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In-School Literacy Mentor - AmeriCorps Member

Reno, NV

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Full time, Part time, Temporary
no work experience required
High School Diploma

Published on 5 Aug 2022

Expires on 5 Aug 2022

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In-School Literacy Mentor - AmeriCorps Member

Service Term: 09/2022-06/2023 or 08/2023; average of 16-36 hours per week; depends upon position type selected. 

Program: United Readers is a program provided by United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra, where AmeriCorps Members serve in Washoe County elementary schools to provide literacy acquisition support to early learners. 

AmeriCorps Members will serve children in kindergarten through third grade with literacy acquisition skills to improve reading fluency. Members will conduct lessons and activities with students during reading blocks and independent work times in person, supporting UWNNS’s focus on early childhood literacy and goal of improving third grade reading scores in northern Nevada. 

Primary Duties: 

  • Lead students in grades K-3 in accordance with provided curriculum, lesson plans, and training; 
  • Lead and develop age and content appropriate activities based on child’s assessed and identified needs; 
  • Provide a safe and respectful learning experience and space for children; 
  • Deliver and score provided pre- and post-assessments; communicate with school site staff, UWNNS staff, and AmeriCorps Program Director; 
  • Attend required training days and orientation sessions; 
  • Professionally represent and be an ambassador for the United Readers program, AmeriCorps, and UWNNS. 

Secondary or Non-Essential Duties: 

  • Lead and utilize volunteers to implement reading and activities; 
  • Lead, organize, and participate in AmeriCorps Day of Caring project(s); 
  • Maintain learning space and materials; 
  • Maintain Member Reflection Journals and supplementals from training; 
  • Communicate student needs and engagement ideas to families; 
  • Identify and discuss problems or areas for program and experience improvement, make suggestions, and collaboratively develop solutions; 

Benefits: 

  • Members who successfully complete service are eligible for a Segal Education Award in the amount of $2,474.27, $3,247.50, or $4,546.50 (depending on 675 hour, 900 hour, or 1200 hour positions); 
  • Members are eligible for federal student loan forbearance during service; 
  • Members receive a modest living allowance of $316-555 bi-weekly during the length of service (Depending on position/hours status). 

Qualifications: 

  • Members must have a high school degree or equivalent; 
  • Candidates must be able to perform services during the school day; 
  • Members should be interested in or have experience with education or a related field, a community and service mindset, and be willing to learn; 
  • Members should be adaptable and creative while planning and delivering services; 
  • Must have a desire to work with small children and be able to explain lessons and activities clearly and effectively; 
  • Position requires patience and collaboration with other Members and staff through Microsoft and Google suites; 
  • Experience with young children and child development is encouraged but not required. 
  • Reliable transportation is highly recommended. 

Successful candidates must agree to conform to the AmeriCorps dress code and complete a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check. Successful applicants agree to confirm eligibility according to the member eligibility requirements (45 CFR 2522.200(a)) 

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply, all duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on actual or perceived race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations. This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include services or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee that has resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to reduction in force, or an employee who is on leave. 

*All positions are dependent upon continued grant funding.