Company: The Dream Program
Posted on: May 16, 2022
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
- 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,
- The Member will execute and continue to develop an annual
communications plan that covers both traditional and new
- 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
- 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,
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Well developed or emerging communication and facilitation
- Computer proficiency – comfortable with Google applications and
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to work constructively with a team.
- An outlook that remains steadfastly optimistic in times of
- A contagious energy for DREAM's work.DREAM AmeriCorps Benefits:
- Living Stipend of $16,000 provided to you in biweekly payments
- AmeriCorps members are also eligible for:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (food
- Child care assistance
- Student loan deferment (forbearance)
- Other publicly-funded benefits, such as heating and utility
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
WHY WE DREAM...[Visit our website (dreamprogram.org) 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
- 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!
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