The Training Director has primary responsibility for all aspects of the AMIGOS Peninsula Chapter training program to prepare participants for a successful and meaningful AMIGOS experience, following all standards, guidelines, policies and expectations set forth by the AMIGOS National Office.
The Training Director will recruit, select and train a staff of veteran volunteers (between late August and late October) following their return from Latin America. The training program will start in early November and complete in late May. The program typically consists of seven monthly meetings attended by participants and their parents, six monthly meetings attended by just the participants and three overnight weekend retreats. The Training Director will conduct bi-monthly meetings with training staff, attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors (as a member ex-officio), and coordinate with or assist board members who direct participant recruiting, chapter fundraising and service learning activities.
The Training Director will be responsible to both the Peninsula Chapter Board of Directors and to the AMIGOS International Office Director of Training. The Training Director will be invited to participate in a workshop at one of the projects (in July) in Latin America and will be expected to attend a workshop (in October) for all chapter training directors at the National Office (in Houston). Travel expenses for both workshops will be covered by the chapter.
Responsibilities to the Peninsula Chapter board:
- Plan the training program following the AMIGOS Participant Training Objectives and implement the Core Curriculum (in consultation with the National Office Director of Training).
- Coordinate with the chapter president to create a chapter events calendar and a training calendar that accommodates local high school breaks (as well as possible). The training calendar covers all Core Curriculum activities and addresses specific training needs of the chapter.
- Identify and obtain the resources needed to execute the program.
- Assist in the participant recruiting effort. Coordinate with chapter Recruiting Director. Take attendance at Info and Applicant Nights to record attendee name, school and email addresses. Assist board with interviews and participant selection.
- Collaborate with board members to plan and facilitate parent / participant meetings.
- Plan and oversee the facilitation of all participant-only training meetings, retreats and workshops. Make facility arrangements for the retreats. Prepare transportation/lodging plans and coordinate with parents who volunteer to help with workshops and retreats.
- Recruit, select, train and supervise the chapter training staff team (veteran volunteers). Plan and run bi-monthly staff meetings. Email staff to delegate responsibilities and coordinate materials (handouts, posters etc.) and food as needed for staff and participant training sessions.
- Recruit former participants and/or community members, as needed for training activities such as "Country Night" and community simulations.
- Foster team building and leadership within staff and among participants.
- Prepare training staff for opportunities to move on to in-country project staff.
- Provide one-on-one feedback to each training staff member (three times) as the training year progresses.
- Send timely email reminders to participants with information regarding all participant-only meetings, retreats, workshops.
- Evaluate each participant's progress to ensure his/her successful completion of training.
- Review each participant's application and interview transcript. Note any attendance conflicts for planning make-up work. Look for any special needs or concerns.
- Keep track of attendance at all training events and arrange appropriate makeup work with participants who miss sessions.
- Monitor and communicate any concerns to Chapter Board and/or the International Office as appropriate, paying special attention to participants with poor meeting attendance or behavior that is questionable.
- Respond to questions and concerns raised by parents of the participants.
- Participate in monthly Board meetings ex-officio, and provide timely reports on all training-related issues.
- Review the chapter budget with the treasurer and promptly submit any receipts for expenses incurred during the training year per the budget.
- Work closely with the Service Learning Coordinator to ensure participants are trained and prepared to fulfill their service learning requirements.
- Solicit, respond to, and incorporate formal feedback from participants, parents, board members, and training staff into future training activities.
- Fulfill other responsibilities as identified and/or defined by the chapter board.
Responsibilities to the the National Office Training Department:
- Submit a complete copy of training agenda to the Director of Training at the National Office.
- Participate in National Office training events, conference calls, the annual fall AMIGOS Training Workshop and the summer Training Field Trip if possible.
- Maintain and submit a record of participant training hours (attendance) and assignment completion.
- Review participants' project assignments before they are released to the participants.
- In the spring, review and submit staff evaluations of the participants.
- In the spring, complete training staff Performance Evaluations.
- In the spring, complete and submit the Core Curriculum evaluation.
- Following each summer, review Participant Performance Evaluations prepared by in-country Project Staff. This may inform the next training program.
- Receive all training materials from the National Office, Core Curriculum, Training Handbook etc., and distribute to participants as required.
- Read and respond promptly when requested to all IO communications directed to training directors.
- Age 19-25 preferred
- Belief in young people's ability to do amazing things
- Commitment to the AMIGOS mission and training objectives
- High level of energy and enthusiasm for working with youth
- AMIGOS participant and/or project staff experience preferred
- Experience in education, community health, community service, international development, youth leadership and/or cultural exchange
- Spanish language proficiency
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Ability to delegate effectively
- Interest in serving as a guide and mentor to participants preparing to embark on a life-changing adventure!
- Oakland, CA, US
Start and end dates:August to June
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Afternoons Evenings
Days of week:Weekdays Weekends
Extra details:Training provided