STEM/Literacy Developer - STEM Academy

Dan River Year AmeriCorps - Chatham, VA (30+ days ago)

Dan River Year AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Member Position Description (full-time)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Dan River Year, a program of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), is dedicated to addressing community needs in southern Virginia. Program goals are to mobilize AmeriCorps members in a community-supported environment to build capacity in the region, strengthen community involvement, and address pressing needs. In 2018-2019, AmeriCorps members will focus on building the region’s literacy level, particularly focusing on middle school students.

TITLE: STEM/Literacy Developer

SITE LOCATION: Full-time STEM/Literacy Developers will be placed at multiple locations including: PCS Regional Alternative School/STEM Academy and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

POSITION SUMMARY: An AmeriCorps member provides direct and indirect service support to IALR and partner agencies. Activities support southern Virginia’s interest in building the literacy level of the region’s citizens. All members will receive tutor training prior to placement. At school locations, STEM/Literacy Developers will work with middle/high school students one-on-one and/or in small groups for during the school year aiding in their reading and STEM classes. At other locations, STEM/Literacy Developers will develop programs including summer bridge programs, informal education opportunities, and community events that improve citizens literacy, math, and/or technology skills. Hands-on STEM activities will be used to generate an interest in STEM and deepen STEM knowledge.

SCOPE: This is a full-time position requiring 1700 hours during the service year. This is approximate to serving 35 hours a week for 50 weeks. Service is anticipated to begin on September 1, 2018 and end on August 31, 2019. While the Dan River Year AmeriCorps program serves a three-county and two-city footprint, a member is assigned to a specific host location. Occasional travel throughout the service footprint and/or to state conferences may be required.


  • Create long and short term goals with the students/participants.
  • Keep records and report to Member Coordinator on a regular basis.
  • Submit monthly reports to Member Coordinator.
  • Document progress of learner’s goals by using surveys, informal interviews, and other evaluation processes.
  • Collaborate with staff, fellow AmeriCorps members, and partner organizations to develop and support service projects in the primary areas of focus (literacy), support pre-approved service projects, and increase STEM opportunities post accompaniment.
  • Recruit volunteers to support identified literacy and STEM service opportunities.
  • Assist with literacy, math, and computer literacy tutoring in both formal school settings and in out-of-school (OST) programs.
  • Provide individualized tutoring or skill development support to youth and adults with literacy, math and computer literacy training. Conduct related workshops for small group settings.
  • Support summer out-of-school time STEM experiences and bridge programs for K-12 students. This includes program development and execution.
  • Attend all mandatory host site and Dan River Year meetings.
  • Attend all planned training sessions for AmeriCorps members.
  • Complete and submit accurate and timely documentation of AmeriCorps service hours as required by the Dan River Year.
  • Participate in the MLK Day of Service, Day of Remembrance and Service and one additional service day.


  • Be at least 18 years old on their first day of service
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien
  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency
  • Not have served more than the allowed number of AmeriCorps terms previous to this term
  • Submit to a full background check, including a sex offender registry check, state criminal history registry check, and FBI fingerprint-based check. This position may have recurring access to vulnerable populations and selection is contingent upon satisfactory results of these checks.
  • Dress appropriately; i.e., as a professional educator.
  • Abide by Computer Technology Acceptable Use & Internet Safety Policy.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent mathematical skills (successful completion of at least Algebra II)
  • Associate’s degree or higher
  • Silver level National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Intermediate computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Access to a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Experience working with young people, job seekers or adult learners
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to learn and serve others


  • Living allowance of no less than $16,750 for a service term of 1700 hours over 10-12 months
  • Eligibility for Segal Education Award of $5,920 at the end of a successful term of service, which can be used to repay student loans or for current or future education.
  • Mileage reimbursement for non-host site location travel
  • Health insurance (allowance for the Exchange)
  • Child care assistance (if eligible)
  • AmeriCorps apparel
  • Mentoring and professional development
  • Opportunity to earn industry certifications
  • Service to southern Virginia and its citizens

DAYS/HOURS OF SERVICE: Typical service days/hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm with evening and weekend hours depending on projects.

DISCLAIMERS: No persons involved with this program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability, marital/parental status, or military service.

In accordance with AmeriCorps Regulation 45 CFR 2540.100, this position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service or duties that have been performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in workforce, or an employee who is on leave.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $16,750.00 /year


  • High school or equivalent

Required work authorization:

  • United States