Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring Program

Boston Partners in Education, Inc.

Community Engagement Coordinator

 

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in mentoring programs across Massachusetts.

Organizational Description:

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We provide services including training and technical assistance; networking and professional development; mentor recruitment campaigns; advocacy; resource development & recognition; and mentor-mentee match activities.

Host Site Description:

Founded in 1966, Boston Partners in Education enhances the academic achievement and nurtures the personal growth of Boston’s public school students by providing them with focused, individualized in-school volunteer support. http://bostonpartners.org/

Project Description:

Boston Partners in Education (Boston Partners) is seeking an Ambassador of Mentoring to serve as a Community Engagement Coordinator for 2016-2017. The Ambassador’s primary goal will be to strengthen our presence in the communities we serve by reviewing and expanding the Match Support systems of our School Volunteer Program (SVP).  These systems have two branches, recruitment and retention.  This project fits under the Recruitment and Marketing and the Program Development focus areas, as it will help us strengthen systems of the SVP, incorporating the Elements of Effective Practice more fully.

Program Summary:

Twenty-Five AmeriCorps Ambassadors will complete a year of service from August 2016-June 2017. These members will be placed at one host site location to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and organizations in the areas of match support; marketing and mentor recruitment; mentor/mentee/parent training; and program development, evaluation and start up.

All Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring will work on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other Corps members to complete statewide community service projects that benefit the field of mentoring in Massachusetts. AmeriCorps Ambassadors will be supervised by their host organization and the Mass Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps Program Manager.

Basic Requirements:

  • Continue the groundwork laid by staff and the previous AOMs to refine program and further the success of the recruitment and support models.
  • Work with our Match Support Team to help solidify new recruitment strategies in targeted areas, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park.
  • Work with our Match Support Team to review, revise and define the best support activities for one-on-one, small group, and whole classroom (grades K-2) academic mentoring settings.
  • With the support of the Match Support Team, use the opportunity to take ownership of the support model to create and manage their own new initiatives within the scope of the program. This could include involving current volunteers in the recruitment process, researching a model of “lead mentors” to help Boston Partners in Education connect better to the classroom, or creating opportunities, or platform, for mentors to gather and exchange ideas.
  • Work with school and community partners to conduct outreach to community members and families of BPS students to volunteer

 

Additional Skills:

  • Comfort and some experience with website and  social media posting and communication
  • Ability to review and analyze information and data
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with Boston neighborhoods a plus, but not required
  • Ability to work with a diverse communities and constituencies including, but not limited to: school admin, parents, students, teachers, college and universities and local community-based organizations

 

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member.
  • Complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Complete at least 2 collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
    • Responsibilities include attending pre-orientation session, orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Greater Boston
  • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

 

General Program Qualifications

  • BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for volunteerism and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Some experience with marketing – material design, blogging and social media preferred
  • Public speaking
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
  • Positive attitude

 

Position Benefits:

  • A $5,775 educational award upon completion of service
  • $1,250 pre-taxed stipend per month
  • Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
  • 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
  • Free health care coverage
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
  • A nation-wide Alumni network
  • A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues – with the potential to make lifelong friends!

 

To Apply:

Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors to view our current open positions and apply directly to the organizations that interest you from the link provided on the page. Note that 1 application is required PER each organization if you are applying to more than one.

All applications require a resume that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and a cover letter stating how you heard about this opportunity and why it interests you, either in Word / PDF format and a list of 3 references.

We are interested in recruiting AmeriCorps members who call Massachusetts home. MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from persons with a disability, males, and minority candidates. Note: Positions are contingent upon continued CNCS grant funding.

 

For more information or questions:

Contact, Sonal Dhingra, Program Manager, sdhingra[at]massmentors[dot]org

 

Mass Mentoring Partnership and its site partners are equal opportunity employers.

Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities for interview as well as service term.

All positions acceptances are contingent upon a successful background check.

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