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Job Opportunity: AmeriCorps Vista Associate – ExpandED Options

ExpandED Schools works to ensure that all kids, from every zip code, have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. So we give kids more hours in the school day, bring more role models into the classroom, and infuse their learning with the arts, STEM, sports and character-building activities. These are the supports and experiences kids need in order to grow into caring, confident and successful adults. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than four dollars in private and public spending for every dollar of our founding grant. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – seeking to ensure that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. We develop scalable and sustainable models that provide more learning time. We:

  • EXPAND the school day: Adding 2.5 hours each day; closing the learning gap by 450 hours/school year.
  • ENGAGE the community: Bringing additional role models – tutors, coaches, college students and teaching artists – into the classroom.
  • ENHANCE the learning: Balancing the curriculum with the arts, sports, STEM and character-building enrichments. 

ExpandED Schools is seeking an AmeriaCorps Vista to assist with monitoring ExpandED Options programming this summer. ExpandED Options is an apprenticeship and internship program for high school students. In this program teens learn a skill and how to teach their new skill to younger students. Vistas will monitor high school students’ summer internship placements as instructors at NYC summer camps. This entails observation visits to ensure teens are properly employed as well as collecting timesheets and distributing debit cards as needed. Vistas will also complete full day observations of summer apprenticeships to assess the program’s strengths and needs. Vistas will be asked to make multiple site visits a week, which may include travel to 2-3 boroughs. Vistas are expected to make field observations 4 days a week and be present at ExpandED Schools’ Time Square office 1 day a week.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Attend two days of program training and orientation 
  • Visit multiple work and program sites on a weekly basis to ensure that youth are engaged in appropriate activities and are being properly supervised
  • Collect timesheets and distribute youth debit cards, as needed
  • Complete weekly write-up of field observations
  • Vistas may be asked to chaperone field trips or assist in implementing culminating celebrations 

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with school age children, high school preferred
  • Experience working as a mentor or role model preferred
  • Interest in or knowledge of positive youth development
  • Ability and willingness to travel around NYC using public transportation
  • Flexibility and positive attitude
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to communicate effectively and respectfully with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Organizational and writing skills preferred  

AmeriCorps Vista Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • US Citizen, U.S. Nationals or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien 
  • College graduate 
  • Not on National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Subject to and pass criminal background checks
  • Ability to serve full-time for one full year 
  • Cannot be related to project staff, sponsoring organization staff, officers or members of the board, or CNCS staff responsible for the project 

AmeriCorps Vista Requirements:

  • Living Allowance (NYC = $587.30/ bi-weekly,)
  • Holidays that are observed by the site (July 4th holiday as observed by host site)
  • Protection of Public Assistance/Income 
  • Compensation for work-related injuries
  • 30-day unlimited MTA Transit Pass ($121/month)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,230.69) or End-of-Service Stipend ($230.16) 
  • Student Loan Forbearance/Deferment
  • Employers of National Service
  • Access to the network of AmeriCorps alumni (800,000 strong) 

 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: [Position Title] 
No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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