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AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator

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Jumpstart your career and make a lasting impact on first-generation college students through a year of AmeriCorps service at Breakthrough Silicon Valley!  

About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented students who have been historically excluded from higher education on the path to college, and inspires high school and college students to become the next generation of leaders, advocates, and educators. BTSV’s seven-year college access and success program, which supports students from 7th grade to first year of college, has proven to be effective in preparing these students for college: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates attend college immediately after high school.

BTSV’s tuition-free program provides year-round out-of-school time academic support, counseling, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and will be the first generation in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, BTSV also provides a consummate professional development experience providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to understand the K-12 system and the drivers of educational inequities, and to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned educators.


Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for over 25 Breakthrough sites across the country.

The AmeriCorps Position

We are looking for a full-time AmeriCorps Member to serve as Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s Volunteer Coordinator. AmeriCorps Members will serve full time from September 19, 2022–August 10, 2023, and will work alongside and be supported by the BTSV team. This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate recent college graduate to work at an organization that is making a difference in the educational trajectory of aspiring first-generation college students.

As the Volunteer Coordinator, you’ll work closely with the Development team to ensure volunteer projects are adequately supported. You’ll work on all aspects of volunteer recruitment and management, marketing and communication, and recognition tools and follow-ups for special-interest volunteers. You’ll support the development of Breakthrough's volunteer communication strategy and design targeted outreach to diversify volunteer pipelines. This includes marketing to new volunteers and developing new opportunities that strengthen engagement. You’ll assist with volunteer management and recruitment, including database maintenance, tracking, and promotion. You’ll work closely with BTSV’s leadership to re-engage and cultivate past, current and prospective volunteers, identify needs and opportunities, support the volunteer base's growth, and advance individual relationships and group partnerships that benefit BTSV students and volunteers.

Volunteer events take place throughout the year; highlights include Career Exploration Day for middle school students, resume and interviewing workshops for high school students, and a professional networking event for BTSV graduates. You’ll also work with BTSV’s volunteer tutors who support students at all grade levels.

The Volunteer Coordinator reports to the Sr. Director of Development.

Learn more about AmeriCorps and national service here!

Training and Professional Development

BTSV wants you to learn and grow as much as your students will. At the start of your service, you will receive a comprehensive orientation to your new team, to BTSV, our work, and your role. Throughout the year, you will work with your manager and the AmeriCorps Program Director to pursue training specific to your role and your own goals for professional development.  


  • Have a commitment to community service and the ability to serve the complete program year: a service term of 1,700+ hours from September 19, 2022–August 10, 2023
  • Bachelor’s degree or enrolled in college pursuing your degree
  • US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Access to reliable transportation to our program offices and summer program sites via personal vehicle, public transit, or other means
  • As BTSV is an out-of-school time program, availability for evening and occasional weekend work is a must


AmeriCorps positions are volunteer roles which carry a living allowance. BTSV’s AmeriCorps Members will receive:

  • $27,000 living allowance (pre-tax) paid semi-monthly over the 11-month service term
  • Health insurance, if needed
  • Most AmeriCorps Members will be eligible for food supplement programs, like SNAP/CalFresh to help cover monthly grocery expenses

Corps Members who complete their service are eligible for a $10,000 education award via the California for All Education Award and the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. This award can be used for continuing education or to even repay certain student loans. Learn more about AmeriCorps Education Awards here!


BTSV maintains two offices in San Jose:

  • Bridges Academy: 1702 McLaughlin Ave, San Jose, CA 95122
  • Herbert Hoover Middle School: 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

AmeriCorps Members are required to serve full-time in person. This is not a remote position.

COVID-19 Information

BTSV requires all employees and AmeriCorps Members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Moderna, or two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech). Proof of vaccination must be provided prior to your first day of employment. Employees may request accommodation if they have a qualifying medical condition or on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

BTSV is also continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation locally and will continue to comply with all state, county, city, and/or school district directives on PPE, social distancing, vaccination, and remote work as they evolve.

Jumpstart your career and make a lasting impact on first-generation college students through a year of AmeriCorps service at Breakthrough Silicon Valley!  

About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

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How to Apply

Application Process

Apply online at Please indicate where you heard about the position in your cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis.

BTSV engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, BTSV is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Application Process

Apply online at Please indicate where you heard about the position in your cover letter. We will review applications on…

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