Family and Community Partnership Specialist, AmeriCorps VISTA
About the Opportunity
826 Boston seeks a mission-driven change-maker to join the 2021-2022 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort as the Family and Community Partnership Specialist. 826 Boston is embarking on its next strategic plan, focused on strengthening existing programs and expanding digital programs. This is an exciting opportunity to join a cohort of six AmeriCorps VISTAs and play a key role in driving impact.
Serving as the Family and Community Partnership Specialist is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Through your year of service, you will enable 826 Boston to empower students to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain critical communication skills. The role is designed to support individual students, teachers, and schools through capacity building projects. You will develop systems and programs to support students, families, and volunteers within in-person, hybrid, and/or digital program models. The Family and Community Partnership Specialist will report to the Out-of-School Time Program Director.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for interviews and throughout the term of service upon request.
The 826 Boston AmeriCorps VISTA program is dependent on a yearly funding award through AmeriCorps and its regional commissions.
A note about operations during the pandemic: 826 Boston is currently operating all of our programs virtually. While we do not yet know when we will return to in-person operations, candidates for this position should be prepared to serve all or part of their hours at 826 Boston's physical location(s).
Key Responsibilities and Functions
The ideal candidate possesses some of the following skills and experiences:
Compensation and Benefits
About 826 Boston
826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with individualized attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.
826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by Good Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 29,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.
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