United Readers AmeriCorps Program with United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) located in Washoe County. The mission of UWNNS is to link the community's will and resources to improve lives in northern Nevada. UWNNS is committed to early childhood literacy. The goal of the program is to provide literacy acquisition support to early learners in order to improve third grade reading scores.
Purpose of Member Position Summary:
Members will assist children in grades Kindergarten through third grade in Washoe County School District with literacy acquisition skills to improve reading and reading fluency. Using pre-determined curriculum and lesson plans, and in conjunction with the school’s literacy initiatives, Members will conduct lessons and activities with students during reading blocks and independent work time in person, supporting UWNNS’s focus on early childhood literacy and goal of improving third grade reading scores in northern Nevada.
Term of Service: Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on school days in a classroom or office setting or part time within those hours/days. Members will serve at UWNNS and Washoe County School District Elementary Schools.
Descriptions of Duties:
Primary or essential functions include: 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; and professionally represent and be an ambassador for the United Readers program, AmeriCorps, and UWNNS. Will occasionally work with and fill in for PreK (Building Blocks) program using the same curriculum and lead family learning sessions as needed.
Secondary or non-essential functions: 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; collect and report program statistics; maintain Member Reflection Journals and supplementals from training; communicate student needs and engagement ideas to families; and identify and discuss problems or areas for program and experience improvement, make suggestions, and collaboratively develop solutions.
AmeriCorps Members who successfully complete a term of service are eligible for a Segal Education Award in the amount of $2,417.14 or $4,441.50 (depending on TQT or RHT status). Members are eligible for federal student loan forbearance during service. Members receive a modest living allowance of $265 or $475 (depending on TQT or RHT status) bi-weekly during the length of service.
Members will receive two weeks of training and orientation at the start of service and continued training and professional development throughout the academic school year in accordance with the Washoe County School District calendar. Members will be informally observed monthly and formally evaluated mid-term and towards the end of the term of service. Observations, accountability for timesheets and reporting requirements, participation and performance in training and service days, and general position requirements will be evaluated.
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.
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 as well as 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))
*All positions are dependent upon continued grant funding.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary
Pay: $5,300.00 - $9,500.00 per year
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