Full-Time Service Term: September 1, 2021 – July 29, 2022
1700 hours minimum: days, evenings and weekends as needed
Purpose: The PAT AmeriCorps Member contributes to the achievement of United Way of El Paso County’s mission, vision, goals within the education impact area by addressing early childhood education. It is the responsibility of the AmeriCorps PAT Parent Educator to successfully implement the Parents as Teachers program, an evidence-based early childhood home visitation framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
Essential Functions of an AmeriCorps PAT Parent Educator
Delivers essential programmatic functions of the AmeriCorps PAT program to include:
- Planning, preparing and conducting recurring personal visits with families enrolled in the United Way Parents as Teachers program.
- Providing quality services to families enrolled in the PAT program at a frequency necessary to meet the needs of the family.
- Completing developmental screenings for children enrolled in the program
- Working with assigned AmeriCorps Resource Navigator to identify family needs, set goals and make appropriate referrals to community resources
- Assisting in recruitment and presentation events within current and potential partnerships. At a minimum, the AmeriCorps Parent Educator will be expected to attend at least one recruitment event per quarter.
Delivers essential logistical functions of the AmeriCorps PAT program to include:
- Reporting regularly to Site Supervisor and Program Supervisor
- Completing and submitting timesheets and leave requests on a regular basis
- Contributing to program recruitment, promotion and acquisition of in-kind donations for relevant activities
- Serving families located throughout El Paso County
- Implementing the Parents as Teachers Curriculum with a minimum of 12-15 active families in case load
- Maintaining documentation of every home visit for recordkeeping purposes and meeting programmatic deadlines
- Tracking program information, case notes and family details in web-based data management systems
- Assisting AmeriCorps PAT Program Supervisor in tracking and entering performance measures into data management systems
Participates in AmeriCorps activities and events, including PAT professional development:
- Proudly wears the AmeriCorps logo during all hours of program service, as required
- Actively engages in AmeriCorps PAT program-related activities, such as trainings, meetings, presentations, civic reflection and reflective supervision
- Celebrates program-recognized days and events which include, but are not limited to National Day of Service and Remembrance, Martin Luther King Day, AmeriCorps Week, Home Visitation Advocacy Day, Mayor’s Day, Earth Day and Week of the Young Child
- Completes the required training for Disaster Response and Recovery as well as Prepare for Life after AmeriCorps Service
- Completes the required number of hours of trainings, workshops, conferences, etc. annually to maintain PAT credential
*As stated in OneStar Terms & Conditions XIV. D. :
In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.
Required Qualifications (documentation proving qualification will be collected)
- Must be a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien
- Must be at least 18 years of age on or before September 1, 2021.
- Bilingual Spanish, essential
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED*
- Associates Degree or 60 college hours preferred in Health, Education or Social Work
- Must be competent in web browsing, emailing, quality data and quantity data entries, and Microsoft Office Programs
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license, insurance and vehicle
- Must have a minimum of two years’ previous supervised experience working or volunteering with young children and/or families
·Must be able to work a flexible schedule with the possibility of early morning, evening, and weekend work to complete a minimum of 1700 hours for the duration of the service year.
- Must be able to attend training for the full month of September. These trainings, along with service activities, may be conducted in person, virtually, or a combination of both. Must have adequate virtual workspace with access to reliable internet and phone service.
Skills and Demonstrated Abilities
·Strong leadership, verbal, and written communication skills; and strong presentation and interpersonal skills
- Intermediate knowledge of MS Office applications
- Dependable time management and organization skills to coordinate multiple tasks
- Reliable written and verbal recordkeeping, documenting, and reporting skills
- Works well with others, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or ability
- Delivers strong public speaking skills and is attentive to detail, accuracy and quality
- Exemplifies honesty, compassion, integrity, good judgment, professionalism, and tact
- Demonstrates passion for/commitment to enhancing the community in which they serve
Internal and external contacts are critical to success of this program. The PAT AmeriCorps Member will focus on developing and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders, including host sites, educational institutions, foundations, community groups, government agencies, non-profit agencies, neighborhood associations, faith-based organization, and individual donors.
This position involves recurring access to vulnerable populations: children age 17 or younger, persons age 60 and older, and/or individuals with disabilities. Criminal history checks will be performed and results from the checks will determine Member selection.
Living Allowance and Benefits
AmeriCorps Member PAT Parent Educator, First Year will receive (upon successful completion of program requirements):
- A living allowance of $15, 500.10 distributed bi-monthly throughout program year
- For the amount of the education award the individual may receive upon successful completion of the term of service is included and accurate with the current rate ($6, 345 for FT members)
- A health insurance plan and SNAP eligibility
*Eligible AmeriCorps Members may apply to receive childcare benefits