Corps Team Leader
ABOUT THE POSITION
A Jumpstart team leader collaborates with a team of Corps members to provide educational activities to young children and families. Responsibilities include planning and implementing effective Jumpstart sessions using the Jumpstart curriculum, facilitating team meetings, and coaching Corps members to use developmentally appropriate practices with young children. The team leader plays a variety of roles, including coach, trainer and observer and is essential to making Jumpstart a high quality program. The Jumpstart team leader position is open to Jumpstart Corps members and alumni who have completed at least one year of service. In some cases, it is also open to undergraduate or graduate students who have early childhood education backgrounds and can serve in a team leader role.
TEAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES
Team leaders complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, Corps members serve 200/300 hours, 12-16 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities in two main settings:
- Able to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children, children’s families and classroom teachers and model appropriate interactions for team members.
- Able to facilitate connections between Corps members and children’s families including multiple means of communication (notes, newsletters, in-person conversations, etc.).
- Able to professionally represent Jumpstart at partner early childhood center when questions and concerns arise for the team.
- Able to arrange his/ her own transportation to service site in a timely and reliable fashion.
- In the classroom
- Able to fully participate in and lead a team of adults in implementing Jumpstart sessions with preschool-age children – two sessions per week for two hours each session for a total of four hours a week. Session time includes a variety of activities such as Reading, Circle Time, Let’s Find Out About It, and activity stations during Center Time, each lasting for intervals of approximately 5-45 minutes. Team leaders lead and/or manage these activities and ensure that session follows Jumpstart programmatic guidelines.
- Able to interact with children at their level in a classroom setting with high activity and noise levels and other varying environmental conditions. Interaction includes being able to move around the classroom to participate in various activities with the children.
- Able to see both print and illustrations in order to read children’s books
- Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to implement the Jumpstart program. Includes reading children’s books, song charts, and materials in the classroom
- Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to implement the Jumpstart program. Includes writing children’s names and demonstrating how to write words and letters for children.
- Outside the classroom
- Able to participate fully in 30+ hours of pre-service (including additional team leader training) and 10+ hours of on-going in-service trainings, and weekly team leader meetings, broken down in 2-8 hour increments/ exact increments will vary. Trainings are delivered in a variety of formats (such as lectures, PowerPoint presentations, small group discussions, and role plays), with other Corps members in a training room.
- Able to lead a team of adults during 1+ hour team planning meetings and session preparation two times per week, which includes demonstration, planning, reflection, and/or training, 2-5 hours per week, working with other Corps members in a small group to reflect on and plan for weekly sessions.
- Able to complete 1-5 hours weekly of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart sessions. This includes preparing for team leader-led session elements (such as Circle Time and Let’s Find Out About It) and gathering materials for session activities.
- Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes reading session plans and training manuals.
- Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes writing reflections and written responses to questions in training
- Able to participate fully in 2-5 additional hours in classroom assistance time, which involves activities such as helping with snack time, assisting teachers with children’s activities, and engaging children in outdoor play. This participation involves working with preschool-age children and other adults in a preschool classroom (the number of hours in the classroom is determined by the total hour commitment if applicable).
- Able to attend periodic service days and events outside of regularly scheduled service, occasionally held on weekends. May involve leading one’s team in these activities.
- Able to professionally and accurately represent Jumpstart at community meetings, if requested.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Strong language and communication skills
- Experience in a leadership role, preferably with college students/peers
- Ability to lead a team of diverse Corps members to effectively plan and implement Jumpstart sessions in accordance with Jumpstart programmatic guidance
- Ability to manage and prioritize time and multiple responsibilities
- Dedication to early childhood education
- Experience working with young children, and/or a desire to learn more about early childhood education
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with children’s families
- Willingness to learn about session implementation and planning
- Willingness to implement Jumpstart’s research based curriculum with integrity
- Ability to work well on a team to collaborate, communicate, and problem solve
- Desire to seek opportunities for self and team growth
- Willingness to receive and provide feedback in an effort to improve quality of one’s service in the program
- Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible in different contexts, such as in training, scheduling, in the classroom, with unexpected changes
- Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families
- Commitment to service
- Community service experience and/ or a desire to serve in the community
- Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
- Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- Potential to earn a Federal Work-Study award during term of service
- AmeriCorps members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service term based on the hours commitment level
- Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
- Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
- Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children