Family and Community Partnerships Specialist, AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps Programs · Roxbury, Massachusetts
Department AmeriCorps Programs
Employment Type AmeriCorps Service Member
Minimum Experience Entry-level

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

  • Increase program impact by developing systems to improve student enrollment, engagement, and retention, as well as family engagement within a variety of program models: in-person, hybrid, and/or digital. 
  • Promote, monitor, and increase volunteer efficacy and impact within a variety of program models: in-person, hybrid, and/or digital.
  • Coordinate field trip program to serve our target population, increase quality of the program, and adapt current systems to work across in-person, hybrid, and/or digital program delivery models.
  • Develop systems to increase intern ownership and autonomy of key projects to increase programmatic impact and capacity across the Out-of-School Time team. 

The ideal candidate possesses some of the following skills and experiences:

  • High school diploma
  • Interest in teaching/tutoring writing to students grades K-12 in an urban setting
  • Ability to coach and mentor volunteers and interns
  • Ability to adapt to various working and management styles
  • Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals including the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in organizational, time management, project management, and resource management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
  • Experience with journalism, creative writing, or book publishing preferred, but not required
  • Proficiency in Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Arabic, or Spanish preferred, but not required 
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator preferred, but not required
  • Familiarity with the Boston Public Schools system, particularly the schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain preferred, but not required

Compensation and Benefits

  • Professional Development: As the Family and Community Partnership Specialist, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management and relationship development. Further, you will develop your knowledge of public school systems, school and community partnerships, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps VISTA members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor. 
  • Living Stipend: AmeriCorps VISTA members will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend totaling a minimum of $26,000 annually. Learn more here.
  • Education Award: AmeriCorps VISTAs qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award for every successful year of service, which includes completing a full 365 days of service. The education award can be used to repay student loans or cover tuition costs for graduate studies at an accredited college or university and will amount to at least $6,345.00. Learn more here.

Additional Benefits:

  • Travel Stipend: $70/month travel stipend for months of active service
  • Medical Coverage: The AmeriCorps VISTA program offers two healthcare benefits options to members, one for VISTA members who already have health insurance coverage and the other for those who do not. Learn more here.
  • Time Off: 80 hours of sick time and 80 hours of personal time + 10 holidays 
  • Public Benefits: AmeriCorps VISTA members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.
  • Learn more about additional benefits provided by the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

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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  • Location
    Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Department
    AmeriCorps Programs
  • Employment Type
    AmeriCorps Service Member
  • Minimum Experience