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Communications Coordinator

Company: The Dream Program
Location: Winooski
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionSalary: The focus of the Communications Coordinator is capacity-building. The member will execute an existing external communication plan and continue to develop, evolve and improve the plan (including using traditional and new media). The Member will build story lines, develop DREAM's "voice," collect tales of impact, and take photos and video. The DREAM Program is committed to dismantling systems of oppression that affect our youth and families. This organizational commitment means that members should join this space with an intention of learning, unlearning, and diving into ways that your involvement will directly contribute to DREAM's mission of reducing the Opportunity Gap while also supporting the dismantling of other systemic inequities. We seek members who contribute to The DREAM Program's diverse community, as having different perspectives, identities, and skills are what allow us to excel in our service. DREAM seeks members who are ready to engage in and foster an inclusive environment, and who strive to deliver culturally appropriate and relevant programming to the youth we serve. Incoming members and staff should understand that we serve marginalized communities, which means that it is imperative that diversity, equity, and inclusivity are infused into every aspect of our work as an organization.Objectives of Service as a Communications Coordinator:

  • The member will generate interesting content for alternative training for staff and volunteers including but not limited to DREAM comic strips, short memes and videos, funny slogans, etc.
  • The Member will execute and continue to develop an annual communications plan that covers both traditional and new media.
  • The Member will build a variety of content that follows stories and themes throughout the year.
  • Member will connect with mentees and their families to capture and share their stories and experiences with DREAM.
  • Members will be in touch with and gather content from on-site leaders and AmeriCorps members.The Experience of Service as a Communications Coordiantor:
    • The members will be needed on-site at different locations in the region on a weekly basis to collect content and document the stories of youth successes, their mentoring relationships, and experiences with DREAM. There will also be the opportunity to serve remotely when not needed on-site.
      • Members will engage with other leadership staff and AmeriCorps members in their region regularly.
      • Members will have some responsibility, along with others in the communications team, for social media posts, newsletters, external communication, fundraising campaigns, and more.
      • Members will serve closely on a team with communications coordinators and their supervisor. Site/Location: Boston, Vermont, PhiladelphiaAmeriCorps Program Type: State/NationalClassification/Position Type: AmeriCorps MemberTerm Type/Length: Full time, 1700 hoursHours Commitment: 35-40/week, varied scheduleStart date: September 27, 2021End Date: August 19, 2022Required Qualifications:
        • Commitment to the entire service term.
        • Commitment to the mission of AmeriCorps and DREAM.
        • Desire to enhance existing skills and develop new skills necessary for service.
        • Commitment to serve as a role model for youth.
        • A passion for supporting the ongoing work around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
        • Experience working or living in a diverse and inclusive environment with elevated, demonstrated awareness of issues of social equity and social and racial justice.
        • Demonstrated practice or education serving diverse communities or populations of people of color in an equitable manner and a manner that is respectful and aware of the community's experience.
        • Demonstrated ability to manage time and set priorities while giving consideration to those serving, your fellow team members, the organization, and the self.
        • A dedicated room/space to complete your service that is not at a DREAM-supported site.
        • An internet connection capable of easily handling Google Workspace apps and specifically, a Google Hangout/Meet.
        • Access to resources necessary to support your telework/service experience (electrical power outlet to keep devices charged, reliable wifi connection that can connect with our cloud-based softwares).
        • Ability to regularly meet in person with your team or your service assignment in their assigned location (including responsibility for transportation to and from).
        • Access to a reliable phone.
        • Must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.A. due to AmeriCorps requirements.
        • Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service OR be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program
        • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent OR not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant (and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award) OR obtain a waiver from the Corporation OR be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis
        • Members must agree to the following Criminal History Checks to be performed in order to serve as an AmeriCorps Member: NSOPW (Public Sex Offender) Check, Statewide Criminal Repository Checks (for State of Service and State of Residence), and FBI fingerprint-based Criminal History Check. The member is aware that that their identity must be verified with a government-issued photo ID. The results of these checks will be kept confidential, but could affect eligibility to serve in AmeriCorps.Preferred Qualifications:
          • Experience in or desire to serve one or more of the following areas: community development, financial development, customer service or other project/program/campaign design and implementation.
          • Well developed or emerging communication and facilitation skills.
          • Computer proficiency – comfortable with Google applications and email communication.
          • Ability to work independently.
          • Ability to work constructively with a team.
          • An outlook that remains steadfastly optimistic in times of rapid change.
          • A contagious energy for DREAM's work.DREAM AmeriCorps Benefits:
            • Living Stipend of $16,000 provided to you in biweekly payments of $615.38.
            • AmeriCorps members are also eligible for:
              • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (food stamps)
              • Child care assistance
              • Medicaid
              • Student loan deferment (forbearance)
              • Other publicly-funded benefits, such as heating and utility assistance.
              • Upon the completion of the service term, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the Segal Education Award, which can be used to pay education expenses or repay qualified student loans. For completing a full 1700 hour term, you will receive $6,345.00.
              • In addition to benefits available through AmeriCorps, DREAM offers our AmeriCorps members a housing stipend of $100 per month, paid directly to your housing provider.
              • As an AmeriCorps member at DREAM, you will have the additional support of a DREAM AmeriCorps Director to help you navigate your service term and apply for publicly funded programs.
              • DREAM is invested in your professional and personal development, and holds AmeriCorps Development Days and a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the service term.
              • If you engage in work-related travel outside of a commute, DREAM will provide reimbursement for mileage.

                Work environment: This position operates in multiple spaces. The spaces included may have characteristics similar to a professional office environment, an indoor/outdoor environment with active children and students, at our rustic Camp DREAM, and within the program sites we serve. This role routinely uses computers and various softwares regularly, as well as standard office/school equipment (such as phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and printers) as well as equipment characteristic of an outdoor and indoor youth camp (pop-up shade canopies/tents, hand tools, activity supplies, food preparation equipment, storage spaces and sports equipment/toys).Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee/member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
                • This position requires comfort working in outdoor environments, regardless of the weather. This position can be very active and frequently requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing.
                • While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to communicate with individuals who talk and hear.
                • The employee/member may occasionally lift and/or move items over 50 pounds.
                • While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to observe and comprehend using vision abilities that include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.Travel: Travel may includes local travel (high schools, partnerships and communities with which we work) and interregional travel (visiting other DREAM geographies and for retreats and special events) during the work hours described. Out-of-the-area and overnight travel will be occasionally expected.AAP/EEO Statement: The DREAM Program is an equal opportunity employer and an incorporated 501(c)3 charitable organization. The DREAM Program prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.At will employment: The DREAM Program is an at will employer. Employment with The DREAM Program is voluntary and is subject to termination by you or The DREAM Program at will, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. The policy of employment-at-will may not be modified by any officer or employee.

                  WHY WE DREAM...[Visit our website ( or see us social media (Facebook & Instagram)] Our Beliefs
                  • We believe that the opportunity gap is unfair and unjust.
                  • We believe that childhood is a precious part of the human experience and worthy of great investment.
                  • We believe that all children have immense potential to contribute to our society and that lost potential for one is lost potential for all.
                  • We believe that change is possible.Our VisionWe seek a world in which all children have the opportunities, resources, and relationships necessary to achieve their dreams.Our MissionOur mission is to close the opportunity gap for children living in low-income housing.Cultural Values
                    • We live in the grassroots. We see ourselves as more of a movement than an organization. We value bottom-up development and look to our volunteers for leadership.
                    • We are relationship-oriented. When relationships are done well, they can change the world and build bridges across differences. Relationships are at the center of all we do and are our greatest source of impact, influence, and learning.
                    • We value transparency. We are an open organization and invite all to participate in decision-making. We see honest communication as the foundation for creating trust and understanding.
                    • We like to play. We sing, surprise, act spontaneously, play games, and imagine. We see potential for something magical in every interaction. We think play is the ultimate vehicle for delivering our services.
                    • We think the high dive is fun! Positive risk-taking plays a crucial role in development. By pushing our comfort zones, we broaden our world views and expand our options.
                    • We think anything is possible. Call us naïve...wait a minute, don't do that! Just join us!

Keywords: The Dream Program, New England , Communications Coordinator, Other , Winooski, Northeast

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