Village of Hope is seeking a half-time Education and Outreach Advocate. The Village of Hope, in Salisbury, Maryland, is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organization that provides a transitional home for at risk women and children. The purpose of the AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Advocate position is to assist the Village of Hope (VOH) staff in coordinating and scheduling programs and activities associated with the organization’s “Empowering Children’s Project”. This project is designed to provide children in residence at the VOH with a well-rounded and structured approach to improved academic standing and experiential activities. The goal of this project is to improve their academic performance and expose them to a variety of activities and experiences to help develop social, behavioral and life skills. The Advocate reports to and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and/or the Executive Assistant/Administrative Outreach Coordinator.
Duties and responsibilities of the position include:
- Works with the VOH staff and the Program & Services Committee (aka Transitional Living Program (TLP) Committee) to identify, schedule and implement experiential activities for resident children and their mothers, if needed, on and off campus throughout the calendar year.
- Suggests and coordinates most, if not all, aspects of scheduled activities such as, but not limited to, location, cost, transportation, supplies, refreshments, etc.
- Attends VOH staff & TLP Committee meetings as needed.
- Prepares correspondence to VOH staff, parents, tutors, and other constituent groups as needed and helps facilitate communication between the VOH administration, case managers, Wicomico County Board of Education (WCBOE) tutor and parents.
- Responsible for collecting and insuring that required WCBOE paperwork is completed in a timely fashion with copies provided to the WCBOE tutor and case managers.
- Responsible for collecting student report cards and progress reports from the mothers throughout the school year and providing copies to case managers and the WCBOE tutor.
- Responsible for recruiting and orienting volunteer tutors as-needed for the After School Tutoring Program based upon participant numbers and specific academic needs.
- Assists with tutoring when necessary.
- Monitors volunteer & student attendance and documents all tutoring hours and statistics for organization & other grant-reporting purposes.
- Provides oversight of volunteers and maintains up to date records and required paperwork on all volunteers.
- Notifies the Executive Director, Executive Assistant/Administrative Outreach Coordinator, case managers & parent in the event of serious academic, behavioral or attendance concerns.
Benefits available to the AmeriCorps Member include:
- Valuable experience
- A bi-weekly stipend of $252.08
- An education award of $3,047.50 for future educational expenses or repayment of federal student loans
- Federal student loan forbearance while in service, with exemption from paying interest accrued during that time
- 6 tuition-free credits at Salisbury University for completion of training course
- Access to AmeriCorps Alumni Network
Candidates must be available during the following hours:
Flexible and to be determined based on the member’s schedule.
Requirements for applicants include the following:
- The ability to fulfill the 900-hour requirement from August 2019 –August 2020 in an agreed upon schedule to meet the requirements of the After School Tutoring program and other assignments without significant schedule/semester interruptions.
- Minimum High School diploma/GED, Associate Arts Degree or Bachelor Degree in Education, Sociology or degree in progress preferred.
- One to two years of experience in an organization focused on human/health services preferred (Non-profit experience a plus).
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, word processing, databases, email, internet and spreadsheet software.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to maintain accurate records and files.
- Ability to work well with others.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality about program participants and other sensitive aspects of the organization.
- Willingness to accept supervision.
- Motivation to work for at-risk and underserved women and children.
- Follows policies and procedures of the Village of Hope.
- Successful completion of orientation at the Village of Hope.
- Access to vehicle and valid driver’s license, good driving record and maintains automobile liability insurance to $300,000.
- Be available to attend the tuition-free, AmeriCorps class at Salisbury University bi-weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters.
- Must successfully pass a comprehensive Criminal History Check, which includes FBI fingerprinting
- Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien
- Applicants DO NOT need to be college students, anyone from the community who fits the above requirements may participate.
- References upon request.
The member will begin on or after August 15th, 2019 and must complete 900 hours by August 14th, 2020.
This position is offered through a partnership with ShoreCorps, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University. It is contingent upon federal funding and approval of the AmeriCorps office.
To fill out an application, visit www.salisbury.edu/americorps and click on ‘Become a Member.’