Dream Project Americorps 2017-2018
Dream Project Americorps Member Description
TITLE: Dream Project AmeriCorps Member
TERM OF SERVICE: September 1, 2017 – July 15, 2018
The Dream Project is looking to hire two AmeriCorps members who will serve together at the University of Washington in the Dream Project Center. Their primary functions will be to assist in the implementation of the high-school-to-college mentoring service-learning program, to address issues related to postsecondary opportunity and enrollment gaps and to develop innovative strategies to increase mentor participation rates. The Dream Project AmeriCorps members will receive both on-site trainings and participate in Washington Service Corps trainings. The Dream Project AmeriCorps members will serve collaboratively with other AmeriCorps members on campus to ensure both students and partners can easily navigate between the units on campus involved in K-12 suburban poverty work.
Members will serve an average of 40 hours per week. General schedule will be regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5pm, as well as some evening or weekend events. There is some flexibility on exact work schedule based on individual situations.
Note: we are aware of proposals at the federal level that would eliminate funding for Americorps programming. We have confirmed with Washington Service Corps that our funding for the 2017-2018 service year is secured and should not be in jeopardy based on the immediate federal budget situation.
- Build strong relationships with leaders, staff, and undergraduate students through weekly meetings, one-on-ones and informal conversations.
- Provide leadership development support for student leaders, especially as they navigate relationships and partnerships with high schools and school districts.
- Assist staff in brainstorming professional development topics for student leaders
- Identify and organize mentor participation in local educational social justice events
- Support mentors in developing a racial equity framework
- Coordinate weekly vehicle schedules for visits and support logistics with UW Fleet Services to maintain vehicles for weekly service learning visits and College & Career Readiness Assistants.
- Manage essential program operations such as ordering and organizing office supplies and food for visits and events.
- Support mentor registration, managing add codes and corresponding with prospective mentors in an informative and welcoming manner.
- Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment in the Dream Project Center.
- Run background checks and sex offender checks quarterly on new mentors to ensure risk management policies and practices are followed.
- Attend and support weekly classes for all mentors and leaders to the high schools.
- Mentor in a partner high school for up to 5 hours per week based on program need and member interest.
- Support curricula creation and training session implementation for student leaders such as retreats, high school lead meetings, Steering Committee meetings, and Pod Meetings.
- Initiate and execute celebration and community-building events honoring volunteers and student leaders in their efforts.
- Attend and support meetings with high school and district administrators, teachers and counselors as well as with University staff members, as relevant to program implementation.
- Manage and support Dream Project’s two annual large-scale events that bring high school students to the UW Seattle campus.
- Support programmatic mentor recruitment efforts, specifically concentrating on the recruitment of undergraduate mentors from underrepresented communities and who are graduates of our partner high schools
- Consciousness of social justice issues and ability to work effectively with and build relationships with high school and college students of diverse backgrounds and identities.
- Understanding of and passion for Dream Project’s mission and values.
- Reflectiveness and self-awareness of own identities in relation to systems of power and privilege
- Self-starter who can work with high levels of autonomy while also checking in and working well with others on a team.
- Proficient written and oral communication skills.
- Organization and time-management skills.
- Ability to creatively problem-solve with enthusiasm and flexibility.
- Ability to remain calm and positive in situations requiring improvisation.
- Proficient to intermediate office computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheets/databases.(Adobe photoshop/illustrator/indesign preferred)
- Ability to have discretion with FERPA-protected student information
- AA or BA/BS degree completed by start of service term.
- Living stipend of $1,195 per month (before taxes) provided by Washington Service Corps
- Health insurance provided by Washington Service Corps which meets the Minimal Essential Coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act.
- Segal Americorps Education Award of $5,815, provided by the National Service Trust upon successful completion of the 10.5 month term of service and 1,700 hours.
- Eligibility for student loan forbearance and potential interest accrual payment on qualifying loans
- AmeriCorps members automatically are eligible to use EBT food stamps to supplement food expenses (up to approximately $190/month).
- UPass for unlimited rides on buses, commuter train service, and light rail
- Childcare assistance, if eligible
Interested parties should submit a resume, application responses and the names/contact information for three professional references by 11:59PM on May 8th, 2017.
Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450/206.543.6452.