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AmeriCorps Position Description: Youth and Families Services Coordinator

AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution.

Epilepsy Foundation New England helps people and families affected by epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterized by electrical discharges in the brain that cause seizures. Epilepsy has many faces, from on-set in early life to older adulthood, from people who are very disabled to very high functioning, and from seizure types that range from staring spells to convulsions. 1 in 26 people develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Young people with epilepsy are at high risk for poor socio-emotional and health outcomes as they work to transition to adulthood with an often unpredictable disease that is poorly understood by society and may be isolating. YOU can make a difference in the healthy futures of children and youth.

AmeriCorps members with Epilepsy Foundation New England will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities.

The Foundation's 14 AmeriCorps Youth and Families Services Coordinators will be instrumental in:

• Starting and Managing a Young Leaders Network to mentor and engage high school and college-aged youth in community service, leadership, and advocacy as well as community building.
• Starting and Managing a Kids Connect Network to mentor and engage middle school-aged youth in skill-building and community building.
• Facilitating parent support groups. 
• Providing educational workshops to students and school personnel. 
• Recruiting volunteers to serve with the Members to support these efforts. 
Members will use the Foundation’s curricula and program guides to implement these services and will receive high-quality training and support for success. 

AmeriCorps members will be leaders in laying a solid framework for youth and family services throughout NH. Members will be placed in pairs in host sites: 
• Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon (2)
• Boys and Girls Club of North Country, Lisbon (1), paired with; 
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, Franconia (1)
• Zebra Crossings, Dover (2)
• The Laura Foundation for Epilepsy and Autism, Madison (2)
• Tbd site,  Plymouth (2)
• Touchstone Farm, Temple (2)
• Boys and Girls Club, Concord (2) 

Epilepsy Foundation New England is staffed by 20 committed, highly qualified and caring people supported by a network of more than 300 volunteers. We welcome the opportunity to engage AmeriCorps members committed to youth and family empowerment in a dynamic nonprofit that is helping young people and families thrive.

Responsibilities:
Essential
•    Deliver monthly Young Leaders Network meeting
•    Outreach/mentoring to high school/college aged youth
•    Deliver monthly Kids Connect meeting 
•    Outreach/mentoring to middle school youth
•    Implement Parent Support Groups and connect with parents regularly 
•    Conduct outreach to schools and provide workshops to school personnel and students 
•    Recruit and engage volunteers to support these activities 
•    Support program evaluation activities and reporting

Marginal
•    Maintain records for optimal operating effectiveness using Salesforce.
•    Use social media for youth and volunteer engagement.

Qualifications:
Required
•    Legal authorization to work in the United States
•    18 years of age or older
•    Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
•    Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
•    Strong communication skills
•    Ability to attend to detail with accuracy while not losing sight of the bigger picture
•    Strong time management, project management, and organizational skills
•    Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, team-oriented culture and deadline- sensitive environment
•    Flexibility, grace under pressure, ability to make strong rational decisions, and a sense of humor

Preferred
•    Demonstrable commitment to people with disabilities and/or epilepsy specifically
•    Experience as a volunteer (in any capacity).

Member Benefits: Living Allowance of up to $13,992 (minus taxes/withholding), Health Coverage (individual coverage), Training, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend. Car recommended (travel reimbursed at federal mileage reimbursement rate), Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours.
Educational Award from AmeriCorps when member completes 1,700 hours of service of approximately $6,500.  
Service Areas: Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education
Skills: Leadership, Recruitment, General Skills, Team Work, Communications, Education, Public Speaking, Community Organization, Youth Development, Teaching, Mentoring 


Term of Service:
Position Start Date: October 15, 2019
Position End Date: August 30, 2019
Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Generally, performed Monday through Friday, 9A to 5P, plus up to two half-Saturdays/month and up to two evenings/month, scheduled with notice.

Application Instructions:
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by September 23, 2019 to Kate Bailey, NH Field Service Manager at kbailey@epilepsynewengland.org; applications will be reviewed and assessed on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled; therefore, we urge you to apply as soon as possible. In your cover letter, please be sure to explain your interest in the mission of Epilepsy Foundation New England, which region of NH you are interested in serving, and any experience you have working or volunteering with at-risk youth and/or people with disabilities. Questions, please call Kate at 603.303.1247.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.

Epilepsy Foundation New England will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Epilepsy Foundation New England welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.
 

 

Commonwealth Corps Young Leaders Network Coordinator

The Foundation’s two Commonwealth Corps Young Leaders Network Coordinators will be instrumental in our Young Leaders Network. Founded in 2017, this is the Foundation’s fastest growing program with more than 250 involved youth and 36 volunteers in seven cities who come together at least monthly for community service, leadership, and advocacy as well as community building. The Corps members will be leaders in laying a solid framework for the Young Leaders Network in Lowell,, Worcester, and Springfield MA. Both Corps members will be active in the established Boston group for learning and cross-pollination of policies, curricula, volunteer engagement strategies/systems, and more. Existing Young Leaders Networks thrive on active youth engagement, volunteer engagement, parent support, and devoted guest speakers and partners. Using a framework of positive youth development and empowerment, the participants in the Young Leaders Network, primarily high school aged, set their own annual goals, centered on leadership and advocacy.

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. Commonwealth Corps members with Epilepsy Foundation New England will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

Note: Corps Members will report to our Central Office in Lowell and travel to their Regions of focus regularly – about once a week. Travel is organization-sponsored. Much of the youth and volunteer engagement will be done via phone and digital tools such as Skype.

Epilepsy Foundation New England is staffed by 15 committed, highly qualified and caring people, with central offices in Lowell MA, supported by a network of more than 300 volunteers. We welcome the opportunity to engage Commonwealth Corps members committed to youth empowerment in a dynamic nonprofit that is helping young people thrive.

Responsibilities:
Essential
• Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 27, 2020.
• Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and Epilepsy Foundation New England including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2019.
• Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
• In partnership with the other Commonwealth Corps member, support the Young Leaders Networks in Boston and Lowell, and take the lead on the Young Leaders Network in Worcester or Springfield. • Collaborate with the Youth Programming team to prepare and coordinate logistics for 2-4 monthly Young Leaders Network meetings per month, including youth recruitment, engagement, and retainment; seeking in-kind meeting space; recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers; and planning activities and guest speakers. • Develop a 3-year action plan to grow the Young Leaders Network in the two regions of focus. • Support the growth of the Young Leaders Networks by developing site-specific Policy and Procedures Manuals, program curricula, and local resource guides for youth. • Create short- and long-term volunteer engagement plans to support the Young Leaders Network in regions of focus. • Conduct outreach to regional nonprofit and other local partners (e.g., hospitals). • Support program evaluation activities and reporting.
Marginal ▪ Maintain records for optimal operating effectiveness using Salesforce. ▪ Use social media for youth and volunteer engagement.

Qualifications:
Required
• Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
• 18 years of age or older
• Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
• Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
• Ability to travel independently across the state via personal or public transportation
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to attend to detail with accuracy while not losing sight of the bigger picture
• Strong time management, project management, and organizational skills
• Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, team-oriented culture and deadline-sensitive environment
• Flexibility, grace under pressure, ability to make strong rational decisions, and a sense of humor
Preferred
• Demonstrable commitment to people with disabilities and/or epilepsy specifically
• Experience as a volunteer (in any capacity).

Member Benefits:
• Stipend of $600 every other week while in service, up to $14,400 (full-time) minus taxes and withholdings;
• Health insurance (individual coverage only);
• Completion award of up to $2,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
• Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $50; Dependent on approval from MSA)
• Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
• Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
• Travel reimbursement from Epilepsy Foundation New England for service-related travel (at the federal mileage rate of $.525/mile and/or public transportation costs);
• Access to free fitness center at central office in Lowell;
• The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays);
• High -quality training and team support in youth engagement, nonprofit program planning, and nonprofit program management;
• Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Term of Service:
• Position Start Date: August 15, 2019
• Position End Date: June 27, 2020
• Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Generally, performed Monday through Friday, 9A to 5P, plus up to two half-Saturdays/month and up to two evenings/month, scheduled with advance notice.

Application Instructions:
• To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by June 1, 2019 to Susan Linn, President/CEO at slinn@epilepsynewengland.org; applications will be reviewed and assessed on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled; therefore, we urge you to apply as soon as possible. In your cover letter, please be sure to explain your interest in the mission of Epilepsy Foundation New England, whether your primary interest is in serving Springfield/Worcester or Lowell/South Shore, and any experience you have working or volunteering with at-risk youth and/or people with disabilities.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.
Epilepsy Foundation New England will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Epilepsy Foundation New England welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

Youth Programming Specialist

Classification: Non Exempt

Salary Grade/Level/Family/Range: Full-time $38,000-$41,270

Reports to: Director of Youth Services

Date: July 25, 2019

This position is dependent on grant funding; Epilepsy Foundation New England anticipates being awarded the grant to fund this position by August 15, 2019.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Summary/Objective: 

Our Young Leaders Network, Kids Connect, and Parent Support programs are a rapidly growing segment of Epilepsy Foundation New England’s services to children and families in MA. The Youth Programming Specialist will lead a year of planning to prepare Epilepsy Foundation New England to use AmeriCorps members to support these services across MA. The Youth Programming Specialist will be tasked with implementing an AmeriCorps Planning Grant.

The Specialist will:

· Conduct Resource Mapping and Engagement with Key Stakeholders, including outreach visits to neurology centers, middle and high schools, institutions of higher ed., families, and youth.

· Conduct outreach and relationship building with nonprofit partners who may act as host sites for AmeriCorps members in So. Shore, No. Shore, Worcester, and Springfield.

· Develop a Guide to AmeriCorps Service Delivery, including refining existing Volunteer Management, Kids Connect, Young Leaders Network, and Parent Group programs for MA based on Resource Mapping. Complete a review of our school-based educational programs. Ensure evaluation systems are in place to monitor program outcomes.

· Preparing for the Foundation to receive AmeriCorps Members in Fall 2020 by writing position descriptions and Recruitment Plan for AmeriCorps Members; Develop AmeriCorps Member orientation/training week and training; Develop monthly AmeriCorps Member Training Schedule; Develop AmeriCorps Handbook for MA, and more.

Competencies:

  1. · Youth Engagement Skills.
  2. · Communication Proficiency.
  3. · Diplomacy.
  4. · Project Management Skills.
  5. · Organization Skills.
  6. · Time Management.
  7. · Creativity.
  8. · Planning.
  9. · Attention to Detail.
  10. · Ability to work independently.
  11. · Computer literacy.
  12. · Flexibility.
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  14. Supervisory Responsibility: None
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  16. Work Environment: This position will be based in Epilepsy Foundation NE’s central office in Lowell MA.
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  18. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products or supplies, up to 20 pounds.
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  20. Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time position with a regular schedule of 8:30 to 5, Monday through Friday. Travel Travel in MA required. Mileage is reimbursedat the Federal mileage rate.
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  22. Required Education and Experience;
  23. · A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in social work, public health, or related · Demonstrable understanding of children and the epilepsy or disability community in MA.
  24. · Volunteer management skills.
  25. · Community organizing skills/experience.
  26. Preferred Education and Experience:
  27. · Demonstration of a commitment or tie into the mission of Epilepsy Foundation NE.
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  29. Additional Eligibility Qualifications: 
  30. Valid driver’s license. Reliable personal transportation.
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  32. AAP/EEO Statement: Epilepsy Foundation New England provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Epilepsy Foundation New England complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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  34. Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.