Title: AmeriCorps Digital Literacy and Transitions Specialist
Program/Department: Adult Education, Host Site: Howard Area Community Center
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time
Last Date to Apply: August 4, 2017
Howard Area Community Center (HACC), located in Chicago’s diverse Rogers Park neighborhood, is looking for motivated individuals interested in supporting adult learners develop digital literacy skills and transition into employment or post-secondary education. This is a one year service position through the VOCAL AmeriCorps program. HACC is the host agency. Individuals recruited through and interviewed by host site staff will need to apply to Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI). Please see the attached LVI VOCAL Information Sheet for more information on becoming an AmeriCorps member.
Good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Ability to work independently and take initiative
Flexibility and a strong sense of team spirit
Commitment to service and making a difference in the community and lives of others
Previous volunteer experience preferred
Fluency in another language helpful, but not required
Bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in Education or a related field is preferred.
How to apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to Moon Parker, email@example.com. This is an AmeriCorps, LVI VOCAL opportunity. Howard Area is the host site and we do the initial screening.
Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy - VOCAL*AmeriCorps
VOCAL is an AmeriCorps program, sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) that is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through the Serve Illinois Commission. In the VOCAL program, AmeriCorps members are placed in community, school and faith-based agencies where they provide support to the adult literacy programs offered. This can include tutoring, teaching, volunteer recruitment, tutor training, employment-related counseling and assistance, community outreach, marketing, PR and fundraising.
The program offers two service options: Full-time - 1,700 hours and Part-time - 900 hours
Full-time members generally serve 35 hours a week for a one-year period. They receive a bi-weekly living allowance ($12,630 per annum), health insurance, and worker's comp coverage from LVI. Child care assistance and student loan deferrals are available through the CNCS. Full-time members are also eligible at the end of their service for an educational award of $5,815.
Part-time members generally serve 20 hours a week for one-year, during which time they receive a bi-weekly living allowance that is based on $6,350 per annum and worker’s comp coverage. Student loan deferrals are available through the CNCS. Part-time members are eligible at the end of their service year for an educational award of $2,907.50.
All individuals applying for the VOCAL program must apply through the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. Individuals recruited through and interviewed by host site staff are not considered as having applied for the VOCAL AmeriCorps program until they have applied to and have been interviewed by the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois.
How to apply for the VOCAL AmeriCorps program –
1.) Complete an online application through AmeriCorps.org and designate the VOCAL
program as the program to which you are applying. Note: Contact information for two
references is required for the application to be completed.
2.) Download a paper copy of the AmeriCorps application from the LVI website, complete it
and return it with two references to the address below.
Within three days of receiving a completed application with references, LVI will contact each applicant to discuss potential openings and schedule an interview. All applicants are interviewed by both LVI and host site staff prior to being offered a position in the VOCAL program. Note: Being recommended by a host site or LVI does not necessarily guarantee acceptance in the program as approval from both is required.
For further information on the VOCAL program visit lvillinois.org or call 312/857-1582, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.