Blueprint Schools Network

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Job Location US-IL-East St. Louis
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Opportunities Within Blueprint

Overview

POSITION: AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

LOCATION: East St. Louis, IL


About Blueprint Schools Network (“Blueprint”)

Founded in 2010, Blueprint Schools Network is a national nonprofit organization that promotes educational equity and improves life outcomes for students by partnering with states, districts, and schools to plan, implement, and monitor school improvement initiatives. Blueprint’s whole- school improvement approach to rapidly improving student achievement at low-performing public schools is grounded in a framework of five core strategies. These strategies emerged through analyses of the attributes that drive student achievement and represent common elements of schools capable of closing the achievement gap in the lowest performing schools.

 

One of the strategies that consistently demonstrated the most significant gains in student achievement is providing data-driven, small-group, differentiated instruction. Subsequently, we launched our small group differentiated instruction strategy “the Blueprint Math Fellows Program” as a standalone intervention service.  Since that time, our Math Fellows have served students from grades 3-10 at more than 100 schools serving more than 20,000 students in The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Boston Public Schools (MA), Holyoke Public Schools (MA), Salem Public Schools (MA), Denver Public Schools (CO), East Saint Louis School District 189 (IL), and Saint Louis Public Schools (MO).

 

About the Blueprint Math Fellows Program

 

The Blueprint Math Fellows Program provides intensive, small group math tutoring to students as part of their regular school day. Our tutorial sessions address gaps in foundational mathematics knowledge and promote each student’s ability to problem solve, think critically, and access grade-level coursework. Tutorial groups are small and personalized. Each full-time tutor, known as a “Math Fellow,” works with no more than four students at a time. Tutorial sessions are 45-60 minutes long, highly structured, and research-based. The Math Fellows Program provides each student with an additional opportunity to understand and master math concepts every day of the school year.

Our Math Fellows are also AmeriCorps members and, through their year of national service, make additional contributions to their school and local communities as club leaders, volunteer service day organizers, and coaches. The Math Fellows Program has also become an innovative teacher pipeline. Approximately one out of every four Fellows becomes a full-time teacher, often in the schools where they served as Fellows.

 

Position Summary


Blueprint School Network’s mission to promote educational equity to improve the life outcomes of students and the Blueprint Math Fellows Program vision of the future is one in which all students are on track to graduate from high school and are fully prepared for success in postsecondary options.

 

The Blueprint AmeriCorps Program Coordinator plays an important role in achieving our mission by overseeing the implementation of our AmeriCorps Program across multiple sites in our network. This position is responsible for providing our Math Fellows with an exemplary member experience by leading year-round support, training, coaching and guidance. The Program Coordinator communicates frequently amongst Math Fellows, Blueprint staff and senior leadership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

 

The AmeriCorps Program Coordinator must also ensure post-award compliance with AmeriCorps state and national policies and regulations. She/he/they provides training and support to regional Blueprint Site Managers on AmeriCorps regulations and requirements, and is responsible for grant reporting, data collection and analysis. 

 

In addition, the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator will support the East St. Louis program team with administrative duties and local recruitment to find high quality Math Fellow candidates.

Responsibilities

(A) AmeriCorps Program Responsibilities (60% of job duties)        

 

Member Management

  • Manage AmeriCorps member enrollment and exit procedures;
  • Maintain regular communication with AmeriCorps members by setting up ongoing check in calls and sending out quarterly newsletters;
  • Monitor member progress towards meeting goals and member service hours;
  • Conduct orientation, train and monitor program and members on AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities;
  • Track member time sheets and maintain records of member service hours to ensure all members are on track to meet AmeriCorps service hour requirements stipulated in their term of service;
  • Train and assist members with navigating program technological platforms (i.e.: MyAmeriCorps and America Learns Reports);
  • Partner with regional teams to support the development and coordination of member-driven service projects at host sites and with community partners; and
  • Oversee service days and projects, CNCS-sponsored volunteer days/weeks, and outside volunteer service opportunities for members.

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) - Sponsored Program Compliance

  • In collaboration with Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, manage administration of all grant-related processes, including data collection, data analysis and report writing; maintenance of records; preparation of future grant applications; monitoring of financial and reporting requirements;
  • Manage all aspects of the AmeriCorps members relationship with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS);
  • Maintain records for members and host sites;
  • Lead and manage AmeriCorps site visits and audits, as requested by AmeriCorps program officers;
  • Create and review policies and related communication materials; and
  • Other duties, as assigned.

(B) Recruitment Responsibilities (15% of job duties)

  • Represent Blueprint at local recruitment events (career fairs, information sessions, etc.) as needed;
  • Support Blueprint’s Human Capital Manager by assisting with job postings, scheduling Fellow interviews, reference checks and/or candidate outreach to promote the Fellows program.

(C) Additional Blueprint Responsibilities (25% of job duties)

  • Provide support, as needed, to Blueprint’s East St. Louis Regional Manager and program team
  • Requested responsibilities may include:
    • Organize and schedule meetings and appointments
    • Order office/school supplies
    • Book travel arrangements
    • Organize and schedule meetings and appointments
    • Order office/school supplies
    • Book travel arrangements
    • Create expense reports
    • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or higher;
  • Minimum of 2 years of administrative experience;
  • Previous experience as an AmeriCorps member or with an AmeriCorps program preferred;
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to remain detail-oriented and complete tasks in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal/written) skills; 
  • Proficient with technology (Google Gmail/Docs/Sheets, and MS Office: PowerPoint/Word/Excel); and
  • Familiarity with community partners and non-profit organizations within the Greater St. Louis, MO area preferred, but not required.

Core Values & Attributes:

 

Blueprint’s Core Values are:

 

  • Place Students and Schools First
  • Act with Integrity
  • Achieve Results
  • Value Diversity
  • Collaborate  
  • Act with Humility

In addition to looking for people who embody our core values, we believe that the following attributes are also essential for this position:

 

  • A flexible “can do” attitude and willingness to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
  • Facilitator and team builder
  • Highly organized
  • Analytical
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once, while meeting deadlines and demonstrating high attention to detail

 

NOTE: This is a grant-funded position. Initial employment and continuation of employment beyond the end of the current funding cycle is dependent upon funding. 

 

Compensation:

 

The AmeriCorps Program Coordinator will receive a market-driven salary based on the competitive external market segment and in recognition of the responsibilities. In addition, Blueprint Schools Network offers a very generous total compensation package including 100% paid medical and dental coverage for employees. 

 

To Apply:

 

To be considered for the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator position, please apply online at www.blueprintschools.org/careers.

 

Blueprint Schools Network and all applicable school districts are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.

 

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