Paid Opportunity - School Partnerships AmeriCorps Fellow for DC Public Schools

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Recruiting Organization: Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service

Position Description:

With a strong record of developing reciprocal, respectful, active, and democratic partnerships, George Washington University (GWU) in downtown Washington DC is seeking a VISTA to serve as a School Partnerships VISTA in the Office of Engagement and Partnerships (OEP) in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). The VISTA will increase the capacity of the DCPS School Partnerships Division through new research, identification of best practices, and creation of new tools. The VISTA will work for one year with GWU and DCPS staff and community members and will be able to build education-related knowledge and experience, as well partnership development, project management, and communication skills. The year-long project term is somewhat variable, based on the start date, but will likely begin in summer 2022. We are seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented and comfortable taking initiative, and have strong communications and project management skills. This is a full-time (40hrs a week) 12 month service term with the GWServes AmeriCorps VISTA Program. The project term is from 10/2022-10/2023.

Benefits for Members:

Benefits include a monthly living allowance of $1,583 (before taxes), an education award ($6,495) or stipend ($1,800) at the completion of your term, health coverage, childcare assistance, relocation reimbursement, deferral or forbearance of school loan repayments, personal and medical leave, potential eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, travel payment to attend the Preservice Orientation, and reimbursement for some other work-related travel expenses. You will also receive regular support, training, the chance to collaborate with other VISTAs in the program, and the unique benefits and opportunities of living and working in Washington, D.C.

Key attributes:

A successful School Partnerships VISTA will need these skills to perform successfully:

· Ability to commit to a full-time 12-month term of AmeriCorps VISTA service

Experience drafting communications for external audiences

· Ability to work independently, take initiative, and achieve goals

· Strong written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to develop and execute detailed project plans

Primary responsibilities:

The successful School Partnerships VISTA candidate will have to perform:

· Design and produce a suite of resources to support partners in the successful completion of the DCPS clearance process

· Support the establishment of a DCPS partner advisory group, including best practice research and national landscape review

· Identify opportunities to further streamline DCPS’ Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) process for DCPS partners

· Additional duties as assigned

Project goals and outcomes:

It is projected that the following impacts will accrue from the program:

· Improved capacity to support partners as they navigate DCPS compliance processes, such as the Clearance and Memoranda of Understanding processes

· Strengthened relationships between DCPS and school program providers

· Increased partner satisfaction with DCPS and improved feelings of engagement

· More financial, human, and in-kind resources as well as strengthened infrastructure to meet school and partner needs

Special skills and knowledge:

The candidate should possess the following skills to meet the responsibilities, goals, and outcomes of this position:

· Knowledge of Microsoft office suite

· Relationship building

· Written communications

· Project management

· Experience translating complex topics into understandable language or resources

· School-community partnerships

Stipend Provided

Training Provided

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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