Higher Achievement is currently hiring AmeriCorps VISTA positions!

About Higher Achievement: Higher Achievement’s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program closes the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities. The program’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. On average, 95 percent of scholars who complete Higher Achievement advance to top academic high school programs and 93 percent advance to college. Higher Achievement was founded in Washington, DC in 1975 and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; and Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.higherachievement.org

About VISTA: VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Benefits: Living stipend (amount depends on location), $5,500 education award, loan deferment, health benefits, child care, non-competitive eligibility status for federal jobs for a year after completion of service, relocation allowance (if moving greater than 50 miles), transportation benefits, public assistance qualification.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Passion for education and social justice Positive team player
  • Passionate about community service
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills Ability to problem-solve
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects at once Pays attention to detail
  • Self-starter with a strong work ethic


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office, knowledge of social media
  • Demonstrated experience in volunteering or service

Available Positions (all positions based in DC unless otherwise noted)

  1. Volunteer and Community Outreach – work to further streamline our volunteer recruitment processes, and play a pivotal role in recruiting for our volunteer corps of 600+. Additionally, the VISTA will create new trainings for volunteers, develop in- kind resources, and develop new partnerships across the DC Metro area to expand new pipelines of volunteers.
  2. Alumni Capacity Building – build systems and structures to create a self-sustaining alumni program, run by and for alumni, with the goal of engaging them in the work of eradicating poverty related educational issues challenging our scholars. The priority areas for this VISTA will be around the current high school alumni, with additional support for post- high school alumni.
  3. Student Support and Services – oversee newly implemented remedial learning platforms across our six DC Achievement Centers and three affiliate cities for Summer and After School Academies. Additionally, this VISTA will work to expand remediation opportunities at centers, build new community partnerships for social and emotional support for our students, and provide appropriate social and emotional supports across the centers.
  4. Program Quality and Evaluation – implement data-driven, quality assurance measures across Higher Achievement centers. The VISTA member will be responsible for creating and maintaining systems that help train Higher Achievement mentors, full-time staff, and summer teachers; edit and finalize a standardized curriculum that can be implemented in all 12 achievement centers, and streamline data collection and reporting. Ultimately, the VISTA will help Higher Achievement use data proactively to prevent academic decline and encourage academic achievement in all of our scholars.
  5. Core Model Research & Development – as Higher Achievement grows, the core model is continually tested. The core model (what we do and why) is based on research based best practices, which are also continually changing and deepening. This also has large implications for funding through grants both locally and nationally when proven strategies can be demonstrated. Assist with research to develop our core model fully and with grant writing.
  6. VISTA Leader – with an increase in the number of Higher Achievement VISTAs and a more cohesive overall plan, there is a greater need to coordinate between the projects, recruit and train new members, and oversee quality. The VISTA leader will facilitate all things VISTA and coordinate efforts across departments. They will be a key supporter in our three year strategic planning process and supervise all eight VISTA members. Must have 1 year experience as a VISTA.
  7. Community Development (Baltimore, Richmond, Pittsburgh) – build relationships with external partners established in the community in order to build the capacity of our newest achievement centers and to help firmly plant roots in the community. Specifically, members will bring community stakeholders together to focus on volunteer and scholar recruitment efforts and community based resource development to provide infrastructure required to bring our newer affiliates to scale.

To see a list of all the positions, please visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do and search using Program Name: Higher Achievement.

For more information, please contact Laura Selvey at 202-375-7712 or lselvey@higherachievement.org