Scholar Athletes - Mass Mentoring Partnership

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Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring
Scholar Athletes
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 empowering youth-adult
relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. We work with mentoring
programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational
capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.
Mass Mentoring Partnership’s AmeriCorps program, the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of
Mentoring, is currently recruiting 25 Ambassadors for the 2015-2016 program year, which begins in
September 2015 and runs through July 2016. AmeriCorps Ambassadors complete one year of service at
a host organization in Massachusetts. One Ambassador is placed with Scholar Athletes.
The mission of Scholar Athletes, operating in Boston as Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA) and in Springfield,
MA as Springfield Scholar Athletes (SSA), is to reduce the opportunity gap for public high school students
by supporting academic achievement through athletics. This focus is based on the proven link between
athletic participation and positive academic performance. We offer students safe, dedicated learning
centers called Zones, complete with laptops and internet access, where they can study and finish their
homework during the school day and after school. We provide tutors from local colleges and full-time,
fully-trained Zone Facilitators to provide academic coaching and mentoring. We offer students college
guidance and SAT prep classes, opportunities to improve their health and wellness by participating in
intramural sports, and scholarships that help students attend college. These collaborative efforts build
skills and confidence, shape character, and enhance opportunities for success. Through our efforts in
2014-15 in Springfield, we served over 852 with the support of 194 tutors. For more information about
our programming and our young people, please visit www.WeAreScholarAthletes.org
Host Site Project Description:
The Recruitment and Training Coordinator, based in Springfield, MA will be responsible for 1) support
the recruitment and training of volunteers to meet the needs of students in the Zone 2) assist in the
cultivation of relationships with neighboring higher education institutions to build sustainability 3)
evaluate the volunteer program and training methods and make recommendations on how these could
be improved 4) support the evaluation and refinement of the volunteer handbook
Essential Functions of the Position (required):
 Support recruitment efforts by researching and attending recruitment fairs, maintain volunteer
postings and conducting outreach to local colleges and universities
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Work with supervisor to manage the onboarding and CORI process with new volunteers
Assistance in the placement and management of volunteers, which may include new volunteer
onboarding, a Zone visit and volunteer training
Provide weekly reports to supervisor on recruitment and training progress
Assist Senior Facilitator in managing relationships with partners i.e. any paperwork or timecard
processes required for volunteers to fulfill service hours
Assist in the evaluation of the tutoring program, volunteer training and make recommendations
on where improvements could be made
Support the efforts around plans for changes/improvements to the recruitment and training of
volunteers
Assist in the creation and presentation of volunteer training and in some case, lead volunteer
trainings
Assist in creating recruitment materials and social media postings in accordance with
brand/marketing guidelines and policies
Represent Springfield Scholar Athletes within the community at events, meetings and with
partners
Spend 2-4 hours in the Zone each day supporting students and making observations of their
development
Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
Be able to complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service to successfully 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
outside the host site
Must be able to commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit
leaders. Responsibilities include attending a three hour pre-orientation in August, one weeklong MMP orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long
community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Boston, MA
Complete all professional development requirements as part of member service agreement
Reporting relationships –
o Supervised by SSA Senior Facilitator, Katherine Shea
o Collaborate with Zone Facilitators to ensure that volunteers are meeting expectations
o Collaborate with Training and Operations Manager on evaluating the recruitment and
training curriculum for volunteers
Qualifications:
 Based in Springfield, MA
 BA/BS strongly preferred
 Experience with and/or commitment to youth development, nonprofit organizations and their
development
 Comfortable with public speaking and community engagement
 Excellent written and communication skills
 The ability to work independently and as part of a team
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Proven leadership and project management abilities
A passion for national and community service
You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an
AmeriCorps member
Benefits:
 $1250 monthly taxable living allowance
 $5,730 Education Award upon completion of service
 Load deferment and interest accrual payments available upon the successful completion of
service
 FREE healthcare coverage
 Additional transportation reimbursement for corps-wide meetings and events for qualifying
members
 250+ hours of Excellent training and networking opportunities on the mentoring field and the
nonprofit sector
 Seminar session and Graduate certificate in non-profit organizational leadership from Wheelock
College
 A built in network of Corps members and colleagues
TO APPLY:
Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume and three references to Katherine Shea,
[email protected]
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