JVS AmeriCorps Members

AmeriCorps

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. 

JVS is excited to partner with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers - AmeriCorps (NDMVA) and New American Integration Program (NAIP) for the recruitment, placement, and service of AmeriCorps members.

The servicer positions we are currently looking for are:

Vocational Training Parnterships (VTP) Instructor and Coach

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. VTP programs include 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 include:

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 lesson plans.
  • Delivers all subject matter outlined in the curriculum with the goal of ensuring that students obtain the predetermined vocational and language skills for employment outcomes.
  • Evaluates student progress on a regular basis, provide 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.
  • Coordinates and prepares materials for training graduations.
  • 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.

Marginal Functions include:

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

Member Objectives:

  • Assist immigrants and refugees to gain economic stability by providing vocational training and supporting employment services
  • Become skilled and passionate service providers, educators, interpreters and/or advocates for Massachusetts immigrant and refugee communities
  • Create volunteer “brigades” to engage community volunteers on a large scale to address urgent educational and social needs

Location

During the COVID-19 pandemic, JVS is offering services remotely. Under normal circumstances, VTP classes and coaching services are based at the JVS main office in Boston, 75 Federal Street, 3rd floor. VTP trainings also includes offsite components at employer partner locations in the Boston area.

Learn more and apply for these positions on our partner's websites!

Apply to NDMVA
Apply to NAIP
JVS
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