Program Coordinator VISTA

Position Title: Program Coordinator VISTA

Organization: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

Position Description:

The Program Coordinator VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this young non-profit organization. This person will primarily work to build the Student Stewards program. The Student Stewards Program uses public parks within walking distance of under-served schools as learning laboratories. Students engage in hands-on citizen science research with a goal of improved academic engagement and better preparation for educational success. This will include developing and maintaining relationships with Washoe County schools administration and teachers, developing and fine-tuning curriculum, and training teachers and volunteers. The VISTA will also develop a science-based camp for implementation in 2016.

Timeline for Service: February 9, 2016 – February 13, 2017

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop the Student Stewards citizen science curriculum to align with Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards;
  • Develop partnerships with school administrators and teachers;
  • Spearhead the implementation of the Student Stewards Program;
  • Develop and implement teacher training workshops based on Student Stewards Program;
  • Design a two-week science-based summer day camp.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate commitment to TMPF’s mission and vision;
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, science, or a related field;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
  • Experience working with students, teachers, and volunteers;
  • Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;
  • Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings;
  • Preferred: experience working at or managing summer camp programs;
  • Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.

AmeriCorps VISTA
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s Program Coordinator VISTA position is funded by the Corporations for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visitamericorps.gov

 Compensation:

In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance of $980/month, health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a SegalAmeriCorps Education Award of $5,730.00 or post-service stipend of $1,500.00 after completing their service. A relocation travel allowance of no less than $550 may also apply if they are moving.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to Jackie Meyer at jackie@tmparksfoundation.org.

Applications are also accepted through AmeriCorps.gov. Search for Student Stewards. Deadline for applications is January 1, 2016. For more information, you can email/call Jackie at 775.276.5816

TMPF is a charter member of Employers of National Service. We give preference to AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni.

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