Job Opening: Community Engagement Coordinator - TerraCorps/AmeriCorps Member

Sudbury Valley Trustees will host a Community Engagement Coordinator for the 2021-2022 service year (August 30, 2021, to July 29, 2022). This is a TerraCorps/AmeriCorps position. Information about all TerraCorps position is available at terracorps.org.

Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, hunger, and cultural decline.

By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.

Community Engagement Coordinator with SVT

TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. SVT has proposed the following potential project(s) for its Community Engagement Coordinator:

  • Research, develop, and implement tools to deepen relationships with current SVT members, as well as establish and pilot best practices for how to reach and engage new audiences:
    • In a strategic effort to engage young people in the service area, the CEC will pilot a series of youth programs. These programs will be informed by outreach and focus groups conducted by this year’s CEC. In addition to designing and piloting programs that engage this age group, the CED will create and implement a social media program designed for the youth audience.
    • Seek, attend, evaluate, and recommend improvements for high impact outreach opportunities such as tabling and community events (based on Covid-19 guidelines.) These events will both serve to deepen existing relationships with towns, organizations and members, and will allow SVT to expand its reach to establish connections more broadly.
    • Assist with and build upon current weekly outreach emails and social media posts to increase the relevance and value of these communication channels’ content.
  • Play a vital supporting role in advancing the work of SVT’s newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force:
    • Conduct research on topics such as demographic and emerging best practices.
    • Help to administer Task Force meetings.
    • Help pilot early recommendations of the committee.
    • Continue to explore how best to engage the diverse population in Framingham, MA, and other identified areas within SVT’s footprint. To further these efforts, the CEC may explore collaboration with representatives of environmentally focused groups to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of preserving healthy land and engaging with nature.

Required AmeriCorps Qualifications

  • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member.
  • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills. 
  • Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team. 
  • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Suite).
  • Training and experience pertinent to the CED position and projects outlined above.
  • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers.
  • Marketing experience (traditional and social media) or experience developing public information materials.
  • Desire to plan and lead events.

This year’s TerraCorps members will serve from August 30, 2021, to July 29, 2022. All members are expected to serve full-time, commit to serve for the entire 11-month term, and complete at least 1,700 hours of service, including time spent in trainings and service with the full TerraCorps team. Weekly service averages 38 hours and commonly includes some night and/or weekend activities.

AmeriCorps programs provide equal opportunities. TerraCorps will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.

Member Compensation and Benefits

  • TerraCorps Members will receive a living allowance of up to $15,600 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $624 (pre-tax) per 25 biweekly pay periods.
  • TerraCorps assists Members in obtaining health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available.
  • Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need.
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps Members receive a taxable $6,345 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward for info and restrictions.
  • TerraCorps Members are eligible for forbearance of most federally guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service.
  • TerraCorps Members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
  • TerraCorps Members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement.

Note: TerraCorps members are responsible for their own housing and must have access to reliable transportation.

How to Apply

2021-2022 Service Site organizations, service positions, and application procedures are described at terracorps.org.

A complete member application includes a resume, two references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found at terracorps.org/apply/.

Member applications will be collected by TerraCorps and shared with Service Sites. Do not send applications directly to a Service Site.

We strongly encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible. Position offers and acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. The program aims to fill all positions by July 1, but Service Sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled.

Questions

For questions about TerraCorps, contact Lianna Lee, who manages TerraCorps’ recruitment process. Email [email protected] or call 978-364-9770.