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NYC Civic Corp x NYAS Partnership

Position: Mentor Coordinator - Afterschool Program

Now more than ever, dedicated and passionate civic leaders are needed to serve our community. Apply to begin a full-time AmeriCorps service year with us starting in September: https://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/3

Host Site Name: The New York Academy of Sciences (www.nyas.org)

Position Title: Mentor Coordinator - Afterschool Program

Location: 115 Broadway 17th Floor New York, NY 10006

Tentative Schedule: M-F, 9:00AM- 5:00PM (2 Saturdays and 5 evenings over the course of the 2020-2021 school year. Exact dates TBD, expected start date: September 2022)

# of member Slots in this Position: 1

Supervisor’s Name: Adrienne Umali

Supervisor’s Email: aumali@nyas.org

Need for the specific project on which AmeriCorps Member is serving:

This position serves as a key member of the Academy’s Global STEM Alliance team, helping to mobilize 300+ scientists who volunteer to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to underserved middle and high school students across the five boroughs. Volunteer mentors are essential to the Academy’s operations across the city, and this position will play a central role in helping to recruit additional mentors, expanding university partnerships in the five boroughs, building a community for the volunteer mentors, and creating relationships with the sites in which they serve. As part of the Academy’s Global STEM Alliance team, the Mentor Coordinator will have the opportunity to build relationships across the Academy’s network as well as gain insight into best practices in STEM education, data management and survey tools. The Member Coordinator will also have the opportunity to participate with colleagues in mentor trainings and special events.

Expectations and Goals for the specific project on which AmeriCorps Member is serving:

The Mentor Coordinator will support the expansion of the Academy’s Afterschool STEM Mentoring program in the five boroughs by supporting mentor recruitment and mentor management. The Mentor Coordinator will aid in identifying additional recruiting partners, streamlining mentor trainings, and building an ongoing mentor community. In addition, the Mentor Coordinator will be a consistent point of contact for the mentors and aid in developing systems to build a more robust community.

For FY22-23, we expect to engage 120+ scientist-volunteers and partner with 60+ afterschool classrooms for semester-long programs. This will translate to an estimated 1400 students impacted.

Member Position Summary: 

The Mentor Coordinator will provide leadership, direction, and organization for the mentors serving in the 2022-2023 academic year, ensuring the mentors and partner organizations have a successful experience. This position will work to build capacity by expanding the mentor program and improving systems to support the mentors throughout the process. This position will also support the Global STEM Alliance team working in NYC assisting with community programs and onsite projects as needed. The Mentor Coordinator will work from the New York Academy of Sciences headquarters focusing 75% of the time on mentor engagement and recruitment. An additional 20% will be spent working on mentor trainings, which also take place at the Academy’s headquarters. An additional 5% may be spent at other project locations for special events to support the mentors, students, schools, and families.

This position is part of the Global STEM Alliance team and reports to the Senior Program Manager of NYC-based education programs.

Detailed Tasks:

  • Serve as a first point of contact for mentors currently serving in the 2022-2023
  • Build relationships with schools, universities, and other partners to strengthen recruitment efforts
  • Visit the Global STEM Alliance after school and high school sites to learn about the programs
  • Develop resources for mentors, including training materials
  • Monitor and review mentor applications
  • Create ongoing mentor engagement activities
  • Ensure all mentors complete background checks and work with site staff to ensure paperwork is up to date

Required Skills for AmeriCorps Members (set for all program members):

  • Strong commitment to national service and the mission of the host site
  • Desire to work in the non-profit sector
  • Desire to serve with diverse communities
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to conduct community outreach and make presentations to community groups
  • Willingness to take initiative to achieve goals
  • Strong project management/multi-tasking abilities
  • A clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend in New York City
  • Availability to lead and/or attend events during evening and weekend hours (frequency varies by position)
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalency
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • US Citizen or lawful permanent resident (AmeriCorps regulations)

Preferred Academic or Experience Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated personal commitment to volunteer service
  • Passion for STEM or STEM education
  • Ability to bring a positive and flexible outlook to all interactions with volunteers and staff
  • Prior experience in an office environment preferred
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Survey Monkey a strong plus
  • Careful attention to detail; ability to enter data accurately
  • Comfortable public speaking
  • Comfortable communicating clearly and professionally to diverse audiences by email or phone


*Please note: The duties and responsibilities in this service position description may be subject to change. In the rare event that there are any changes, fellows will be notified prior to beginning the service year and the position description will be amended. All changes will be reviewed and approved in advance by NYC Service.

HOW TO APPLY:

Learn more about program: https://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/3