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Campus Compact AmeriCorps Member – Internships VISTA

Campus Compact AmeriCorps Member – Internships VISTA

POSITION DETAILS

Summary: 

College for Social Innovation (CFSI) and its 13 college and university partners -- in partnership with more than 100 Boston anti-poverty non-profits -- to engage an AmeriCorps member to build capacity and new partnerships needed to dramatically expand the Semester in the City (SITC) experiential education program and thereby build capacity and a bigger, better prepared, and more diverse talent pipeline for Boston’s leading anti-poverty and social justice organizations

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Internship VISTA will develop educational and budget workshops and build partnerships with college success organizations to help low-income college students prepare for successful careers through career workshops and by gaining access to proven high-impact learning opportunities, including the “Semester in the City” program. Responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Create systems and tools to better leverage data in host organization recruitment and partnership management with an eye towards scalability of this capacity. This would include (but is not limited to) creating a data review schedule, building reports in Salesforce, analyzing collected data, ensuring adequate response rates for ongoing progress monitoring of internship placements, streamlining the lead generation and tracking process throughout the recruitment process, and creating tools that will enable the rest of the team to make data-informed decisions
  • Conduct social sector employment landscape analysis and talent needs assessment to enable College for Social Innovation to continue to refine its programming
  • Build new partnerships with 5 or more health and human service organizations (including public health), 5 or more organizations focused on supporting immigrants and/or community organizing for anti-poverty efforts, and 5 or more organizations focused on criminal justice reform and other social sector efforts of interest to crime and justice majors at partner colleges
  • Support capacity building efforts to retain and expand current partners


QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSETS

 

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Strong organizational and research skills, excellent with details and follow-up 
  • interest and experience in coaching and supporting students with a solution and customer service orientation 
  • outstanding interpersonal skills, communication skills with the ability to connect with people 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and relevant experience with relationship building, recruitment and/or systems building 
  • This position can be completed virtually if COVID-19 continues to make in-person work unsafe
  • As part of service, the AmeriCorps member will participate in training and professional development with fellow AmeriCorps members serving at other Campus Compact VISTA projects. Roughly 10-15 percent of the member’s time will be devoted to professional development

TERMS OF AMERICORPS VISTA SERVICE

  • AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to a 12 month, full-time placement
  • Additional outside employment is permitted with approval from the host site supervisor and CCSNE program staff. Outside employment must not interfere with VISTA service
  • A VISTA member is allowed to attend class(es) part-time as long as their studies do not interfere with their VISTA responsibilities. VISTA members must receive approval from host site supervisors before enrolling in courses.
  • The Hatch Act applies to VISTA members at all times during their service, including certain activities during their off-duty hours. A VISTA is prohibited from engaging in any form of political activity (either partisan or nonpartisan) during their years of service. Click here to learn more about the Hatch Act.

STIPEND AND BENEFITS PROVIDED BY AMERICORPS AND CAMPUS COMPACT 

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $1,027.88 
  • End of service award* (AmeriCorps member must choose one of two options)
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,345)
    • End-of-Service Cash Stipend ($1,803.10)
  • Relocation stipend for candidates moving more than 50 miles ($750)
  • Healthcare benefits (AmeriCorps member must choose one of two options)
    • Healthcare allowance for out-of-pocket expenses  
    • Basic healthcare coverage 
  • 10 Days Personal Leave 
  • 10 Days Sick Leave 
  • Child care assistance for children under 13 years of age** 
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender) 
  • 1 year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal positions* 
  • Access to professional development opportunities provided by Campus Compact & AmeriCorps 

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS PROVIDED BY COLLEGE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION 

  • Off-campus housing stipend paid directly to landlord or lender ($250 per month)  
  • Public transportation pass or credit ($90 per month)  
  • Access to free or reduced courses 
  • Access to professional development and training opportunities 
  • Internet or Phone Stipend ($80 per month)

 


College for Social Innovation (CFSI) brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. Our college students, referred to as Social Innovation Fellows, build skills, a digital portfolio, and a professional network that helps to position them to become the next generation of problem solvers for humanity’s tough challenges. Students are placed in a semester-long internship (400 hours) and also take skill-building and reflection classes twice a week as part of a diverse “Semester in the City” cohort.

College for Social Innovation recently completed a three-year pilot of its Semester in the City program, having enrolled 193 students from six colleges and universities and achieved strong initial results. We now have 13 college partners and are looking to further build an innovative and unique educational experience that can add value for students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector.

In the next four to five years, we look to create a nationally recognized curriculum and instructional delivery model that generates strong results while growing to serve 500+ students per year and piloting growth beyond Boston. Ultimately, we aim to build a movement to make it common for millions of college students -- representing the full diversity of the nation -- to gain access to careers in the fast-growing social sector. During their Semester in the City, Fellows participate in well-structured and academically-accredited internships where they learn from real-world experiences, build relationships with mentors, and build personal, professional and academic skills.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

College for Social Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. National Service Alumni (i.e. Military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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