Commonwealth Corps Service Internship Position Description
MOUNT WACHUSETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE – United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts
Commonwealth Corps Changemaking Innovator (MWCC/Early College)
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.
Commonwealth Corps members with Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.
Member will partner with MWCC staff, K-12 schools, and community stakeholders to design and implement capacity-building and sustainable communication networks to strengthen connection to the United Way Youth Venture (UWYV) program and build on growing momentum from cultural Changemaking efforts. UWYV engages youth in the creation and development of their own socially entrepreneurial and community-benefitting projects and sustainable ventures. UWYV is also the convener of multiple school districts and MWCC in exploring district-wide cultural change inspired by youth-led learning and problem solving. UWYV is housed under the Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement within MWCC’s Access and Transition Division. UWYV is a partnership among MWCC, the United Way of North Central MA, and Ashoka’s Youth Venture.
The Commonwealth Corps MWCC/Early College Changemaking Innovator will expand Early College opportunities for students and create a growing understanding and pipeline of interest for UWYV and Changemaking among MWCC, other school districts in the region, and community and business stakeholders. This Member will facilitate Changemaking service projects with Early College students, identifying opportunities to influence high school culture and redesign. In addition, Member will develop systems and align resources to ensure continued capacity for UWYV to lead Changemaking in the region.
Responsibilities: (Percentages below are only a guide and may change)
- Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 29, 2019.
- Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and MWCC, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2018.
- Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
- Participate in at least three days of service at orientation, MLK Day of Service, and coordinate personal project (recruit additional volunteers) for National Volunteer Week in April.
- Conduct outreach to student and adult volunteers in assigned partner schools (paired with UWYV staff). This includes facilitating small groups and workshops to support Venture plan design, creating student-appropriate workshop content, and attending Venture Team fundraising and awareness events (~25%).
- Complete field-based project efforts including identifying opportunities to connect FPS faculty, staff, and students with Changemaking opportunities; developing a Changemaking body of knowledge from initial Changemaking volunteers; research; project design; and community outreach (35% though this service will be bolstered by outreach efforts).
- Members as a cohesive team will partner with volunteers to develop and test new communications tools that are complementary to school district/college work to reform teaching strategies during a ten-month cultural change process. This group project includes gathering school and community input, researching industry best practices, and designing and testing a pilot system capable of convening Early College and school district partners throughout the year. (~15%).
- Participate in and lead community service (~5%).
- Attend training and supervisory/team meetings (~10%).
- Maintain accurate and timely MSA, UWYV, and project records, reports; Complete administrative functions, as related to field and project efforts specific to this service position (~10%).
- Share timely personal and observed UWYV- and Changemaking-inspired success stories with the community via social media and the UWYV website.
- Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
- 18 years of age or older
- Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
- Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
- Ability and desire to partner with youth
- Personal commitment to lifelong learning
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Time management
- Ability and desire to serve on a team
- Public speaking and facilitation experience
- Bi-lingual in Spanish
- Comfort with social media applications
- Desire to serve with at-risk populations
- Stipend of $550 every other week while in service, up to $13,200, minus taxes and withholdings;
- Health insurance (individual coverage only);
- Completion award of up to $2,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
- Training and other professional development opportunities;
- Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
- Limited travel reimbursement from host site for certain service-related travel away from usual service location, according to MWCC policies;
- Additional benefits from host site, including:
- Tuition remission for MWCC classes (up to two during the term of service)
- $1,250 meal plan via MWCC’s dining service sat the Gardner campus
- MWCC ID and access to library privileges
- Opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences* (may include holidays); and
- Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program.
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Term of Service:
- Position Start Date: August 15, 2018
- Position End Date: June 29, 2019
- Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, plus 1-2 evenings per month and 1-2 weekend days per service year (scheduled with advanced notice), when Members would be required to attend school and community events and meetings outside of typical stated hours.
- To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by May 14, 2018 to Lauren Mountain at UWYV@mwcc.mass.edu with “Commonwealth Corps” as the subject heading.
- A writing sample or examples of project management may be required during the candidate selection process.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP as this is a highly competitive and rolling process.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.
Mount Wachusett Community College will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Mount Wachusett Community College welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.