The AmeriCorps Program at Springfield College recruits AmeriCorps members to support the academic and social-emotional success of students in the Springfield Public Schools.
The School Turnaround Initiative will place members in the city’s highest need schools in an effort to improve school and student performance. The Student Support Specialist will serve in an elementary, middle, or high school, providing school counseling, academic coaching and support, and social-emotional support to Springfield students, through direct interventions and identifying resources to address risk factors for dropping out, including low attendance, behavioral problems, and course failure in English and math. Responsibilities will vary based on member experience and the needs of the school.
As members of the AmeriCorps Program, Student Support Specialists are also required to:
- attend AmeriCorps orientation
- attend monthly member meetings
- attend the midyear training
- attend member development events
- maintain good academic standing
- assist with Humanics in Action Day
- complete a team service project
- participate in Opening Day, the annual kick-off of the AmeriCorps service year
- submit weekly journal entries
- submit biweekly timesheets
To be successful in this position, candidates should possess most or all of the following: high moral and ethical standards; commitment to community service; ability to work independently; strong organizational and time management skills; knowledge of or experience working with diverse populations; experience working with youth, especially in an urban school setting; proficiency in online applications and platforms such as Google Drive; a high level of professionalism; strong interpersonal/relationship-building skills; ability to be flexible. Access to email is required. Ideal candidates will be able to serve five days a week, Monday through Friday.
These positions are ideal for current undergraduate/graduate students, recent graduates looking to complete a gap year, retired educators, career changers, stay-at-home parents/guardians, and anyone eager to serve their community.
- General Education
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Youth Services
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 20 Hours per week