Programs Associate, BAYAC AmeriCorps

Position Programs Associate Reports to Programs Manager or Programs Director, depending on the specific role Based at One of three writing centers in San Francisco, some roles with substantial time at school sites Status One­-year AmeriCorps service position, through BAYAC Hours Full-time (40 hours/week), Monday through Friday, with some evening or weekend hours. Schedules vary depending on the specific role To apply Complete this short online application, and email your resume and cover letter to hiring@826valencia.org, with the position title in the subject line. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, since we review applications on a rolling basis and will hire until all positions are filled.
This is a one-year, full-time AmeriCorps service position (40 hours/week), through Bay Area Community Resources. We’re seeking to hire several AmeriCorps members to support various 826 Valencia programs starting in August 2020.

In these roles, AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to work closely with our youth, volunteers, and staff to encourage students to share what they have to say with the world as published authors. The ideal candidates love working with youth, believe that every young person can achieve at the highest levels, and will do their best to provide necessary support.  Ideal candidates can persevere through challenges in pursuit of improved outcomes for the youth we serve.

Who We Are
826 Valencia is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our innovative model has inspired more than 40 like-minded organizations world-wide.   We offer a highly collaborative, hardworking, fun work environment full of passionate professionals who strive to create programs that transform our students’ relationships to writing, and build an inclusive community that meets the needs and reflects the diverse backgrounds of our students.

Major Responsibilities
  • Tutor and mentor students and provide individualized support to high-­need students, in order to improve students’ writing skills and build their confidence and pride in telling their stories.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and feedback to volunteers and interns so they can effectively tutor students, follow 826 Valencia policies and processes, and escalate situations to the attention of 826 Valencia staff as needed.
  • Curate and copy-edit student writing by correcting errors, applying style guidelines consistently, and identifying themes so publications are appealing and meet professional standards.
  • Build relationships with volunteers so they are receptive to feedback, are consistent and reliable volunteers, and want to deepen their engagement with the organization.
  • Maintain data on students and volunteers in Salesforce to track students’ progress and volunteers’ hours, as part of an effort to maintain a low student-to-tutor ratio.
  • Actively participate in 826 Valencia meetings, on various teams and committees, and other work events, to develop their professional skills and gain a well-rounded experience of non-profit work.
  • Attend BAYAC AmeriCorps Team Days twice a month with a regional cohort of youth educators, and all other required BAYAC events including Days of Service, to develop their professional skills and learn concepts relevant to their daily work at 826 Valencia.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • For Mission Center Programs Associates: Fill a variety of roles as appropriate to support the success of the Field Trips Program and create an engaging experience for students. Depending on the associate’s abilities and the program’s needs, roles may involve group facilitation, illustration, book production and assembly, or acting.
Various Positions Available! Additional Job Details:
  • The BVHM Programs Associate primarily works with students ages eight to 14 and is supervised by Ashley Smith, Programs Manager. Typical hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through 6:30 p.m., with some evening or weekend hours. This role is based at the Mission Center, 826 Valencia St., and spends substantial time at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School (BVHM). Spanish language skills are useful in this role.
  • The In-Schools Programs Associate primarily works with students ages 11 to 18 and is supervised by Ryan Young, Programs Manager. Typical hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m., with some evening or weekend hours, and the work schedule may vary depending on the day and duties. This role is based at the Mission Center, 826 Valencia St., with substantial time at various schools sites, especially Everett Middle School and Mission High School.
  • The Mission Bay Programs Associate primarily works with students ages six to 14 and is supervised by Karla Brundage, Programs Manager. Typical hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through 6:30 p.m., with some evening or weekend hours. This role is based at the Mission Bay Center, 1310 4th St., and spends substantial time at various schools sites, such as Bret Harte, Malcolm X Academy and Starr King Elementary Schools.
  • The Mission Center Programs Associate primarily works with students ages six to ­18 and is supervised by a Programs Manager tbd. Typical hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. through 6 p.m., OR noon to 8:30 p.m., depending on the day and duties. The role is based at the Mission Center, 826 Valencia St. Spanish language skills are useful in this role.
  • The Tenderloin Programs Associate primarily works with students ages six to ­18 and is supervised by Jillian Wasick, Programs Director. Typical hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. through 6 p.m., with some evening or weekend hours, and the work schedule may vary depending on the day and duties. This role is based at the Tenderloin Center, 180 Golden Gate Ave.
Requirements
You’ll be Successful in This Role If You…
  • Earned a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have prior work or volunteer experience with group facilitation and youth development, and have worked directly with young people
  • Possess strong organizational skills and are adaptable; you are able to handle multiple tasks and contribute to a variety of projects at once
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Are able to work with a culturally-diverse student population and staff, and have a track record of communicating authentically and respectfully to resolve conflict, even across lines of difference
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, are team-oriented, are able to work with a variety stakeholders and audiences, and can leverage the right people and resources to achieve outcomes
  • Able to manage your own work, ensuring high quality and timely delivery, and can adjust work accordingly to incorporate others’ perspectives
  • Openly and regularly communicate information about progress toward goals with your supervisor and team, and can contribute to a culture of giving and receiving input
  • Demonstrate awareness of your own feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and their impact on others, and seek to understand your strengths and limitations
  • Are able to complete a background check and tuberculosis screening
Bonus Points if You:
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Have case management skills and related experience
  • Possess any fluency level in spoken and/or written Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Tagalog, and/or Vietnamese
Benefits & Compensation through Bay Area Community Resources (BACR):
  • $1,800 monthly living allowance that does not affect eligibility work-study, any other federal student aid, or other federal need-based programs such as food stamps, Section 8 housing, or public housing.
  • Education Award of $6,095 granted upon completing a year of service (1,700 hours), to be used on college, trade school, or other educational expenses
  • Forbearance on most existing student loans, so you do not have to make any payments while in service. Once you have successfully completed the term of service, the National Service Trust will pay the interest that accrued on any student loans while you were serving.
  • Health insurance and access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Subsidized childcare for eligible members
Additional Perks from 826 Valencia
  • Possible additional monthly stipend from 826 Valencia (budget permitting)
  • Support determining eligibility and applying for public benefits such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal, and support searching for a job starting in Spring 2021
  • Reimbursement for local work-related travel expenses, such as between writing centers and school sites
  • 30-percent discount on any purchases at the three 826 Valencia stores: King Carl’s Emporium, Pirate Supply Store, and Woodland Creatures Outfitters
  • Occasional opportunities, such as free tickets to the Opera or a Giants game
  • AmeriCorps associates who wish to enroll their children in our programs may do so, as long as said participation does not displace our focal program participants
 

826 Valencia is a BAYAC partner site committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. Black, Indigenous and other people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 826 Valencia does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, political orientation, disability, veteran status, or gender identity or expression.

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