Portland Public Schools Communications and Community Partnerships VISTA

Position Summary

Position details

Term Date: Flexible Start Dates for Year-Long Position
Location: Portland, ME
Focus Area: Asylum Seeker Support, Community Outreach, Poverty, Social Media, Youth

Portland Public Schools seeks a VISTA with passion and communications skills to showcase student’s academic achievements, and to guide and inform families and stakeholders, in support of our mission!

The Portland Public Schools are responsible for ensuring a challenging, relevant, and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. All learners will be fully prepared to participate and succeed in a diverse and ever‐changing world. We build relationships among families, educators, and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner. Our schools make up Maine’s largest and most diverse school district. The Portland Public School District serves four high schools, four middle schools, and eleven elementary schools.

If Portland Public Schools intentionally engages its community and attracts, supports, and retains a strong and diverse team who hold all students to high expectations in academics and social/emotional learning then all PPS students will graduate prepared and empowered to pursue their personal goals!

The AmeriCorps VISTA member’s efforts will serve our community through creating and implementing modern communication strategies and systems that will greatly enhance and improve our existing infrastructure. The goal will be to create sustainable, effective processes that will ensure all members of the Portland Public School community will always have access to the best available information in keeping with the District’s Comprehensive Plan and that students, their families and the community will receive information in a way that is accessible for all.


  • Bi-Weekly Living Allowance of $877/Biweekly
  • Relocation Allowance of $750 plus $.40 per mile (for those moving more than 50 miles)
  • Health Benefits
  • Childcare Reimbursement if Eligible
  • Student Loan Forbearance for eligible federal loans (interest paid by AmeriCorps)
  • SNAP Eligibility (depending on financial situation)
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Life Navigator (on-staff licensed counselor for members)
  • Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($7300) or an end-of-term bonus ($1800) upon term completion
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal employment for one-year post-term

*Individuals are limited to two full Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards in their lifetime

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Portland Public Schools

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