Paid Opportunity - Connected Schools Fellow

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

Come to the nation’s capital and George Washington University to help the District of Columbia Public Schools implement their full-service community school model, Connected Schools.

The Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at GW is seeking a VISTA to serve as a Connected Schools Fellow in the Office of School Improvement and Supports in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). The VISTA will increase the capacity of the DCPS Connected Schools team through new research, partnership development, identification of best practices, and creation of new tools. The VISTA will work for one year with GW and DCPS staff and community members and will be able to build education and community school-related knowledge and experience, as well partnership development, project management, and communication skills. The VISTA will have the opportunity to work on a collaborative team, dedicated to serving school communities furthest from opportunity. The year-long project term is somewhat variable, based on the start date, but will likely begin in June 2023. We are seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, have strong communication skills and experience working with data. This is a full-time (40hrs a week) 12-month service term with the GWServes AmeriCorps VISTA Program.

Benefits for Members:

Benefits include a monthly living allowance of $1,800, an education award ($6,895) 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 Community Liaison VISTA will need to perform successfully:

  • Ability to Commit to a full-time 12-month term of AmeriCorps VISTA service
  • Ability to work collaboratively, take initiative, and achieve goals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to develop and execute detailed project plans
  • Experience working with data and comfort with learning new databases
  • Ability to build relationships with schools and community-based organizations
  • Commitment to serving the students and families of the Washington, DC community

Primary responsibilities:

The successful Connected Schools VISTA candidate will have to perform:

  • Develop and lead the Connected Schools Communications plan, which includes creating and executing social media campaigns, developing newsletters, creating templates and tools for sharing information with stakeholders, and creating opportunities for storytelling.
  • Lead the collection and reporting of Connected Schools data by developing materials and tools to train partner on the DCPS Connected Schools Database, developing and executing outreach strategies, and supporting with reporting and program evaluation.
  • Research and develop partnership opportunities for school communities to fill identified gaps, for example early childhood enrichment opportunities, mentorship opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth, and resources to support communities facing gun violence.

Project goals and outcomes:

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

  • Increase family and stakeholder knowledge and accessibility of place-based community resources
  • Ability to meet the changing and evolving needs of school communities through new partnership opportunities
  • Improved capacity to gather data, assess program quality and report information about the progress of Connected Schools
  • Established systems, tools, and resources to ensure Connected Schools can reach students and families furthest from opportunity

Special skills and knowledge:

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

  • Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders
  • Experience working with data
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Familiarity with K-12 Partnerships

Terms of Service:

VISTA must be 18 years old; be U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and successfully complete criminal background checks. VISTA is a full-time, 12-month commitment. They are expected to be on call at all times, but typically work a 40-hour week. Political advocacy, organizing or demonstrations while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, are prohibited.


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Training Provided

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Fee Amount: None

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