EV (Earthen Vessels, Inc.) is a faith-based organization in the Catholic social justice tradition that recruits, trains, and mobilizes a motivated volunteer corps of university students to empower inner-city children from the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Boston (Dorchester & Roxbury) to succeed in school and beyond.
EVcorps student volunteers from Harvard and Boston College provide multi-year, one-on-one afterschool tutoring and mentoring, serving for an average of 24 months. EV supports its EVcorps student volunteers and their EVkid matches with professional family and school advocacy, building a strong community of support. We also offer a summer camp experience at our 9-acre camp in Vermont.
Over the last five years, our EVkid high school seniors have had a college matriculation rate of 100%. Our EVcorps volunteers also graduate to become life-long agents of positive social change. For more information, visit www.evkids.org.
This is a school-year position, to be filled immediately.
The Education Advocate (EA) will work closely with EVstaff, to support the academic mentoring work of our EVcorp volunteer tutors with their EVKid matches. Weekly tasks will include school visits, home visits, and assisting with transportation of EVkids to and from after-school tutoring three afternoons a week (Tue-Th). A reliable vehicle and a good driving record is a prerequisite.
Special projects will include EVkid college visits, and some Saturday training, mentoring, and community events. In the summer the EA also has the opportunity to be hired for five weeks at EV Camp in Vermont.
Schools and Teachers
Conduct teacher visits to ascertain EVkid needs and progress, and prepare teacher conference reports and follow up;
Connect with school administrators, paraprofessionals, and guidance counselors as needed.
Conduct home visits as needed with families of EVkids to make the liaison between school, tutoring, and parents;
Research and provide families with information and resources regarding school options, entrance exams, and financial aid applications;
Accompany parents to school meetings when needed for support and advocacy.
After-School Tutoring Support
Attend individual conferences on campus with EVcorps tutors and EVstaff as needed to discuss EVkid needs and progress;
Participate in Saturday training and mentoring events, including: Tutor Trainings, on-campus Tutor-Tutee Days, an annual Gala, a tutor retreat, an Annual Community Event, and a Moving On Celebration;
Assist with transporting EVkids to and from our Dorchester tutoring site, help with set up and break down of site;
Assist with support to tutors and tutees during tutoring sessions as needed;
Assist with program reporting.
Bachelor's Degree required; in an education-related field preferred;
At least 2-3 years' experience in teaching, mentoring/tutoring, or related field;
Professional experience working with diverse populations including: school age children, university students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and low income and ethnically diverse clients;
Comfort navigating multiple work sites and demands in a flexible and professional environment;
Experience in project and event management;
Excellent written and computer skills, including using MS Office and Excel tools.
Passion for the mission and core values of EV;
Ability to work collaboratively with an energized, committed, and diverse team, and relate to diverse populations of youth, young adults, families, and teachers;
Persuasive and passionate communication skills with strong interpersonal social skills;
Detail-oriented and punctual;
A clean driving record, a reliable vehicle, and confidence navigating the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury;
Bilingual and/or bicultural diversity a plus.
Salary commensurate with experience; paid vacation.
HOW TO APPLY
Send cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 1, 2013.
The position is open and interviews will be held on a rolling basis.