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Indiana Afterschool STEM VISTA Job Position

The Indiana Afterschool Network has been selected by the National Afterschool Alliance as one of 12 states to receive a STEM Americorp/VISTA position. This is a full time position, and the IAN is looking to hire a college graduate (who isn't a full time student), a retiree, or someone who wants to give back to the community. Application deadline is March 7, 2014. Click for more details of the job and how you can apply.


Position Purpose

The STEM VISTA will work with Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) staff, board and STEM taskforce partners to expand STEM learning opportunities for under-represented K-12 youth in afterschool and summer programs throughout Indiana.  

About Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN)

IAN was created in 1997 with a vision that Indiana is a place where all K-12 have access to high quality learning experiences beyond the school day that prepare them for success in school, work, college and life.  IAN serves as a convener, advocate, educator and catalyst to increase funding and resources for programs, strengthen quality programs and staff, increase youth access to programs, and increase connections to education and workforce.

Community Need

STEM is everywhere and shapes our every day lives.  Giving kids access to high quality STEM experiences inspires wonder and curiosity about the world around them and fosters an ability to problem-solve, discover and explore.  STEM skills are vital for sustaining the innovation capacity of our state and nation, and foundational for successful employment, as more than 80% of future jobs will require STEM skills.  Indiana STEM employers estimate that more than 10,000 job openings are unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers (Skills2Compete, 2010).  Fewer than half of Indiana’s high school graduates are ready for first-year college math and science (Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 2010).

Out-of-school time (OST) programs – academic and enrichment programs that take place beyond school hours – offer a key opportunity to significantly increase youth access to STEM skills and learning.  Afterschool and summer programs can add up to 1,080 hours of additional learning to a young person’s year, equivalent to the number of hours in 144 school days.  Although we have significantly expanded STEM in OST over the past three years, STEM OST programs exist in fewer than half of Indiana’s 92 counties and fewer than 36% of OST programs report offering STEM activities.  OST programs cite funding, curriculum, professional development, and partnerships as their primary barriers for STEM implementation.

Job Duties

The VISTA work closely with IAN staff, board, and community partners to:

1.      Coordinate STEM OST evaluation and data collection efforts

2.      Develop and implement communication strategies for a wide variety of stakeholders

3.      Coordinate state taskforce meetings and assist with citywide coalitions

4.      Build relationships with STEM partners and afterschool providers at state and local levels

5.      Coordinate professional development activities statewide

6.      Help identify new funding opportunities and assist with grant writing and management


This is a year-long assignment beginning in mid-April 2013 and ending mid-April 2014.  Applicant must be willing to commit to a one-year assignment and have the following skills:

·         Strong writing, research and analytic skills – including the ability to write reports and convey information to a variety of audiences

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, team player and leader

·         Ability to facilitate and speak to small and large groups

·         Detail oriented and have the ability to juggle multiple projects

·         Go-getter, takes initiative to get things done, and asks questions to gather information

·         Passion for our mission to expand learning opportunities for all youth

·         Proficient in MS Office Suite

·         Bachelor’s degree or higher

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Benefits

This is an Americorps VISTA volunteer position that provides a modest living allowance and an educational award that can be applied to future educational opportunities or repayment of student loans.  Benefits include:

·         Stipend: $11,000

·         Choice of $5,550 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1,500 End of Service Stipend

·         Parking and travel reimbursement outside central Indiana

·         Healthcare benefits

·         For more information about the VISTA program, go to:

·         For a complete description, go to:


TO APPLY for the position:


Kelly Frank, IAN Consultant

Indiana Afterschool Network

445 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204