AmeriCorps Service & Volunteering

AMERICORPS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Engagement Coordinator. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2017 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours through the end of his/her term on July 31, 2018. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUNDS
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) aims to create a safe, welcoming, visually vibrant, and economically sound business district in Hyde and Jackson Squares. HJSMS follows the National Main Street Center’s 4-Point Approach of local economic development. Engaging the community through volunteer committees and volunteer projects is central to the success of the organization. Critical community partners are residents, storefront business owners, community organizations, and storefront commercial property owners.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for developing creative and effective volunteer recruitment strategies to engage important stakeholders in the work of HJSMS. Through creative marketing and community engagement the AmeriCorps member will help to build human capital of the organization. Activities will be:
• Recruit volunteers through marketing and direct outreach.
• Develop marketing plans and materials to recruit volunteers.
• Research potential community volunteers with skills and perspectives consistent with HJSMS’ mission.
• Plan and implement community volunteer recruitment activities and celebrations.
• Coordinate workshops to engage stakeholders through skill-building and information sharing (including those for entrepreneurs and local merchants).
• Represent HJSMS at community events where potential volunteer recruitment exists.
• Create a volunteer manual and volunteer training curriculum.
• Develop policies and procedures handbook for volunteers.
• Develop & revise volunteer job descriptions.
• Establish formalized partnerships with organizations to create a pipeline for volunteers.
• Attending organizational meetings including those of the Board of Directors, Organization Committee, Promotions Committee, Design Committee, Economic Development Committee, and ad hoc meetings.

AMERICORPS MEMBER PERFORMANCE
Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day to day service at Hyde Jackson Square Main Street and serve a minimum of 40 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day although actual schedule may vary depending on need and activities. There will be some evening and weekend meetings as well as morning meetings earlier than the normal start date. Strong supervision will be provided to ensure professional success and career learning. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
• Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
• Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March, 2018;
• Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
• Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
• Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
• Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and HJSMS will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

DESIRED SKILLS
• Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish.
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
• Strong computer skills using MS Office and other programs.
• Experience using social media.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required).

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:
• Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award.
• Be eligible to perform a term of national service.
• Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service.
• Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit),
• Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS.
• Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time.
• Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service as well as serve the full term of the service.

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.

PROGRAM BENEFITS
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,815 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).

HOW TO APPLY:
Mail résumé and cover letter to Hiring Manager, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, 329 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or by email to info@hydejacksonsquare.org

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process. This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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VOLUNTEERING WITH US

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street is looking for dedicated people to volunteer and/or to serve on its Board of Directors and Committees.

We’re appealing to our community to consider joining Hyde Jackson Square Main Street as:

1) a volunteer,
2) a member of the Board of Directors, or
3) a member of any of our committees: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion/Fundraising.

Board and committee members are all volunteers and have specific responsibilities that are outlined below. We invite you to review this information and, if you feel you’d like to offer your time, talent and experience to Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, please contact us and include a resume or summary of your relevant background.

Who are we looking for?

People interested in joining the Board of Directors or committees may be business owners or employees, property owners, residents, or civic leaders in Hyde Jackson Square’s revitalization. The particular skills that will be valuable to Hyde Jackson Square Main Street include experience in the areas of community organizing, proficient in other languages, leadership development, organizational development, graphic design, transportation planning, urban development, business and retail management, fundraising, graphic design, marketing, planning, promotions, public relations, real estate and other skills that support the mission of the organization.

We are also looking for volunteers who are interested and willing to contribute their time in support the ongoing work of the organization. Opportunities include, but not limited to, event support, fundraising, or administrative support.

Learn more

If you are interested in volunteering with us or have questions about how best to engage in our community, contact us at info@hydejacksonsquare.org or 617-522-3694.

Thank you for your interest.