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AmeriCorps Boston Field Program Assistant - STIPENDED

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ORGANIZATION: Literations

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OVERVIEW

Literations improves the literacy skills of young children through grade four by engaging professionally trained older adult volunteers as literacy coaches in our partner schools and after-school programs. We serve communities where opportunity gaps exist to ensure all students have the resources to become strong readers, develop confidence and unleash their potential in the classroom and beyond. Our highly-effective programming annually serves thousands of children in the Greater Boston area. Literations is an affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult coaches to improve student literacy in grades 1-4.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POSITION

The Program Assistant, under the supervision of the Program Staff, is responsible for supporting the management, communication and technical support of coaching sessions for a cluster of sites. A successful Program Assistant will collaborate and work closely with the Site Team Leader (STL) and Program Staff to help with the administrative and oversight of the program and the tools Literations uses to track the program. A Program Assistant serves a minimum of 450 hours during the program year (approx. 15 hours per week over 3-4 days) and attends regular Site Leadership Meetings held by Literations central office. We are seeking 5 candidates to support our Boston sites.

The Literations program is organized into groups. Each grouping includes several schools or afterschool sites. Each site has a team of volunteer Literacy Coaches (LC) serving between 4 and 10 hours per week, providing literacy coaching to children who could benefit from additional reading support.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support scheduling and execution of literacy coaching sessions for a site(s), which includes:
    • Communicate scheduling information for coaching sessions and reminders to Literacy Coaches as needed
    • Maintain session scheduling
    • Assist and support the Literacy Coaches with data entry into Literations data platforms on a weekly basis to ensure program data is entered.
  • Cover and manage the site on the STL weekly day-off supporting the LCs and general oversight of the program
  • Occasional substitute or assist with coordination of a substitute for absent Literacy Coaches
  • Support staff and volunteer leaders with regular literacy coach observations and student progress assessments/data to ensure program consistency and quality control
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Positive attitude, commitment to organizational mission and appreciation for older adults and intergenerational work
  • Detail orientation and organization skills a must
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, including empathy, patience, positive attitude, attentiveness, adaptability and technical knowledge
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong technology skills and high degree of comfort with technology, with the interest and ability to learn new platforms
  • Ability to serve in-person (please visit Literations.org for a list of current program partners and locations)

ELIGIBILITY

To serve as an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time Member you must be at least 17 years old and be a US citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This is an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time Member position which offers a taxable stipend in the amount of $4,000.00 (pre-tax) for the service term with a commitment of 450 service hours (an average of 15 hours/week) and 8.5 months of service beginning in the second week of September and ending the second week in June. Upon successful completion of service terms, members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $1,678.57. This award is a post-service benefit that may be used to pay for educational expenses. To learn more about AmeriCorps, please visit http s://www.nationalservice. gov/programs/americorps/what- americorps.

You can learn more about Literations by visiting literations.org.

Literations is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating and supporting a diverse work environment. Candidates of color, bi-/multilingual, bicultural, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

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About Literations

Location:

One Federal Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, US

Mission Statement

Literations drives educational equity through experienced community volunteers empowering young readers for lifelong learning.

Description

Literations is a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to improving the reading proficiency of young students in kindergarten through 3rd grade in under-resourced communities using a proven literacy model and trained older adult volunteer coaches.

Nearly 70% of students who live in our communities are not reading at grade level when they enter the fourth grade. Literations is squarely positioned to address the urgent need for individualized support given the growing achievement gaps for young students.

Our Unique Model

  • Our exclusive focus on students in K-3rd grade results from the growing body of research that indicates this is the juncture that has the most impact on a child’s lifelong success.
  • Providing more time to practice oral reading skills with trained volunteer coaches using a structured curriculum provides students with the skills and confidence to succeed.
Thanks to our 1:1 coaching model, Literations students end the school year reading 1.5 grade levels higher than they began.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Seniors
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Boston, MA 02110

(42.36131,-71.04829)
 

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Program Management
  • Operations
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • This AmeriCorps position offers a taxable stipend of $4,000.00 (pre-tax) with a commitment of 450 service hours (an average of 15 hours/week) and 8.5 months of service beginning in the second week of September and ending the second week in June.
  • To serve as an AmeriCorps Quarter-Time Member you must be at least 17 years old and be a US citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States.

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