Empower students to succeed as an AmeriCorps Literacy Lead in Fort Worth!

Job Type

Full Time

Published

11/08/2018

Start Date

01/16/2019

Application Deadline

01/01/2019

Address

Fort Worth
Texas
United States

Description

Reading Partners Literacy Lead (2019)

Fort Worth, TX

 

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers and AmeriCorps service members in under-resourced elementary schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Learn more about us at www.readingpartners.org.


AmeriCorps/VISTA engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, over 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.


At Reading Partners we have 350 AmeriCorps and VISTA members serving in various positions across the country. This AmeriCorps service opportunity is school-based, supporting and implementing the Reading Partners mission while at the same time exemplifying the AmeriCorps motto of “getting things done.” Reading Partners strives to recruit AmeriCorps members dedicated to a year of service in the community. Read on for more details about our service opportunities!

 


The Role

 

The AmeriCorps Literacy Lead is a direct tutoring support within our reading centers, focusing on target students in need of more individualized instruction. This is an exciting opportunity to provide intensive tutoring to kids, support the research creation of literacy trainings, and get a hands-on approach to an educational program that works! Our top Literacy Leads are ambassadors for service, demonstrate a passion for tutoring elementary school students, and strongly believe in our vision and values.

 

What you’ll do and how you’ll do it:

 

Direct Tutoring & Student Support

Tutor an average of 15 target students twice per week, identifying alternative methods to provide more intensive and individualized literacy strategies to meet our students’ learning needs.

  • The Literacy Lead is an exciting role that hones in on tutoring and educational best practices. Literacy Leads partner with the region’s school-based team to support site set-up at multiple reading centers through the first month of launch. Once assigned to a reading center, our Literacy Leads collaborate with AmeriCorps Site Coordinators to identify, assess, and tutor students in need of additional instruction. A strong ability to understand our program is crucial, as is a love for serving directly with students. Literacy Leads may also research, create, and facilitate tutor trainings to share best practices and improve student outcomes.

 

Relationship Management & Communication

Forge and maintain positive relationships within the elementary school community to create a welcoming environment for students.

  • Creating strong relationships with target students is a significant aspect of the Literacy Lead’s role. Because Literacy Leads regularly tutor a portfolio of approximately 15 students, an inherent passion and ability to connect with and motivate children towards success is crucial.

 

 

About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • Are dedicated to national and community service
  • Understand this position is an AmeriCorps service commitment and are dedicated to successfully completing a term of service
  • Demonstrate a passion for working with children
  • Possess a natural ability to connect with people
  • Are eager for a dynamic schedule
  • Boast a deep belief in and passionately promote our mission
  • Demonstrate a love for relationship building and public speaking
  • Have flexibility and adaptability in both work style and work environment
  • Take initiative in meeting goals and seeking professional growth
  • Can problem-solve through challenges and failures
  • Pay strong attention to detail and manage competing priorities effectively
  • Can quickly learn new technology systems and have a high level of comfort with MS Office, Google Apps
  • Root your work in our core values
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status

 

Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alum/alumna
  • Have experience volunteering with other community-based or education programs

 

 

What We Offer:

  • AmeriCorps members earn a living stipend of $761.90 per pay period, paid twice monthly throughout your service term, along with medical, dental, and vision coverage at no cost for our members; childcare assistance is available through AmeriCorps for those who qualify. You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans. AmeriCorps members can earn an education award of $3,047.50 after successfully completing their service term.
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.

 

The Other things you Need To Know:

  • Service Terms:  AmeriCorps members serve full-time (approximately 40 hours/week) from January through June 2019and must commit to a service term of 900 hours.
  • Travel: AmeriCorps members regularly travel to school sites throughout the week, and need access to reliable transportation on a daily basis. AmeriCorps members also make occasional trips to regional offices and service day events.
  • Typical physical and mental demands: Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching; eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers as well as maintain Reading Center records. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Organization, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested in joining the Reading Partners VISTA / AmeriCorps team? We'd love to hear from you!


Feel free to check out our posting for more information and to apply!


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