Jumpstart

Join Jumpstart!

We are hiring Jumpstart Members for the 2021-2022 academic year!

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Benefits

  • Work towards closing the opportunity gap among Seattle’s youngest learners
  • Build community with other UW students
  • Work-study eligible students can earn hourly wage
  • Earn a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award of $1,311.11*
  • Earn academic credit (WQ GEN346 and fulfills service learning requirement)
  • Serve alongside South Seattle, White Center, and Highline communities
  • Receive over 50 hours of training in the field of early childhood education, including strategies on how to effectively work with and support 3 – 5 year olds.
  • Training in social justice issues, particularly those affecting educational inequities in Seattle and beyond
  • Develop transferrable professional and personal skills for your future career
  • Build teamwork skills, time management strategies, and develop one’s own leadership potential
  • Gain access to an incredible network of fellow AmeriCorps, CELE Center, and Jumpstart members beyond your Jumpstart service!

*The Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award is contingent upon AmeriCorps funding and is available to those who meet citizenship requirements. Must complete service term of 300 hours. Learn more about the Segal Education Award here.

Jumpstart Positions

Jumpstart Corps Member

Hiring for 2021-2022 positions. Priority application deadline Sunday, September 26, 2021.

Jumpstart AmeriCorps Members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others on a team, and build professional skills. All Jumpstart AmeriCorps Members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family engagement. This position serves vulnerable populations, i.e. preschool children.

AmeriCorps Members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, AmeriCorps Members serve 300 hours, 10-19 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities in two main settings:

  • Implement the Jumpstart curriculum during Jumpstart Session to preschoolers weekly in a virtual or in-person setting (approximately 1-4 hours per week depending on preschool site)
    • Due to new COVID restrictions and policies, much of direct service will be virtual. Setting will vary by preschool site.
  • Participate in weekly virtual or in-person Team Planning Meetings (2-3 hours per week total)
  • Prepare individually for virtual Session activities (approximately 4-6 hours per week)
  • Assist preschool classrooms during virtual or in-person individual classroom service or by recording activity videos for families (approximately 2-4 hours per week)
  • Attend weekly required virtual or in-person training sessions on Wednesday evenings in FQ and WQ 6-8pm PST and during assigned pre-service training in Fall Quarter
  • Complete self-led virtual training modules as assigned by Site Managers
  • *Attend two full day Saturday training sessions (PENDING)

Members typically serve 10-19 hours per week to Jumpstart related activities, meetings, training, and individual preparation. Duration: Rolling start dates until all slots filled (Priority application deadline is September 26) through June 10, 2022 or until 300 hour commitment is successfully completed.

*These activities will look differently this year. Fall Quarter onboarding and training will all be virtual this year due to COVID-19. We are currently working with preschools on a safe service year. This may look different for each site.

To apply: 

1. Watch recording above (https://youtu.be/FyCNVQmh_Og

2. Fill out an application (https://my.jstart.org/apply/)

3. Applicants who move onto the next round will be invited to the interview process

View full Corps Member position description here. 


Jumpstart Team Leader

Hiring for sixteen (16) Positions. Positions open until filled, but applications received prior to August 22, 2021 will receive preference.

A Jumpstart team leader collaborates on a team of Jumpstart members to provide educational activities to young children and families. Responsibilities include planning and implementing effective Jumpstart classroom activities using the Jumpstart curriculum, facilitating team meetings, and coaching members to use developmentally appropriate practices with young children. The team leader plays a variety of roles, including coach, trainer, and observer and is essential to making Jumpstart a high quality program. This position serves vulnerable populations, i.e. preschool children.

Team leaders complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, Team Leaders serve 300 hours, 15-19 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities in two main settings:

  • Lead a team of UW students who provide educational activities for preschoolers in virtual and/or in-person settings
    • Facilitate virtual team planning meetings twice a week (3 hours total per week)
    • Coach corps members to use developmentally appropriate practices with preschoolers
    • Build community amongst your team members as well as the Team Leader community
  • Participate in a 2 day virtual or in-person leadership training – Fall Leadership Institute
  • Attend weekly required virtual or in-person training sessions on Wednesday evenings in FQ and WQ 6-8pm PST and during assigned pre-service training in Fall Quarter
  • *Attend two full day Saturday training sessions (PENDING)
  • Attend weekly virtual team leader meetings (1.5 hours per week)
  • *Implement effective virtual or in-person Jumpstart Sessions (weekly, for 1-4 hours total)
  • Serve as liaison between teachers, staff, families, members and UW site managers
  • Prepare individually for session activities
  • *Assist preschool classrooms 1-5 hours per week during individual classroom service.

Team Leaders typically serve 15-19 hours per week during the school year. Duration: September 29, 2021 to June 10, 2022 or until 300 hour commitment is successfully completed.

To apply: 

1. Watch recorded info session (https://youtu.be/24h6TirxS_w)

2. Fill out an application (https://my.jstart.org/apply/)

3. Watch the Team Leader Info Session here

4. Applicants who move onto the next round will be invited to attend an individual or group interview

*These activities will look differently this year. We are currently working with preschools on a safe service year. This may look different for each site.

View full Team Leader position description here.


Jumpstart Volunteer Coordinator

One (1) position open.Position open until filled, but applications received prior to August 22, 2021 will receive preference

The volunteer coordinator recruits, assists in training, and manages volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. The volunteers recruited, oriented, and trained by the volunteer coordinator consist of a combination of college students, local community service organizations, and others who can participate in a range of volunteer service projects. Volunteer service project categories include one-day, short-term, and long-term service projects.

Volunteer coordinators serve 300 hours, 12-19 hours per week in the following areas:

  • Assist site staff in identifying volunteer service projects through needs assessment and ongoing communication with early childhood program partners.
  • Recruit volunteers for short-term (one day/time) service activities and/or long-term (multiple days/times) service projects. This includes events such as Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record, MLK Day Jr. Day of Service, and Jumpstart for a Day. Recruitment may occur through in person or virtual methods, posting to social media, holding recruitment events or online meetings, etc.
  • Present Jumpstart’s mission and service opportunities to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff to recruit volunteers in person and online
  • Coordinate all volunteer required criminal history checks for participation in a volunteer event
  • Collaborate on preparation of service project materials.
  • Co-facilitate and support training of volunteers on topics such as reading to young children, assembling literacy materials, and filling out volunteer paperwork
  • Lead a member workgroup focused on community events and family engagement
  • Attend & support Jumpstart hosted events, workshops, training*
  • Secure various in-kind donations to support volunteer events*
  • Support in planning on-going and annual volunteer appreciations
  • Participate in weekly virtual or in-person Jumpstart staff meetings and check-ins with supervisor

Volunteer Coordinators typically serve 12-19 hours per week during the school year. Duration: September 29, 2021 to June 10, 2022 or until 300 hour commitment is successfully completed.

To apply: 

1. Fill out an application (https://my.jstart.org/apply/)

2. Applicants who move onto the next round will be invited to the interview process

*These activities will look differently this year. We are currently working with preschools on a safe service year.

View full Volunteer Coordinator position description here.


Jumpstart Program Assistant

Two (2) positions open. Positions open until filled, but applications received prior to August 22, 2021 will receive preference

Program Assistants will have the unique opportunity to play an instrumental role in the “behind the scenes” work that goes into running an effective program. Including, volunteer management, data entry, compliance and materials management.  Responsibilities include:

  • Organize corps members electronic files*
  • Assist site managers in conducting criminal history background checks on all Jumpstart members (must be reliable in working with confidential and sensitive information)
  • Assist site managers with file and systems audits
  • Data entry into electronic systems (Jstats, Salesforce, Google spreadsheets)
  • Attend & support Jumpstart hosted events, trainings, and workshops as necessary*
  • Organization and inventory of curriculum materials*
  • Create and prepare curriculum materials*
  • Lead a member workgroup focused on member community bonding
  • Provide ongoing support for Corps Members and Team Leaders through office hours and managing email communications
  • Participate in weekly Jumpstart staff meetings and check-ins with supervisor
  • Other various office tasks as needed

Program Assistants will work 12-19 hours per week. Duration: September 29, 2021 to June 10, 2022.

To apply

See Federal Work Study listing here for more details about the position and how to apply. 

*These activities will look differently this year. We are currently working with preschools on a safe service year. This may look different for each site.

**Program Assistants must be Federal Work Study eligible
**Program Assistants are NOT eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award


Jumpstart Student Equity Officer

One (1) position open. Positions open until filled, but applications received prior to August 22, 2021 will receive preference

Program Assistants will have the unique opportunity to play an instrumental role in the “behind the scenes” work that goes into running an effective program. Including, volunteer management, data entry, compliance and materials management.  Responsibilities include:

  • Support Site Managers in realizing racial equity goals by supporting recruitment, retention, and programming efforts
  • Lead member workgroups: Social Justice Book Club; Open Forums; and Family Engagement efforts
  • Provide ongoing support for Corps Members and Team Leaders through office hours and various student development events
  • Collaborate with Community Engagement & Leadership Education (CELE) Center AmeriCorps members, students and staff on various projects and events
  • Participate in weekly Jumpstart staff meetings and check-ins with supervisor
  • Facilitate student forums that center stories and needs of Black, Indigenous peoples, People of Color, LGBTQIA+ students, and other marginalized groups.
  • Attend CELE and Jumpstart trainings (potential for facilitating training)
  • Other various office tasks and collaborations as needed

Student Equity Officer typically works 12-19 hours per week. Black students, Indigenous students, Students of Color, LGBTQIA+ students, or students who are part of historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Duration: September 29, 2021 to June 10, 2022.

 

To apply

See Federal Work Study listing here for more details about the position and how to apply. 

**Student Equity Officer must be Federal Work Study eligible
**Student Equity Officer is NOT eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award


Last updated: July 14, 2021

Jumpstart is available to all, without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, religion, or other legally protected status as recognized by federal, state, or local law.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process. Please contact Sala Sataraka at salas@uw.edu or Adanech Makey at makeya@uw.edu for more information.