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AmeriCorps English Language Instructor and Family Activity Night Coordinator

Actively Recruiting

Openings

2 currently recruiting

Service Dates

August 20, 2018 - August 16, 2019

Application Window

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location

  • Grand Rapids, MI

Contact Information

Kylie VanderMeulen
(616) 459-5151
kvandermeulen@literacycenterwm.org

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Description

Full-time for 12 months (Begins August 20, 2018)
Pay: total 12-month living stipend of $13,732 (distributed biweekly)
Location: Grand Rapids and Wyoming area

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-motivated individual to serve as a Volunteer Recruiter for the Family Literacy and Adult Tutoring Programs. This individual will build relationships with community partners, recruit and coordinate volunteers for monthly Family Activity Night events and the Adult Tutoring Program. This service will support parents in area schools who are English language learners and are developing strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidate for this full-time position will be detail-oriented, able to work independently, have experience either coordinating volunteers or supervising others, and be an excellent communicator. This position requires the selected candidate to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program.

Position Overview:

ELL Class Instruction:
- Teach adult ELL classes to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools on-site at the schools
- Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities from that address learner goals and needs based on pre-determined curriculum
- Execute components of the Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions
- Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and testing records
- Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines
- Assist with intake process for new learners from schools including parent surveys and assessments

School Support (Reading Improvement and 504 plan):
- Develop contextualized activities that support literacy development within the home and school
- Implement activities during school day with small groups of ELL students in partnering schools
- Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines specific to the time in which this support is provided

Family Activity Night Coordination:
- Work closely with Family Literacy Program instructors to plan Family Activity Nights (weekday evenings), attendance at all Family Activity Nights is required
- Communicate and coordinate between volunteers, stakeholders, and instructors regarding Family Activity Nights
- Ensure that volunteers have an outstanding experience while volunteering with the program
- Order and inventory Family Activity Night supplies and food

Volunteer Recruitment
- Develop and implement strategies to recruit volunteers needed for effective program activities and outcomes
- Assist in creating an annual plan for volunteer diversity, recruitment and retention strategies
- Update/expand community contacts to promote volunteer opportunities
- Collect and review volunteer applicants
- Compile and analyze volunteer related data and identify and implement improvements
- Develop and execute volunteer appreciation campaigns for program volunteers
- Create new volunteer opportunities as necessary

Collaboration:
- Ensure accuracy of learner intake and assessment with instructors and learner support advocate
- Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children
- Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program including attending Community School Leadership Team meetings
- Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan
-Publicize the Literacy Center of West Michigan in the community
- Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement
- Collaboratively plan service project events for National Days of Service
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
- College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Linguistics highly preferred
- Preference given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish
- Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language
- Experience teaching English language learners (ELL)
- Interest in family and children’s literacy issues
- Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies
- Ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines
- Ability to collaborate with coworkers in close environment, yet able to display independent decision-making
- Demonstrated ability to use technology for word processing, email and calendaring
- Must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation
- Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities

AmeriCorps Requirements and Benefits:
- Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check
- Must be U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
- Full-time (35-40 hours per week) with little time off during required service period
- Day & evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required
- An Education Award of $5,920 will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfill service-hour requirements
- Basic health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance may be provided for those who qualify
- For more information about AmeriCorps, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/
- For more information about the Family Literacy Program, please visit: https://literacycenterwm.org/learn#family-literacy


The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer,
and supports National Career Readiness Certification.

Full-time for 12 months (Begins August 20, 2018)
Pay: total 12-month living stipend of $13,732 (distributed biweekly)
Location: Grand Rapids and Wyoming area

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-motivated individual to serve as a Volunteer Recruiter for the Family Literacy and Adult Tutoring Programs. This individual will build relationships with community partners, recruit and coordinate volunteers for monthly Family Activity Night events and the Adult Tutoring Program. This service will support parents in area schools who are English language learners and are developing strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidate for this full-time position will be detail-oriented, able to work independently, have experience either coordinating volunteers or supervising others, and be an excellent communicator. This position requires the selected candidate to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program.

Position Overview:

ELL Class Instruction:
- Teach adult ELL classes to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools on-site at the schools
- Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities from that address learner goals and needs based on pre-determined curriculum
- Execute components of the Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions
- Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and testing records
- Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines
- Assist with intake process for new learners from schools including parent surveys and assessments

School Support (Reading Improvement and 504 plan):
- Develop contextualized activities that support literacy development within the home and school
- Implement activities during school day with small groups of ELL students in partnering schools
- Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines specific to the time in which this support is provided

Family Activity Night Coordination:
- Work closely with Family Literacy Program instructors to plan Family Activity Nights (weekday evenings), attendance at all Family Activity Nights is required
- Communicate and coordinate between volunteers, stakeholders, and instructors regarding Family Activity Nights
- Ensure that volunteers have an outstanding experience while volunteering with the program
- Order and inventory Family Activity Night supplies and food

Volunteer Recruitment
- Develop and implement strategies to recruit volunteers needed for effective program activities and outcomes
- Assist in creating an annual plan for volunteer diversity, recruitment and retention strategies
- Update/expand community contacts to promote volunteer opportunities
- Collect and review volunteer applicants
- Compile and analyze volunteer related data and identify and implement improvements
- Develop and execute volunteer appreciation campaigns for program volunteers
- Create new volunteer opportunities as necessary

Collaboration:
- Ensure accuracy of learner intake and assessment with instructors and learner support advocate
- Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children
- Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program including attending Community School Leadership Team meetings
- Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan
-Publicize the Literacy Center of West Michigan in the community
- Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement
- Collaboratively plan service project events for National Days of Service
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
- College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Linguistics highly preferred
- Preference given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish
- Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language
- Experience teaching English language learners (ELL)
- Interest in family and children’s literacy issues
- Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies
- Ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines
- Ability to collaborate with coworkers in close environment, yet able to display independent decision-making
- Demonstrated ability to use technology for word processing, email and calendaring
- Must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation
- Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities

AmeriCorps Requirements and Benefits:
- Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check
- Must be U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
- Full-time (35-40 hours per week) with little time off during required service period
- Day & evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required
- An Education Award of $5,920 will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfill service-hour requirements
- Basic health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance may be provided for those who qualify
- For more information about AmeriCorps, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/
- For more information about the Family Literacy Program, please visit: https://literacycenterwm.org/learn#family-literacy


The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer,
and supports National Career Readiness Certification.
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Living Allowance

$1144 - $1144 monthly

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Additional Benefits

The AmeriCorps member will receive a total living stipend of $13,732. Upon successful completion of the service year, the member will receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920. Training will be provided during the first week of service. Periodic trainings will also be offered throughout the service year. AmeriCorps members may be eligible to count college or graduate level coursework as service hours.

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English, Spanish

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Location Type

Suburban, Urban

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Elementary School

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Kylie VanderMeulen
(616) 459-5151
kvandermeulen@literacycenterwm.org

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