Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 08-Jun-2020 to 07-Jul-2020
  • - Indy Reads
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • VISTA/AmeriCorps

Indy Reads is pleased to offer AmeriCorps service opportunities in our Literacy/ABE and English Language Learner (ELL) Community Classrooms (10 slots open). AmeriCorps members are a vital part of our student experience, providing one-on-one attention for students so they can master literacy and language skills, create a resume, prepare for a job interview, navigate transportation, etc.

Position Description:
Make a difference in the Indianapolis, Indiana community by becoming a WorkLiteracy coach at Indy Reads. Members will receive extensive training and tools to help adults who are learning how to read, speak English, and increase their job readiness skills. Through the extensive professional development and hands-on experience in this program, Members will develop presentation, coaching, and mentoring skills, and earn an education award for future higher education or to pay off existing higher-education debts. Members will serve under the supervision of Indy Reads program staff.

Specific Duties:
● Provide intensive literacy and English language tutoring and job readiness coaching to Community Classrooms students;
● Under the guidance of an Indy Reads Instructor, help with lesson planning and curriculum development;
● Present job readiness workshops on skills like active listening, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and time management for students and other AmeriCorps members;
● Assess student's job readiness skills before and after instruction;
● Serve as leaders in the classroom by continuously mentoring Community Classrooms volunteers; and
● Take on special program projects as needed.
Necessary Skills:
● Interpersonal skills to work with a diverse group of individuals;
● Working knowledge of computer software and multimedia tools; familiar with Microsoft Office suite and Google G Suite;
● Interest in literacy issues;
● For literacy, Members will ideally have a background in elementary education, special education and/or have been exposed to Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell or similar programs;
● For ELL, Members should have either a TESOL certificate OR be proficient in another language OR have studied abroad. (Spanish proficiency is a huge plus*);
● Flexible schedule to accommodate regular evening and weekday duties;
● Personal, reliable transportation to accommodate regular classroom visits to partner sites;
● Ability to work effectively with adult learners and positively communicate with students requesting assistance; and
● Solid data analysis and organizational skills including ability to think strategically.

Indy Reads will provide ongoing literacy, ELL and job readiness training to members. All members will work in Indianapolis, Indiana. Travel is necessary and members must have their own transportation. Some travel to training is provided.

Our Mission and Work:
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For over 30 years, we've worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels give access to greater developmental, educational, and career opportunities, but current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a sixth-grade level. Our free, student-centered, Community Classrooms program is led by experienced instructors and trained volunteers. Community Classrooms programs include:
● Literacy - Serves adults that read below a 6th grade level via individualized lessons for each student, and 1-1 or small group instruction with volunteer tutors.
● ELL - Serves adults who want to learn English as a second language through Ventures curriculum, which is based on life-skills. Volunteer tutors work with students 1-1 or in small groups.
● Certifications - Serves adults who read at more advanced levels and are looking to find a new career path or advance their job qualifications. We offer two options for those pursuing a career in customer service: a certification through the National Retail Federation or certification through the International Business Training Association's Certified Business Professional course.

AmeriCorps members will provide students with the intensive, one-on-one literacy or ELL tutoring they need to develop their reading and English skills, as well as personalized coaching to help them succeed in our work training programs. This support allows Indy Reads to enact its mission to "empower adults and families to reach their full potential."

Benefits:
AmeriCorps Members serve full-time for one year with varying work hours and receive a living allowance in the form of a bi-weekly stipend, health insurance, and other potential benefits such as child care assistance, loan forbearance and an educational grant at the end of service. Indy Reads provides individualized professional development, hands-on skills training specific to the field of education, and job readiness skills development in the form of weekly workshops and self-paced trainings, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance. This program is available to all, regardless of race, color, disability, age, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion.

ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
1. Are you willing and able to undergo a criminal history background check?
2. Are you fluent in any languages other than English?
3. Are you able to commit to an entire one year service term?
4. What unique contributions can you make to Indy Reads?
5. Do you have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation?
6. In your most recent position, how did you ensure that your programs matched the needs of your clients/community and were of very high quality compared to other providers?

Click the APPLY button to submit cover letter and resume.

AmeriCorps members' work is compensated with a living allowance, professional development and an educational award. The experience is truly priceless as it's an inside look into the nonprofit world. Many AmeriCorps members continue to work with nonprofits after ending their service.



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