General Overview of AmeriCorps for 2017-2018 Program Year

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Community Mediation Corps - CMM's AmeriCorps Program engages community members in AmeriCorps national service positions, funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV). CMM values and utilizes the community members’ skills, knowledge, and unique experiences, thereby removing barriers to services and increasing the number of mediation referrals and mediations.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The AmeriCorps member will serve as a Mediation Services Specialist in a community-based organization. The individual will be responsible for direct service and capacity building efforts. All AmeriCorps member activities will focus on increasing the number of mediations that get to the table.

               

SCOPE

This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Community Mediation Corps AmeriCorps Program, managed by Community Mediation Maryland. The AmeriCorps service year will begin on August 15, 2017, and conclude on August 14, 2018; AmeriCorps members are expected to complete at least 1700 hours of service during the term.

 

BENEFITS

  • A profound and fulfilling experience, through service!
  • $12,630 Living Allowance
  • Health Coverage (if not already covered)
  • Child Care Allowance, if eligible
  • Opportunity for student loan deferment
  • Valuable professional and networking opportunities
  • 50 hours of Basic Mediation Training, with advanced training opportunities
  • Making a difference in a local community, and the opportunity to continue one's service to their country

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in all training, service projects, and other activities required by Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorpsProgram
  • Conduct presentations about mediation services.
  • Perform direct service by mediating cases and/or facilitating workshops
  • Maintain accurate records of services provided; report data and accomplishments in progress reports to Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program
  • Maintain and expand existing community partnerships with Schools, Prisons, and Police Departments

Note: the AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals

 

SKILLS AND ATTITUDES  NECESSARY

  • Comfortable with taking initiative, problem solving, and working independently
  • Passion for non-violent conflict resolution
  • Adept at building interpersonal relationships; willingness to work effectively as part of a team (at the service site and within the Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with residents, staff, volunteers, and community groups
  • Effective at written communication and developing promotional materials
  • Committed to the concept of national service
  • Familiarity with basic computer operations: email, word-processing, spreadsheets, and basic graphics
  • Access to reliable transportation to and from service site, AmeriCorps trainings, events, and service-related activities
  • Positive attitude and perseverance when faced with organizational or personal challenges

 

SELECTION PROCESS

To be considered for the Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program, interested individuals must submit an online application. Staff will review the application and, if appropriate, invite the applicant to an interview, conduct three reference checks, and provide a matching opportunity with one or more potential service sites.

  

ORIENTATION ANDTRAINING

Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program provides approximately 70+ hours of training in community building, mediation, partnership development, data collection and evaluation. Over 50 hours of training is held in the first month of the service year, with quarterly training days throughout the rest of the year. Additional training opportunities may be available through AmeriCorps or the service site.

 

SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION

The Site Supervisor provides day-to-day supervision. The Site Supervisor will evaluate the AmeriCorps member’s performance according to Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program policies. In addition, the Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program Manager and Program Coordinator will provide overall supervision to all AmeriCorps members and Site Supervisors.

 

HOURS

Each AmeriCorps member will serve approximately 40 hours each week. Typical service hours are 9:00 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Some activities and situations may necessitate service beyond the typical hours; members will not be required to, on average, serve more than 40 hours per week. The AmeriCorps member may participate in optional additional trainings or direct service activities at other times, if approved.

 

LOCATION

The AmeriCorps member’s office space will be located at the local service site and if available at partner sites. Program trainings and events will be held at locations throughout Maryland. Please note: locations may not be accessible by public transportation.