Team Specialist

AmeriCorps Position Description: Team Specialist

Reports to: Site Lead

Stipend: approx. Approximately $900.00 bi-weekly, plus education award of up to $4,266.50

Term of Service: July 2019 – June 2020

Location: San Bernardino, CA

Position Summary:

A Team Specialist facilitates student instruction, learning, and enrichment for the Young Scholars after school program and ensures that effective guidance and mentorship is delivered to high school students. Team Specialists are immersed in the day-to-day operations and are responsible for creating and implementing intervention plans for students’ academic progress and lesson plans for enrichment activities.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

A. Student Instruction and Academic Intervention

So that students improve in math and English Language Arts, and increase engagement as a result of their sustained participation in Youth Action Project, a Team Specialist manages classroom behavior to create a productive learning environment and:

  • Provides hands-on, project-based instruction that is active:
    • Facilitates learning and memory recall of new knowledge that is strengthened through different exposures of “doing” (i.e., seeing, hearing, touching, and doing).
  • Provides hands-on, project-based instruction that is collaborative:
    • Facilitates learning that is socially-centered, allowing young people to build skills through learning as a team.
  • Provides hands-on, project-based instruction that is meaningful;
    • Facilitates learning that increases motivation by creating experiences relevant to students’ own interests, experiences, and the real world in which they live;
    • Facilitates lessons that meet the academic needs of students identified through standardized testing; and
    • Facilitates learning that involves responsibility, leadership, and service to others.
  • Provides hands-on, project-based instruction that supports mastery:
    • Facilitates learning that provides young people the opportunity to gain and practice new skills and habits;  
    • Facilitates learning that fosters the joy of mastery; and   
    • Facilities learning that culminates in an event or product to be viewed and celebrated by peers and family members.
  • Provides hands-on, project-based instruction that expands horizons:
    • Facilitates learning that goes beyond the walls of site facilities and uses the surrounding community as a classroom, bringing in individuals and businesses that young people may not otherwise come into contact with.

B. Program Maintenance

So that program duties are completed timely, accurately, and orderly, a Team Specialist:

  • Organizes own work daily, weekly, and monthly to ensure key deadlines are met and is completed on time and according to established policies and procedures;
  • Maintains daily documentation of case notes pertaining to student behavior, attendance, successes, and challenges;
  • Consistently reviews and effectively facilitates lesson plans based on student needs as required;
  • Works collaboratively with certificated and/or classified school staff; and
  • Helps implement site safety plan.   

C. Student Outreach & Parent Engagement

So that grant requirements are met as they relate to attendance and program outcomes, a Team Specialist:

  • Participates in all student recruitment efforts; and
  • Maintains ongoing communication with parents to obtain information to better serve families and maintain program quality; this includes, but is not limited to, the distribution of programmatic materials and event announcements.

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing a caseload of 10 students
  • Developing and implementing an academic intervention plan catered to the needs of each student
  • Participating in required trainings and national days of service outlined by AmeriCorps

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
  • High school diploma or GED required; minimum 48 college semester or 60 college quarter units preferred
  • At least 17 years of age (requires high school completion and parent/guardian consent)
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to school site(s), YAP office, and meeting sites as required
  • Must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends (on occasion)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for working with high school aged youth
  • Patience and a strong desire to help students achieve their goals
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient level of cultural competency
  • Bilingual in Spanish is desired, but not required

Term of Service:

Completion of 1200 service and training hours in the 2019-2020 academic year is required. Service term begins July 2019 and ends June 2020. Service is required Monday through Friday, 11:00 am – 6:15 pm with occasional evening and/or weekend hours served when needed.

Youth Action Project is committed to providing equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability (including HIV/AIDS), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service or any other improper criterion.