District of Columbia
DC Metro - Washington, DC
Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed education nonprofit organization, seeks five AmeriCorps Achievement Fellows at its DC Metro Office in Washington, DC. Please visit this link to create a MyAmeriCorps account and submit your application directly through the AmeriCorps portal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP as candidates will be screened on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until all spots are filled.
Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. The multi-year program makes a measurable impact on student’s grades, social/emotional skills, and long-term success. We flood our scholars with opportunities throughout their middle school years, and the program dramatically improves their achievement. Our year-round program is grounded in research. It combines high expectations with high support — demanding academic work plus mentoring, skill-building, individual student achievement plans, and personal encouragement. The program includes Afterschool Academy, Summer Academy, and high school placement services. On average, 95% of our scholars graduate from high school on time.
The Program Support Fellow is a full-time stipend volunteer position, made available through partnership with the AmeriCorps Program. The term of service will begin in September and end in August, with the option to renew for a second term. The position includes both direct involvement with scholars, and administrative tasks, to support Higher Achievement’s progressive, skills-based cultural and academic model. Working closely with the Manager of Placement and Recruitment and the Deputy Director, the Program Support Fellow will support programming for our middle school scholars and alumni. Responsibilities will focus on three key areas:
- High school placement
- Scholar recruitment
- Alumni programs
AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT
Outcome(s): 100% of 8th grade scholars will apply to at least 3 college-preparatory high schools and 90% will gain acceptance to at least 1 college-preparatory high school
- Track region-wide scholar progress towards completing high school applications
- Center-specific lead on the high school placement process for all 8th grade scholars
- Manage scholars’ high school placement portfolios including 7th and 8th grade report cards and test scores
- Through trainings, serve as on-site “expert” in high school placement process
- Serve as liaison for families regarding high school placement process
- Support High School Fair
- Participate in individual parent/guardian meetings with placement scholars
- Create opportunities to build relationships with staff at key high schools through visits, meetings, and field trips for scholars
- Communicate with mentors and families about the high school placement process
Outcome(s): Full rosters (approximately 30 per grade) to start Summer Academy
- Schedule presentations, conduct scholar interviews, and new family outreach.
- Build relationships with feeder schools
- Attend PTA meetings, community meetings, and other events as a representative of Higher Achievement
- Present the program to potential scholars and family members
- Organize and track scholar paperwork as it pertains to recruitment
- Plan and implement the New Family Induction Ceremony
Outcome(s): Employ up to 25 Summer Youth Employment Program interns, former Higher Achievement scholars
- Collect and compile data (both academic and survey data) from current alumni
- Support the recruitment of alumni students and mentors to participate in Follow Through Mentoring
- Manage alumni interns, including Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) interns and provide support
- Additional support to alumni programs as needed
OTHER DUTIES (seasonal)
- Reporting and communicating HSP and recruitment data and updates to all key stakeholders (staff, etc.)
- Attend new employee orientation training prior to each Academy
- Assist in the recruitment, support, and training of Volunteer Mentors and Study Hall Aides
- Assist in administrative duties, such as data entry as needed
- Assist with supporting programming at centers especially during January and April intersessions, and August college trip (to include facilitating classes during those times)
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
- Must be 17 years of age or older
- High school or GED, required
- Citizenship or proof of legal residency
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, preferred
- Dynamic, flexible, culturally sensitive applicants with positive personalities required
- At least one year’s teaching experience with middle school aged students strongly preferred
- Strong time management skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Outlook, and Word
- Bilingual speakers, particularly Spanish, encouraged to apply
Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive AmeriCorps applicants will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:
- Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement's mission.
- Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others.
- Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best.
- Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone.
- Solutions-oriented when challenges arise.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is regularly performed in an office environment and a school setting, with occasional trips off-site to parks, museums, etc. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to walk from one part of the worksite to another and climb stairs. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication in small and large group settings with youth and adults; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations. Employee must have visual, auditory, and physical ability to respond quickly to critical incidents involving students and act in an emergency situation.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position will begin on September 4, 2018 and end on August 31, 2019. AmeriCorps members work Monday through Friday with occasional Saturday hours meeting with families and managing high school placement activities. Each Center runs programming approximately 3 - 4 days per week. During the school year and summer, work occurs primarily during standard business hours. The Program Support Fellow will have a non-traditional schedule throughout the school year, with occasional hours from noon – 8pm to reflect the center schedule. Candidate must have ability to travel in between main office and one of 7 DC Achievement Centers on a daily basis via reliable transportation, which includes public transportation.
The Program Support Fellow will receive a living allowance of $21,000 designed to help meet the necessary living expenses incurred while participating in the AmeriCorps Program. Upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service, the Member will receive an education award in the amount of $5,920. Additional benefits include health insurance, if not otherwise insured and professional development funds. If selected, the applicant must agree to undergo the National Service Criminal History Check, which includes: state criminal history registries for state of residence and Washington, DC; FBI fingerprint check; and National Sex Offender Public Registry check.
TO APPLY: Visit Higher Achievement’s website (www.higherachievement.org) and click on “Careers” at the very bottom of the page. Interested applicants must apply through the AmeriCorps website.
Qualified individuals with disabilities, men, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in fully accessible settings. Higher Achievement will not discriminate against a member on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, nor political affiliation.
Minimum Education Required