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AmeriCorps Community School Coordinator (ACSC)

UPDATED MAY 2021

Job Title: AmeriCorps Community School Coordinator (ACSC) 

Reports to: Principal or other designated on-site supervisor as well as the Community School Director

About AmeriCorps & United Way of Northern Utah (UWNU):  AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that address critical community needs in our nation. The AmeriCorps Education Initiative of Utah (AEIOU)  is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Utah State Commission on Volunteers and housed at the United Way of Northern Utah. AEIOU offers people of all ages the opportunity to provide valuable assistance to schools and students in their community while gaining experience and skills. AEIOU staff work in partnership with UWNU’s Community School Director to provide this AmeriCorps Community School Coordinator (ACSC) position for schools. People serving in AmeriCorps positions are commonly referred to as “members.” 

The overall goal of this position is to ensure that students’ basic needs (food, housing, physical and mental health) are met so that students can better progress academically, get on track to graduate from high school, and move on to be successful in post-secondary education and a solid career.

The ACSC position offers excellent opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in the social services or education field. An ACSC will gain leadership, collaboration, management, and communication skills and will have the opportunity to gain high-level experience working in schools and working with community resource agencies. In many ways, the ACSC position is like a paid internship that will prepare the ACSC for a career in counseling, teaching, or many other related fields. 

Summary of Work: In partnership with AmeriCorps, UWNU, and the Ogden School District, the AmeriCorps Community School Coordinator (ACSC member) works with students, families and the community to promote student success. The ACSC provides 1-on-1 student support to a caseload of 50-60 students. Support includes meeting basic student needs and providing academic and social-emotional assistance. 

 

Key Responsibilities:

Individual Student Support

  1. Work closely with school faculty and staff to determine students to receive support and what support and interventions they need
  2. Provide regular 1-on-1 support to a caseload of 50-60 at-risk students. Support can include helping the student and family get assistance with food insecurity, housing, clothing and supplies, attendance issues, academic and social/emotional challenges  
  3. Collect and report student data to track student progress using AmeriCorps tracking sheet (training provided) and OSD data systems
  4. Coordinate wrap-around services in response to student and family needs (individual and family); specifically through the school’s Community Resource Room. Ensuring that our highest risk student population needs are addressed.
  5. Support student transition times (e.g. from grade-to-grade and school-to-school)

 

Collaborative Leadership

  1. Support implementation of district and school goals
  2. Collaborate regularly with school leadership and staff
  3. Participate in school and community leadership teams/meetings
  4. Provide collaborative and timely communication to appropriate partners

 

Integrated Student Supports

  1. Build strong relationships with school partners and diverse community stakeholders, and identify opportunities for them to align services critical to school and community needs with our highest-risk student populations. 
  2. Manage and assist with volunteer and community events representing the school and United Way
  3. Gather, analyze, and use data to inform decisions and keep meetings results-focused
  4. Set and work toward goals in collaboration with the school Principal and Community School Director
  5. Maintain the purpose and vision of the work to progress in defined long-term outcomes

 

Family & Community Engagement

  1. Connect in meaningful ways with families through various means to ensure their voices are heard and needs are being identified and met
  2. Lead or participate in family engagement events with the school and community partners
  3. Coordinate educational opportunities for the family - related to academics, basic life skills or other identified needs

 

Expanded Learning Opportunities

  1. Lead coordinated activities before, during, or after school, as well as the summer months. Maintain a lens of college/career readiness for all students
  2. Oversee regular communication meetings between the school day and afterschool staff
  3. Identify and provide support for students needing equitable academic enrichment (e.g. tutoring)

 

Training

  1. Complete pre-service orientation and training and a statewide AmeriCorps conference in March
  2. Attend in-service AmeriCorps training as scheduled and complete brief weekly training units

 

Other Duties

  1. Complete a minimum of 100 community service hours, assisting various non-profits in the area. As part of community service hours, complete service in honor of 9/11 and plan and execute a special project on Martin Luther King Day that involves at least 6 service hours.
  2. Work under the direction of the principal or other assigned site supervisor and record hours on timesheet prior to the 5th of each month
  3. Meet all the requirements of your contractual AmeriCorps agreement (explained at pre-service training)

 

Compensation and Benefits: 

  1. During their initial 12-month term of service, AmeriCorps members complete a total of 1700 hours of service (about 35 hours/week) and receive a monthly living allowance of $1,375.
  2. At the end of their first two 12-month terms of service, members receive an education award of $6,345 to use toward payment of student loans or future tuition, fees, and/or books at a college, university or trade school. If the member is over the age of 55, they may gift their education award to a child or grandchild. All members can receive forbearance of payments on current student loans. 
  3. Members receive health care assistance (AmeriCorps reimburses up to $150 towards health care)
  4. Members receive child care assistance as needed
  5. Members receive initial and ongoing professional training and support from our central AEIOU staff as well as training and support from the Community School Director and the district and school where they work. 
  6. Members have the chance to learn about education and social services through first-hand experience
  7. Members develop excellent management and organization skills as they work hand in hand with professional educators to support students in a meaningful and effective manner.

Position Competencies:

  • Commitment to the school and community
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Detail- and results-oriented
  • Time and project management
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Able to relate to people from diverse backgrounds
  • Must be able to thrive in a matrix organizational structure
  • Enter, manipulate, visualize and interpret data to make actionable decisions
  • Patient and adaptable to constantly changing environment

 

Member Requirements/ Information:

  • Due to the relationship-focused and complex nature of this position, ACSC should plan on at least a 2-year commitment. ACSC can serve up to 4 years.
  • Member must be a high school graduate and a citizen of the United States
  • Pre-service training  is mandatory
  • Member must produce these documents prior to enrollment: birth certificate or passport, driver’s license, social security card, high school graduation verification
  • High standards of professional ethics and conduct; Member must submit to and pass an FBI background check/Sex offender check conducted prior to hire 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google, and computer technology
  • Reliable vehicle for community and school-related visits 

 

Other Preferred Qualifications 

  • Fluency in Spanish - verbal and written
  • 2-3 years of experience in education or community-related role
  • Familiarity with the Ogden community and resources
  • Knowledge of school environment - tiered interventions, professional learning communities, etc
  • Familiarity with community schools model
  • Understanding of United Way’s mission and the Collective Impact framework
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social sciences, humanities, sociology, or related field
  • 1 year of experience in education or community-related role
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Location: Community Schools within the Ogden School District

Hours: Member is responsible for completing 1700 hours over the course of their first 12-month term of service (or approximately 7-8 hours/day on school days and during summer school).  The member should plan on serving at least 2 terms and is encouraged to serve up to 4 terms.  

How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Laura Huefner at lhuefner@uwnu.org

Physical and Intellectual Requirements: Reliable vehicle will be required for community and school-related visits. The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly and exchange accurate information interpersonally or through communication devices. Must be able to learn new systems and procedures, prepare and analyze data and figures; constantly operate a computer and other standard office machinery.  The position requires occasional movement throughout the office to access files, papers, or move supplies weighing up to 15lbs.  Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time.

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