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4-H STEM AmeriCorp Member Needed!

The CSU Extension 4-H STEM AmeriCorps Program is an initiative to provide youth exposure to STEM programming.

Reports to:  Site Supervisors Merielle Stamm & Jenia Hooper & Program Manager

Service Position Summary:  This member serves in Denver county developing, strengthening and delivering youth development programs emphasizing 4-H STEM in out-of-school time settings to ensure that children and youth (ages 8-18) have the tools and opportunities that will lead to graduation from high school and preparation for entering the workforce while developing their interest in STEM. 2 part-time AmeriCorps positions are needed. Service will begin with the new member orientation training in August or October.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, coordinate, lead, deliver and evaluate educational 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs to youth in out-of-school time settings.
  • Commit to complete your term of service.
  • Serve as an advisor to volunteers by providing leadership and guidance as appropriate.
  • Incorporate and implement educational enrichment activities, service learning events, community partnership development, and volunteer recruitment within the programming framework of the host site.
  • Collect, document and report quantitative and qualitative impact data for quarterly progress reports and monthly impact statements.
  • Accurately and professionally discuss with community partners and volunteers the objectives of the AmeriCorps program, positive youth development, and site-specific objectives.
  • Recruit and train community volunteers to assist with programs.
  • Manage relationships with partner sites.
  • Complete contract service hours (Part-time, 900 hours) and site-specific responsibilities by July 31, 2020.
  • Participate in on-going trainings and events as required and requested by AmeriCorps and/or CSU Extension.
  • Participate in three National Days of Service

Secondary Functions:

  • Accurately complete and submit enrollment paperwork and reports.
  • Have dependable transportation to and from host site, program/partner site, and programming activities.
  • Wear official AmeriCorps identity items such as name tag, T-shirts, and lapel pins during all AmeriCorps service.
  • Participate in performance reviews with the site supervisor.
  • Meet regularly with site supervisor to discuss programming topics and issues.
  • Represent AmeriCorps, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado 4-H Youth Development Program, host site, and program/partner site in a professional manner.

Qualifications:

  • Be willing to provide direct services, strengthen the community or build the capacity of the organization as described in the position description.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Pass required criminal background checks, including a National Sex Offender Website search, to serve with at-risk or vulnerable populations. AmeriCorps service is contingent on passing these background checks.
  • Be willing and able to complete the required hours of service by July 31, 2020.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Have completed some college coursework, college degree, or equivalent work experience or background.
  • Be dedicated to community service.
  • Experience working with youth and enjoyment of working with youth.
  • Hands-on experience in the areas of education, youth development, STEM or other related field.
  • Knowledge of developmental youth milestones and characteristics.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and complete multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to make a commitment to complete term of service (between August 2019 – July 2020).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to serve in a team setting and to promote collaboration.
  • Ability and willingness to develop innovative and creative approaches to assigned responsibilities.
  • Ability and willingness to serve in a position with flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to use a computer for e-mail communication, online reporting (monthly time reports, quarterly impact data), and preparing monthly impact statements or semi-annual reflections.
  • Outgoing and personable nature.
  • Adaptable, practical, energetic, and intrinsically motivated.
  • Professional, respectful, and brings a positive attitude.
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity.

Requirements:

  • Attend all required training, including Orientation Training in August or October.
  • Submit an online timesheet to report service hours once every two weeks
  • Report data in online databases each week
  • Complete 900 hours by July 31st
  • Attend other events (mandatory service days in September, January, and April, member retreat typically in the fall, end of year celebration in early June, etc.) throughout the program year.

Living Allowance:

  • Part-time members earn a living allowance of up to $6996 (disbursed in equal payments every two weeks) for their term of service (900 hours) as well as an Education Award of $3047.50 upon successful program completion
  • Quarter-time members earn a living allowance of up to $3498 (disbursed in equal payments every two weeks) for their term of service (450 hours) as well as an Education Award of $1566.14 upon successful program completion

Training Provided: New member orientation (a two-day introduction to the program), monthly member development trainings, ongoing training at your host site, and training provided by Serve Colorado (the member retreat).

Service Environment: Ability to serve in a school, library, park or recreational center setting with active children.

Positions are available in counties across Colorado.  For a list of current openings, please visit our website: http://www.4hstemk12.colostate.edu/americorps/join-our-team/.  For more information about the program, please contact: melinda.macpherson@colostate.edu or call 970.491.5575.

To apply to Denver – Send a cover letter and resume to one of the site supervisors merielle.stamm@colostate.edu and jenia.hooper@colostate.edu.

Helpful Links:

CSU Extension 4-H STEM AmeriCorps Program: http://www.4hstemk12.colostate.edu/americorps/

CSU Extension http://extension.colostate.edu

Colorado 4-H STEM & K-12 Program http://www.4hstemk12.colostate.edu/

Serve Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/servecolorado

Corporation for National & Community Service http://www.nationalservice.gov/

AmeriCorps http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

This AmeriCorps program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination. In addition to filing a complaint with local and state agencies that are responsible for resolving discrimination complaints, you may bring a complaint to the attention of the Corporation for National and Community Service. If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more information, contact: Office of Civil Right and Inclusiveness, Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20525, (800) 833-3722 (TTY and reasonable accommodation line) (202) 565-3465 (FAX); eo@cns.gov (email)