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Volunteer Projects AmeriCorps Member

Hands On Nashville
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The Corporate Partner Program specializes in the management of customized corporate volunteer projects that address a business's philanthropic focus. From Nashville-based companies to inbound conference groups, HON’s Corporate Partner Program works to connect community-minded businesses with opportunities to give back.

Orientation, volunteer management, project management, and technical skills training will be provided. AmeriCorps Member will receive additional life skills, educational enrichment, and professional development training opportunities, including: 1) Membership in Nashville's Center for Nonprofit Management’s Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (if elected); 2) Quarterly AmeriCorps social networking sessions; and 3) Regularly scheduled Hands On Nashville staff and supervisor meetings. The successful candidate will report directly to Hands On Nashville's Corporate Partner Program Senior Manager. A criminal history background check is required for this position.

Service Activities

HON recognizes the opportunity to maximize the use of corporate volunteers to benefit the needs of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and partnering organizations. The Corporate Partner Program AmeriCorps Member will support this endeavor by developing, planning, and implementing projects that maximize the impact of corporate volunteerism.

Service activities include: representing HON to businesses and partner organizations; general project preparation tasks associated with large “event-style” service opportunities; volunteer leadership and customer service during service opportunities; creating and administering needs-assessment and impact surveys; coordinating with MNPS and partner-organization leaders to create and facilitate corporate volunteer events; creating templates and content for associated communication and marketing materials; devising/implementing strategies to grow corporate volunteerism through new partnerships/increased commitments by existing corporate partners. Some evenings and weekends will be required.

Community Need Addressed

The Corporate Partner Program works with corporations of all sizes to meet pressing social needs through volunteer projects that take place at nonprofits, schools, community centers, and more. These projects build capacity for these organizations to more efficiently carry out their missions.

Position Outcomes

The AmeriCorps Member will support Hands On Nashville’s Corporate Partner Program as it works with corporations of all sizes to meet the greater Nashville area’s pressing needs – ranging from literacy and education to environmental protection and social justice – through strategic volunteerism to effectively build capacity in the community.

Corporate volunteer projects are typically “done-in-a-day” and provide immediate, but long-lasting results.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Training

The Hands On Nashville (HON) AmeriCorps Program builds stronger communities through service. Members are instrumental in: building capacity to enhance the ability of our community partners to carry out their missions; improving public lands, streams, and greenways; offering food access through urban agriculture; supporting low-income homeowners; impacting youth education; and much more.

Skills you will gain

Training in operations and business development; understanding of corporate sector and corporate social responsibility; engaging adult volunteers in service; volunteer project management; working independently and as part of a team; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to schedule and carry out tasks independently; proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Competencies You Will Develop

Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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