More Than Words Commonwealth Corps Employment & Partnership Coordinator - Waltham, MA




United States


The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.

Commonwealth Corps members with More Than Words will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth, ages 16-24, who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW seeks 1 full-time Commonwealth Corps member to partner with MTW staff to support current youth participants and program graduates to measureable, positive long-term employment outcomes post-MTW. The member will serve mainly in our Waltham site with occasional days spent at our Boston site. The Education & Partnership Coordinator will be a high-energy, organized leader who will: 1) coach youth on their job search and creation of resumes and cover letters, 2) facilitate and improve trainings and workshops for youth and volunteers, 3) build partnerships with area employers, 4) refine program curriculum and build the knowledge base of MTW on best practices and employer pathways.



  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 29, 2019.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and More Than Words, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2018.
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).

Coach, and engage volunteers to coach, More Than Words youth and graduates on employment and job readiness skills:

  • Coach youth and graduates as they search for jobs and prepare resumes and cover letters, and coach and support volunteers as they support youth on these topics
  • Run a weekly session to prepare youth with job interview skills, engage volunteers to conduct mock interviews, and organize speed mock interviewing volunteer groups

Develop new employer partnerships for More Than Words and our youth, and efficient and effective systems to maintain partner relationships:

  • Research potential employers and their wages, benefits, and pathway opportunities and provide recommendations to staff and youth about employment options and potential partners
  • Conduct outreach to potential employer partners and engage youth and staff to host site visits and make presentations about MTW
  • Develop, pilot, improve, and codify systems for effective and efficient two-way
  • communication with partners that lead to youth outcomes and long-term partner relationships
  • Train More Than Words staff on codified systems and suggestions for ongoing improvement

Research best practices and update job readiness curriculum to better

prepare youth for success and pathway employment post-More Than Words:

  • Audit and engage youth to review workshop curriculum and self-directed
  • modules and develop recommendations about how they could be improved
  • Research and attend sessions to learn best practices in topics like resume
  • writing, interviewing, and other job readiness skills, and train MTW staff
  • Manage a process that engages MTW staff, youth, and community experts to update job readiness workshops and modules with best practices, pilot and test improvements
  • Run occasional workshops on employment-related topics to experience workshop curriculum first-hand or test improvements



-- Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States

-- 18 years of age or older

-- Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement

-- Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community

commitments in a sustainable way

-- Strong organizational skills.

-- Strong editing and communication skills and ability to provide coaching

-- Ability to spend large portions of the day speaking on the phone or typing at a


-- Comfortable serving in a busy environment that includes donated books and

merchandise that is sometimes dusty


-- Prior experience working or volunteering with teens, particularly those in foster care

and/or facing compounding risk factors.

Term of Service:

􀁸 Position Start Date: August 15, 2018

􀁸 Position End Date: June 29, 2019

􀁸 Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Sunday 9 am to 5 pm and Monday-Thursday 11 am-7 pm, with approximately three earlier starts or later ends per month with advance notice and collaborative planning for availability.

Application Instructions:

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.

More Than Words will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. More Than Words welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.


Member Benefits:

􀁸 Stipend of $550 every other week while in service, up to $13,200, minus taxes and


􀁸 Health insurance (individual coverage only);

􀁸 Completion award of up to $2,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes

and withholdings;

􀁸 Training and other professional development opportunities; including up to $1,000 in

professional development expenses during the term of service provided by the host site

􀁸 Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;

􀁸 Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies;

􀁸 The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and

􀁸 Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program.

Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual's eligibility for certain public benefits.

How To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by May 31, 2018, with encouragement to apply ASAP to, at the attention of Betsy Sylvia, Director of Administration.