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Senior Wellness Ambassador, Connection & Support Corps, AmeriCorps

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Member Position Description

Job Title: Senior Wellness Ambassador

Company: Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida, Inc. dba Senior Resource Alliance

Program/Department: AmeriCorps- Connection and Support Corps

Site Location: Orlando, FL

Service Term: August 30, 2021 – June 30, 2022 (10 months)

Service Type: Half Time-900 hours

Reports to: AmeriCorps Program Manager/Director


Member Term of Service

This is a half time AmeriCorps national direct service position. To fulfill this position, the member:

1.      Commits to completing a minimum of 900 service hours (half-time) during the term of service (10 Months= August 30, 2021-June 30, 2022). At least 80% of member time must be spent doing direct service and 20 % can be spent in training and development.

2.      Understands that in order to successfully complete the term of service (as defined by the Program and consistent with regulations of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)) and to be eligible for the education award, he/she must:

3.      Serve a minimum of 900 hours half time; serving a minimum of 25 hours per week

4.      Satisfactorily completes Pre-Service Orientation (PSO)

5.      Satisfactorily completes service assignments as defined in the member position description and determined by the host site supervisor and Program Director.


Member Benefits

The member in this position will receive from the SRA AmeriCorps program the following benefits:

1.      Living Allowance in the amount of $290.38 paid biweekly during the service year term.

a.      The living allowance is taxable and taxes will be deducted directly from the living allowance.

b.     The living allowance is not a wage. It is intended to provide for expenses a member incurs while actively serving and is not linked to the number of hours a member serves. A member who completes his/her term of service early or will receive the portion of the living allowance that would be provided for that period of participation under the program’s living allowance distribution policy (a member who leaves in the first week (or first ½) of a pay period receives ½ a stipend; a member who leaves early in the second week (or second ½) of a pay period receives a full stipend). Members who end their service early will not be eligible for the remaining amount of their living allowance, either in “lump sum” or incremental payments. A member may not receive a living allowance if they are suspended by the program.

2.      Education Award. Upon successful completion of the member’s term of service, the member may be eligible to receive an education award from the National Service Trust. For successful completion of a half time term of service (900 hours), the member will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $3172.50. The member understands that he/she may not receive more than the amount equal to the total value of two education awards for full-time service from the National Service Trust, regardless of the stream of service in which the member serves.

a.      Loan Forbearance Interest: If the member has received forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, and the member successfully completes the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion or all of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service. After a member is enrolled in e-grants by the Program Director, they may use the CNCS web-based system to apply for loan forbearance. Senior Resource Alliance is not responsible for following through with private lenders.

3.      Professional Development: Grow personally and professionally- Learn and grow while giving back to the community. Individuals who serve with AmeriCorps build new skillsets that they can take with them wherever they go.


Purpose

Senior Resource Alliance’s, (SRA) AmeriCorps senior wellness program, Connection and Support Corps has been designed to combat social isolation and loneliness felt by seniors and disabled adults. The goal is to improve the overall health of seniors through a variety of approaches by promoting mental, physical and emotional well-being thru social connections. This program will utilize AmeriCorps members who will be stationed at host/partner sites such as senior and community centers across Central Orlando.


SRA AmeriCorps members will be leading and facilitating a number of evidence based activities aimed at increasing social connections and improving health (mental and physical) amongst seniors and disabled adults. Members will function as part of a community team, working to coordinate programs and support community volunteers. Members will assist in the design and facilitation of the sessions which will provide seniors an opportunity to take control of their health. Members will participate in National Service Days as well as community service projects to enhance the impact the program has on senior wellness in the community.


Member Role and Description of Duties

·        Members will focus on creating an inviting and inclusive space both in person and virtually for connecting adults 60+ to health and wellness opportunities.

·        Lead and assist with the facilitation of workshops, seminars, classes, and activities as described below.

1) Social Circle, a 10 week program where AmeriCorps members will facilitate a chat room discussion with a group of seniors using a variety of methods (in person and virtual) to provide social interaction on a regular basis to encourage relationship building, improve social and cognitive skills in a creative and fun environment;

2) Wellness Checks, AmeriCorps members will make routine phone calls to check the well-being of seniors who have requested support and provide additional referral services;

3) Walk-N-Talk, a social engagement activity with a physical component, an 8-10 week program designed to get seniors physical while developing social connections; Members will incorporate a number of health topics that coincide with the World Health Calendar. and

4) Technology for Seniors: an 8-10 week course designed to help seniors discover the World Wide Web and technology devices (Cell phones, tablets, computers and other electronic devices)


·        Members will deliver individualized and/or group digital tech trainings and support to help seniors overcome technology anxieties, build digital skills, and develop confidence in utilizing technology.

·        Assist individuals with navigating health-related services/programs;

·        Collect and record data using a variety of methods, such as: Pre and Post activity assessments, surveys, interviews, and attendance records

·        Members will participate in team meetings to receive professional development and training, and participate in health and wellness focused service projects.

·        Members will participate in National Days of service such as Martin Luther King Jr, AmeriCorps Week and 9/11 Remembrance.


Member Qualifications

·        In order to be eligible to serve in this position, a person must meet the following requirements:

·        Must be at least 18 years of age by the time training begins;

·        Must be a United States citizen or National or have a permanent resident visa;

·        Must have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (or agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent before using an education award) and must not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school in order to enroll as an AmeriCorps member (unless enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and is considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1091), or who has been determined through an independent assessment conducted by the Program to be incapable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent;

·        Must have complied with all the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) required criminal history checks including 1) a State Criminal Registry Check of the CNCS designated repository in both the state in which the program operates and the state in which the member resided at the time they applied to the program; 2) a nationwide fingerprint based FBI background check; and 3) a Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry Check. The member understands that if the results of the required criminal history checks reveal that they are subject to a state sex offender registration requirement and/or have been convicted of homicide (1st, 2nd or 3rd degree) they will be ineligible to serve in the Program. The member also understands they will have the opportunity to review and dispute the findings from the criminal history check.

·        Must submit valid forms of documentation to prove date of birth and citizenship/naturalization/resident alien status and must have a valid government issued photo identification;

·        Must disclose any history of having been released from another AmeriCorps program; failure to do so will render one ineligible to receive the education award;

·        Must submit evidence that they successfully completed any previous AmeriCorps terms, if applicable;

·        Must furnish all other documentation deemed appropriate by the program and host service site.


Work Environment

The incumbent generally works in an office environment or virtual office (if required and/or allowed on a case by case basis), uses computers, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties.  The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.

Sedentary work primarily involves sitting and standing. Required to use repetitive hand motion, talk, handle, reach, hear, bend or lift up to 20 pounds.

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

SRA provides equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper criterion.


 All AmeriCorps members have the right to request a reasonable accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of their position. Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request. If you are a person with a disability and you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact: Program Director,


Employment Status of AmeriCorps members in this Position

For guidance related to the employment status of AmeriCorps members please refer to the below link:

http://www.nationalservice.gov/documents/main-menu/2015/frequently-referenced-resources-about-employment-status-americorps-members

About this Job

Member Position Description

Job Title: Senior Wellness Ambassador

Company: Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida, Inc. dba Senior Resource Alliance

Program/Department: AmeriCorps- Connection and Support Corps

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Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    August 30, 2021
    8:00 AM EDT
    12:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    June 30, 2022
    5:00 PM EDT
    9:00 PM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

On-site

Central Orlando, Florida

Orlando, FL, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please apply online at

Area Agency On Aging Of Central Florida Inc - Americorps Wellness Advocate- Ambassador (paylocity.com)

or submit your resume and cover letter to Bryan Simmons, Program Manager, AmeriCorps at bryan.simmons@sraflorida.org

To apply, please apply online at

Area Agency On Aging Of Central Florida Inc - Americorps Wellness Advocate- Ambassador (paylocity.com)

or submit your resume and cover letter to…

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