826 Boston

AmeriCorps Writers’ Room High School Program Specialist

826 Boston seeks mission-driven change-makers to join the 826 Boston AmeriCorps Fellowship for the 2024-2025 school year. This is an exciting opportunity to join a cohort of 12 AmeriCorps members and play a key role in driving impact to serve more students in the Boston Public Schools through 826 Boston’s innovative Writers’ Room Programs. The priority application deadline for this position is March 15, 2024. After that date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. Please submit your resume and cover letter to https://826boston.bamboohr.com/careers/95

The 826 Boston AmeriCorps Fellowship will begin on Monday, August 12, 2024 and end date on July 25, 2025.

826 Boston offers AmeriCorps members a compensation package of $31,200:

  • $29,000 awarded bi-weekly for service between August 12, 2024 and July 25, 2025
  • $1,200 awarded monthly via $100/month travel stipend
  • $1,000 retention bonus for completing 1,700 hours by July 25, 2025

Service members receive the Eli Segal Education Award of $7,395 upon the completion of a success year of service, and service members are eligible for additional compensation for committee work that advances the organization’s mission. See below for more details on compensation and benefits. 

Key Responsibilities and Functions

Tutoring students

  • Serve as an academic and social-emotional support to students in 826 Boston programming through class visits, individual drop-ins, writing workshops, and publication projects
  • Support students’ creativity, expression, and social-emotional development through one-on-one conferences, small-group collaboration, and whole-class instruction leading creativity workshops in line with curricular goals and other developmentally appropriate goals 
  • Model positive social-emotional, and problem-solving behaviors and strategies for learners

Program coordination

  • Assist with data collection, analysis, and results-sharing associated with 826 Boston’s in-school and after-school programming, including tracking student visits and hours and  participating in quarterly team-wide reports
  • In conjunction with your staff supervisor, collaborate with Boston Public Schools teachers across all disciplines to develop creative expression projects 
  • Support 826 Boston publishing projects and book release parties, including traveling to 826 headquarters in Roxbury as needed
  • Communicate project progress to your staff supervisor and seek counsel when help is needed to execute a goal
  • Support school-organized student- and family-focused events as needed, representing the 826 Boston Writers’ Room

AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists will serve at one of the following 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms for the school year, joining a school-based team comprising the Writers’ Room Manager, a corps of interns and volunteers, and (potentially) one other AmeriCorps High School Program Specialist. 826 Boston operates Writers’ Rooms at the following Boston public high schools:

  • John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, 55 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury
  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School, 60 Washington Street, Dorchester
  • Boston International Newcomers Academy, 100 Maxwell Street, Dorchester
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy, 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain
  • New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Ave, Hyde Park

High School Program Specialists will be placed at a site by the 826 Boston team and will serve from that location Mondays-Thursdays. Additionally, AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists will serve either at 826 Boston’s writing and tutoring center at 3035 Washington Street, Roxbury, or remotely on Fridays, during summer training, and for weekly professional development sessions. 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • 1+ year experience working with young people grades K-12 
  • Interest in supporting students, their teachers, and their wider school community in an urban setting
  • Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals, including the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Proficiency in organizational, time management, project management, and resource management skills 
  • Experience with strategies to support neurodivergent students a plus 
  • Experience with journalism, creative writing, or book publishing preferred
  • Familiarity with the Boston Public Schools system preferred 
  • Ability to switch gears quickly depending on student needs, from encouraging creativity and self-expression to helping students focus on difficult academic challenges

Compensation and Benefits

826 Boston offers AmeriCorps members a compensation package of $31,200:

  • $29,000 awarded bi-weekly for service between August 12, 2024 and July 25, 2025
  • $1,200 awarded monthly via $100/month travel stipend
  • $1,000 retention bonus for completing 1,700 hours by July 25, 2025
  • Service members are also eligible for additional compensation for committee work that advances the organization’s mission

In addition to the compensation package, 826 Boston offers a comprehensive benefits plan including:

  • Professional Development: As an AmeriCorps Service Member, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management and relationship development. Further, you will develop your knowledge of public school systems, school and community partnerships, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps Members with formal onboarding in August, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor. 
  • Education Award: As an AmeriCorps Service Member, you will qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award for every successful year of service, which includes completing 1,700 hours of service. The education award can be used to repay student loans or cover tuition costs for graduate studies at an accredited college or university and will amount to at least $7,395.
  • Medical Coverage: AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to apply for the Corps Network Health Plan but may decline it in favor of alternative coverage obtained through a parent, guardian, or spouse
  • Time Off: 40 hours time off + 9 holidays + a 2-week winter break 
  • Store discount: Service members can purchase merchandise from the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute, 826 Boston’s retail home, for 30% off listed prices
  • Loan forbearance: Service members may be eligible for loan forbearance for public student loans and interest accrual payments for loans in forbearance during service 
  • Access to author events: Through service at 826 Boston, you will have the opportunity to attend author events, book release parties, and community events that spread awareness about our work
  • Member Assistance Program (MAP): Free of charge to the AmeriCorps member (826 Boston covers the cost), MAP provides accessible and quality mental health services via resources and access to counseling  

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 individualized attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and the educator Nínive Calegari, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by Good Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 32,000 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.

How To Apply

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.

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 our Human Resources Manager, Catherine Gomez at Catherine@826Boston.org

The 826 Boston AmeriCorps Fellowship program is dependent on a yearly funding award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Contact Information

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