Volunteer Outreach & Retention Assistant


Los Angeles, CA

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind we provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, personal statement writing support, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our free programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

826LA is currently recruiting one AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as Volunteer Outreach & Retention Assistant at Manual Arts Senior High School in South LA to provide service to 700 historically underserved students at Manual Arts Senior High School annually. Responsibilities include expanding the volunteer corps for 826LA programs, developing volunteer organization partnerships, and creating materials for volunteer retention at Manual Arts. The VISTA will work closely and collaborate with the Writers’ Room Coordinator, the Director of Education, volunteer coordinators in both our Echo Park and Mar Vista centers, teachers, administrators, and community partners. The VISTA will work primarily from 826LA’s school based site at Manual Arts Senior High School (4131 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037) and will be supervised by the Writers’ Room Coordinator.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Expand volunteer corps for 826LA by running Volunteer 101 trainings and creating new volunteer marketing and recruitment strategies.
  • Support retention and appreciation of volunteers through public recognition, parties, and other efforts.
  • Develop new potential community partners by supporting outreach to college professors and administrators near South LA to creative service-learning partnerships and other volunteer partnerships.
  • Maintain and grow the 826LA student club at USC, and grow 826LA’s partnership with the Joint Education Partnership at USC.
  • Collaborate with 826LA staff to develop a formalized intern program at Manual Arts High School, including comprehensive training materials
  • Collaborate with the development and communications staff at 826LA to develop PR materials about 826LA’s presence at Manual Arts.
  • Provide for the sustainability of the project through organizing systems for volunteer training, appreciation, and retention with 826LA’s Manual Arts staff.
  • Reports directly to the Writers’ Room Coordinator.

The VISTA candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish.
  • An understanding of the South LA community.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal. A strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor. Interest in being an enthusiastic team member who values collaboration and close teamwork.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong ability to multi-task, can work independently to meet tight deadlines, can solve problems quickly and creatively in a fast-paced, demanding environment while maintaining strong personal integrity.
  • A passion to improve literacy and a deep commitment to student success.
  • Some experience leading youth programming with specific experience in college access.
  • Some experience managing staff, interns, or volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of English Language Learners, the college application process, classroom behavior management, including a clear understanding of public school settings and achievement inequities.
  • A results-oriented spirit, and is willing to roll-up their sleeves to do whatever is necessary to ensure the success of the programs, with the ability to have flexible hours beyond the normal workday.
  • A love of books and publishing. A passion for education and a strong sense of social justice.
  • Availability to work 8am to 4pm Mondays through Thursdays and 9am to 5pm on Fridays.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

VISTA members receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover the cost of food, housing, and other basic necessities during service. Amounts are low because VISTAs are expected to live at approximately the same economic level as the people you are serving. The current biweekly stipend is $613.48. VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education or an end-of-service cash stipend.

AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members receive a modest living allowance, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and those who serve for a year also receive health coverage and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

To apply for the Volunteer Outreach and Retention VISTA position, please:

 1. Complete the AmeriCorps online application available here https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=66668&fromSearch=true

2. Send your resume and cover letter to Marisa@826LA.org

The deadline to apply is May 11, 2016.

For more information, visit the AmeriCorps website

Please note only applications received through the AmeriCorps website prior to May 11, 2016 will be considered.

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