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LITERACY COORRDINATOR

DEPARTMENT:      School Age Child Care Program

 REPORTS TO:       Director of School Age Child Care Program

OVERVIEW:         Girls Inc. of Lynn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold.  Since 1942 we have been responding to the changing needs of girls and their families by providing essential resources and challenging programs to low-income girls ages 6 -18.  Girls Inc. of Lynn seeks a Literacy Coordinator to plan, implement and coordinate all components of the Literacy program for girls in grades K-6, and create positive relationships with members, and oversee the library.

STATUS:                  Full –Time / Monday – Friday.            (40 hours/week)

Responsibilities

  • Develop and creative, hands-on literacy curriculum with staff to augment programs
  • Identify girls with low reading scores and provide one-on-one tutors with staff or volunteers.
  • Test all K-3 members with DIBELS Next at least three times annually
  • Find free book sources and provide numerous free book distributions to our girls
  • Communicate with Girls Inc. national and assist in trainings as needed
  • Keep the library clean and organized, and purchase new books when funding is available
  • Organize a team of literacy volunteers and interns and coordinate with volunteer coordinator
  • Provide training for new staff and volunteers as assist with planning sessions as needed
  • Work with families of struggling readers to help them support their children to become capable readers
  • Create relationships with schools so we have access to teachers and literacy coaches
  • Provide support to Homework Help program
  • Help to organize family gatherings including, family literacy night, Operation SMART Night, Halloween, Thanksgiving and summer send off and summer end celebration
  • Help Director with QRIS requirements and assessments
  • Provide other duties as assigned by Program Director

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Education, Library Science or related field
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with school-age children and experience in creating and planning youth programs
  • Ability to problem solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative
  • Massachusetts Driver’s license required and must be willing to obtain a 7D license
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Ability to work with youth representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages and abilities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and the Internet
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Hourly Rate: $20/hour

Conditional offer of employment will be made to the selected applicant following successful completion of a CORI check.

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to: Mamanzueta@girlsinclynn.org

Technology Program Specialist

Overview: Girls Incorporated of Lynn has been operating programs and advocating for girls since 1942. We are a local affiliate of the national organization Girls Incorporated, known for its widely acclaimed, research based, informal educational programs.  Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing girls’ capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community, and by serving as a vigorous advocate for all girls.   .

Position Summary: The Odyssey after school program provides academic and social support for girls in grades six through eight. The main components of Odyssey include daily structured enrichment programming, academic support, group mentoring, field trips and special events. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who wants to share their love of technology with girls during after-school hours and has experience working with children in a school, camp, or after-school environment, and has a background with creating developmentally appropriate programs using a variety of lively program techniques.

Primary Responsibilities: To provide transformative learning opportunities using technology and media arts as a tool for self-expression, social and academic change with youth enrolled in the middle school programs.

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate hands-on, minds-on technology based media arts programs
  • Prepare written program plans before the fall, winter and spring programming sessions
  • Document all activities and complete a final report by the given due date at the conclusion of fall, winter and spring program sessions
  • Supervise participants’ behavior and activities at all times, including members’ use of the computers
  • Uphold and enforce program rules
  • Assist with the administration and operation of the middle school programs as needed
  • Oversee the upkeep and maintenance of the program’s laptops, video cameras and other media equipment
  • Inform Program Director regarding issues concerning the program laptops, video cameras and other media equipment
  • Organize and maintain program space, supplies, equipment and materials
  • Collaborate with other staff in program planning
  • Work collaboratively with Girls Inc. staff to provide a safe, secure, pro-girl environment
  • Keep supervisor informed of problems, concerns, needs, trends and unusual activities
  • Assist with special events & field trips as requested
  • Carry out other duties as assigned

 Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth preferably girls and/or urban youth ages 12-15 in an informal educational and/or recreational setting
  • Experience and some background in one or more of the following fields: programming, engineering, design, coding, video production, animation, 3D printing, audio engineering, electronics, or other technical fields.
  • Desire to work with diverse populations and ability to accept and welcome differing values and points of view.
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Experience with behavior management using an empathic and solution seeking approach
  • Able to create a safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environment for youth, staff and volunteers
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs
  • Desire to experiment with new techniques and capacity to adapt and teach them to others
  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative
  • Enthusiasm and excitement for working with teen girls
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus

Hourly Rate: $18.00

Schedule: Twenty (20) hours per week, Monday – Thursday 1:30pm-5:30pm and Fridays 2:00pm-6:00pm.

This is a part-time, grant-funded position from September 2016 –June 2017 with possibility of continuing during the summer and next school year.

Conditional offer of employment will be made to the selected applicant following successful completion of a CORI check.

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to: Lena Crowley, Director of Middle School Programs at – lecrowley@girlsinclynn.org.

Lynn AmeriCorps Academic Advisor for Teen Programs

 About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Lynn AmeriCorps Program is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in organizations throughout Lynn, MA to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among immigrant students.

About United Way:

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is advancing the common good in our region by providing help today in ways that strengthen tomorrow. Our work ensures that children are ready to learn when they enter school, stay engaged in learning and graduate able to compete, and are nurtured by families that have the financial stability to support both their basic needs and future success. No other single organization has the scope, expertise and influences to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

Program Summary:

Fifteen AmeriCorps members will complete a year of service in Lynn, MA, from September 2016 to August 2017. Corps members will be placed in community agencies throughout Lynn to provide direct support to English Language Learning students and/or their families.  Activities and engagement may include academic support, tutoring, mentoring, college awareness and preparation, and family support.

Collectively, the work of the Corps members will help to ensure a holistic approach throughout the community in order to reduce the barriers to academic success among immigrant children and their families. Corps members will be supervised by both their host organization and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Program Manager.

HOST SITE NAME:  Girls Incorporated of Lynn

 About Host Site (Brief description): The mission of Girls Inc. of Lynn is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing girls’ capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community, and by serving as a vigorous advocate for all girls. Girls Inc. of Lynn has been operating since 1942, serving girls ages 5-18 emphasizing six core themes: self-reliance & life skills; careers & life planning; leadership & community action; health & sexuality; culture & heritage; sports & adventure.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION of POSITION: The Lynn AmeriCorps member at Girls Inc. of Lynn’s Teen programs will provide English Language Learners with academic and tutoring support, mentoring, family support, for girls ages 14-18.  This AmeriCorps member will also coordinate the Reading Sisters program; facilitating teen volunteers who read with and provide literacy activities to girls in our school age childcare program.

 AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service over the course of one year
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Attend all Corps wide training and work sessions
  • Maintain a service Portfolio
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and reporting

 Essential Position Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Academic Advisor for Teen Programs
  • Assist English Language Learners with homework, academics, and tutoring
  • Build relationships with ELL guidance counselors and ELL teachers at Lynn high schools
  • Weekly mentoring sessions (2 on 1) with English language learners to develop individualized academic support plans to teens’ specific needs.
  • Provide family support to ELL girls and their families, including engaging parents in their daughter’s academic needs.
  • Identify participants to be recruited for the program. Including but not limited to: English language learners who have faced an academic challenge over the past two years (i.e. received a D or F on a report card, been held back, or identified by teachers or guidance counselors as needing additional academic support.
  • Work collaboratively with Girls Inc. staff to provide a safe, secure, pro-girl environment.
  • Collect and track report cards and progress reports.
  • Daily management of the Learning Center.
  • Serve as a liaison between ELL/ESL, non-English speaking parents and Girls Inc. of Lynn.
  • Serve as a liaison between ELL/ESL members and the program, including relationship building between members, girls, and staff; ensure that ELL members are aware of and have access to programming.
  • Recruit and coordinate tutors to assist girls academically.
  • Assist with Teen Center recruitment.
  • Assist staff with field trips, events and social emotional programming for girls as needed.
  • Carry out additional duties as requested by the Career and Learning Center Coordinator.

 Non-Essential Position Responsibilities

  • Program transportation.
  • Overnight field trips with teens.

 Qualifications of Ideal Candidate

  • Multilingual preferred: English & Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Khmer

Additional Qualifications:

  • High School or GED accepted; BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • A passion for national and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and adaptability
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident

 Position Benefits:

  • $12,635 taxable living allowance will be made in bi-weekly installments
  • Fully paid health insurance
  • Training and networking opportunities among a core groups of Corps members and other non profit professionals
  • Access to resources available at United Way of Massachusetts Bay
  • $5,550.00 Education Award upon completion of service

 To Apply or For More information:

Please send résumé and cover letter to Karyn King Fargo at kfargo@girlsinclynn.org

United Way of Massachusetts Bay is committed to fostering a work environment characterized by dignity and respect. Our workforce is diverse and is reflective of our community.  We wish to celebrate our diversity and create an environment in which each individual’s skills and talents are best utilized to help us achieve our goals. Discrimination, of any kind, is not consistent with our mission and values, and will not be tolerated. United Way is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and provides reasonable accommodations for the application process, interviews and service upon request.