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Fresh Start Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator

Department: Fresh Start
Location: Eau Claire
Shift: Days

Job Description:

This is a full-time (1700 hours at 36 hours/week) position as an AmeriCorps member of the Fresh Start (FS) Program. This term begins after September 1, 2024, and needs to be completed by August 31, 2025. The FS AmeriCorps members generally work Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 4:30pm with occasional nights and weekends, with the opportunity to be flexible with your schedule. Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps Members are responsible for two areas within the program: mentoring youth members and managing volunteers.  This member will work alongside young adults mentoring them through independent living skills leading to self-sufficiency. The member will also provide service implementing the FS volunteer program, enabling it to better serve low-income young adults and community residents. This includes developing appropriate materials, recruiting and managing volunteers, supervising volunteer outings, and training the site’s staff as appropriate so that the site can sustain the program after the member’s term of service is completed.

DUTIES

  • Role modeling positive life skills and behaviors.  
  • Mentor young adults through independent living skills such as renting apartments, budgeting, obtaining driver’s license, etc.
  • Encourage young adults to set and work towards achieving personal, employment, and educational goals.
  • Provide support for young adults on the construction site when needed.
  • Participate in Fresh Start team meetings.
  • Assist with transportation to appointments and outings when needed.
  • Expanding existing volunteer program for recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Assist in developing volunteer program materials such as a policy and procedure manual; volunteer position descriptions; promotional fliers or brochures; and screening, training, and evaluation tools.  
  • Recruit volunteers. Outreach methods include extensive networking; presentations to faith, business, and/or community groups; staffing information booths at community events; and utilizing the media.  
  • Screen volunteers as necessary; procedures might include interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks.
  • Develop and facilitate orientation and training for volunteers.
  • Supervise non-AmeriCorps volunteers; develop and implement recognition activities for volunteers such as special events, awards, gifts, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of volunteer participation.  
  • Plan and participate in an annual National Youth Service Day event for AmeriCorps members, other service and volunteer projects as specified by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

Must have a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, be able to commit to approximately one full year of AmeriCorps Service beginning after September 1, 2024, and ending before August 31, 2025, be a US Citizen, US National, or lawful permanent resident of the US.  Desired education level: College Graduate.

SUPERVISION:

The Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps member reports directly to Shayne Gerberding, Fresh Start Program Manager.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply: Please submit a resume to Shayne Gerberding, Fresh Start Program Manager at shayne.gerberding@wdeoc.org

 

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