Job Title: Reading Partners AmeriCorps Member (2020-21)
Washington, DC United States
Reading Partners AmeriCorps Member (2020-21)
Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers and AmeriCorps service members in under-resourced elementary schools. Our dedicated and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, whether in person or through a remote tutoring system. Our traditional, in-person program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful and confident readers in school and in life. Reading Partners is evolving our program to ensure students continue to receive the critical support they need despite entering into a different educational landscape as a result of the global health crisis. Our people are the heart and soul of our organization, and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to expand our program and support students and their families. Learn more about us at www.readingpartners.org.
AmeriCorps/VISTA engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the programís founding in 1994, over 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.
At Reading Partners we have to mobilize 350 AmeriCorps and VISTA members to serve in various positions across the country. This AmeriCorps service opportunity is school-based, supporting and implementing the Reading Partners mission while at the same time exemplifying the AmeriCorps motto of ďgetting things done.Ē Reading Partners strives to recruit AmeriCorps members dedicated to a year of service in the community. Read on for more details about our service opportunities!
Interested in direct service in one or multiple elementary schools? Check out our school-based AmeriCorps opportunities below!
The AmeriCorps Site Coordinator is the face of Reading Partners within our reading centers in elementary schools, leading the full-time program coordination, operations, and relationship development at their school. In addition, as a response to Covid-19, Reading Partners will implement a distance tutoring program, for which the AmeriCorps Site Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Distance Tutoring Coordinator as a team to deliver the program. This role will co-lead, with the Distance Tutoring Coordinator, all student support services to ensure their success in the program. This is an exciting opportunity to serve directly with kids, coach volunteers, build partnerships with faculty and staff, and gain hands-on-experience with a literacy program that works! Our top Site Coordinators are ambassadors for service, demonstrate a passion for improving education, and strongly believe in our vision and values.
What youíll do & how youíll do it:
Program Implementation & Support - Distance Tutoring Program
Co-lead student support by collaborating with the AmeriCorps Distance Tutoring Coordinators to implement the distance tutoring program at an assigned school.
Delivering a new program takes agility, flexibility, comfort in a fast paced, environment, and patience. Site Coordinators will manage tutoring schedules and support student success by developing a strong understanding of our curriculum. This knowledge is key to ensuring students and tutors have successful distance tutoring sessions in order to meet student growth outcome goals. Site Coordinators focus on providing additional targeted tutoring support to students and coaching to volunteer tutors to improve program quality.
Program Implementation & Support - Traditional, In-person Program
Coordinate the day-to-day operations of Reading Partnersí program at a partner school to ensure the Reading Partnersí program and curriculum meet studentsí learning needs.
Leading program implementation is a huge responsibility! As the head of a reading center, Site Coordinators demonstrate a strong understanding of our program and can effectively coach volunteer tutors through the curriculum. Superb organizational skills are paramount in meeting student enrollment goals (an average of 40-80 students), coordinating constantly changing schedules, managing accurate student and tutor data records, and tracking student progress through regular assessments. Site Coordinators also serve directly with students to provide ongoing tutoring throughout the year.
Relationship Management & Communication
Forge and maintain positive relationships within the school community to create a welcoming environment for students, volunteer tutors, faculty, and staff.
Fostering relationships within the school community is a key component of a Site Coordinatorís success. Site Coordinators demonstrate an aptitude for communication, adapting their communication styles to best suit the needs of students, volunteer tutors, Reading Partners colleagues, and school-based faculty/staff. The ability to motivate kids in their learning and to manage their behavior is a significant responsibility, as is the ability to train, guide, coach, and provide feedback and ongoing support to volunteer tutors.
The AmeriCorps Literacy Lead is a direct tutoring support within our reading centers and using our remote tutoring system for distance tutoring, focusing on target students in need of more individualized instruction. This is an exciting opportunity to provide intensive tutoring to kids,, and get a hands-on approach to an educational program that works! Our top Literacy Leads are ambassadors for service, demonstrate a passion for tutoring elementary school students, and strongly believe in our vision and values.
What youíll do and how youíll do it:
Direct Tutoring & Student Support
Tutor an average of 10-15 target students twice per week, identifying alternative methods to provide more intensive and individualized literacy strategies to meet our studentsí learning needs.
The Literacy Lead is an exciting role that hones in on tutoring and educational best practices. Literacy Leads partner with the regionís school-based team to support site setup at multiple reading centers through the first month of launch. Once assigned to a reading center, our Literacy Leads collaborate with AmeriCorps Site Coordinators and AmeriCorps Distance Tutoring Coordinators to identify, assess, and tutor students in need of additional instruction. A strong ability to understand our program is crucial, as is a love for serving directly with students.
Relationship Management & Communication
Forge and maintain positive relationships within the elementary school community to create a positive tutoring environment for students and caregivers.
Creating strong relationships with target students is a significant aspect of the Literacy Leadís role. Because Literacy Leads regularly tutor a portfolio of approximately 10-15 students, an inherent passion and ability to connect with and motivate children towards success is crucial.
The AmeriCorps Distance Tutoring Coordinator plays a critical role in our school-based team within the region. In response to Covid-19, Reading Partners will implement a distance tutoring program, for which the AmeriCorps Distance Tutoring Coordinator will work in collaboration with the Site Coordinator as a team to deliver the program. This role will co-lead, with the Site Coordinator, all student support services to ensure their success in the program. The Distance Tutoring Coordinator also serves as the lead logistical and family, student, and volunteer engagement support, ensuring all parties are equipped to attend and successfully complete their sessions. They accomplish this by coordinating and coaching tutors, coordinating and supporting families, observing distance tutoring sessions for student needs, and maintaining data systems related to distance tutoring in collaboration with AmeriCorps Site Coordinators. This is an exciting new role that supports new programming created in response to Covid-19 and is an opportunity to serve and get involved in a literacy program that works! Our Distance Tutoring Coordinators are ambassadors for service, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and strongly believe in our vision and values.
Except when under shelter in place orders or if schools/offices are otherwise closed to Reading Partners, the essential functions of this role are performed in schools and/or in designated locations where programming may be delivered, such as a Reading Partners regional office, or another Reading Partners approved location where volunteers may be convened to tutor students using our remote tutoring system.
Due to the changing nature of serving in public education AmeriCorps members may, at any time, be asked to transition to another Reading Partners AmeriCorps position.
In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by CNCS (the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program) or our state AmeriCorps commission to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the memberís standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties.
Qualifications & Requirements About You!
Youíll be successful in this role if you:
Are dedicated to national and community service
Understand this position is an AmeriCorps service commitment and are dedicated to successfully completing a full term term of service.
Demonstrate a passion for working with children
Possess a natural ability to connect with people
Are eager for a dynamic schedule
Pay strong attention to detail and manage competing priorities effectively
Boast a deep belief in and passionately promote our mission
Demonstrate a love for relationship building and public speaking
Have flexibility and adaptability in both work style and work environment
Take initiative in meeting goals and seeking professional growth
Can problem-solve through challenges and failures
Can quickly learn new technology systems like Salesforce, and have a high level of comfort with Google Apps and Zoom Conferencing
Root your work in our core values
Possess a high school diploma or GED
Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
Have not completed more than three (3) prior AmeriCorps or VISTA service terms
Bonus Points if you:
Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alum/alumna
Have experience volunteering with other community-based or education programs
What we offer:
AmeriCorps members earn an annual living stipend of $22,000
AmeriCorps members are eligible for medical, dental, and vision coverage at no cost for our members; childcare assistance is available through AmeriCorps for those who qualify.
AmeriCorps members can earn an education award of $6,195 after successfully completing their service term.
You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans.
We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.
The other things you need to know:
Service Terms: AmeriCorps members serve full-time (approximately 40 hours/week) from August 2020 through June 2021, and must commit to a service term of 1700 hours over an 11-month period.
Travel: AmeriCorps members regularly travel to school sites throughout the week, and need access to reliable transportation on a daily basis. AmeriCorps members also make occasional trips to regional offices and service day events.
Reading Partners AmeriCorps Orientation: At the start of each program year, Reading Partners holds an intensive program orientation training to take a deeper dive into our program, foster relationships with regional teams, and learn the skills necessary to execute their respective AmeriCorps role.
Onboarding Paperwork: This summer, all incoming first-year AmeriCorps members will need access to a few required identification documents (for example, their ID and Social Security Card), which can be securely and electronically sent to our AmeriCorps HR team. Unfortunately, we are unable to make exceptions to this requirement
Note: A legible photograph of the required document is absolutely okay.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries.
At Reading Partners we respect and honor the diversity in our workforce, and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.