Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring - Western Mass Partnership Development Associate

Organizational Description: 

*A position through the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring Program.

About AmeriCorps

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.

About Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. MMP serves hundreds of program partners statewide supporting thousands of youth in quality relationships. 

  • We build capacity through site-specific TA & training to youth serving programs to explore and/or enhance programmatic capacity to develop, nurture, and sustain empowering youth-adult relationships to achieve positive outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth.
  • We connect programs through nurturing a diverse network of over 300 organizations, businesses, state and local governments.
  • We assess the needs of communities to advance empowering youth-adult relationships as a key intervention for positive youth outcomes through the development and distribution of MMP products.
  • We advocate through policy measures and mobilizing, as well as raising awareness, to position empowering youth-adult relationships as an effective strategy to improve communities.

Program Summary

Twenty-Five AmeriCorps Ambassadors will complete a year of service from August 2017 - June 2018. These members will be placed at one host site organization to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and organizations in the areas of match support; marketing and mentor recruitment; mentor/mentee/parent training; and program development, evaluation and start up.

All Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring will work on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other Corps members to complete statewide community service projects that benefit the field of mentoring in Massachusetts. AmeriCorps Ambassadors will be supervised by their host organization and the Mass Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps Program Manager.

Position Summary: 

Mass Mentoring Partnership's office in Western Mass is seeking a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring to serve as a Western Mass Partnership Development Associate for 2017-2018. The Ambassador’s primary responsibility will be to raise Mass Mentoring’s profile in Western Mass. This will be effectuated through a “stories of mentoring” campaign that includes compelling success stories, shared through video and written storytelling. This position will be responsible for selecting subjects for the stories, producing the stories (video and written), and distribution of the stories through various channels.

Working with MMP staff and its partners, the Western Mass Partnership Development Associate, will lead the efforts to create public awareness campaigns promoting the importance of “mentoring” in colleges and local communities, as well as Workforce development entities. This Associate will be in charge creating and managing the process for increasing program participation in Mentor Connector. Mentor Connector is a web-based tool that supports programs to increase their capacity to recruit mentors/volunteers.

Position Requirements: 

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 1700 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: 
  • Work with MMP’s marketing staff to develop a protocol to conduct video interview  Technology and media skills  Work with MMP staff to develop Western Mass public campaigns
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Flexible schedule/Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends
  • Motivation and aptitude for networking and outreach
  • Work with Manage of Targeted Communities and other MMP staff to develop new partnerships
  • Data base maintenance
  • Ability to plan “Meet & Greets”
  • Committed to actively recruiting, selecting, on-boarding and managing mentors
  • Work with MMP staff in the implementation of year round events
  • Act as primary contact with mentoring programs, youth-serving organizations and other community stakeholders as it relates to Mentor connector
  • Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor!

Additional Skills:

  • Experience creating video projects
  • Journalism skills
How to Apply: 

Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors to view our current open positions and apply directly to the organizations that interest you from the link provided on the page. Note that 1 application is required PER each organization if you are applying to more than one.

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 / PDF format and a list of 3 references.

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.

For more information or questions:

Contact Thomas McGee, Program Manager, at tmcgee@massmentors.org.

Mass Mentoring Partnership and its site partners are equal opportunity employers. Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities for interview as well as service term. All positions acceptances are contingent upon a successful background check.

Posted Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2017