PAARI AmeriCorps Capacity Building Fellow / Program Coordinator



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


4 positions available statewide
United States


Project Summary: PAARI is implementing a three year pilot project, funded by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Cummings Foundation. The goal of the project is to leverage national service to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to address the opioid epidemic. This scattered site model embeds PAARI-AmeriCorps members with police departments (or groups of police departments) across Massachusetts. Our first year cohort is a team of 22 members serving 55 police departments. Our second year cohort will be a team of 25 members serving 73 police departments, with several members from our first year cohort staying on for a second year of service.

Capacity Building Fellow (40 hours per week, 4 positions available): PAARI-AmeriCorps members in the Capacity Building Fellow / Program Coordinator role will work to improve the effectiveness of non-arrest programs that save lives and that create pathways to treatment. Capacity Building Fellows will be utilized in different ways depending on the host site’s program model. Activities could include building community partnerships, strengthening data systems, developing community resource kits, developing program manuals, providing trainings, developing marketing materials, fundraising, managing volunteers, planning events, creating or supporting coalitions, and more.

Members will also: keep a log of all interactions, placements, hours, and prepare monthly reports as required and requested; attend regular calls and meetings with Program Coordinator and Recovery Coach Mentor; participate in 60 hours of training, including Recovery Coach Academy, and at least 35 hours of supervision in pursuit of becoming a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC); follow protocol of PAARI, AmeriCorps, and law enforcement host site; maintain integrity, boundaries, confidentiality, and ethical standards; and assist with other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to service and PAARI’s mission
  • Background or interest in community outreach, law enforcement, or substance use disorders
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to build strong relationships with diverse individuals and organizations to achieve common goals
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, with a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Basic computer, internet, information, and communication technology skills
  • Knowledge of substance abuse disorder and the continuum of care preferred
  • Relevant lived experience preferred, especially those in recovery for a minimum of two years
  • Must be a United States citizen, national, or legal permanent resident, at least 17 years of age, and must consent to background check (note that a criminal record does not preclude someone from being considered)


Capacity Building Fellows are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service from 1 October 2018 to 31 August 2019, which is an average of 40 hours per week. Benefits include a twice monthly living allowance of $628 and 60 hours of training and 35 hours of supervision towards the CARC Recovery Coach Certification. Capacity Building Fellows who successfully complete a term of service also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,815 which may be used to pay educational costs at post-secondary educational institutions or to repay student loans. Capacity Building Fellows may be eligible for federal student loan forbearance and interest accrual payments, health insurance allowance, and child care vouchers.

Capacity Building Fellow Positions (4 positions available):

  • 1 - Burlington, Wilmington, Woburn
  • 1 - Plymouth County Outreach: Plymouth and/or East Bridgewater
  • 1 - Lawrence
  • 1 - Tewksbury

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. There are more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.

About the Massachusetts Service Alliance: The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. MSA promotes and supports service and volunteerism by investing public and private resources in community-based organizations that rely upon volunteers and people engaged in service to meet their community's needs. MSA administers the AmeriCorps State program for Massachusetts and the Commonwealth Corps program, as well as support for community service learning, and volunteer generation initiatives. MSA provides training and technical assistance to organizations to support their volunteer and service member management through one-on-one technical assistance, trainings and workshops throughout the year, and a bi-annual statewide conference on service and volunteerism.


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please indicate the role to which you are applying (Recovery Coach and/or Capacity Building Fellow) and the specific areas or departments that you are interested in serving with. Please include "AmeriCorps Application" in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with priority given to individuals who apply by 14 August 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. Members will begin service on 1 October 2018 and end service on 31 August 2019. PAARI is an equal opportunity employer and reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in the interview process, orientation, and service.