AmeriCorps is a community service program that is funded by the government and participating community partners, which is designed to help communities meet the specified needs in their area by recruiting and training individuals who are willing to devote one to four years serving in selected community projects. Service programs strengthen communities, encourage responsibility, expand opportunities for education, provide service experience, and increase life skills. For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit www.americorps.gov
BANANAS partners with families and child care providers to raise happy, confident children. We strive to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality child care and provide a range of services tailored to support the individual needs of parents and providers. BANANAS is a vital organization for parents and child care workers in Northern Alameda County. As a resource and referral agency, we provide a robust range of services spanning parent education, workforce development, child care subsidy support, and community resources. Our multi-lingual staff allows us to assist all clients in our culturally and ethnically diverse region. https://bananasbunch.org/
Service Position Summary: Volunteer and Event Coordinator
The AmeriCorps Volunteer and Event Coordinator will work with the Development and Communications department to assist the organization in building capacity by leveraging the time and skills of community volunteers. BANANAS has many supporters that appreciate the services we provide to the community. We can build upon their support and create a thriving volunteer program with meaningful opportunities for participation. The Volunteer and Event Coordinator will help create an infrastructure that is welcoming and respectful of volunteers' time and talent. These volunteer will enable BANANAS to offer additional services and activities for clients and the greater community in support of raising happy, confident children.
- Develop and implement goals and objectives for the volunteer program which reflect BANANAS' mission.
- Work with the Development & Communications Director to develop policies and procedures which will guide the volunteer programs and services.
- Meet with managers and assess the need for volunteers to enhance and support staff in program delivery identifying assignments that will provide meaningful work for volunteers and write volunteer position descriptions.
- Work with the management team to develop volunteer training protocols.
- Develop documentation methods to track volunteer activities and performance. Prepare quarterly reports for the Development & Communications Director
- Develop effective strategies to screen and recruit volunteers with the right skills for the job, interview and screening protocols, and ensure the best match given volunteer's skill levels and agency needs.
- Orient volunteers to increase their understanding of BANANAS, our clients, services, and the integral part they play within our organization.
- Ensure that volunteers work in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
- Conduct ongoing evaluation of the services delivered by volunteers and implement improvements when necessary.
- Plan and implement volunteer recognition activities to recognize their contribution to the organization and our appreciation.
- Coordinate details of events such as community fairs, conferences, thought leadership events
- Procure and book vendors such as, but not limited to, entertainment, catering, event rentals, and speakers.
- Create invitee lists, send out invitations, and promote/publicize events.
- Work with designer and printer to create invitations and promotional materials.
- Manage correspondence with event attendees.
- Coordinate event logistics including registration, attendee tracking, attendee and vendor correspondence, and post-event evaluations.
Supervision and Training
- Participate in weekly individual supervision meetings with Supervisor.
- Participate in BANANAS' team meetings.
- Participate in required trainings provided by Prevent Child Abuse California, including Nurturing Parenting Program training, Protective Factors Framework, Dental Services Access training, Safe Sleep Baby training, team building and Service Site specified trainings.
- Attend mandatory PCA CA quarterly member check-ins.
- Members will be trained and expected to adhere to CNCS prohibited activities.
Program Documentation, Data Collection, & Evaluation
- Maintain updated and accurate records on case management work, included but not limited to progress notes and referral tracking.
- Conduct Protective Factors Survey pre- and post-assessments on parents receiving services.
- Complete documentation as required by PCA CA Contract and Service Site, including, but not limited to, Family Support/Nurturing Plans, Data Collection Forms for Services Provided to Beneficiaries, and Assessment Tools.
- Assist with and participate in off-site activities including but not limited to, outreach, community fairs, and other off-site events, as needed
- Backup for Playgroup Facilitator, as needed.
Principal Working Relationships:
- AmeriCorps Service Site Supervisor
- AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
- BANANAS Agency Staff
- Various Community-Based Services Agencies
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
- Basic computer skills (particularly Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook).
- Ability to work with diverse workgroups and serve families with diverse economic, social, racial, and cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value systems and behavior norms.
- Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and families, with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
- Demonstrate good writing and organizational skill.
- Skill to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends, as required.
- Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
- Able to deal with stressful situations.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bilingual or proficiency in another language - Spanish, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, Amharic
- Computer graphic software
- Proficiency with social media
- Knowledgeable about local community resources.
- Knowledge of child abuse issues, substance abuse and family dynamics.
- Knowledge of child development and behavior.
- Experience in social services in community settings with families preferred.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Clearance of fingerprint background check.
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
- Must possess a valid California Driver's license, reliable transportation and auto insurance.
- Must report to service site as scheduled and agreed upon with Host Site Supervisor.
- Able to travel between sites and to offsite events.
AmeriCorps Member Benefits
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,907
- Living Allowance: $11,025
- Training and Member Development
Other than the completion of marginal functions, all of the above duties and responsibilities are essential position functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All position requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the duties proficiently. This position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other position-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position announcement is not all inclusive.
The Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Child Welfare System Improvement Program, and Prevent Child Abuse CA do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability and/or religion. Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request. If you are a person with a disability and you would like to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (916) 244-1904.
Child Welfare System (CWS) Improvement
Prevent Child Abuse California, in partnership with family resource centers, County CPS/CWS Departments, and their community partnerships, are using AmeriCorps as part of a comprehensive statewide effort to prevent entry or re-entry of families into the child welfare system. AmeriCorps members and community volunteers are used in three priority areas: 1) Providing crisis intervention services to families; 2) Once the family is stabilized, providing additional family supportive services; and 3) Providing parenting education workshops (using the Nurturing Parenting Program) to at-risk families to avoid entry/re-entry into the child welfare system. The focus is to support the implementation of the Child Welfare System Improvement strategies designed by each county.