growDo you get excited at the prospect of building something new and knowing your work has the potential to have a long-term, tangible impact? While founded in 1984, NAMI Austin is basically a 33-year old “startup,” having hired its first executive director just 3 years ago. Since then, NAMI Austin has been strategically riding a wave of change in the way our community addresses mental health by providing the best mental health education, and support and advocacy programming, all at no cost. To meet the growing needs of the community, we’re looking for someone to propel us to the next level by enhancing our volunteer and donor engagement. As a volunteer-driven organization with limited resources, this VISTA position has the potential to have a huge impact on the lives of the thousands of individuals and families in the Austin area affected by mental illness.

Located in the heart of the “Live Music Capitol of the World,” NAMI Austin offers a VISTA member a unique blend of opportunity for professional growth in a great location for anyone who loves the outdoors, a thriving music and arts community, and the best food truck tacos in the state. The Donor & Volunteer Relations VISTA has two major roles: developing a new volunteer program structure and identifying and implementing new donor and volunteer management database. The position will allow for a combination of creativity, innovation, and strategic organizational development in an extremely supportive atmosphere with great training and strong teamwork in a city with a large and visible AmeriCorps presence.

Member Duties: The NAMI Austin Donor & Volunteer Relations VISTA will enhance the agency’s volunteer and donor engagement programs by developing new and improved tools to ensure long-term and sustainable volunteer retention and tracking of individual and corporate donors. Duties include developing and improving volunteer recruitment, training, and retention tools; researching, developing and implementing much-needed donor and volunteer databases; training agency staff on how to use the new tools. The VISTA member’s contributions will help support the agency’s expansion and stability by more effectively and efficiently managing the fast-paced growth of the volunteer program while ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the organization. She or he will work closely with the mission-driven staff of a vibrant organization experiencing exponential growth at a time of increased community mental health awareness.

Program Benefits: Training , Living Allowance , Health Coverage* , Relocation Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible .

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, car recommended, permits attendance at school during off hours.

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