Volunteer Opportunity

AmeriCorps Member, Full-Time Social-Emotional Learning Coach, August 2021- May 2022

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Hands On Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Published 2 months ago

**All AmeriCorps positions are service opportunities. You are required to serve 10 months of service on a modest living allowance for the duration of the program. **

Are you deeply committed to addressing educational inequities? Can you engage children in interactive, educational and enriching activities? Are you patient, creative, flexible, and resilient? Are you a life-long volunteer who’s not afraid to get your hands dirty? Do you love working with youth? Are you an ardent learner who’s always looking to improve? Can you play nice with children, parents, and school and community leaders?

We Have:

• A 30-year history performing at the forefront of education and the volunteer movement 

• A team of fun, top-performing, service-nerds

• An open mind for new ideas and methods

• Programs that are impacting thousands of at-risk youth across Atlanta

• Nationally competitive funding from the Corporation for National Community Service in support of our AmeriCorps program. 

You Have:

Passion and dedication for service and education. You might describe yourself as ambitious, resilient, and a positive force. You are interested in getting your hands dirty in all aspects of our AmeriCorps program, from being a role model to students to being an engaged participant in the AmeriCorps cohort. 

Wait, so what is AmeriCorps?

This is an AmeriCorps position. AmeriCorps is a national service program, in which individuals dedicate their time to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Hands On Atlanta’s AmeriCorps program is a 10 month commitment, in which members serve in elementary and middle schools and other local nonprofits. Over the 10 month period (August-May), members serve full-time and receive a bi-monthly living stipend and an education award once their service term is complete. AmeriCorps is often called the domestic Peace Corps. Find more information about the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps positions at


Major areas of responsibility for the AmeriCorps Full-Time Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach position include: 

•Coach and mentor a caseload of elementary or middle school students and facilitate activities centered around social-emotional learning, community engagement, and academic growth. 

•Conduct checks with caseload students to provide guidance in their development of SEL competencies, including self-awareness, conflict resolution, communication, and resource utilization.

•Provide behavioral interventions and support to students ultimately enhancing student’s SEL competencies and preserving their time in class.

•Create and lead weekly group sessions to help students develop SEL competencies, focusing on self-awareness, peer group selection, conflict avoidance, academic confidence, etc.

•Debrief SEL caseload student needs with school staff and SEL team at least once a week; collect teacher observations, discuss behavior management strategies, etc.

•Track student progress through maintaining detailed and accurate records of student meetings, interventions, and group sessions, and teacher/staff observations. Submit timely progress reports of student data using Hands On Atlanta’s internal software and assist in collecting broader student data sets as needed. 

•Support teachers and school administrators by assisting students, co-planning lessons, leading learning activities, and participating in school events. 

•Foster meaningful and productive relationships with students, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school officials, and parents. 

•Attend Discovery and engage with community volunteers up to 14 Saturdays over the school year. This includes helping with volunteer recruitment and recognition, sign-in, lesson facilitation, and student support. 

•Coordinate and support volunteers during national and local days of service, including MLK Day and Hands On Atlanta Day. 

•Create and maintain a “service journal” to capture reflections and stories of impact. 

•Participate in AmeriCorps trainings and development days and complete a Leadership/Legacy project at the end of your service term. 

•Be an engaged member of the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps cohort and service leader at your host school.

Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work, education, psychology, sociology, public health, or other related fields 

• Professional and/or community service experience in schools and nonprofits, and with children

• Understanding of social and emotional learning competencies and coaching strategies 

• Demonstrated leadership ability 

• Adaptability and perseverance in the face of obstacles

• Strong interpersonal skills 

• High level of professionalism

• Ability to maintain positive and respectful rapport with students, guidance counselors/social workers, parents, and community members

• Able to seek out and work effectively with others who have diverse perspectives, talents, and backgrounds; contribute to a team climate in which differences are valued and supported

• Effective communication skills, including comfort with public speaking 

• Highly organized; ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and achieve goals in a face-paced environment

• Ability to create thoughtful and thorough documentation of interactions with children, parents, and volunteers

• Eagerness to learn, contribute, and grow 

• Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and ability to navigate in and around greater Atlanta


In order to be eligible to serve as a full-time Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps member, you must meet these eligibility requirements at the start of service.

• Able to commit to completing 1,700 hours of full-time service over 10 months 

• Have a High School diploma

• Some college preferred 

• Able to clear state and federal background checks 

• Able to clear a NSOPW check

• Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. 


Full-time members will receive a living stipend of $15,100 and an education award of $6,345 after successfully completing the 1,700 hours of service. AmeriCorps members, if eligible, are encouraged to apply for food benefits (SNAP/EBT) while they are in service. Members may apply for loan forbearance on federal loans that qualify. Note, members must submit their own forbearance applications to their loan holder.

All members receive extensive, ongoing training to support their development, including 1:1 mentorship, community building activities, and robust educational and professional development training.

Recruitment Process:

The application process is on a rolling basis February-July 2021. We encourage applicants to apply early. Please visit our website for more details. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a phone screen and a subset of candidates screened over the phone will be invited for a group interview. Special accommodations will be made for out of state candidates. The Corporation for National and Community Service requires a separate online application. A select group of final candidates, who have participated in a networking/group interview, will be invited to complete the CNCS application. After completion of this application Finalists will be invited for a final interview with leaders of the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps team and asked to submit references. The last step is host placement matching interviews to ensure a strong fit between AmeriCorps members and the host site. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Hands On Atlanta provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hands On Atlanta complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

**All AmeriCorps positions are service opportunities. You are required to serve 10 months of service on a modest living allowance for the duration of the program. **

Are you deeply committed to addressing educational inequities? Can you engage…

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Atlanta, GA, USA

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