AmeriCorps Programs

STEM Literacy Specialist, AmeriCorps VISTA

About the Opportunity

826 Boston seeks a mission-driven change-maker to serve as the 2022-23 STEM Literacy Specialist, AmeriCorps VISTA. 826 Boston offers programs that affirm students as future leaders in STEM. Our unique niche connects critical thinking and communication. Our approach not only brings more students to STEM—it supports the student voice, storytelling, and problem-framing that students need to advance systemic change.

Serving as the STEM Literacy Specialist is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Through your year of service, you will enable 826 Boston to empower students to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain critical communication skills. The role is designed to support individual students, teachers, and schools through capacity building projects. You will develop resources and relationships to support, build, and evaluate the impact of 826 Boston’s high-quality STEM literacy programming. 

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 Impact and Operations Manager, Catherine Gomez at Catherine@826Boston.org.

The 826 Boston AmeriCorps VISTA program is dependent on a yearly funding award through AmeriCorps.

Key Responsibilities and Functions

  • Assist with expanding 826 Boston’s Science Fair Boot Camp program to serve more students in addition to diversifying our STEM tutor corps to provide representative STEM field volunteers as mentors for students.
  • Partner with existing 826 Boston in-schools programs to support school-based science fair programs
  • Assist with evaluating existing curriculum resource library and developing new resources focused on supporting students in writing science reports 
  • Develop a series of training modules to prepare 826 Boston staff, service members, and volunteers to provide high-quality STEM literacy programming to K-12 students. 
  • Assist with identifying and building partnerships to increase the number of volunteers with STEM education/professional experience and leverage resources to ensure high quality and rigorous STEM literacy programming at 826 Boston. 
  • Assist with coordinating and conducting evaluation for STEM literacy programming to measure and monitor student progress, inform program design, and report out on impact to stakeholders. 

The ideal candidate possesses some of the following skills and experiences:

  • High school diploma
  • Demonstrated interest in the intersection of STEM content areas and writing 
  • Interest in teaching/tutoring writing to students grades K-12 in an urban setting
  • Interest in developing training guides, lesson plans, and tutor guides
  • Ability to coach and mentor volunteers and interns
  • Ability to adapt to various working and management styles
  • 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
  • Proficiency and/or willingness to learn virtual platforms such as Microsoft Office, Zoom, Seesaw, and Google Apps
  • Proficiency in Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Arabic, or Spanish preferred, but not required 
  • Familiarity with the Boston Public Schools system, particularly the schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain preferred, but not required

Compensation and Benefits

  • Professional Development: As the STEM Literacy Specialist, 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 VISTA members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor. 
  • Living Stipend: AmeriCorps VISTA members will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend totaling a minimum of $26,798.30 annually. 
  • Education Award: AmeriCorps VISTAs qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award for every successful year of service, which includes completing a full 365 days 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 $6,495.00. Learn more here.

Additional Benefits:

  • Travel Stipend: $100/month travel stipend for months of active service
  • Medical Coverage: The AmeriCorps VISTA program offers two healthcare benefits options to members, one for VISTA members who already have health insurance coverage and the other for those who do not. Learn more here.
  • Time Off: 80 hours of sick time and 80 hours of personal time 
  • Public Benefits: AmeriCorps VISTA members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.
  • Learn more about additional benefits provided by the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

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 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 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 Literary Prize awarded by the Library of Congress.

Contact Information

Catherine Gomez
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