AmeriCorps Member Position Description

Service Areas

Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Education, Health, Nutrition

Helpful Skills

Project Management, Writing/editing, Public Speaking, Recruitment, Communications, Computers/Technology, Design, Fund raising/grant writing, Leadership, Teaching, Community Organization, Community Outreach, Effective Time management, strong interpersonal skills

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older by September 1, 2015
  • Must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must have some college experience
  • Must be able to complete 300 service hours by August 31, 2016
  • Completion of monthly AmeriCorps Report and Reflection Narratives
  • Timely submission of biweekly timesheet to report service hours
  • Must be able to attend regularly scheduled program meetings as required

Responsibilities

  • Attend the AmeriCorps orientation and trainings as required
  • Complete and submit monthly reports in a timely manner
  • Serve as a liaison between the local community and Healthiest State Initiative
  • Implement specific programs in community, schools, and workplaces in order to decrease levels of obesity.
    • Research possible policy changes communities can make to improve walkability, conduct walking school bus route assessments and provide educational presentations about Safe Routes to School
    • Research possible policy/procedure changes schools and workplaces can make to reorganize lunch areas or cafeterias to a Smarter Lunchroom model, conduct smarter lunchroom assessments and provide educational presentations about Smarter Lunchroom
    • Provide educational presentations to community members on Complete Streets programming
  • Implement specific programs in workplaces in order to decrease tobacco use and increase morale
    • Educate workplaces on ways to implement Tobacco Free policies.
    • Delivering a training (called TEAM Training) focused on improving interpersonal skills among employees and staff in order to reduce workplace stress.
  • Develop and design effective communications and marketing materials to be used in public presentations
  • Deliver public presentations and education workshops regarding Healthiest State Initiative goals
  • Develop relationships with local leaders in order to advance the Healthiest State Initiative
  • Communicate in a professional manner with local leaders
  • Recruit 10 volunteers to assist with member activities

Member Benefits

  • Living Stipend paid monthly ($1,370 for minimum-time members, total paid out monthly)
  • Education Award upon successful completion of service ($1,212 for minimum-time members)
  • Opportunity to receive forbearance on qualified student loans during term of service.
  • Collaborate with a variety of community and state partners.
  • Post-service job referrals by networking with community and state partners.
  • Gain hands-on experience recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Gain hands-on experience organizing community service learning events.

Work Schedule

  • Complete 300 hours of service over 11-week service term
  • Hours will be determined with host site; some flexibilty may be allowed

 PRINCIPAL WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

  • Program Coordinator – The ICHAP Program Coordinator maintains the final authority in recruiting and exiting AmeriCorps members from their service contracts.  Members and site supervisors are expected to keep consistent and on-going communication with the Program Manager throughout the program year.  The Program Coordinator is available to members by phone, e-mail, and in-person to answer any program-related questions.
  • Host Site Supervisor - Site supervisors provide local level and daily supervision of members.  In consultation with the Program Coordinator, site supervisors have the ability to recruit and exit members from their service contracts.  If issues arise regarding a member’s service position and corresponding responsibilities, members should speak with site supervisors first, followed by the Program Coordinator.
  • Community Partner Staff, Volunteers, University Staff, Students, Fellow ICHAP Members - AmeriCorps members will work on a daily and weekly basis with a variety of staff, volunteers, community partners, student peers and fellow AmeriCorps members.  At all times, AmeriCorps members are required to act in a safe, respectful, professional, and team-oriented manner with the program’s support and volunteer partners.

Performance Evaluation

The site supervisor will conduct member performance evaluations of the above responsibilities and duties at the end of members’ terms of service.

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