Three AmeriCorps members serving as Volunteer Engagement Specialists will support the community volunteer recruitment, training, and retention efforts to secure the 500 community volunteers needed for individualized outreach at 6 Boston Public Schools, serving a population of 2,650 students during school-day and after-school hours. Members will serve at 826 Boston’s writing and tutoring center in Roxbury and lead the charge to engage 500+ volunteers in 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms located at six Boston Public Schools across the city. They will join a team comprising Volunteer Manager, Community Engagement Coordinator, and three AmeriCorps members.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Training
Professional Development: As an AmeriCorps High School Program Specialist, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management and relationship development. Further, you will develop your knowledge of public school systems, school and community partnerships, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps Members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from direct supervisor.
Living Stipend: AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend of $629, totaling a minimum of $15,100 annually.
Education Award: As an AmeriCorps Member, High School Program Specialists qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award for every successful year of service, which includes completing 1,700 hours of service and completing the full duration of the 11-month program. The education award can be used to repay student loans or cover tuition costs for graduate studies at an accredited college or university and will amount to at least $6,345.00.
Travel Stipend: $70/month travel stipend for months of active service
Medical Coverage: AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to request reimbursement of up to $50/month to cover individual health coverage premiums. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for this reimbursement but may decline it in favor of alternative coverage obtained through a parent, guardian, or spouse.
Time Off: 40 hours time off + 9 holidays off + 2 weeks winter break set by 826 Boston
Public Benefits: AmeriCorps Members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
High school diploma
Proficiency in Spanish to support our bilingual Writers’ Room required
Interest in teaching/tutoring writing to students grades K-12 in an urban setting
Desire to work with and support volunteers from diverse backgrounds and wide ranges of experience
Ability to coach and mentor volunteers and interns
Ability to adapt to various working and management styles
Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals including the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency in organizational, time management, project management, and resource management skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
Familiarity with the Boston Public Schools system, particularly the schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain preferred, but not required
Subject to criminal background check