Service Term: 08/30/2021 - 08/29/2022
The Education and Curriculum Coordinator will enhance the volume of resources and effective curriculum within of United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra’s early literacy programs.
Since 1942, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) strives to link the community’s will and resources to improve lives. Beginning in 2014, UWNNS identified a key need to address early childhood literacy and focused their primary efforts towards it. The Education and Curriculum Coordinator VISTA serves to enhance the implementation of UWNNS’s United Readers program and Community Impact initiatives. These programs are focused on children ages zero to five preparing for school, as well as kindergarten through third grade children. The VISTA will accumulate educational resources, data, and implement tracking systems to ensure the programs start with the utmost effectiveness and longevity. These programs will ensure children are better equipped to be at grade level reading proficiency. Children’s proficiency in reading by third grade has a strong correlation to high school graduation rates, which is a key factor in quality of life and the cycle of poverty.
- Gather research and data for community and statewide early literacy needs to implement into UWNNS resources and objectives.
- Compile data, tracking methods, and narrative descriptions for use in community impact, outreach, and resource development materials.
- Create curriculum, activities, scripts, and lesson plans to be utilized by volunteers, literacy mentors, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra staff, as well as partner organization representatives.
- Develop foundations for online literacy resources that can be utilized by families at home.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program through the Corporation for National and Community Service, which more information can be found here. VISTA members serve full time for a one-year service term and receive:
- Upon successful completion of service, choice of a Segal Education Award ($6,195.00 for education expenses) or an end of service cash stipend ($1,800.00).
- Modest living allowance of approximately $13,399.
- If you are moving beyond 50 miles from your home of residence to the service location, a settling-in allowance of approximately $750 and a mileage-based relocation allowance.
- Upon successful completion of service, one year of Non-Competitive Eligibility status for federal jobs.
- Health benefits during service.
- Ability to work in a team and independently.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- High level of attention to detail.
- Organized and adaptable.
- Video/Photography skills and/or Bilingual a plus.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and willing to undergo a background check.