Job Posting/ Trenton /AmeriCorps Position

Family Engagement Specialist – AmeriCorps

Program Description:

The Get SET After School Program is five days per week for students in grades 1 to 8 with additional family programming offered in the evenings one night per week. In the 2010-2011 school year Get SET began to offer healthy snacks and increased physical activity in order to address our Healthy Kids Initiative. We have been able to improve upon this initiative by now offering healthy supper daily in addition to snack. We also offer music instruction including a special popular recorder workshop.  Regularly scheduled activities include homework tutoring, drama, hip hop dance instruction, technology program, photography, and physical fitness. One of our greatest accomplishments was the start of our Early Literacy Intervention for 1st to 4th grade students where children participate in small reading groups, receive one-on-one reading help or advanced readers participate in a book club.  Decoding and illustration of stories are emphasized with the younger students, while older children are supported with sight word recognition and reading comprehension.  Some of our past family programs have included English Language Learning classes and healthy cooking workshops.

Job Description:

The Family Engagement Specialist provides program support to the Get SET Director in the areas of tutoring, event planning for families and verbal communication with parents, students, volunteers, and partners regarding the need for effective, consistent parent involvement in their children’s education as well as extracurricular activities. Providing direct service in our after school program on a daily basis, the Family Engagement Specialist works closely with the all program participants and their families to engage them in meaningful activities including service learning projects and family workshops to benefit the community.  Many of our families’ native language is Spanish so cultural awareness and ability to suggest relevant workshops to a variety of ethnicities is crucial.  The Specialist should foster a safe and nurturing environment and ensure that sufficient resources and supplies are available to keep the program running smoothly.

Minimum Requirements
•    Love of children
•    Event management and planning
•    Some college experience preferred but not required
•    Pass mandatory child abuse background check and fingerprinting
•    Some physical activity – (Daily walk of approximately 5 blocks to pick up children at local school)

Service Hours
•    Monday through Friday – 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with one evening per week until 8:30 pm

Primary Skills Required:
•    Effective Communication (Written / Oral) skills; ability to create and maintain professional relationships with key are organizations that will help promote student work and family involvement
•    Effective People skills:  working with paid staff , volunteers, partners, parents
•    Able to communicate the importance of family involvement; may require research on the subject

Additional Skills Desired:
•    Bilingual reading, writing and speaking Spanish/English is critical to the success of this position
•    Conflict Management / Conflict Resolution Skills
•    Cross-Cultural and Antiracism Training
•    Experience working with children
•    Able to coordinate recreational activities

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Help with set up, break down and light cleaning of all program areas
•    Assist with walking the children from school
•    Help supervise the children and high school tutor/mentors
•    Assist in strengthening our partnership with parents and local schools by demonstrating professionalism and compassion with our stakeholders

Characteristics and qualifications strongly desired:
•    Self-starter
•    Knowledge and experience working with youth, their culture, youth counseling, adolescent psychological development, and program development.
•    Passion for reaching children, youth, and their families.
•    Maintains high energy, creativity and imagination.
•    Knows how to create healthy boundaries by establishing safe conditions & relationships.
•    Relates well to young people (perceptive and responsive to their needs) and those of their parents/guardians.
•    Willingness to work as a team with other staff members recognizing that every program must be supported by all staff members.
•    Able to handle individual and group differences within our urban multicultural community and among adults and youth in a positive, *care-fronting manner.   (*doesn’t avoid conflict but always fosters healthy relationships)
•    Demonstrates strong organizational and communication skills in working with children, youth and adults.

 Contact:

Westminster Community Life Center, Inc, 1140 Greenwood Ave., Trenton, NJ

PART TIME SCHOOL YEAR (32 weeks)
CONTACT PERSON: Ayo Marie Johnson    PHONE #: 609-498-7419

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