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Program Assistant - AmeriCorps Position

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Literations
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Boston, MA
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Published 6 days ago

Literations improves the literacy skills of young children through grade three by engaging professionally trained older adult volunteers as literacy coaches in our partner schools and after-school programs. We serve communities where opportunity gaps exist to ensure all students have the resources to become strong readers, develop confidence, and unleash their potential in the classroom and beyond. Our highly-effective programming annually serves thousands of children in the Greater Boston area. Literations is an affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult coaches to improve K-3 student literacy.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POSITION

The Program Assistant(s), under the supervision of the Program Manager, is responsible for supporting the management, communication, and technical support of tutoring sessions for a cluster of sites. A successful candidate needs to be adept and comfortable with technology and virtual platforms as well as flexible to respond to the current program needs. Responsibilities may vary depending upon the time of year. Candidates will be a part of a cohort of 5 Program Assistants that will work and collaborate with one another throughout the program year.

A Program Assistant serves a minimum of 450 hours during the program year (approx. 15 hours per week over 3-4 days) and attends regular Site Leadership Meetings held by Literations central office.

The Literations program is organized into clusters. Each cluster includes several school or afterschool sites. Each site has a team of volunteer reading coaches serving between 4 and 10 hours per week, providing literacy tutoring to children who are struggling to read.

RESPONSIBILITIES

● Support scheduling and execution of virtual literacy coaching sessions for a site(s), which includes:

○ Communicate scheduling information for coaching sessions and reminders to volunteers as needed

○ Support facilitation of virtual sessions

○ Maintain session scheduling and video links

● Provide technical support to volunteers for coaching sessions, including:

○ Run practice sessions for volunteers to gain technical skills to be successful at virtual coaching

○ Troubleshoot log-in issues, video connectivity, other platform issues, etc.

○ Troubleshoot absences and coverage needs

○ Manage substitutions for volunteer coaches and virtual safety monitors

● Support program data entry, accuracy, and reporting for functions like volunteer timesheet completion, student literacy growth, and more

● Support staff and volunteer leaders with literacy coach observations to ensure program consistency and quality control

● Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

● Positive attitude, commitment to organizational mission, and appreciation for older adults and intergenerational work

● Detail orientation and organization skills a must

● Customer-service focused, including empathy, patience, positive attitude, attentiveness, adaptability, and technical knowledge

● Strong verbal and written communication skills

● Strong technology skills and high degree of comfort with technology, with the interest and ability to learn new platforms

● Ability to serve both in-person and virtually (please visit Literations.org for a list of current program partners and locations)

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This is an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time Member position which offers a taxable stipend for a commitment of 450 service hours (an average of 15 hours/week) and 8.5 months of service. Upon successful completion of service terms, members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $1,678.57. This award is a post-service benefit that may be used to pay for educational expenses. To learn more about AmeriCorps, please visit https://www.americorps.gov/serve/what-to-expect.

You can learn more about Literations by visiting literations.org.

Literations is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating and supporting a diverse work environment. Candidates of color, bi-/multilingual, bicultural, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

Literations improves the literacy skills of young children through grade three by engaging professionally trained older adult volunteers as literacy coaches in our partner schools and after-school programs. We serve communities…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

Up to USD 4,000This is an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time position that offers a stipend of $4,000 for a service term of 8.5 months.

Benefits

This is an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time Member position which offers a stipend for a commitment of 450 service hours (an average of 15 hours/week) and 8.5 months of service. Upon successful completion of service terms, members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $1,612.43. This award is a post-service benefit that may be used to pay for educational expenses. To learn more about AmeriCorps, please visit https://www.americorps.gov/serve/what-to-expect.

This is an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time Member position which offers a stipend for a commitment of 450 service hours (an average of 15 hours/week) and 8.5 months of service. Upon…

Level of Language Proficiency

Advanced proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole or Vietnamese, a plus

Advanced proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole or Vietnamese, a plus

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Boston, MA
Associated Location
Boston, MA, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to employment@literations.org. Your cover letter should address what compelled you to apply and what you hope to gain from the experience. Please submit your documents in .doc form. No phone calls please.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to employment@literations.org. Your cover letter should address what compelled you to apply and what you hope to gain from the…

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