Volunteer and Community Development Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA

Create a more inclusive volunteer program across the state of Minnesota in this one-year position at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). Assist in designing a volunteer recruitment strategy to reach all Minnesotans, creating new pathways for underrepresented populations in volunteerism, and documenting comprehensive practices reflective of this work.

Member Duties

LSS is at an exciting tipping point in volunteerism. Engage our nearly 10,000 volunteers, service providers, and community partners to take volunteerism at LSS to the next level. With a keen eye toward equity in volunteering, join our team and share your vision through implementation of a pilot project while also shaping existing processes.

Major Functions Will Include

  1. Develop and pilot a project to recruit volunteers from under-represented populations, including people who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and from generations such as Millennials and Baby Boomers.
  2. Identify new and meaningful volunteer experiences by drawing from existing and new partnerships with congregations and community organizations.
  3. Revise the Volunteer Handbook, incorporating “person-centered” language in order to convey LSS’s commitments to transformational relationships and social justice.
  4. Collaborating with partners across the organization, help revamp and elevate the volunteer orientation and training process for LSS volunteer supervisors.

Program Benefits

  • AmeriCorps Living Allowance ($14,960/year)
  • Choice of Education Award ($6,345) or End of Service Stipend (approximately $1,800) Professional Development Allowance
  • Training including MAVA Volunteer Impact Leadership Training
  • Health insurance
  • Personal Leave
  • Medical Leave
  • Relocation Allowance if moving more than 50 miles to service site

Our employees believe their work is deeply meaningful. Be part of an inspiring mission, and grow your career with us! We’re also proud to be named a 2021 Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune – a special designation that recognizes organizations whose employees give them high marks as a great place to work. At LSS, we foster what we call an ALIVE Workplace – one that is supportive, positive and fun! We encourage employees to take opportunities that build great teams by incorporating fun, creative and meaningful activities into their workday.


  • Standard work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 5:00, with some flexibility.

Service Areas

Volunteer Services, Church Partnerships, and Development/Advancement


Communications, Community Outreach, Leadership, Writing/Editing, Social Services, Computers/Technology

The applicant should work well independently and in small groups, possess strong writing, communication, and organizational skills. The applicant should have experience with Microsoft Office software and be comfortable working both in-person and virtually. Some travel may be required. Mileage reimbursement and a professional development allowance will be provided. This AmeriCorps VISTA member will serve people through indirect service and capacity building.

Service Description

Lutheran Social Service Minnesota is a dynamic social service organization serving children, youth and families, people with disabilities, older adults and military veterans. Trustworthiness is a value and strength shared by our employees and recognized by the communities we serve.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is an EEO/AAP employer. We actively foster an environment that is free of racism, discrimination, bias, and harassment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

Program Start/End Date

AmeriCorps VISTAs commit to 12 months of service with host organization.

Education Level

Applicant should have a bachelor’s degree, or four years of relevant work experience, or a combination thereof.



Accepting Applications

Until Filled


Julie Wright
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
2485 Como Ave St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 651.529.8855
Email: julie.wright@lssmn.org