UW Dream Project

Dream Project AmeriCorps 2018-2019

Dream Project AmeriCorps Member Description

 

TITLE: Dream Project AmeriCorps Member

TERM OF SERVICE:  September 1, 2018 – July 15, 2019

ROLE DESCRIPTION:

The Dream Project is looking to hire two AmeriCorps members (Student Services Coordinator and Curriculum Development Coordinator) 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.

 

STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work collaboratively with Dream Project staff and student leaders to recruit UW student mentors (specifically those from underrepresented communities and who are graduates of our partner high schools) through tabling, classroom presentations, and other innovative ideas.
  • Initiate and execute celebration and community-building events honoring volunteers and student leaders in their efforts.
    • Leader appreciation events
    • Dream Project wide retention events
  • Work with HSL Managers to provide support for HSLs.
    • Meet with HSLs for one-on-ones to know what they want/need support in
    • Check each schools’ visit agendas
    • Reserve MES rooms
  • Meet with and provide support to the Public Relations team, 9th and 10th Outreach team, Recruitment team, Community Partnerships, and Events team.
  • Manage and maintain Dream Project’s various social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn—to increase our presence and to provide resources to our Alumni, mentors, and mentees.
  • Support the Public Relations team in maintaining the Dream Project website.
  • Provide leadership development support for student leaders, especially as they navigate relationships and partnerships with high schools and school districts.

  • Plan bi-quarterly professional development topics for student leaders.
  • 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.
  • Create climate surveys for leaders, analyze data, and formulate solutions based on the responses.

 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Curriculum & Student Services and teaching assistants in the creation of EDUC 260/360 curriculum.
    • Brainstorm topics (using feedback from leaders and mentors), contact guest speakers, find readings for assignments
    • Create a breakout guide/ resources
      • Check each schools’ breakout content to see if it aligns with lecture and Dream Project values
    • Create/update resources for mentors/mentees
      • Guidebook (mentors)
      • Scholarship list (mentors/mentees)
  • Create and facilitate engaging lectures (depends on teaching assistant needs).
  • Support mentor registration, managing add codes and corresponding with prospective mentors in an informative and welcoming manner.
  • Assist in the background check process of new mentors to ensure risk management policies and practices are followed.
  • Grade getting started assignments for EDUC 260/360 and follow up with students who have yet to complete the required assignments: permission to conduct background check, emergency contact information, acknowledgment of risk, risk management, mentor conduct, driver conduct, driver orientation.
  • Assist in grading EDUC 260/360 weekly assignments and EDUC 369 event requirements.
  • Identify and organize mentor participation in local educational social justice events.
  • Create climate surveys for mentors in EDUC 260/360, analyze data, and formulate solutions based on the responses.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH AMERICORPS MEMBERS:

  • Build strong relationships with leaders, staff, and undergraduate students through weekly meetings, one-on-ones and informal conversations.
  • Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment in the Dream Project Center.
  • Support mentors in developing a racial equity framework.
  • 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.
  • Assist and support large events that bring high school students to the UW to experience and tour the campus, to start and complete three or more college applications, and to apply for financial aid and scholarship (AWW and Spring BBQ).
  • Attend and support weekly Steering Committee meetings and High School Lead meetings.
  • 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).
  • Manage essential program operations such as ordering and organizing office supplies and food for visits and events.
  • Are dynamic in that the program is consistently changing and members should be flexible in adjusting their roles accordingly.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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
  • Public speaking and facilitation skills
  • AA or BA/BS degree completed by start of service term

 

BENEFITS:

  • Living stipend of $1,307 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 $5,920, 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

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE:

  • Application opens April 7, 2018 at 12:01 AM
  • Application closes May 7, 2018 at 12:01 AM

APPLY HERE!

INFO SESSIONS:

  • MGH 258: 4/24 from 1-2 PM
  • MGH 224: 5/3 from 3-4 PM

 

Ques­tions:  Email uwdpstaff@uw.edu

 

For more infor­ma­tion about the Dream Project and Wash­ing­ton Ser­vice Corps, visit:

http://www.washington.edu/dreamproject/

http://www.esd.wa.gov/washingtonservicecorps/

To request dis­abil­ity accom­mo­da­tion in the appli­ca­tion process, con­tact the Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Office at 206.543.6450/206.543.6452.