Reading Partners AmeriCorps - Twin Cities (2018-19)
Twin Cities, MN
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 in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat 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 deepen our impact and expand our service. 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 program’s founding in 1994, more than 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 400 AmeriCorps/VISTA members serving in various positions across the organization and 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 “getting things done.” Reading Partners strives to recruit AmeriCorps members who are dedicated to a year of service in the community, and we welcome your interest and application. Read on for more details!
The AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator serves as the face of Reading Partners within the community, leading the charge in recruiting and onboarding volunteer tutors, while also executing community engagement initiatives. No two days are alike for Volunteer Coordinators - this is an exciting opportunity to develop recruiting skills, build and maintain relationships with local organizations, and make a real impact in the community!
What You'll Do & How You'll Do It
Volunteer Recruitment & Engagement - Lead Reading Partners’ efforts to recruit volunteer tutors in the respective region by utilizing effective recruitment strategies, planning for and hosting volunteer recognition events, and executing on volunteer retention strategies.
Partnership Cultivation & Management - Cultivate and manage a portfolio of community partners that serve as pipelines for Reading Partners’ tutor recruitment efforts. Responsibilities include partnership research and cultivation, maximizing existing partnerships, providing marketing support to the region, and accurately tracking tutor and partnerships records.
The AmeriCorps Site Coordinator is the face of Reading Partners within our reading centers, leading the full-time program coordination, operations, and relationship development at their school. This is an exciting opportunity to work with kids, coach volunteers, and build partnerships with faculty and staff.
How will you do it?
Program Implementation - Coordinate the day-to-day operations of Reading Partners’ program at a partner school to ensure Reading Partners’ program and curricula meet students’ learning needs.
Relationship Management & Communication - Forge and maintain positive relationships within the school community to create a welcoming environment for students, volunteer tutors, faculty, and staff.
The AmeriCorps Regional Site Coordinator is the right hand of our programming team within a given region, serving as a mobile coordinator to support multiple reading centers, identifying trends and sharing best practices across schools, tutoring, and acting as a peer support to AmeriCorps Site Coordinators. This is an exciting opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity.
How will you do it?
Program Support - Collaborate with AmeriCorps Site Coordinators to implement the Reading Partners program at a portfolio of partner school sites, ensuring that all students receive support to meet their learning needs.
Relationship Management & Communication - Forge and maintain positive relationships within multiple school communities and with AmeriCorps peers to create welcoming environments for students, volunteer tutors, faculty, and staff.
You’ll be successful in this role if you:
Are dedicated to national and community service
Possess a natural ability to connect with people
Have an eagerness for a dynamic work schedule
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
Pay strong attention to detail and manage competing priorities effectively
Can quickly learn new technology systems and have a high level of comfort with MS Office, Google Apps
Root your work in our core values
Possess a high school diploma or GED
Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
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 $18,000, along with medical, dental, and vision coverage at no cost for our members; childcare assistance is available through AmeriCorps for those who qualify. You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans. AmeriCorps members can earn an education award of $5,920 after successfully completing their service term. AmeriCorps members will have an allotment of personal days for sick/vacation.
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 from August 2018 through June 2019, and must commit to a service term of 1700 hours over an 11-month period.
Travel : AmeriCorps members are frequently traveling throughout the community, and need access to reliable transportation. 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 the Volunteer Coordinator role.
Regional application deadline: Apply early to Reading Partners Twin Cities and know within a month that you have a position where you will make a difference in the lives of students. Applying early gives you the time to connect with current Reading Partners AmeriCorps members working to close the achievement gap and access professional development opportunities to prepare you for the coming year.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Organization, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.
The position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries.