VOCAL - the Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy - is an AmeriCorps program funded by the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The goal of the VOCAL program is to assist community and faith-based agencies in providing literacy services to those in need within their communities through a mix of full and part-time AmeriCorps members and community volunteers.
Under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director or designee has responsibility for the member recruitment, placement and engagement activities of the VOCAL program.
Conduct recruitment activities for AmeriCorps members;
Interview candidates and assist with placement of members at host sites;
Serve as the point person for members, especially on issues related to the Member Code;
Maintain member files and ensure that all required information has been provided;
Coordinate all activities relating to the quarterly member meetings and the monthly training sessions (notice, handouts, refreshments);
Assist with the planning of member training and development activities;
Conduct site visits to members;
Serve as the second point of contact for staff of Serve Illinois;
Participate in conference calls with host sites and other program planning meetings, as requested or required;
Assist with grant writing, report writing and data collection, as requested or required;
Serve as a representative of LVI as requested, at coalition meetings and those called by organizations associated with the VOCAL AmeriCorps program;
Provide written reports on all meetings attended;
Assist as needed in communication with host sites;
Assist as needed with administrative and capacity-building activities of LVI;
Provide monthly reports on activities conducted; and
Perform other duties as assigned
A good understanding of volunteerism and a commitment to the philosophy, mission and work of the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. A bachelor's degree in human services, education or related field, preferred; one to two years of workforce experience in a related area; volunteer experience; good interpersonal and writing skills; and, an ability to relate to people of different socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and age groups.
About Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois was founded in 1979 to serve as a technical assistance and training agency for volunteer literacy programs affiliated with the national Literacy Volunteers of America organization. LVI began by working with just four LVA programs, and today provides an array of resources and services to staff, tutors, and students in some 100 adult literacy programs statewide.
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is a statewide organization committed to developing
and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults and out-of-school teens increase their literary skill.