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JOB TITLES: AmeriCorps LISC:  Media Educators

SCHEDULE: Full Time and Part Time Positions

Outside the Lens and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Media Educators.  The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2018 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours through the end of his/her term on July 31, 2019.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

Outside the Lens empowers youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world. Our innovative programs engage disconnected youth, encourage them to tell their stories and show them that participation in their community’s future makes a difference. We use cameras and digital media along with a proven educational strategy that allows youth to think creatively, engage in issues that are important to them. We envision a future where all youth will have the access and education necessary to understand, evaluate and, most importantly, create media. Through photography, videography and digital media, youth become engaged learners and active participants in the classroom, their communities and ultimately the world.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.  LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.  

AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Americorps member will help grow the capacity of Outside the Lens by:

  • Working with the Outside the Lens Program Team to provide job skills training opportunities to youth in a group, classroom, and one-on-one mentorship settings
  • Leads/Assists with lesson plan development and delivery for classroom-based learning.
  • Assists in program and curriculum development around hard skills training for students, in the areas of photography, film production, website building, and digital media creation.
  • Assists in program and curriculum development around soft skills training for students, including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and career readiness
  • Establishes relationships and builds rapport with individual program participants
  • Provides regular check-ins to monitor participant challenges and successes.
  • Ensures accurate record keeping for participant demographics, attendance, assessments, and outcomes   
  • Contribute to additional tasks and teams related to programs, including special events, volunteer engagement, and community engagement



CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

Members perform day to day service at Outside the Lens and are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

  • Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2019;
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
  • Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

This is an AmeriCorps position.  As such neither LISC nor Outside the Lens will allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Motivated and mission-driven individual
  • Desire and ability to work with youth, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Computer and digital media skills, including previous experience with photography, film, graphics, and/or other digital media
  • Previous teaching experience or experience working with youth/ youth development (preferred)  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

  • Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award
  • Be eligible to perform a term of national service
  • Have proof of status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
  • Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
  • Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to the registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of First Degree Murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member.  Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,775 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000.  The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged. A healthcare benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).   

HOW TO APPLY:

Send a resumé and cover letter to Lucy Eagleson at americorps@outsidethelens.org.

We promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.