Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Goodwill AmeriCorps Program
Posted on: August 12, 2014
Granite State places members in schools and non-profits throughout the state of New Hampshire, in both rural and urban communities in order to increase student engagement. Members will implement the Check & Connect mentoring program (a research-based intervention for academically disengaged K-12 students) in nonprofits and schools. In addition, AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers to engage in Check & Connect mentoring and in-school/afterschool service-learning, academic support, parental engagement, and enrichment interventions.
Host Site Overview: Various host sites throughout New Hampshire.
Position Title: Student Engagement Specialist Term of Service: 1700 Hour Position--August 22, 2014 through July 9, 2015 Qualifications: • Self-motivated with a high degree of flexibility, creativity, and independence • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate orally and in writing • Excellent organizational skills • Effective public speaker • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred • Prior volunteer or service experience • Dedication to the mission of AmeriCorps • Ability to use various types of technology (i.e. word processing, Microsoft Office Suite, GoToMeeting, on-line reporting system)
Essential Functions: • Serve as a mentor for a portfolio of at-risk students • Develop and maintain contact with students' parents, teachers, counselors and/or referral partners • Develop relationships and resources within the community • Conduct regular check-in meetings with students in line with the Check & Connect Program Model • Connect students with intensive services such as mentoring, academic support, service learning, and/or community engagement projects • Create a structure for extended learning opportunities and expanded career awareness • Act as a positive role model for youth • Participate in Member Leadership Activities as part of Goodwill AmeriCorps Programs • Participate in a variety of service projects within the community • Serve alongside and recruit volunteers for various projects • Coordinate and facilitate meetings • Participate in staff meetings • Attend required weekly meetings with supervisor • Coordinate projects with team members • Personal transportation • Participate in the following Intensive Services - (Select all that apply): Mentor Program Coordination • Member coordinates a mentoring program, matching students with mentors and overseeing the operation of the program throughout their term. The Check & Connect program model will be utilized to support this program. Member may also organize mentee/mentor events, coordinate student assessments, communicate with student parents and teachers, etc. Academic Support Program Coordination • Member coordinates a mentoring program focused on academic support for students. The member will oversee the operation and matching of students throughout the term in addition to organizing activities such as career/job fairs, college info nights, SAT prep classes, etc. Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordination • Member coordinates partnerships within the community for increased student involvement. This may be with nonprofits or community leaders to enhance students' involvement, internship opportunities, community collaborations, and resources. Member will coordinate community projects, compile resources, network, and create programming around community partnerships. Service Learning Coordination • Member coordinates school-wide service learning curriculum and/or projects. Parent/Guardian Engagement • Member coordinates programming to engage parents into the academic work of the student through increased relationship building, communication, and involvement of parents.
Work Schedule/Working Conditions: 35 - 40 hour week - Includes some weekend and evening hours. Fast paced environment with various deadlines and multiple internal and external stakeholders. Work is performed in schools, out in the community, in government agencies, and in non-profit settings among people of all ages. Members will work both in an office setting; using computer, copier, fax, and general office equipment, as well as work directly with youth and community members. Because of the nature of the project and rural geography, personal transportation is encouraged.
Working Relationships/Support: Member will be provided support by the direct Supervisor and Host Site Organization as well as the AmeriCorps Staff. Member will receive a thorough on-site and AmeriCorps Orientation, Host Site specific training and training on a variety of topics related to work within a nonprofit setting. Various reporting will be required of the member throughout the term by the AmeriCorps Staff regarding member performance, completion of goals, training accomplishments, and continuous improvement of our program.
Prohibited Activities: Under the law, AmeriCorps members may not take part in the following activities during their AmeriCorps service hours. Members may also not engage in the following activities indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the listed prohibited activities: • attempting to influence legislation; • organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes; • assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing; • impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements; • engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office; • participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials; • engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization; • conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive; • providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; • Participating in Prohibited Fundraising Activities: • Raising funds for his or her living allowance • Writing grant applications for AmeriCorps funding or for any other funding provided by CNCS • Writing grant applications for federal funding • Providing a direct benefit to-- • a business organized for profit, • a labor union, • a partisan political organization, • or a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. • and such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit. You may exercise your rights as a private citizen to participate in these activities on your own time and at your own initiative, but you may not use any AmeriCorps funds or resources, and you may not wear the AmeriCorps uniform or logo while doing so. You may not be perceived to be serving as an AmeriCorps member while participating in these activities.
Vulnerable Populations: This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations (individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, children).
This position is unique to AmeriCorps and does not displace organization staff or volunteers.~
*Individuals with disabilities who may need reasonable accommodations are expected to make arrangements in advance for accommodation by confidentially discussing their needs with AmeriCorps Program Staff. All hiring decisions are based on nondiscriminatory factors without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or status as a veteran. We promote a positive and healthy working environment with respect for diversity.
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