2023-2024 AmeriCorps Member, Full-Time Social Emotional Learning Coach

Hands On Atlanta is hiring!


We're committed to providing a meaningful learning experience for individuals to gain invaluable skills. Candidates that share in our passion for service and civic pride, are who we're looking for.

Some more things you should know:

  • We have a storied, 33-year history of serving the Atlanta community

  • We are a team of fun, community-minded service nerds

  • We like to work hard and aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves when necessary

  • We enjoy a highly-collaborative, hybrid (both in-office and work from home) work environment

Job Description

*All AmeriCorps positions are service opportunities. You are required to serve 10 months of service on a modest living allowance for the duration of the program. *

Are you deeply committed to addressing educational inequities? Can you engage children in interactive, educational and enriching activities? Are you patient, creative, flexible, and resilient? Are you a life-long volunteer who’s not afraid to get your hands dirty? Do you love working with youth? Are you an ardent learner who’s always looking to improve? Can you play nice with children, parents, and school and community leaders?

We Have:
• A 30-year history performing at the forefront of education and the volunteer movement
• A team of fun, top-performing, service-nerds
• An open mind for new ideas and methods
• Programs that are impacting thousands of at-risk youth across Atlanta
• Nationally competitive funding from the Corporation for National Community Service in support of our AmeriCorps program.

You Have:
Passion and dedication for service and education. You might describe yourself as
ambitious, resilient, and a positive force. You are interested in getting your hands dirty in all aspects of our AmeriCorps program, from being a role model to students to being an engaged participant in the AmeriCorps cohort.

Wait, so what is AmeriCorps?
This is an AmeriCorps position. AmeriCorps is a national service program, in which individuals dedicate their time to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Hands On Atlanta’s AmeriCorps program is a 10 month commitment, in which members serve in elementary and middle schools and other local nonprofits. Over the 10 month period (August 2023-May 2024), members serve full time and receive a bi-monthly living stipend and an education award once their service term is complete. AmeriCorps is often called the domestic Peace Corps. Find more information about the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps positions at www.handsonatlanta.org/americorps.

Major areas of responsibility for the AmeriCorps Full-Time Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach position include:
• Coach and mentor a caseload of 10-15 elementary or middle school students and facilitate activities centered around social emotional learning, community engagement, and academic growth.
• Conduct checks with caseload students to provide guidance in their development of SEL competencies, including self-awareness, conflict resolution, communication, and resource utilization.
• Provide behavioral interventions and support to students in order to decrease behavioral incidents and office referrals, ultimately preserving students’ “time-in-class.”
• Create and lead weekly group sessions to help students develop SEL competencies, focusing on self-awareness, peer group selection, conflict avoidance, academic confidence, etc.
• Track student progress through maintaining detailed and accurate records of student meetings, interventions, and group sessions and teacher/staff observations. Submit timely progress reports of student data using Hands On Atlanta’s internal software and assist collecting broader student data sets as needed.
• Support teachers and school administrators by assisting students, co-planning lessons, leading learning activities, and participating in school events.
• Foster meaningful and productive relationships with students, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school officials, and parents.
• Coordinate and support volunteers during national and local days of service, including MLK Day and Hands On Atlanta Week.
• Participate in AmeriCorps trainings and development
• Be an engaged member of the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps cohort and service leader at your host school.

Full-time members will receive a living stipend of $17,000 and an education award of $6,895 after successfully completing the 1,700 hours of service. AmeriCorps members, if eligible, are encouraged to apply for food benefits (SNAP/EBT) while they are in service. Members may apply for loan forbearance on federal loans that qualify.

All members receive extensive, ongoing training to support their development, including 1:1 mentorship, community building activities, and robust educational and professional development training.


In order to be eligible to serve as a full-time Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps member, you must meet these eligibility requirements at the start of service.

  • Able to commit to completing 1,700 hours of full-time service over 10 months
  • Car to navigate in and around the Atlanta area
  • Able to clear state and federal background checks
  • Able to clear a NSOPW check
  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S.

Preferred Experience

Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:
• Professional and/or community service experience in schools and nonprofits, and with children
• Understanding of social and emotional learning competencies and coaching strategies
• Demonstrated leadership ability
• Adaptability and perseverance in the face of obstacles

• Strong interpersonal skills
• High level of professionalism
• Ability to maintain positive and respectful rapport with students, guidance counselors/social workers, parents, and community members
• Able to seek out and work effectively with others who have diverse perspectives, talents, and backgrounds; contribute to a team climate in which differences are valued and supported
• Effective communication skills, including comfort with public speaking
• Highly organized; ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and achieve goals in a face-paced environment
• Ability to create thoughtful and thorough documentation of interactions with children, parents, and volunteers
• Eagerness to learn, contribute, and grow

Recruitment Process

The application process is on a rolling basis February-July 2023. We encourage applicants to apply early. Please visit our website for more details. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a phone screen and a subset of candidates screened over the phone will be invited for a virtual networking round. AmeriCorps requires a separate online application that candidates will complete as well before their final interview and site placement match interview. After a successful match has been made, candidates will be invited to join the 2023-2024 AmeriCorps cohort.

This position is an AmeriCorps service position. It is considered "service" and members are considered "service members" rather than "employees." As such, the compensation is a stipend/living allowance rather than salary. Upon termination of service, either at the end of the service term or premature termination, members are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

**Only candidates who are able to commit to a school year of service (August 2023 - May 2024) should consider/apply for this opportunity. **

Due to high volume of interest, please no phone call inquiries regarding this position.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Start Date: 01 August 2023
  • Location: Atlanta