Vocational Trainer-Refugee Services (AmeriCorps Position)



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


75 Federal Street
United States


Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, AmeriCorps (NDMVA) is seeking a ‘Vocational Trainer-Refugee Services,’ to serve as a Full-time AmeriCorps Member at Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in Boston from January-July 2019.

For over 75 years JVS has helped people secure financial independence. Every year, JVS serves nearly 21,000 individuals providing them the skills they need to gain employment, as well as to progress up the career and wage ladder and make sound financial choices over their lifetimes. Programs span from providing employment services to Refugees, to educational programs that help our students prepare for college or get certified in the Biotechnology, Nursing and Pharmacy fields.

The AmeriCorps Member works collaboratively with Refugee Services staff to identify and local suitable support options for refugee and immigrant participants, with the goal of creating opportunities for individuals that will lead to successful program completion, job placement and/or career ladder advancement. This NDA member also teaches Vocational English Language Training.


We invite applications from individuals who are over 18 and have work experience or a college education. A high school diploma is required unless the applicant is enrolled in a GED program while serving and completes his or her GED by the end of the year of service. Applicants with Refugee Experience are preferred for this position.

Applicants should also possess:

The willingness to spend a year in the service of others.

Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to be flexible, adaptive, and work on a team.

U.S. citizenship or be a lawful permanent resident.

Commitment to serve as a full-time volunteer for 6-7 months.

AmeriCorps Member Benefits:

  • Living Allowance: Because Notre Dame- AmeriCorps is partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service, we are able to offer our members a yearly living allowance which is distributed bi-weekly over the 6-7 months term. The pre-tax figure for 2018-2019 is $6,866 (approx).

  • The Education Award: Upon completion of an 11 month service term, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable education award of $2,960. The education award can be applied to qualified student loans or future education at a Title IV institution. To learn more about the education award and the National Service Trust, please visit AmeriCorps' page on the subject.

  • Student Loan Forbearance: Members of NDA are eligible for forbearance of federal student loans during their term of service. This means that while a member is serving, he or she does not make payments on his or her qualifying loans. In addition, the National Trust will pay the interest that accrues on the loan at the end of the term of service. For more information please visit Postponing Student Loan Payments and Getting Interest Paid

  • Community Housing Option: NDMVA Boston is able to offer a low-rent community housing option to NDMVA Members. Please contact boston@ndmva.org for more information.

  • Optional Health Insurance: We provide optional healthcare while you serve with NDA. The health insurance is through a partnership with The Corps Network and Summit America. To learn more, visit the Summit America website.

  • Child Care: NDA members may also be eligible for child care benefits. The AmeriCorps Child Care Program covers up to the state’s local market rate for child care fees and makes payments directly to the member’s caregiver. Members must select a legal caregiver as determined by the state and complete an application. For more information about childcare benefits visit the Gap Solutions website. To qualify for child care assistance, members must fall into a certain income bracket determined by the state.


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

How To Apply



1. Complete and submit a full, two-part application:

2. Submit one of the following Educational Records to boston@ndmva.org

  • Transcript from most recent college or university
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • If working on GED, please contact boston@ndmva.org

3. If selected, you will then be contacted by an NDMVA staff member for a preliminary interview.

4. Upon selection to serve, Members will be required to consent to a National Service Criminal History Check. The NSCHC includes:

-Identity verification

-National Sex Offender Public Registry search

-FBI Criminal History Record

-Statewide Criminal History Check(s) (from designated state repositories)

-More information on completing this step will be provided by NDA staff upon selection for the program.