Are you passionate about making New York City a fun, educational, and impactful world for its children? Do you want to leverage the power of volunteers to do so? Do you thrive on figuring out impact-driven outcomes, love helping others do good, and partnering public schools to make a measurable impact?
OVERVIEW OF NEW YORK CARES
Every year, through New York Cares, 52,000 people volunteer to help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of fellow New Yorkers. Our volunteers provide essential services to improve education, meet immediate needs, and revitalize the city’s public spaces.
The School Success VISTA member plays a critical on-the-ground role in implementing and evaluating New York Cares’ work while collaborating with a team of VISTA members and one to two Program Managers in the School Success Initiative (SSI). The School Success VISTA manages calendar and corporate volunteer programming for three-to-four New York City Title I public schools.
The School Success VISTA member role includes developing volunteer-led programs, engaging parents and caretakers, and evaluating and assessing school needs. While implementing volunteer-led educational/ recreational and immediate needs programming for students, families, and community members at the schools in their portfolio, the School Success VISTA works alongside New York Cares staff to increase the capacity of the schools in other service areas. The School Success VISTA member advocates for the schools in their portfolio and recommends them for programming that addresses their needs assessment objectives.
The School Success Associate role has four core pillars:
- Developing volunteer-led programs that meet the immediate needs of the students and communities in their school portfolio. To meet these needs, the School Success VISTA will develop engaging curriculum, implement projects that have clear measurable outcomes, and evaluate the impact of programming.
- Maintaining and implementing New York Cares’ programs at the schools in their portfolio by laying a framework for the school to use volunteerism as the first response strategy in addressing their needs assessment objectives. The School Success VISTA recruit, maintain and manage the team leaders and volunteers.
- Engage parents and caretakers with their child’s education through volunteer-led programming in their child’s school with family-centric programming.
- Engage corporate partners through customized, large-scale service events that focus on educational and recreational enrichment for the children of New York City’s public schools.
The successful candidate will:
- Collaborate with school principals and administrators, parent groups, and (when applicable) Community School committees to assess partner school needs and areas for impact
- Cultivate and maintain collaborative partnerships with partner agencies, and attend community meetings, events, and activities
- Manage at least 25-30 ongoing volunteer projects per school.
- Lead volunteer orientations and training within targeted communities
- Recruit, train, and place local and non-local volunteers on school projects
- Conceive, plan and staff one-time volunteer projects for corporate volunteer groups
- Compile and evaluate data on student progress and volunteer effectiveness in compliance with AmeriCorps standards
- Design a replicable implementation plan for future years catered to specific school needs
- Bachelor’s Degree, equivalent work experience, or two years’ experience at a nonprofit organization;
- Demonstrated commitment to community service and volunteerism;
- Ability to make a one-year commitment to AmeriCorps and New York Cares;
- Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills;
- Familiarity with the New York City public school system;
- Strong group facilitation skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders;
- Strong background in MS Office and Salesforce, a plus;
- Ability to lift/move up to 30 pounds;
- Strong administrative skills, including an ability to manage and multi-task many projects;
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team;
- Bilingual (Spanish), a plus
This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. The VISTA Member will receive a stipend from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) of $20,640 per year and a monthly metro card from New York Cares. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to New York Cares, attn: School Success and Family Programs, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please include job title in subject). New York Cares is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer