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 Volunteer Recruitment Fellow role 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 Senior Manager of Volunteer Recruitment and Development to identify, recruit, train, and support volunteers.
Responsibilities will focus on four key areas:
- Volunteer recruitment
- Volunteer onboarding and training
- Study Hall Aide recruitment, management, and training
- Center Buddy
- Volunteer Retention
AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
- Outcome(s): Recruit between 150 - 300 volunteers from May - October.
- Work with the Manager of Volunteer Recruitment and Development to identify potential volunteer pipelines.
- Attend tabling, flyering, and canvassing events to meet the 100% volunteer recruitment goal.
- Build upon and pursue new university partnerships to generate new volunteer management pipelines.
- Work with the Manager of Scholar Programming to identify large group seminar programs.
- Manage Bring a Friend to Mentoring campaign with current volunteers.
- Assist in managing a summer recruitment team.
Volunteer Onboarding and Training
Outcome(s): Ensure that all volunteers have completed every step in the onboarding and training process and are placed at an Achievement Center in a timely manner.
- Lead regular New Volunteer Orientation trainings.
- Conduct informational interviews by phone with prospective mentors.
- Track volunteers through the on-boarding process to ensure that every person has been cleared through a federal background check and has a negative TB test.
- Ensure that all current mentors have background checks and TB tests that have been conducted in the last two years and work to ensure that volunteers who are approaching the two-year mark renew their clearance.
- Conduct regular observations of Managers of Instruction and of volunteers at each center.
- Manage monthly Volunteer Management Newsletter.
Study Hall Aide recruitment, management, and training
Outcome(s): Recruit 54 (6 per center) high school and college age volunteers to assist in study hall throughout the Afterschool Academy.
- Work with local high schools and universities to identify potential study hall aides.
- Attend recruitment fairs at schools near Achievement Centers to recruit study hall aides.
- Work with the Manager of Alumni Services to encourage alumni to act as study hall aides.
- Identify schools who have volunteer requirements for students and plan recruitment events.
- Host regular trainings for study hall aides with one group training at the start of Afterschool Academy and training at each center.
- Track Study Hall Aide hours for their respective schools.
Outcome(s): Assist the center team in achieving their center deliverables.
Serve as extra support at center events or outings.
- Assist as needed with phone calls or presentations.
- Act as extra support in the event of low staff attendance.
- Conduct observations of center.
- Serve as a scholar mentor, if needed.
- Plan and execute annual mentor retention events
- Observe mentoring and give feedback to the center teams at each center once per semester
- Plan mentor thank you gift
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
- Previous experience as a regular volunteer/mentor or experience working with youth strongly preferred
- Strong attention to details
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Outlook, and Word
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is regularly performed in an office environment and a school setting, with occasional trips off-site to parks, local businesses, museums, etc. Member 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. Member 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; member must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations. Member 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. The Volunteer Recruitment member will work Monday through Friday with some Saturday hours. Most responsibilities will take place between 9am to 5pm except for evening trainings and mentoring site visits. The Volunteer Recruitment Fellow may alter their start time for any days they expect to work late because of meetings, trainings, or site visits.
The Volunteer Recruitment 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.
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