Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring – Research and Curriculum Development Associate

Organizational Description: 

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to support empowering youth-adult relationships throughout Massachusetts.  Our vision is that every young person be involved in developmental relationships with adults that help to create more vibrant and resilient communities. MMP is working with established mentoring programs, youth serving organizations, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions to strengthen the program and organizational practices that contribute to the resiliency of youth, families and communities. We currently work with over 250 programs supporting over 33,000 youth in sustained, consistent and supported relationships by assessing programmatic needs and organizational capacity and providing customized strategies that create stronger and more effective programs and youth-adult interactions. 

MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff of professionals who are motivated to address diversity issues within our own work and constituencies with whom we work.  Candidates of color, bilingual and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our environment is responsive to innovation, committed to organizational learning and promotes staff development at all levels. Our organization offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits within the non-profit sector

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in mentoring programs across Massachusetts. 

Position Summary: 

Mass Mentoring Partnership is currently recruiting an AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring to serve as the Research & Curriculum Development Associate at Mass Mentoring Partnership, in our headquarters in downtown Boston, from August 2016 - June 2017.  The Ambassador serves as the research associate and project manager for Mass Mentoring Counts 2016, the organization’s bi-annual study on the state of mentoring in Massachusetts, including our first qualitative study in the field, and builds MMP’s knowledge-sharing resources and materials.  

This position provides a challenging learning and leadership opportunity for an individual seeking to use his/her skills and interests in survey research, qualitative research, analysis, and developing and strengthening program resources.  In addition to working alongside a talented team of colleagues at MMP, the Research & Curriculum Development Associate will work closely with researchers and will be managed by MMP’s Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. 

Position Requirements: 

Basic Requirements:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, and think strategically
  • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Familiarity with SSPS or other survey research software
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Ability to take initiative and  multi-task
  • BA/BS degree 

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member
  • Complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Complete at least 2 collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
    • Responsibilities include attending pre-orientation session, orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Greater Boston
  • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

General Program Qualifications:

  • BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for volunteerism and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Some experience with marketing – material design, blogging and social media preferred
  • Public speaking
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
  • Positive attitude
Responsibilities: 
  • Manage the work plan and timetable for Mass Mentoring Counts 2016
  • Lead a staff outreach team and provide extensive outreach and support to mentoring programs to maximize their participation and completion of the survey
  • Trouble-shoot issues that arise with data collection and help to assure that data provided is accurate and complete
  • Work with the researchers to implement MMP’s first qualitative study of youth-adult empowering relationships, including serving as the liaison with programs participating in the study and assisting with data collection in the field
  • Create regional and topic-specific reports utilizing the Mass Mentoring Counts 2016 data;  analyze data and create reports and other informational tools
  • Collaborate with staff to plan and implement events and other opportunities to share the Mass Mentoring Counts data
  • Work with MMP staff to strengthen and update the curriculum and toolkits used to provide high-impact training and consulting with mentoring and youth serving programs across the state
How to Apply: 

Complete the online application.

Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors to view all current open AmeriCorps positions and apply directly to the organizations that interest you from the application link provided on the page. Note that one application is required per organization.

All applications require a resume that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and a cover letter stating how you heard about this opportunity and why it interests you, either in Word or PDF format and a list of three references. Candidates may be requested to provide writing samples.

We are interested in recruiting AmeriCorps members who call Massachusetts home. MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from persons with a disability, males, and minority candidates. Note: Positions are contingent upon continued CNCS grant funding.

Posted Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016