AmeriCorps VISTA, Development Team, Critical Exposure

Hiring Organization: 
Critical Exposure
Submission Deadline: 
June 11th, 2014

Critical Exposure teaches youth how to use visual storytelling to document issues they face and how to run campaigns to make change in their schools and communities. Through partnerships with schools and community-based organizations, we're building a new generation of civic leaders who have:

  • The tools to express themselves;
  • The creativity to imagine new solutions to old problems;
  • The belief that youth have the right and ability to fight for those solutions;
  • The skills to hold communities and public officials accountable.


As a part of the Development & Communications team, this position will work with other staff to build Critical Exposure's capacity to share our work with supporters, students and funders. VISTA members working with Critical Exposure will have the opportunity to take on significant responsibility and will be an integral part of helping to support and strengthen the organization's growth and operations. VISTAs will be encouraged to take initiative on projects addressing areas of need that they identify and will have the opportunity to work closely with Critical Exposure's five permanent staff members.


·Strengthen fundraising management systems, including research into new grantmaking areas identifying potential corporate sponsorships.

·Improve our systems for maintaining our online donor database.

·Create more efficient bookkeeping processes for working with our accountant.

·Create innovative photography exhibits and secure new exhibit venues across the city.

·Help establish a donor cultivation plan and improve the donor recognition process.

·Develop strategies for increasing our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.

·Design branding and printed materials for fundraising and exhibit events.

·Plan new, small-scale events and support the coordination of our larger, annual events.

·Support general office management including developing filing system, answering the main phone line, and coordinating board meetings.

·Identify and contact new community partners and photographers.


·Strong written and verbal communication skills.

·Ability to write, proofread and edit effectively for a range of audiences.

·Ability to take constructive criticism on fundraising and writing projects.

·Knowledge of social media platforms.

·Demonstrated leadership capacity.

·Event planning experience.

·Problem-solving ability (e.g. ability to recognize opportunities to strengthen the way the organization operates and to create ideas and systems to address those needs).

·Strong work ethic and sense of responsibility.

·Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team.

·Ability to be self-directed on multiple projects/deadlines simultaneously.

·Attention to detail.

·Sense of humor.

·Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people.


·Comfortable doing outreach to new contacts.

·Eagerness to learn and commitment to developing new strengths.

·Desire to work hard and take on important projects, not just make copies.

The following are preferred but not required:

·Experience working with high-school-aged youth.

·Photography skills and knowledge.

·Advocacy and/or organizing campaign experience.

·Graphic design skills – Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

·Exhibit design experience.

·Education reform knowledge or involvement.

·Experience working in a fast-paced office environment, working effectively under pressure.

We are looking for candidates with passion for, and commitment to, the following:

·Empowering youth to advocate for social change.

·Developing innovative methods of helping youth to be effective advocates for specific solutions to problems impacting youth.

·The power of youth/photography/art to serve as an effective advocacy tool and to compel decision-makers to take action.

·The need to make public schools and communities more accountable to youth.

·Combating internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized forms of oppression.

·Civic engagement as a key facet of positive youth development


The position provides a stipend of $15,840 as well as an education award or a post-service stipend upon completion of service. There are numerous other benefits associated with AmeriCorps, including travel stipends and limited health coverage. The position is a year-long, full-time commitment with a strongly encouraged, although not guaranteed, second-year extension opportunity.

How to apply

To join our team of passionate change-makers, please send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@criticalexposure.orgby June 11th. In the body of your email, please note that you are applying for the "Development" position. No calls please.

Please note: Applicants who advance further in the process will be asked to complete an additional application through the AmeriCorps VISTA database.

People of color and people from the D.C. area are strongly encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the community media field at the NAMAC / ACM 2014 National Conference in Philadelphia, August 6th through 8th!