In addition to supporting the work of college students as Corps members, Jumpstart also engages a variety of community members as volunteers who contribute their time and talent to enhance Jumpstart’s service to our partner early childhood centers and the community at large.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Learn more at www.jstart.org.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The volunteer coordinator recruits, assists in training, and manages volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. The volunteers recruited, oriented, and trained by the volunteer coordinator should reflect a balance of college students, local community service organizations, and others who can participate in a range of volunteer service projects. Volunteer service project categories include one-day, short-term, and long-term service projects.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Volunteer coordinators serve 200/300 hours, 8-12 hours per week in the following areas:
- Volunteer Recruitment and Training
- Recruit required number of volunteers to provide the required number of service hours needed (varies by site)
- Recruit volunteers for one-day, short-term, and/or long-term service projects. This includes Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record event. Recruitment is through in-person conversations, posting to social media, holding recruitment events, etc.
- Present Jumpstart’s mission and service opportunities to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff to recruit volunteers.
- Collaborate on preparation of service project materials.
- Co-facilitate and support training of volunteers on topics such as reading to young children, assembling literacy materials, and filling out volunteer paperwork.
- Planning and Implementation
- Assist site staff in identifying volunteer service projects through needs assessment and ongoing communication with partner early childhood centers.
- Assist site staff in implementation of service projects and support volunteers for service projects held at partner early childhood centers.
- Assist site staff in implementation of events related to Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
- Research relevant community organizations to coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for Corps members
- Work with site staff and Corps members to plan on-going and/or annual volunteer appreciation events
- Solicit in-kind donations to support service projects according to AmeriCorps guidelines.
- Volunteer Management and Tracking
- Work with Jumpstart site staff to manage volunteers from Jumpstart’s corporate partners
- Establish and regularly update volunteer schedule and list of events
- Communicate and engage regularly with volunteers through check-in phone calls, e-mails, and personal appreciations for their efforts
- Work with Jumpstart site staff to ensure volunteer criminal background check requirements are fulfilled and all required paperwork is collected and organized appropriately
- Document and log volunteer hours in volunteer tracking tool and report hours to Jumpstart regional office.
- Evaluation of Volunteer Activities
- Collect, manage, and compile feedback from all parties involved in volunteer service projects, including volunteers, partnering early childhood center staff, and community members through written reports, testimonials, and verbal comments.
- Share feedback with site staff to acknowledge strengths, successes and to make improvements for future volunteer activities
- Research relevant community organizations to coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for Corps members.
- Serve 8-12 hours a week during the school year
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Dedication to volunteerism and coordinating volunteer activities
- Experience in leadership role
- Experience recruiting, training, managing, and supporting groups of people to address community needs through service projects
- Ability to build relationships and work with volunteers, Corps members, and community members
- Track record of planning and implementing events
- Desire to learn about Jumpstart practices, including early childhood best practices
- Strong language and communication skills (written and oral)
- Ability to give presentations to large groups
- Desire to share the Jumpstart mission with the community
- 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
- Ability to work well independently and on a team
- Availability and dependability
- Willingness to be flexible in different contexts and able to handle unexpected changes, such as in training or during a service project
- Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families
- Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively and resourcefully
- Focus on achievement of goals and completion of projects in a timely manner
- Experience with Microsoft Office programs â€“ Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
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
- Professional training and support to implement volunteer projects and events
- Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
- Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children
Jumpstart is available to all, without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, religion, or other legally protected status as recognized by federal, state, or local law.
Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.