826 Boston

AmeriCorps Program Manager

About the Opportunity

826 Boston seeks a dynamic team member to serve as the AmeriCorps Program Manager. 826 Boston is rapidly expanding to serve more students in the Boston Public Schools through its innovative Writers’ Room Program, and the AmeriCorps and Operations Manager will oversee the implementation of the AmeriCorps program to support the Writers’ Rooms. This is an exciting opportunity to join the organization during a time of growth and manage a program of 15 AmeriCorps members across six Writers’ Rooms and the 826 Boston Volunteer Team. The priority application deadline for this position is February 2, 2024. After that date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.

About 826 Boston 

826 Boston is a nonprofit writing, tutoring, and publishing organization where students in grades K-12 and beyond can share their stories, amplify their voices, and develop as leaders in school and in life. Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with one-on-one attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, co-founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, that were named in GOOD Magazine’s “30 Places We Want to Work.” Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 29,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2013, the 826 National network garnered the prestigious American Literacy Prize awarded by the Library of Congress.

Responsibilities: 

AmeriCorps Programs Oversight

  • Manage the creation, implementation, and updates of the systems necessary for the operation of 826 Boston’s AmeriCorps State and National program
  • Oversee AmeriCorps member recruitment, background checks, orientation and onboarding.
  • Conduct monthly group check-ins with the AmeriCorps member supervisors.
  • Conduct regular site visits to the Writers’ Rooms to ensure the AmeriCorps brand is prominent and service is appropriate.
  • Coordinate training to orient members to organizational policies and protocols.
  • Collaborate with the Writers’ Room Director to coordinate professional development opportunities for AmeriCorps members and to support AmeriCorps members in their life after service.
  • Ensure compliance with AmeriCorps rules and regulations by reviewing program plans, periodically auditing operations and advising 826 Boston staff when compliance questions arise, and conducting trainings on critical compliance issues.
  • Be responsible for the implementation and operation of accurate reporting systems.
  • Attend and participate in all required MSA AmeriCorps orientations, bi-monthly Program Director meetings, and additional trainings throughout the year. 

Additional Duties 

  • Coordinate and facilitate trainings to orient AmeriCorps members to organizational policies and protocols.
  • Supervise a work-study student that will provide one to two days per week of support to the AmeriCorps programs.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is a team player with an enthusiastic belief in the 826 Boston mission, a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of K-12 education, a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, and a passion for youth empowerment through writing and publishing. 826 Boston recognizes that impostor syndrome and the confidence gap might prevent some applicants from applying. Few candidates will have all of the relevant experience listed below, but 826 Boston is committed to assessing candidates with transferable skills and a willingness to be trained for this role.

Skills and experiences

  • 2+ years of experience with an AmeriCorps program, either as a service member, team leader, or an adjacent role
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management, project management, and resource management skills; high attention to detail 
  • Strong team management skills with the ability to mentor, coach, and develop staff
  • Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals serving the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Ability to travel to partner schools in Boston and 826 Boston satellite sites
  • Familiarity with the Boston Public Schools system, particularly the schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain
  • Strong proficiency in Google Apps
  • Self-starter attitude, high level of flexibility, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • High level of intercultural competence and experience working in urban communities

Salary and Benefits: 826 Boston offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary for this position is $56,650 a year. 

We are committed to equity, trust, and transparency in compensation. Basing compensation on someone’s ability to negotiate or their prior salary can lead to inequities and bias in how people are paid, particularly for groups experiencing historical oppression. Therefore, we do not ask for prior pay history from our candidates and our offer-making process is negotiation-free for salaries and benefits. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including generous paid time off (including 15 PTO days, 5 days of sick leave, 13 paid holidays, 6 Summer Friday’s, and an organizational-wide 2 week winter break); health and dental insurance (826 Boston covers 80% of premiums), parental leave, paid sabbaticals, and more.

This is an exempt, full-time position that reports to the Senior Director of People, Operations, and Program Supports.

826 Boston Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 

At 826 Boston, we honor and actively work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across our organization. We are committed to centering the voices of the students who we serve, to creating inclusive spaces, and to incorporating feedback from our community into our decision-making processes. Our DEI lens is always evolving through the courageous conversations in which we participate and the relationships that we build through our work and service. We strengthen our cultural competency through experience, training, and feedback, which informs the development of all new organizational practices and goals and the evaluation of all existing procedures.

826 Boston is dedicated to providing a platform for student advocacy through writing and publishing opportunities. In our work and mission, we are committed to dismantling white supremacy culture by recognizing that we are complicit in systems of racism and oppression. We will work to hold ourselves accountable in addressing these harmful structures and behaviors. To learn more about our DEI Action Plans across the organization, please click here. 

Accommodations

826 Boston provides reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities at every stage of the application process. Disclosing a disability or requesting a need for accommodations is a separate process from admissions and will have absolutely no bearing on a candidate’s application status. 826 Boston will make every effort to meet your request, but specific requests are not guaranteed. If you need to request an accommodation, please contact Catherine Gomez at catherine@826boston.org.

How to Apply

Please include why you are interested in 826 Boston and how your experience has prepared you for this position in your cover letter. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Contact Information

Catherine Gomez, Human Resources Manager
3035 Washington St
Roxbury
MA
02119
Contact Phone: 
(774) 644-6150
Contact e-mail: