Community Service-Learning VISTA position

2011-2012 MDCC-VISTA
Community Service-Learning Coordinator

Community Service-Learning (CSL), a part of the Leadership & Community Service-Learning unit in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, engages students at the University of Maryland in meaningful community service-learning with the local community through resources, programs, and events. CSL strives to educate students about the root causes of pressing social issues while making a meaningful and immediate difference in the local community.
The MDCC-VISTA Community Service-Learning Coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) will work with the Northwestern Connection program and Center for Educational Partnerships program to increase educational attainment and decrease drop-out rates of middle and high school students at two local schools. The VISTA will provide organizational structure and avenues to connect UMCP students with tutoring and mentoring programs geared towards Northwestern High School (NWHS) and William Wirt Middle School students, both within two miles of the University.

This VISTA position addresses the need for “cradle-through-college” solutions by helping to grow the seeds planted through the great work accomplished by the University of Maryland chapter of America Read*America Counts in Prince George’s County elementary schools, through middle and high school, towards the goal of college matriculation.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Foster relationships and strengthen communication between the University of Maryland and Northwestern High School and William Wirt Middle School, through the Northwestern Connection program and Center for Educational Partnerships, respectively.
  • Provide organizational structure and avenues to connect UMCP students with tutoring and mentoring programs geared towards Northwestern High School and William Wirt Middle School students.
  • Regularly convene Northwestern Connection Steering Committee of UMCP and NWHS stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular site visits to Northwestern Connection and Center for Educational Partnerships programs.
  • Develop and implement method for assessment for Northwestern Connection and Center for Educational Partnerships programs.
  • Assess drop-out, graduate, and college matriculation rates of students at NWHS.
  • Collecting and analyzing program evaluation data, including regular reflection and evaluation with community partners.
  • Working in collaboration with CSL students and staff on program recruitment, trainings and workshops.
  • Participating as an active member of the Leadership and Community-Service Learning staff team.

This is a 12-month Americorps*VISTA position that begins in August 2011.

The monthly stipend for this VISTA position is $1,163. Upon completing the 12-months of service, the person in this position can choose to receive either an education award worth $5,350 to pay for further education, or $1,500 cash. This position reports directly to the Coordinator for Leadership & Community Service-Learning.
Qualifications:

Preferred candidates will have a degree in education, community development, sociology, public policy, human development, or closely related field and experience in one or more of the following areas: service-learning/community service, working with college students, working with community partners, training and program development, leadership development, working with diverse populations. Excellent communication and organizational skills required.  Spanish language proficiency strongly encouraged.
To apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and names and telephone numbers of three references to:
Mei-Yen Hui
Leadership & Community Service-Learning
0110 Stamp Union
College Park, MD 20742.
Email: meiyen@umd.edu
Fax: 301-314-9634
Feel free to direct questions to Mei-Yen Hui, Coordinator for Leadership & Community Service-Learning, meiyen@umd.edu, 301-314-0068.
The University of Maryland is an EEO/AA employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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