ABOUT JUMPSTART

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Learn more at www.jstart.org.

Corps Member and Returning Corps Member

ABOUT THE POSITION

Jumpstart Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart's outcome-based program, promote children's school success, and build family involvement.

CORPS MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

Corps members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, Corps members serve 200/300 hours, 8-12 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities in two main settings:

Essential Functions

Marginal Functions

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS




Team Leader

ABOUT THE POSITION

A Jumpstart team leader collaborates with a team of Corps members to provide educational activities to young children and families. Responsibilities include planning and implementing effective Jumpstart sessions using the Jumpstart curriculum, facilitating team meetings, and coaching Corps members to use developmentally appropriate practices with young children. The team leader plays a variety of roles, including coach, trainer and observer and is essential to making Jumpstart a high quality program. The Jumpstart team leader position is open to Jumpstart Corps members and alumni who have completed at least one year of service. In some cases, it is also open to undergraduate or graduate students who have early childhood education backgrounds and can serve in a team leader role.

TEAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES

Team leaders complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, Corps members serve 200/300 hours, 12-16 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities in two main settings:

Essential Functions

Marginal Functions

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Leadership
    • Strong language and communication skills
    • Experience in a leadership role, preferably with college students/peers
    • Ability to lead a team of diverse Corps members to effectively plan and implement Jumpstart sessions in accordance with Jumpstart programmatic guidance
    • Ability to manage and prioritize time and multiple responsibilities
  • Dedication to early childhood education
    • Experience working with young children, and/or a desire to learn more about early childhood education
    • Ability to communicate and collaborate with children's families
    • Willingness to learn about session implementation and planning
    • Willingness to implement Jumpstart's research based curriculum with integrity
  • Professionalism
    • Ability to work well on a team to collaborate, communicate, and problem solve
    • Desire to seek opportunities for self and team growth
    • Willingness to receive and provide feedback in an effort to improve quality of one's service in the program
    • Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible in different contexts, such as in training, scheduling, in the classroom, with unexpected changes
    • Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families
  • Commitment to service
    • Community service experience and/ or a desire to serve in the community
    • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Ability to fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Potential to earn a Federal Work-Study award during term of service
  • AmeriCorps members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service term based on the hours commitment level
  • Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
  • Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children



Volunteer Coordinator

In addition to supporting the work of college students as Corps members, Jumpstart also engages a variety of community members as volunteers who contribute their time and talent to enhance Jumpstart’s service to our partner early childhood centers and the community at large.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The volunteer coordinator recruits, assists in training, and manages volunteers for various Jumpstart service projects that address specific program and community needs. The volunteers recruited, oriented, and trained by the volunteer coordinator should reflect a balance of college students, local community service organizations, and others who can participate in a range of volunteer service projects. Volunteer service project categories include one-day, short-term, and long-term service projects.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteer coordinators serve 200/300 hours, 8-12 hours per week in the following areas:

Essential Functions

  • Volunteer Recruitment and Training
    • Recruit required number of volunteers to provide the required number of service hours needed (varies by site)
    • Recruit volunteers for one-day, short-term, and/or long-term service projects. This includes Jumpstart's annual Read for the Record event. Recruitment is through in-person conversations, posting to social media, holding recruitment events, etc.
    • Present Jumpstart's mission and service opportunities to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff to recruit volunteers.
    • Collaborate on preparation of service project materials.
    • Co-facilitate and support training of volunteers on topics such as reading to young children, assembling literacy materials, and filling out volunteer paperwork.
  • Planning and Implementation
    • Assist site staff in identifying volunteer service projects through needs assessment and ongoing communication with partner early childhood centers.
    • Assist site staff in implementation of service projects and support volunteers for service projects held at partner early childhood centers.
    • Assist site staff in implementation of events related to Jumpstart's Read for the Record.
    • Research relevant community organizations to coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for Corps members
    • Work with site staff and Corps members to plan on-going and/or annual volunteer appreciation events
    • Solicit in-kind donations to support service projects according to AmeriCorps guidelines.
  • Volunteer Management and Tracking
    • Work with Jumpstart site staff to manage volunteers from Jumpstart's corporate partners
    • Establish and regularly update volunteer schedule and list of events
    • Communicate and engage regularly with volunteers through check-in phone calls, e-mails, and personal appreciations for their efforts
    • Work with Jumpstart site staff to ensure volunteer criminal background check requirements are fulfilled and all required paperwork is collected and organized appropriately
    • Document and log volunteer hours in volunteer tracking tool and report hours to Jumpstart regional office.
  • Evaluation of Volunteer Activities
    • Collect, manage, and compile feedback from all parties involved in volunteer service projects, including volunteers, partnering early childhood center staff, and community members through written reports, testimonials, and verbal comments.
    • Share feedback with site staff to acknowledge strengths, successes and to make improvements for future volunteer activities

Marginal Functions

  • Research relevant community organizations to coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for Corps members.

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Serve 8-12 hours a week during the school year

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Dedication to volunteerism and coordinating volunteer activities
    • Experience in leadership role
    • Experience recruiting, training, managing, and supporting groups of people to address community needs through service projects
    • Ability to build relationships and work with volunteers, Corps members, and community members
    • Track record of planning and implementing events
    • Desire to learn about Jumpstart practices, including early childhood best practices
  • Communication
    • Strong language and communication skills (written and oral)
    • Ability to give presentations to large groups
    • Desire to share the Jumpstart mission with the community
  • Commitment to service
    • Community service experience and/ or a desire to serve in the community
    • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Ability to fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
  • Professionalism
    • Ability to work well independently and on a team
    • Availability and dependability
    • Willingness to be flexible in different contexts and able to handle unexpected changes, such as in training or during a service project
    • Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families
    • Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively and resourcefully
    • Focus on achievement of goals and completion of projects in a timely manner
    • Experience with Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Potential to earn a Federal Work-Study award during term of service
  • AmeriCorps members will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service term based on the hours commitment level
  • Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
  • Professional training and support to implement volunteer projects and events
  • Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children



Community Corps Member

ABOUT THE POSITION

Jumpstart Community Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others in a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart's outcome-based program, promote children's school success, and build family involvement.

COMMUNITY CORPS MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

Corps members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, Corps members serve 200/300 hours, 8-12 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities in two main settings:

  • In the classroom
    • Able to interact with children at their level in a classroom setting with high activity and noise levels and other varying environmental conditions. Interaction includes being able to move around the classroom to participate in various activities with the children.
    • Able to participate fully in Jumpstart sessions –2 sessions per week for 2 hours each session for a total of four hours a week. Session time includes a variety of activities such as Reading, Circle Time, and activity stations during Center Time, each lasting for intervals of approximately 5-45 minutes.
    • Able to participate fully in 2-5 additional hours in classroom assistance time, which involves activities such as helping with snack time, assisting teachers with children's activities, and engaging children in outdoor play. This participation involves working with preschool-age children and other adults in a preschool classroom (the number of hours in the classroom is determined by the total hours commitment if applicable).
    • Able to see both print and illustrations in order to read children's books.
    • Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to implement the Jumpstart program. Includes reading children's books, song charts, and materials in the classroom.
    • Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to implement the Jumpstart program. Includes writing children's names and demonstrating how to write words and letters for children.
  • Outside the classroom
    • Able to participate fully in 30+ hours of pre-service and 10+ hours of on-going in-service trainings, broken down in 2-8 hour increments/ exact increments will vary. Trainings are delivered in a variety of formats (such as lectures, PowerPoint presentations, small group discussions, and role plays), with other Corps members in a training room.
    • Able to participate fully in 1+ hour team planning meetings and session preparation 2-5 times per week, which includes planning, reflection, and/or training, 2-5 hours per week, working with other Corps members in a small group to reflect on and plan for weekly sessions.
    • Able to complete 1-5 hours weekly of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart sessions. This includes preparing children's books and gathering materials for session activities.
    • Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes reading session plans and training manuals.
    • Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes writing reflections and written responses to questions in training.
  • Overall
    • Able to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children, children's families and classroom teachers.
    • Able to attend periodic service days and events outside of regularly scheduled service, occasionally held on weekends.
    • Able to transport him/herself to service site in a timely and reliable fashion.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Dedication to early childhood education
    • Experience working with young children, and/or a desire to learn more about early childhood education
    • Strong language and communication skills
    • Ability to communicate and collaborate with children's families
    • Willingness to learn about session implementation and planning
    • Willingness to implement Jumpstart's research based curriculum with integrity
  • Commitment to service
    • Community service experience and/ or a desire to serve in the community
    • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Ability to fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
  • Professionalism
    • Ability to work well on a team to collaborate, communicate, and problem solve
    • Desire to seek opportunities for self and team growth
    • Willingness to receive and provide feedback in an effort to improve quality of one's service in the program
    • Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible in different contexts, such as in training, scheduling, in the classroom, with unexpected changes
    • Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Extensive training in the field of early childhood education
  • Unique opportunity to join a national network of individuals serving young children
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children
  • Sites have varying opportunities for work-study or stipends for service.
Jumpstart is available to all, without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, religion, or other legally protected status as recognized by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.