Title: Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way (GSVUW) K-8 After School Program VISTA Member
Reports to: GSVUW Director of Education
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) engages more than 8,000 individuals annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that alleviate poverty.
What do VISTA Members do? A better question may be what doesn't a VISTA member do. VISTA Members...
Recruit and manage volunteers, raise funds, coordinate projects, improve communities, expand their horizons, develop leadership skills, alleviate critical needs, reduce suffering, and become INSPIRATIONS.
Essential Functions of the Job:
Develop an in-depth, referral-based out-of-school program that attends to the holistic needs of children and families in a way that school cannot. The intent is to build documentation and infrastructure and engage partners in a program that piloted in the fall of 2018 and would be scalable and customizable in any community throughout their footprint.
- Develop policies, procedures, and documents to recruit, screen, select, train, and track volunteer mentors to ensure success of 2018 pilot program. Processes will be sustainable and effective for future program development.
- Research methods of recruiting, screening, and selecting volunteer mentors.
- Develop systems for supporting and training mentors
- Create useable documents and curriculum for future mentor training
- Track volunteer mentors using database software
- Establish policies and procedures to obtain appropriate student referrals then track referrals through process of enrolling in program to ensure successful transition into program. Build partnerships with community organizations in order to spread the word about the K-8 Afterschool program.
- Collaborate with school district guidance counselors, case managers, and school leadership to identify appropriate students for referrals.
- Plan for outreach to community
- Create plan for outreach to parents of students referred that will include documents and materials to educate family members
- Partner with community organizations to expand opportunities for the K-8 program to reach volunteer mentors and families
- Collect and maintain data for use in future grant applications. Establish methods of data entry and database management that are efficient and accurate.
- Track student academic performance with a particular focus on math and literacy
- Collect demographic information on beneficiaries of the program
- Adhere to proper data protocol with relation to privacy and anonymity
- Maintain attendance records for both the afterschool program and school and track attendance in both
- Collaborate with school staff to obtain data and identify patterns
- Strong oral and written communication
- Proficient in all Microsoft products
- Experience working with community volunteers and the low-income community
- Ability to work as a team-player
- Ability to obtain PA Clearances to work with children
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
● Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
● Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
● Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
● Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
● Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.