Full Time AmeriCorps Positions - Mentoring & Academic Support for low income students



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Portland Housing Authority
14 Baxter Blvd
United States


The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) has four full time (1700 hours over 11 months) AmeriCorps member positions available to coordinate our drop in, neighborhood based, educational & aspirational support programs. Position start date 8/31/18, end date 7/31/19. 

AmeriCorps members are contracted volunteers who serve 35 hours per week for 11 months.

AmeriCorps Member Benefits:

  • Stipend of $12,630 evenly divided over the course of the 11 month term
  • $5,920 education award upon successful completion of service
  • Education award can be used to pay off qualified loans or for educational expenses at Title IV schools
  • Forbearance of federally qualified student loans during service term (interest paid by AmeriCorps)
  • Stafford, Perkins & Some private loans (you must call lender to ask)
  • Health Benefits
  • Child Care Reimbursement (if income eligible)
  • Networking/professional development
  • Mileage reimbursement to AmeriCorps sponsored training events
  • Mileage reimbursement for project/site related travel consistent with staff
  • reimbursement at the site
  • Usually eligible for Food Stamps (SNAP)

AmeriCorps members coordinate mentoring programs and education centers in family housing developments around Portland. The Study Centers have been open for over 25 years and serve students of all ages and nationalities. The primary focus of the centers from September to June is academic support and post-secondary guidance. Each center is co-run by the AmeriCorps volunteer and a part time staff member who work together to create a positive, productive and safe environment for the students and community members to study, research, supplement their education and find college and job opportunities. During the summer, AmeriCorps members run free lunch and youth leadership & job skills development programs.

Prospective applicants who are interested in teaching, youth leadership development, mentoring, or the success and support of the Portland multicultural population are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must be willing to have an FBI fingerprint check and be free of any felony convictions. Applicant must be available 3-7pm Monday-Friday for program hours with flexibility in the other hours. The preferred minimum age is 20. Clean driving record and Maine license preferred but not required. 

To apply, follow this link to the AmeriCorps website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=79234&fromSearch=true


  • Comfort serving ELL (English Language Learning) Students
  • Self-motivated with a high degree of flexibility, creativity, and independence
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate orally and in writing
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Effective public speaker
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred but not required
  • Prior volunteer or service experience preferred
  • Dedication to the mission of AmeriCorps
  • Ability to use various types of technology (i.e. Google apps, Microsoft Office Suite, GoToMeeting, on-line reporting system)
  • Able to serve evenings and occasional weekends
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of community resources preferred

 Essential Functions:

  • Serve as a mentor for a portfolio of at-risk students
  • Develop and maintain contact with students’ parents, teachers, counselors and/or referral partners
  • Develop relationships and resources within the community
  • Conduct regular check-in meetings with mentees
  • Create a structure for extended learning opportunities and expanded career awareness
  • Act as a positive role model for youth
  • Participate in Member Leadership Activities as part of Goodwill AmeriCorps Programs
  • Participate in a variety of service projects within the community
  • Serve alongside and recruit volunteers for various projects
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Attend required weekly meetings with supervisor
  • Coordinate projects with team members
  • Personal transportation
  • Participate in the following Intensive Interventions:
  • Mentor Program Coordination
  • Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordination
  • Aspirations Support
  • School Skills Support Coordination
  • Parent/Guardian Engagement
  • Quantitative & qualitative reporting
  • Daily upkeep of space
  • Creative problem solving
  • Transportation of students to educational and community events
  • Program development and implementation

Optional duties:

  • Project specific grant writing and fund raising, website maintenance, and database management 


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply


All candidates must complete the AmeriCorps application at the link provided in order to be eligible for AmeriCorps service.

Applicants can be pre-screened by the Portland Housing Authority by submitting a resume & cover letter to Emily Mancini-Fitch at the email provided. Pre-screened applicants will still need to complete the online application to be eligible for a position.