

  • Enhance project sustainability through the identification and
    development of funding opportunities.
  • Grant research, writing and proposal preparation.
  • Build relevant tools and resources to support HGG’s capacity to track and pursue cyclical grant opportunities.
  • Build partner relationships to enable joint fundraising opportunities.

5. Strategic Initiatives:

  • Support development of new initiatives and special projects to benefit low-income communities and advance local-global sustainability goals
  • Conduct partner outreach and coordination on key projects and network activities
  • Coordinate meetings, including scheduling, logistics, preparation, and project follow-up

6. Other duties as assigned

Application Details

Please submit your resume and cover letter by June 30th, 2023:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Shelley Gustafson, HGG Operations & Strategy Director


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