AmeriCorps – Academic Literacy AmeriCorps Member – Spring 2022
Contract dates: January 10, 2022 – May 28, 2022 (20 Week Contract)
2 Contract Options Available:
300 Hours Contract – Minimum of 15 hours/week
Compensation: Living Allowance Total: $4,050 ($405 every 2 weeks over 20 weeks) + Education Award: $1,311.11*
675 Hours Contract – Minimum of 35 hours/week
Compensation: Living Allowance Total: $9,112.50 ($911.25 every 2 weeks over 20 weeks) + Education Award: $2,474.27*
Closing Date: December 15, 2021
Description: AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.
The Academic Literacy AmeriCorps Member – Spring 2022 will serve alongside classroom teachers and instructional coaches to provide one-on-one and small-group reading interventions to K-5th grade students in the Dubuque Community School District to improve 3rd grade Reading Proficiency. AmeriCorps Members – Spring 2022 serving in a 300 hour contract will have a caseload of approximately 45 students, and a 675 hour contract will have a caseload of approximately 90 students, depending on student need.
School placement will be determined based on Literacy Block Schedule and AmeriCorps Member availability.
*AmeriCorps member will receive education award in the form of an electronic payment through my.americorpgs.gov upon the successful completion of their AmeriCorps Contract. Education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions or qualified student loans. Members who are 55+ years of age can transfer award to child or grandchild under specific conditions.
Examples of Duties:
1. Provide reading interventions directly to students individually or in small groups;
2. Collaborate with school staff in researching and planning appropriate reading interventions for specific students;
3. Prepare and implement positive, student-focused activities and interventions to engage students in their learning;
4. Monitor and record student performance and behavior during and immediately after reading sessions;
5. Develop a relationship with students, teachers and staff to foster a positive learning environment;
6. Provide a drug-free, educational, nurturing and safe supervised environment for youth attending Dubuque Community Schools;
7. Act as a role model exhibiting appropriate behavior including civic responsibility, community action, and relationship building;
8. Ensure children’s physical, emotional and mental safety by completing program and agency-required trainings;
9. Immediately report harmful youth behavior to appropriate building and program officials;
10. Model constructive participation in all daily activities;
11. Maintain and uphold confidentiality practices and policies;
12. Attend all AmeriCorps Monthly trainings and service projects;
1. Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
2. Applicant must pass three-part Criminal History Background Check because of reoccurring access to vulnerable populations.
3. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident or U.S. National to serve with AmeriCorps Programs.
4. Must be competent in reading. No formal training necessary, relative experiences are valid.
5. Applicant must have reliable transportation.
Service activities will take place predominately within an elementary school with the Dubuque Community School District. The AmeriCorps Member must be able to serve between the hours of 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Start times will vary based upon the school placement and when the academic reading block is scheduled during the school day for each grade level.
Members are required to attend the monthly training offered to all AmeriCorps Members within the AmeriCorps Program. Members may be asked to serve at special events and activities within the grant partnership that may be outside of the member’s normal service hours. The program may require the member to engage in other allowable activities that are not specifically outlined in the position description, but that support the AmeriCorps program design and which help the program meet its goals. In no circumstance will members be asked to perform prohibited activities outlined in the Member Service Agreement.
Application materials: Apply online by visiting our website, www.cityofdubuque.org/Employment no later than December 15, 2021.
An equal employment opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Note: AmeriCorps Members are compensated through the national AmeriCorps program and are not considered employees of the City of Dubuque.