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Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member Volunteer Coordinator- Community Groups and Individuals at Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

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PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

This is an 11-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving as a Volunteer Coordinator for Community Groups and Individuals at Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Members, ACM’s, are responsible for building capacity and developing and implementing a volunteer program as agreed to in the VM site partnership negotiations that occurred in spring, 2021. The member’s activities will target increasing the Service Site’s effectiveness, efficiencies and/or expand the Service Sites reach or scope. The outcome will be an increase in capacity for the Service Site to serve their identified community. The VM service year will begin on September 15, 2021 and conclude on August 2, 2022; Volunteer Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service during the term.

SITE SPECIFIC PROJECT SCOPE:

The Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member will aim to recruit at least 500 individuals from corporate groups who will be a part of our site-based programs such as JA Company Program/JA Rising Women, 3DE, and some site-based experiences. This individual will recruit volunteers from community groups like community associations, business association, churches, sororities, and fraternities. In addition, this Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members will recruit individuals as volunteers that may be specific content experts needed for projects or mentors for specific groups of students.  

The AmeriCorps Member will also work with staff to create or revise the following volunteer program elements (review the Needs Assessment):

Volunteer Program Vision Statement, Evaluation Process and Evaluation Documents, Volunteer Application, Position Descriptions, Recruitment Materials, Screen Materials, Orientation Agenda and Materials, Recognition Plan and Materials, and Policies and Procedures Manual.

BENEFITS:

VM AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of $15,100 (pending funding), health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a child care allowance. Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for site-related travel, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community. After completion of a successful service year, members receive an education award of $6,345 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award- CNCS. May access over 600 national service employees through AmeriCorps Alumni services. Some members may qualify for Public Service Lean Forgiveness, per Consumer Financial Protection Bureau https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-is-public-service-loan-forgiveness-en-641/

 DUTIES:

  • Develop a written work plan and timeline for implementation.
  •  Develop program materials such as a policy and procedure manual, volunteer position descriptions, promotional fliers or brochures, and screening, training, and evaluation tools. 
  • Recruit volunteers. Outreach methods may include: presentations to faith, business, and/or community groups; staffing information booths at community events; and utilizing the media. 
  • Screen volunteers as necessary; procedures might include interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks.
  • Develop and facilitate orientation and training for volunteers.
  • Supervise volunteers; develop and implement recognition activities for volunteers such as special events, awards, gifts, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of volunteer participation. 
  • Evaluate progress made in achieving the program’s goals; report on progress in statistical and narrative reports for Volunteer Maryland.
  • Develop community partnerships to support the volunteer program.
  • Serve as public ambassador for the Service Site, Volunteer Maryland, and AmeriCorps.
  • Participate in VM and AmeriCorps training, service projects, and other activities.
  • ACMs may be assigned other volunteer program duties during the course of the service year by the Service Site Supervisor.

Note: The AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals

Note: Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members may not perform any services or duties or engage in activities that would otherwise be performed by an employee as part of the assigned duties of such employee. An employer may not displace an employee or position, including partial displacement such as reduction in hours, wages or employment benefits as a result of the use of a VM AmeriCorps member (or any Nationals Service member). An organization may not displace a volunteer by using a VM ACM in a program.

SELECTION PROCESS:

To participate in Volunteer Maryland, applicants must submit a written application. Staff will review the application, with special emphasis placed on the writing sample, invite the applicant to interview if appropriate, conduct two reference checks, and complete a criminal background investigation. After an applicant has been tentatively matched, the three-part criminal history check will be initiated. Individuals will not be allowed to begin training until all results are received and verified by the program.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS: (45 CFR § 2522.200)

To serve as a Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member, an individual must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Satisfy the national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check (Maryland and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check
  • Complete pre-service training requirements
  • Must be able to provide document of: (no later than the first day of training) age, education, and citizenship

Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.

SKILLS, ATTITUDES & ABILITIES NECESSARY:

  • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving, and working independently, to be able to develop and implement a volunteer program.
  • Skilled at building interpersonal relationships, to work effectively as part of a team (at the Service Site and with their cohort), and to manage volunteers.
  • Strong verbal skills, to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and community groups.
  • Skilled at written communication, to develop program materials and reports.
  • Committed to the concept of national service and to making a difference in his/her community.
  • Basic computer literacy, to be able to produce program materials and track volunteer hours.
  • Have own, or have access to, transportation to and from VM trainings, events, and Service Site-related activities.
  • Able to respond to organizational change productively and maintain positive attitude.
  •  Have an open mindset and focus on possibilities thinking.

 ORIENTATION AND TRAINING:

Volunteer Maryland provides approximately 20 days of training in program development, volunteer management, marketing, communication, leadership skills, history of National Service, AmeriCorps prohibited activities and unallowable activities. VM’s training schedule meets the AmeriCorps requirements as per 45 CFR § 2520.50. Training is held the first two weeks of the service year, with monthly training days throughout the rest of the year. Additional training opportunities are also available through AmeriCorps, service sites and Volunteer Maryland. The Site Supervisor provides orientation to the VM AmeriCorps member service site.

 SUPERVISION:

The Site Supervisor provides day-to-day supervision. The Site Supervisor will evaluate performance in accordance with the agency’s policies. In addition, Volunteer Maryland’s Director and Program Manager provides overall supervision to all VM AmeriCorps members. VM Program Manager and Site Supervisors share transparent communication regarding progress and challenges during the service year.

 EVALUATION & REPORTING:

The Site Supervisor and VM Program manager will complete an evaluation of the member approximately half way through the service year (February). The AmeriCorps member will complete a self-evaluation at the same time. The Site Supervisor will meet with the AmeriCorps member to discuss evaluation, both member and Site Supervisor will sign and submit evaluation to VM Program Manager. The VM Program Manager, will contact each AmeriCorps member to review and discuss VM evaluation. At the completion of the service year, the same process is completed, and the VM Program Manager compiles and delivers evaluation to member. The ACM is required to submit monthly reporting, a work plan at the beginning of the service year and a mid and final report. Additional deliverables are required throughout the service year, a deliverable schedule is provided on the first day of service.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Each Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member is encouraged to volunteer as part of their service year. The volunteer activity cannot be within any of the prohibited activities, and should be discussed with their Site Supervisor prior to engaging in the volunteer activity. The ACM may volunteer at their site. The ACM may claim up to five percent (5%) on their timesheet for volunteer activities. If the volunteer activity is fundraising, the ACM will need to include these hours under fundraising on their timesheet.

HOURS:

Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Members are required to serve approximately 40 hours each week. The office hours will be 8am to 4pm, however, some evening hours may be required for afterschool/early evening programs. The AmeriCorp Member’s typical office hours would be adjusted to accommodate this need. Volunteer Maryland training days are typically 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.


LOCATION:

The AmeriCorps Members’ office will be located at 1725 Twin Springs Road, Baltimore, MD 21227. VM training locations will be held at locations throughout Maryland. Please note: locations may not be accessible by public transportation.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

This is an 11-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving as a Volunteer Coordinator for Community Groups and Individuals at Junior Achievement of Central…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    September 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 15, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required

Benefits

VM AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of $15,100 (pending funding), health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a child care allowance. Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for site-related travel, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community. After completion of a successful service year, members receive an education award of $6,345 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award- CNCS. May access over 600 national service employees through AmeriCorps Alumni services. Some members may qualify for Public Service Lean Forgiveness, per the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

VM AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of $15,100 (pending funding), health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a child care allowance. Other…

Location

On-site
1725 Twin Springs Rd, Baltimore, MD 21227, USA

How to Apply

To participate in Volunteer Maryland, applicants must submit a written resume to info@jamaryland.org. Staff will review the application, with special emphasis placed on the writing sample, invite the applicant to interview if appropriate, conduct two reference checks, and complete a criminal background investigation. After an applicant has been tentatively matched, the three-part criminal history check will be initiated. Individuals will not be allowed to begin training until all results are received and verified by the program.

To participate in Volunteer Maryland, applicants must submit a written resume to info@jamaryland.org. Staff will review the application, with special emphasis placed on the…

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