*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?
• 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.
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 2020-May 2021), members serve full time and receive a bi-monthly living stipend of $1,600.00 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 20-30 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.
• Debrief SEL caseload student needs with school staff and SEL team at least once a week; collect teacher observations, discuss behavior management strategies, 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.
• Promote and conduct outreach for Discovery, our Saturday enrichment program, to increase student participation and assist in curriculum development.
• Attend Discovery and engage with community volunteers up to 10 Saturdays over the school year. This includes helping with volunteer recruitment and recognition, sign-in, lesson facilitation, and student support.
• Coordinate and support volunteers during national and local days of service, including MLK Day and Hands On Atlanta Day.
• Create and maintain a “service journal” to capture reflections and stories of impact.
• Participate in AmeriCorps trainings and development days and complete a Leadership/Legacy project at the end of your service term.
• Be an engaged member of the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps cohort and service leader at your host school.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Hands On Atlanta provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hands On Atlanta complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
In order to be eligible to serve as a part-time Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps member, you must meet these eligibility requirements at the start of service.
• Able to commit to completing 900 hours of full-time service over 10 months
• Have a bachelor’s degree or are currently pursuing your bachelor’s
• 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.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and ability to navigate in and around greater Atlanta