English Language Tutor & Volunteer Support Assistant - Literacy Connects - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
English Language Tutor & Volunteer Support Assistant
900 Hour Position
Approximately 20 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Literacy Connects is a Tucson nonprofit serving children and adults through literacy and creative arts programming that create solutions to many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, literacy is key to making a better future for all of us.
Literacy Connects’ programs coach children in reading so they don’t fall behind, and help adults with reading, writing, math and/or English. The programs teach parents the importance of reading to their children, help young people experience the power of words and ideas through the arts, and put books in the hands of people who need them. As a powerful voice for literacy, we connect individuals and groups from across the community to work collaboratively toward better literacy outcomes.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
The Literacy Connects English Language Tutor/Volunteer Support Assistant will:
A. Tutor and Classroom Assistance: The AmeriCorps State member will work as a teaching assistant/tutor in a Literacy Connects beginning English Language class serving adults immigrants and refugees. Their responsibilities will include creating classroom materials, teaching in small groups, individual tutoring and other duties as needed.
B. Program Assistance: The State member will support adult English language learners in the Women Rise Job Readiness Program. Their responsibilities will include training and overseeing students in their volunteer roles and tutoring students in English and computer skills, as well as identifying and organizing volunteer projects.
C. Volunteer Assistance: The state member will assist community volunteers (coaches and teachers) to utilize the resources at Literacy Connects, including the Free Book Area, Lending Library, accessing professional development opportunities and other program materials and resources
D. Customer Service Assistance: The State member will provide occasional assistance in reception, greeting volunteers, students, and visitors, and answering and directing phone calls
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o At minimum, high school graduate level skills in math, reading and writing
o Clearance of electronic background check
o Dependable with excellent customer service and time management skills
o Excellent social skills and strong written and oral communication
o Ability to take initiative, collaborate, and solve problems quickly
o Willingness to learn facilitation skills and instructional techniques for adult learners
o Self-directed, motivated, and detail-oriented
o Respectful and empathetic for different cultures, language groups, educational levels,
o Able to complete paperwork in a thorough and timely manner
o Works well as a team member or independently
o Experience working with diverse populations and cultures
o Ability to be flexible and work well in a variety of situations
o Proficient with Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Experience with Google docs a plus.
o Consistent and reliable access to a vehicle required
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (900 Hour)
● $6,265 living allowance during term of service
● Upon completion of service, part-time (900 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $2,907.50 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Members participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Those who have marginalized identities, whether or not those identities provide protected status, are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided