AmeriCorps: Change Lives Through Education

Posting ID : A1068508100
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Education Teaching

ABOUT AMERICORPS: AmeriCorps members work to strengthen communities through service projects in areas such as the environment, public safety, health, and education. This is a 10 month, full-time position, sponsored by the Washington Service Corps (WSC). Applicants must be between the ages of 18-25, a WSC requirement. Benefits include excellent training, a monthly stipend of $1,195, health coverage, and a post-service education award of $5,730. This position runs from October 1st, 2015 to Aug. 15th, 2016, and is located in Shelton, WA.

ABOUT SOUND LEARNING: Join a dynamic community-based organization offering innovative and high quality education programs to adult learners and their families in Mason County, WA. Learn, grow, and contribute!

Sound Learning is a non-profit organization that promotes access to education through community-based small group tutoring and classes in Mason and Thurston Counties. Our programs include Basic Skills, GED Prep, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Civics and employment-related training are woven throughout the curriculum. Sound Learning serves over 200 adults and families each year, in partnership with over 100 trained community volunteers.

Sound Learning staff and volunteers are committed to learner-centered education that addresses the realities of participants' lives and is based on a collaborative model. All programs are founded on the belief that active participation in the family, workplace, and community increases with improved skills, leading to better jobs, healthier families and stronger communities.

ABOUT THE POSITION: The AmeriCorps member will assist in implementing high quality, learner-centered education programs serving adults in the areas of reading, writing, math, basic computers, and ESOL. Primary responsibilities include teaching, curriculum development, recruitment of volunteers & students, volunteer coordination, and required record keeping. The AmeriCorps member will also develop opportunities for students to connect with the larger community through informational workshops and community projects; help improve systems for collecting and utilizing data to demonstrate community impact; and assist in organizing special events and celebrations.

The AmeriCorps member will work with Mason County residents who are native English speakers and immigrants from other, mainly Spanish-speaking, countries. There will be opportunities to explore learner-centered teaching approaches, volunteer recruitment and outreach strategies, and non-profit program coordination. The AmeriCorps member will work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and in collaboration with a team of dedicated volunteers and staff. This is an incredible opportunity to gain hands-on experience, and make a difference through community-based education.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: We are looking for applicants between the ages of 18 and 25 who have at least a GED or High School diploma, and are committed to making a difference in the community and improving lives through education. Other traits include: an interest/experience in literacy and education, solid communication and computer skills, the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and strong organizational skills. Applicants must be able to thrive in a busy environment and demonstrate the ability to work with people of diverse cultural, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. Applicants should also exhibit patience, enthusiasm, and dedication to the mission of the organization. Applicants must be available a minimum of three evenings a week and have reliable transportation. *Spanish language skills are desirable but not required.

TO APPLY: Please submit an application and resume by the application deadline: Monday, Aug. 31st 2015, 5pm. Applications are available on our website: Applications can be submitted in person or by e-mail. Thank you!

For more information about the position, call the Sound Learning Office at (360) 426-9733 or contact us at Thank you for your interest in this position!

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