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Jumpstart Corps Member Summer Position Description

ABOUT JUMPSTART

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Learn more at www.jstart.org .



ABOUT THE POSITION

Jumpstart members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others on a team, and build professional skills. All members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart's outcome-based program, promote children's school success, and build family engagement. This position serves vulnerable populations, i.e. preschool children.

CORPS MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

Corps members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the lives of young children. During the summer, members serve 200/300 hours, 25 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  • Overall
    • Able to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children, children's families and classroom teachers.
    • Able to arrange their own transportation to service site in a timely and reliable fashion.
  • 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 the classroom during Jumpstart's intentional activity time. Working in the classroom includes a variety of activities such as Reading, conducting small and large group activities, and enhancing indoor and outdoor times. Jumpstart members will rotate between 2-3 classrooms providing intentional activities for at least 90 minutes, three times per week in each classroom, spending approximately 4.5 hours per week in each classroom.
    • 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 Jumpstart programing. Includes reading children's books, song charts, and materials in the classroom.
    • Able to demonstrate effective writing skills in English in order to implement Jumpstart programing. 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. Trainings are delivered in a variety of formats including web-based trainings, group in-person trainings, PowerPoint presentations, small group discussions, and role-plays.
    • 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, for a total of 2-5 hours per week, working with other 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 , writing reflection papers on Jumpstart service, 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.

Marginal Functions

  • Able to attend periodic service days and events outside of regularly scheduled service, occasionally held on weekends.

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

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.

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