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!

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:

AmeriCorps Member
Service Opportunity
Full-Time Position
1700 hours in 10 months

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Healthcare Skills Training Department Program Assistant. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2019 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her/their term on July 31, 2020. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) or LISC.


JVS is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency. Our mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, and to partner with employers to hire, develop and retain productive workforces. JVS provides a broad range of services including adult education, skills training, job readiness training, job placement and support, and access to post-secondary education. JVS assists employers in their search for well-qualified job applicants and their initiatives to upgrade the skills of their incumbent workforce. With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Over the last 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. These investments have leveraged more than $60.4 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 35 markets and a Rural program making an impact in 2,100 counties. Visit us at


The member will provide employment/job training services to clients, as a result clients will be placed in jobs. The member will assist the same case load of clients and not two separate caseloads. There are four main elements to success for the AmeriCorps member position:

  • Accountability and Results Focused:
    • Assist job seekers in goal setting, identifying barriers and mapping out a plan leading to job placement,
      skills upgrades and career advancement.
    • Understand and apply knowledge of internet and social media resources for job seekers.
    • Produce top quality resumes, especially for professional level job seekers and career changers.
    • Provide high quality 1:1 job search coaching including interviewing, self-marketing strategies, social
      media, etc.
    • Understand and apply knowledge of local and national labor market trends to assist job seekers to
      identify career opportunities.
    • Track and meet program dashboard indicators for job placement and employer engagement using
      database software.
    • Uses sensitivity to the development stages and well-being of English Language Learners.
    • Engage program alumni to promote career opportunities or assist those looking for a job upgrade.
    • Establish, track and meet program dashboard indicators using database software.
  • Build relationships, collaboration and teamwork:
    • Support and promote the mission and philosophy of JVS both internally and outside the agency.
    • Establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with key stakeholders (participants, employers, partner organizations, CBO’s, funders, etc.)
    • Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and team-based projects.
  • Communication:
    • Demonstrates a professional demeanor with strong customer service skills.
    • Communicates effectively verbally and in writing with compassion and professionalism.
    • Exercises discretion in handling confidential information.
    • Participates in meetings, in-service trainings, team-based project, and committees.
    • Communicates regularly with Supervisor and team to insure smooth delivery of services.
  • Administrative Assistance for the members’ caseload:
    • Complete and record intake assessments.
    • Assist with printing, copying and collating of classroom materials for sessions delivered.
    • Enter and update client caseload data into various internal databases utilized the by JVS.
    • Proctor applicant assessments and info session support for members’ caseload/ programs
    • Create files and track document updates in order to support applicants as they move through the enrollment process.

The member will provide housing counseling services to individuals and as a result the individual served (and or the individual family) will be transitioned into safe healthy affordable housing. The services provided can include; finding housing or resources for housing, assisting individuals in accessing or maintaining housing, homelessness services, etc.

  • Housing Counseling and Services:
    • Assist participants with housing issues and resources on a case by case basis.
    • Compile a list of housing resources to share with participants
    • Connect with DTA and area resources, in order to complete required paperwork and supporting documentation for participants in order to obtain/retain housing and benefits in order to be successful in program completion.
    • Assist participants with finding suitable housing and navigating housing voucher systems.


This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member. Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.

Members will perform day to day service at JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) and serve a minimum of 40-42 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch per day. Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and JVS(Jewish Vocational Service).

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

  • Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
  • Attending a national leadership conference in March 2020;
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
  • Actively participating in at least two team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National
  • AmeriCorps Week); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.


  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Good critical thinking, follow through and organization skills
  • Ability to take correction and follow multistep directions
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs)
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)


To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

  • Be eligible to earn 100% of the education award associated with this description
  • Be eligible to perform the term of national service associated with this description
  • Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS during the pre-enrollment period
  • Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
  • Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
  • Be able to complete at the hours within the timeframe of the service term and serve the full term


If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member in any national service program. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, State Level Criminal History Search, and an FBI search. All results must be received and reviewed by LISC at least two weeks prior to the first day of proposed service. Candidates must be cleared for service by LISC prior to the first day of service. LISC will review and discuss with the candidate any concerns with eligibility that may arise as a result of these checks as per LISC’s policy.


Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $6,095 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $17,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).

Additional benefits for alums can be found here: and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here:


Submit resume and cover letter to

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Senior Manager and the Healthcare Skills Training Team.
  • A phone screen will be the initial point of contact.
  • Once a candidate is considered a good fit, then the applicant must attend one or more in person interview, complete a writing and computer skills assessment.
  • Hiring decisions will be made once a candidate has completed all steps of the application process and the results are reviewed.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.
This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


Isabel Hanson, Lead Career Coach, Vocational Training Partnerships


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


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.

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. 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:

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

How To Apply:

Submit your resume and application online here:


Service Term:

September 1, 2020 - July 30, 2021


Isabel Hanson, Lead Career Coach, Vocational Training Partnerships


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


Boston, MA

About NAIP:

As an AmeriCorps member serving in the New American Integration Program, you will join a cohort of up to 30 NAIP members to serve at partner sites across Massachusetts to provide job readiness training, ESOL/civics instruction, and/or citizenship application assistance. To read a full list of eligibility requirements, benefits, and expectations for this program, please visit:

About This Position:

The AmeriCorps member works collaboratively with department staff to identify and address refugee, asylee, and immigrant participants’ barriers to employment with the goal of creating opportunities for individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability. This role is responsible for providing support in a variety of areas, including: client outreach and enrollment, case management, and/or assisting with the implementation of the Vocational Training Partnership through one-on-one and group instruction.

Site Requirements:

Proficiency in a language spoken by target population (Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Arabic) is preferred but not required.

How To Apply:

Submit your resume and application online here: If you would like to be considered for this site only, send an e-mail to after submitting your application. Otherwise you will be considered for all available positions.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from April-August, or until all positions are filled.


Barbara Garner, Vice President, Academic Services


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


  • 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