Jumpstart

Position descriptions

Jumpstart Member

Jumpstart Corps Members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of a young child. During the school year, they engage in the following activities:

  • Participate in intensive pre-service and on-going trainings
  • Communicate with children’s family and support family involvement
  • Provide individualized attention and positive adult-child relationships to prepare children attending preschool in low-income neighborhoods for school success
  • Increase adult support in the learning environment
  • Collaborate with their team to plan weekly in-classroom activities

Members serve 7 – 12 hours per week, during the school year including:

  • Jumpstart sessions with team and small groups of children, 4 hours per week (two sessions per week for two hours each)
  • Team planning meetings and session preparation, which includes planning, reflection, and/or training, 3 hours per week
  • Additional hours to do classroom assistance time or CAT to earn hours and support classroom teachers
  • Approximately 1 hour of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart session

Team Leader

The Team Leader collaborates with a team of their peers to provide educational activities to young children and families. Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in intensive trainings, including Fall Leadership Institute
  • Lead a team of University of Washington undergraduate students to provide educational activities for young children
  • Facilitate team planning meetings, weekly classroom sessions, and family events
  • Communicate with teachers, staff, and families of the preschool children
  • Coach team members by modeling developmentally appropriate practices
  • Guide reflection and discussion related to adult practice and children’s development
  • Coordinate team administration, including facilitating organized team meetings while managing notes and records

Team Leaders serve 12-16 hours per week during the school year including:

  • Jumpstart sessions with team, 4 hours per week (two times a week for two hours each)
  • Team planning meetings, which include planning, reflection, and/or training, 3 hours per week
  • Weekly meetings with other team leaders and site staff, 1.5 hours per week
  • Meeting on a bi-weekly basis with classroom teachers
  • Preparing for Jumpstart sessions, 2-4 hours per week
  • 2-5 hours each week in a preschool classroom during the regular school day

Volunteer Coordinator

Please note: We have filled our VC role for the 2016 – 2017 year.  We encourage you to apply for a member position instead!

The Volunteer Coordinator recruits, assists in training, and manages volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. Volunteer Coordinators serve 8-12 hours during the school year. Responsibilities include:

  • Work with site staff and the Jumpstart cohort to plan on-going and annual volunteer appreciations
  • Co-facilitate and support training of all volunteers
  • Present Jumpstart to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty and staff to obtain volunteers
  • Recruit required number of volunteers to provide the required number of service hours needed
  • Recruit volunteers to commit to one-day, short-term, and long-term volunteer projects
  • Recruit volunteers to serve at Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record event
  • Assist site staff in identifying and implementing of events and service days held at partner early childhood centers