Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator AmeriCorps Member
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Aspire Afterschool Learning
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Founded in 1994, Aspire! Afterschool Learning (Aspire!) provides innovative, results-driven out-of-school time programs to support expanded learning opportunities for children from low-income, immigrant, and refugee households.
Learning ROCKS! is an original Aspire! program, achieving real results for more than 100 3rd-5th grade students at risk of falling into the achievement gap through daily afterschool and summer programs. Each year, more than 90% of our students improve their reading instructional levels. Aspire!'s flagship Learning ROCKS! Program supports upper-elementary students' general academic achievement and social-emotional development, placing a heavy emphasis on helping students to develop both their reading skills and a love of reading. The Learning Links AmeriCorps Program provides a critical link across the three main aspects of a child’s daily experience: at school; after school and in the summer; and at home/in the community. Toward this end, Aspire partners closely with and supports both schools and parents. The Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator will work to strengthen community engagement in our afterschool and Read Aloud activities by recruiting and training youth through retirees as reading buddies and homework helpers. They will also work closely with the Program Manager and Assistant Director on special events and programs, such as National Service events and our Middle School Buddies program.
The Volunteer & Outreach AmeriCorps Member will serve a key coordinating role within Aspire to mobilize volunteers and community resources to support program activities, as follows:
- Recruit volunteers through various means, including attending volunteer fairs, posting volunteer listings, etc.;
- Cultivate partnerships with area high schools, colleges, and community organizations for volunteer recruitment;
- Train and supervise volunteers for Aspire!’s programs and activities, ensuring coordination with program staff;
- Collaborate with Parent Connection Program to ensure adequate volunteer coverage during Buddy Nights;
- Implement weekly volunteer-led Read Aloud program across sites;
- Identify and implement methods to recruit youth, Baby Boomers and retired adults as volunteers;
- Coordinate with Program Manager to support Middle School Buddies activities;
- Plan and implement volunteer recognition activities, throughout the year and during National Volunteer Week.
- Provide direct service to Aspire! programs to inform outreach and coordination efforts;
- Develop reports on Volunteer and Outreach activities as required;
- Participate in required AmeriCorps and/or National Days of Service projects; and
- Comply with all applicable rules, regulations, and agreements of the organization.
- U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien;
- High school graduate or equivalent, at least 17 years old;
- Commitment to local, community-based organizations;
- Strong research, writing, and organizational skills;
- Excellent time management skills;
- Professional communication skills – ability to interact well with children, parents, community members/partners, volunteers, program staff, and high-level supports including Board Members;
- Interest in and sensitivity to working with people from a variety of cultures and ethnic groups;
- Bilingual Spanish and English skills, including reading, writing, and conversation helpful;
- Self-motivated, independent, and resourceful; and
- A great sense of humor!
- Term of service: August 2018 to August 2019; and
- Full-time, 40 hours/week commitment, including some evening and weekend activities.
- During the school year, general hours are from 10am – 6:30pm with a one-hour break for lunch. Some morning and evening hours are required to fulfill school placement responsibilities and support the Parent Connection Program.
- Full-time AmeriCorps Members who successfully complete a term of service (1700 hours) are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,920;
- Additional benefits include training, $1,333/month living stipend (depending on start date), student-loan forbearance or deferment, health care benefits, and, depending on eligibility, childcare assistance;
- Corps Members receive time off for winter break and spring break, as well as personal days off; and
- Aspire is committed to strengthening Corps Members’ professional and personal development. Corps Members will receive training in a variety of topics including: content areas, tutoring skills, child development, behavior management, education theory, leadership skills, and team building. Additionally, Corps Members will have significant autonomy and ownership over many aspects of programming and service.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
How To Apply
- Complete the initial job application form at: http://aspireafterschool.org/join-our-team and
- Send a cover letter, resume, two- to three-page writing sample, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org - subject line: Volunteer & Outreach AmeriCorps
Aspire! Afterschool Learning’s AmeriCorps program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the position is contingent upon funding approval.
Aspire! Afterschool Learning’s shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services.