2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Valley Residential Services

VRSValley Residential Services

Mission: Valley Residential Services provides personalized support in safe, comfortable home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residences for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services.

Project: The Fellow will continue working on VRS’ social media presence to engage millennials and continue working on the agency newsletter.  The Fellow will be a part of an in-reach team to strategically assess the VRS organizational structure with focus on staff roles and responsibilities, flow of work, and ways to improve.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Organization and Public Relations Fellow     

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week: This position can be flexible as far as days and hours as long as the Intern works Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00.  There is a preference to have the Fellow assist with our agency fundraiser on October 7. Fellows work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info:  Nancy Riggle, Executive Director; 240 Bush St., Walla Walla, Wa.  99362; Phone:  509-522-0400; Email:  nancy@valleyresidential.org

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Email:  nancy@valleyresidential.org
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Will have the VRS Website fully updated and more interactive, and develop publishing skills as the result of this activity.
  • Will learn the organizational structure of at least 3 residential programs similar to VRS and prepare a report about this. Will learn networking skills and specifics about Supported Living Programs as a result of this activity.
  • Will prepare and disperse at least 2 VRS newsletters, therefore developing a thorough understanding of this organization.
  • Will learn networking and community relations skills as a result of working on our agency fundraiser. This will also give the Fellow event planning skills.
  • Will learn personnel management skills as a result of the Fellow’s research on team building and organizational structures.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent computer skills, to include desktop publishing skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and expand VRS’ social media exposure and develop and maintain the agency website.
  • Ability to develop and teach strategies to develop the VRS organizational structure and improve the morale of staff members in the agency.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement staff and management surveys.

Responsibilities:

  • Will develop and market a Valley Residential Services newsletter.
  • Will update the VRS website as needed.
  • Will research organizational strategies of other non-profit organizations that are similar to VRS.
  • Will develop survey tools for organizational change and team building.
  • Will assist with the VRS Fundraiser to build the VRS presence in the community.
  • Will analyze staff members’ job responsibilities and work flow to maximize the effect to clients and staff members of VRS.

 Expectations:

  • Must be dependable and reliable.
  • Must have a comfort level (or be willing to develop this) with our challenging population.
  • Must develop a PASSION for the Valley Residential Services’ Mission.
  • Must demonstrate an openness to learn and the ability to be non-judgmental and accepting.
  • Must be comfortable working outside of “normal business hours” on occasion.
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work well in a stimulating and sometimes noisy environment.

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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