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JVS AmeriCorps Members

JVS AmeriCorps members work in programs throughout JVS, including Refugee Services, Academic Services, Business Services, and Skill Training Programs, helping our clients find their pathway to economic success and financial independence. Read about some of our open AmeriCorps positions below and learn how you can apply!

How to Apply:

Please note that acceptance for these positions requires acceptance to an AmeriCorps program. These are unpaid positions, with living allowance and educational reward offered through the AmeriCorps program.

Apply to NAIP: https://www.miracoalition.org/apply-to-naip-americorps

Apply to Notre Dame: http://www.ndmva.org/apply/ (search for “Notre Dame” in Massachusetts)

Be sure to indicate your interest in serving at JVS!

About JVS:

Learn more about JVS’s mission and values here.

JVS is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities. By providing and supporting a work culture that fosters and builds upon diversity and its strengths, JVS will better serve our local communities and continue to provide quality services.

Open JVS AmeriCorps Service Descriptions:

Supervisor:

Dana Dyer, Manager of Refugee Services

Hours:

Monday - Friday – 9:00AM – 5:00 PM

Department Overview:

JVS’s Refugee Services has provided direct employment services to local refugee populations for over 40 years. These services are offered to refugees, political asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certified victims of human trafficking, and other work-authorized immigrants. Services include job search assistance, resume and interview preparation, cultural orientation, pre-employment vocational English language classes, job placement and follow-up and post-employment support. Over 80% of our participants are hired per year and our 85% job retention rate is higher than similar job placement agencies in Boston. To achieve these outcomes, JVS partners with over 1,400 employers in hospitality, retail, agriculture, education, health care, sales, manufacturing, and business; and supports participants in finding and maintaining gainful employment that can lead to successful careers.

Position Summary:

The Vocational Case Manager/Teaching Assistant is responsible for providing case management; and career counseling and training assistance to designated low income, refugee and immigrant participants in the Refugee Services department. They are also responsible for supporting the curriculum development and facilitation of our VESOL (Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes and assisting with workshops/trainings as needed. This individual will gain knowledge about issues related to resettled refugees and political asylees and be committed to assisting them to obtain economic self-sufficiency through job search and training strategies. Works collaboratively with the Refugee Services staff to identify participants’ barriers to employment and address them, with the goal of creating opportunities for individuals that will lead to successful job placement, retention and career advancement.

The Vocational Case Manager and/or Instructor is responsible for providing any of the following job readiness services (percentage of time allocated to each area may vary based on agency needs):

  1. Provide vocational case management to reduce clients’ barriers to employment, with focus on helping participants enroll their children in free or low-cost child care so they can participate in job search programs and achieve job outcomes. This includes maintaining a client caseload, helping with child care searches, communicating with child care providers and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, and accompanying clients to appointments as needed
  2. Facilitate and oversee weekly group orientations for new students. This includes screening and recruiting candidates, communicating with partner agencies around individual referrals, and making referrals to other JVS services or external partners as needed.
  3. Vocational English as a Second Language instruction, including volunteer coordination and curriculum development as needed

Essential Functions:

Vocational Case Management

  • Maintains active caseload of participants with case management needs to reduce barriers to employment. Primary caseload will include clients seeking child care services in order to successfully participate in job search and begin employment.
  • Conducts intake interviews to assess client needs.
  • Provides assistance with accessing child care and other services as needed (i.e. transportation, housing, public benefits such as TANF/TAFDC and SNAP) that may support participants’ progress towards achieving employment and self-sufficiency goals.
  • As needed, accompanies clients to appointments with community agencies and government offices in Greater Boston area via public transportation to resolve case management issues related to securing child care.
  • Tracks participant needs, activities and outcomes, including: program participation, progress towards locating child care services, job placement, job retention, job upgrades, access to support services, and enrollment in continuing education and training programs.
  • Maintains clear, accurate, up-to-date data and case notes in electronic database and hard-copy files.
  • Collaborates with career coaches to support client activities which include initial goal setting, (both short- and long-term), career planning and educational services leading to job placement, skills upgrades and career advancement.
  • Works collaboratively with and encourages collaboration between Refugee Services team members to ensure performance goals and client needs are met.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Refugee Group Intake Facilitator

  • Facilitate weekly group intake for Refugee Employment Services programs.
  • Screen referrals for eligibility and interest, and contact individuals to ensure attendance at orientation.
  • Track attendance results of weekly group intake, and communicate results with Refugee staff and partner agencies.
  • Problem-solve with partner agencies as needed for individuals facing barriers to participation.
  • Train and oversee volunteers supporting tasks related to weekly group intake
  • Refer clients to other JVS services and external partners when appropriate.

Vocational ESOL Teaching Assistant

  • Oversee instruction of the Advanced level ESOL class; and liaise with staff instructors, career coaches, and volunteer teachers regarding students and the class.
  • Assists staff and volunteer teachers with administrative responsibilities related to classroom management and tracking attendance.
  • Provides supporting role to instructors and volunteer teachers for VESOL classes. As needed, lead/co-lead class.
  • As needed, develop and expand upon existing curriculum and plan lessons.
  • As needed, develops and participates in short-term vocational trainings for participants.
  • When teaching:
    • Deliver all subject matter outlined in the curriculum with the goal of ensuring that students obtain the predetermined vocational and language skills for employment outcomes.
    • Assign, edit and correct student work in a timely and ongoing basis.
    • Evaluate student progress on a regular basis. Provide students with feedback regarding performance in class and any obstacles that may be impeding progress.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Additional Functions:

  • Attends and actively participates in staff meetings, team-based projects and actively participates in cross-functional contract terms.
  • Actively participates in interagency planning to assure participants’ needs are being effectively addressed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


View the NAIP full service description at: http://bit.ly/NAIP1819_JVS2

Supervisor:

Isabel Hanson, Lead Career Coach

Hours:

Monday - Friday – 9:00AM – 5:00 PM

Department Overview:

JVS’s Refugee Services has provided direct employment services to local refugee populations for over 40 years. These services are offered to refugees, political asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certified victims of human trafficking, and other work-authorized immigrants. Services include job search assistance, resume and interview preparation, cultural orientation, pre-employment vocational English language classes, job placement and follow-up and post-employment support. Over 80% of our participants are hired per year and our 85% job retention rate is higher than similar job placement agencies in Boston. To achieve these outcomes, JVS partners with over 1,400 employers in hospitality, retail, agriculture, education, health care, sales, manufacturing, and business; and supports participants in finding and maintaining gainful employment that can lead to successful careers.

Position Summary:

The Vocational Training Partnerships (VTP) Instructor is responsible for providing short-term training instruction and career counseling to low income, refugee and immigrant participants in the Refugee Services department. JVS VTP programs include Customer Service, Food Service, Hospitality, and Bank Career trainings that take place on-site at JVS’ office and off-site with partner employers.

This individual will gain knowledge about issues related to resettled refugees and political asylees and be committed to assisting them to obtain economic self-sufficiency through job search and training strategies. Works collaboratively with the Refugee Services staff to identify participants’ barriers to employment and address them, with the goal of creating opportunities for individuals that will lead to successful job placement, retention and career advancement.

Essential Functions:

VTP Instruction and Administration

  • Assists with recruitment and pre-screening of students interested in Vocational Training Programs.
  • Actively leads and participates in Vocational Training Program classes, leading discussions and activities.
  • Develops and expands upon existing curriculum and plans lessons.
  • Delivers all subject matter outlined in the curriculum with the goal of ensuring that students obtain the vocational and language skills needed for employment outcomes.
  • Evaluates student progress on a regular basis, provides students with feedback regarding performance in class, and provides support to address any obstacles that may be impeding progress.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with volunteer classroom aides and mentors for each training topic, and delegates tasks for small-group and one-on-one instruction by volunteers during class time.
  • As needed, assists with instruction and curriculum development in other Refugee Services Vocational English classes.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Career Coaching (for VTP and other Refugee Services clients as needed)

  • Screens and conducts participant intake interviews and orientations.
  • Assists participants in initial goal setting (both short- and long-term), career planning and educational services leading to job placement, skills upgrades and career advancement.
  • Maintains active caseload of pre-employment and post-employment participants.
  • Works with clients to develop resumes and practice interview skills.
  • Conducts outreach to employers with open positions in industries related to VTP programs.
  • Tracks participant needs, activities and outcomes, including: program participation, job placement, job retention, job upgrades, support service needs and enrollment in continuing education and training programs.
  • Maintains clear, accurate, up-to-date information and case notes in electronic database and paper files.
  • Works collaboratively with and encourages collaboration between Refugee Services team members to ensure performance goals are met.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Additional Functions:

  • Attends and actively participates in staff meetings, team-based projects and actively participates in cross-functional contract terms.
  • Actively participates in interagency planning to assure participants’ needs are being effectively addressed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

View the NAIP full service description at http://bit.ly/NAIP1819_JVS1

Supervisor:

Hannah Odaa, Manager, Employment Services

Hours:

Typically Monday - Friday – 9:00AM – 5:00 PM; occasionally may be asked to work flexible hours

Department Overview:

JVS’s Refugee Services has provided direct employment services to local refugee populations for over 40 years. These services are offered to refugees, political asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certified victims of human trafficking, and other work-authorized immigrants. Services include job search assistance, resume and interview preparation, cultural orientation, pre-employment vocational English language classes, job placement and follow-up and post-employment support. Over 80% of our participants are hired per year and our 85% job retention rate is higher than similar job placement agencies in Boston. To achieve these outcomes, JVS partners with over 1,400 employers in hospitality, retail, agriculture, education, health care, sales, manufacturing, and business; and supports participants in finding and maintaining gainful employment that can lead to successful careers.

Position Summary:

The Career Coach Assistant is responsible for providing career support services and training assistance to designated low income, immigrant participants in the English for Advancement (EFA) program, within the Refugee Services department. They are also responsible for interviewing program candidates, assisting with the enrollment process, orienting new participants, providing career coaching, and facilitating workshops and trainings for participants. This individual will gain knowledge about issues related to immigrants and be committed to assisting them to obtain economic self-sufficiency through job search and training strategies. Works collaboratively with the Refugee Services and Business Services staff to identify participants’ barriers to employment and address them, with the goal of creating opportunities for individuals that will lead to successful job placement, retention and career advancement.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists participants to remove employment barriers and increase job readiness; maintain active caseload of program participants
  • Works with participants to improve resumes and write cover letters; practices for job interviews and accompanies to interviews
  • Assists participants in goal setting (both short- and long-term), career planning and educational services leading to job placement, skills upgrades, career advancement, and networking
  • Coordinates with team to complete the lottery process to enroll new participants, including contacting program candidates and accepted students
  • Creates and facilitates job readiness workshops; may participate in short-term vocational trainings for participants

Additional Functions:

  • Makes referrals to appropriate post-placement services, both internal and external, including English classes, continued educations, job skills trainings, financial services, CareerSolution, etc.
  • Complete phone calls to potential students, sharing program details and signing them up for a program orientation
  • Tracks participant needs, activities and outcomes, including: program participation, job placement, job retention, job upgrades, support service needs and enrollment in continuing education and training programs
  • Maintains clear, accurate, up-to-date information and case notes in agency database (ETO) and student files
  • May attend community events/groups to share information and program flyers, conduct outreach to local businesses, and produce participant success story write ups to share
  • May conduct outreach to employers with open positions that correspond with job seekers' employment needs
  • Attends and actively participates in staff meetings and team-based projects
  • Participates in inter-agency initiatives to assure participants' needs are being effectively addressed
  • Assists with English for Advancement information sessions, as needed
  • Works collaboratively with and encourages collaboration between Refugee Department team members to ensure performance goals are met
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Locations:

English for Advancement class sites currently include JVS Boston, East Boston, Lynn, Lowell, and Lawrence. This AmeriCorps member may serve in multiple sites, and will based at one or two of the sites (Lawrence, Lowell, or Lynn), as mutually agreed upon with selected candidate. Travel is required; public transportation use is recommended.

Supervisor:

Barbara Garner, Vice President, Academic Services

Hours:

Typically Monday - Friday – 9:00AM – 5:00 PM

Position Summary:

The Academic Services Teacher/Tutor Coordinator works collaboratively with the Academic Services team to provide services to Adult Diploma Pathway (ADP) and Hyde Park ESOL students. The ADP program provides adults seeking high school diplomas with classroom-based education and support that enables them to fulfill the requirements for the Boston Public Schools’ Adult Diploma. The ESOL program provides instruction to English as a Second Language to students.

The AmeriCorps member spends 4 days/week working in the ADP tutoring labs, provides one-on-one tutoring to students, serves as a substitute as needed, and participates in all the work of the ADP team. The AmeriCorps member spends 1 day/week supporting instructors teaching vocational ESOL to adult ESOL students in JVS’s Hyde Park ESOL program.

Essential Functions:

Build relationships, collaboration and teamwork:

  • Work collaboratively with and encourage collaboration between team members to ensure goals are met
  • Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and team-based projects
  • Provide assistance to fellow team members when needed
  • Support and promote the mission and philosophy of JVS both internally and outside the agency
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders (clients/students, partner organizations) and work collaboratively in a structured and on-going manner
  • Create an environment where all students feel heard, can express ideas, learn and problem solve in creative ways

Accountable and results focused:

  • Staff ADP drop in tutoring labs
  • Provide one on one tutoring to individual students
  • Review student portfolios for appropriate content
  • Provide high quality service to learners
  • Perform other related duties as required
  • Prepare students for job interviews

Administration/Communication:

  • Maintain all necessary files and records and prepares reports as necessary
  • Keep volunteer and student logs
  • Work collaboratively with team members to ensure performance goals are met
  • Communicate regularly with Supervisor to insure smooth delivery of services
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong teaching skills
  • Strong job search skills
  • Comfortable teaching grammar and other subjects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse group of students
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; relevant major preferred but not required (Teaching, ESOL, for example).

Key Competencies:

  • Promotes Agency
  • Initiative
  • Building Relationships, Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Adapting to Change
  • Accountability and Results Focused
  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Competency and Respect
  • Planning/Organizing
  • Development of teaching tools and resources
  • Student progress skills attainment
  • Student progress tracking
  • Program progress reporting

Mental Demands:

  • Reading
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Detailed work
  • Confidentiality
  • Multiple concurrent tasks
  • Problem Solving

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Standing
  • Walking