In addition to directly supporting preschool children in the classroom, 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 working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. 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 consist of a combination 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:
- Able to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, volunteers, and key partner groups, both in person and over virtual settings.
- Able to arrange their own transportation to volunteer events in a timely and reliable fashion for any in person service activities.
- Able to use technology effectively to access systems and platforms for electronic documents, communications, trainings, and any delivery of virtual service activities
- Volunteer Recruitment and Training
- Recruit required number of volunteers to provide the required number of service hours needed (varies by site/program).
- Recruit volunteers for short-term (one day/time) service activities and/or long-term (multiple days/times) service projects. This includes events such as Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record, MLK Day Jr. Day of Service, and Jumpstart for a Day. Recruitment may occur through in person or virtual methods, posting to social media, holding recruitment events or online meetings, etc.
- Present Jumpstart’s mission and service opportunities to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff to recruit volunteers in person and online.
- Coordinate all volunteer required criminal history checks for participation in a volunteer event.
- 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 early childhood program partners.
- Assist site staff in implementation of service projects and support volunteers for service projects held at partner early childhood centers or through virtual methods.
- Assist site staff in implementation of events related to Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
- Work with site staff and Jumpstart 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 schedules and list of events.
- Communicate and engage regularly with volunteers through check-in phone calls, e-mails, virtual meetings, and personal appreciation for their efforts.
- Work with Jumpstart site staff to ensure volunteer criminal history check requirements are fulfilled and all required paperwork is collected, either in person or electronically, and is organized appropriately.
- Document and log volunteer hours in volunteer tracking tool and report hours to Jumpstart.
- 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, electronic forms, 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 Jumpstart members.
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, Jumpstart 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 of potential volunteers
- 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, dependability, and ability to simultaneously manage multiple priorities
- 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 – 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 SegalAmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their 200/300 hour service term
- 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 an equal opportunity organization and encourages applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, political affiliation, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Qualified individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Jumpstart will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals throughout the application process and during Jumpstart service. Accommodation requests should be directed to the Jumpstart office to which you are applying. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Please note that not all Jumpstart sites are directly supported by AmeriCorps.