CONFLUENCE AMERICORPS PROGRAM The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental justice through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. These positions are life changing service opportunities where the Member engages in addressing critical, environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and joining a team of other Confluence AmeriCorps Members for professional and leadership development opportunities (20%).
DATES OF SERVICE September 7, 2016 – July 28, 2017
PROJECT PARTNER Portland Public Schools
POSITION TITLE Environmental Projects Coordinator http://www.pps.k12.or.us
PROJECT SUMMARY In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, Portland Public Schools welcomes a dynamic Member who will energize students in the K-12 school district to save resources including utility dollars through behavior change. The Member will underscore a conservation ethic in the school communities utilizing a systems thinking approach to the Triple Bottom Line of sustainability by reducing the environmental footprint of the district, promoting environmental justice, and documenting economic benefits of these efforts. Although the Member will serve district-wide, the focus is on engaging our Title 1 schools helping to reduce waste, reduce electricity consumption, and helping schools be certified as Oregon Green Schools. The Title 1 schools’ student populations are typically high percentages of English Language Learners, low income, and populations of color. Time commitment breaks down approximately like this: Classroom presentations and efficiency activities 45%, coordination of events 20%, record keeping 15%, web page, newsletter, bulletin board 10%, and other duties 10%. The Member will participate in Confluence led professional development activities: Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, monthly team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%). This position will build on the successes of previous AmeriCorps Members.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to): Conduct waste audits and make classroom presentations to students of all ages about resource conservation. Help schools apply for and upgrade their Oregon Green School certification, provide data & feedback. Collaborate with Energy Specialist and Resource Conservation Coordinator on resource conservation efforts and projects, and promote other as appropriate. Organize/facilitate Sustainability Coordinator meetings (3). Produce Save It newsletter (3 issues), update web pages regularly, design sustainability bulletin board at least quarterly. Participate in staff meetings, regional networking and professional development opportunities. Keep accurate and detailed records of activities and outcomes. Utilize Outlook Calendar, Word, Excel, database software and web page software to perform general office duties related to the position. 2 Complete and submit all necessary Confluence/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner. Abide by Confluence and AmeriCorps program policies. Attend and complete all Confluence/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training's, team meetings and national service days. Wear Confluence uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS Personal vehicle is required for service related activities. Must have valid driver’s license and safe driving record and current vehicle insurance. Must be a courageous, self-motivated, creative, resourceful, organized, patient, environmentally committed person who is willing to ask questions and seek answers. Understand the triple bottom line of sustainability. Desire to serve in a large bureaucratic organization and learn how to effectively navigate within it to further incremental change. Desire and ability to give presentations to various and diverse audiences about resource conservation, environmental justice and equity. Excellent organizational, record keeping, time management and communication skills. Competence with Microsoft Word, Excel, and database management and willingness to learn additional software programs. A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team. 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving award. Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying. Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through the Individuals State of Residence, State of Service, and FBI criminal identification systems. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) prior to the start of the position. Regular and reliable attendance and dependability. AmeriCorps Members can enroll in multiple terms of service that add up to the value of two full-time education awards. In other words, you can blend summer, part-time and full-time service positions and receive awards as long as the combined service terms don’t exceed two full terms. You can also serve additional terms and elect not to receive an award. Please see http://edaward.org/guidebook/multiple-terms for full information.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Enthusiasm for serving with various audiences in a large organization to promote sustainable practices. Some background on waste reduction, resource and energy conservation preferred. Familiarity with systems thinking desirable, not required. Bilingual or conversant, English/Spanish, desirable but not required. Experience working with children desirable, not required. Competence with Microsoft Office and ability to operate databases desirable.
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE A taxable, monthly living allowance ($12,530 paid over the term of service). Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible Members receive an education award of $5,775. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable). Basic medical insurance (covers Members only, not dependents). Child care allowance for those who qualify. May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 3 Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities. $100 training fund available.
PROJECT LOCATION Based at the district’s headquarters, the Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N Dixon, Portland, OR. Member will also travel to all PPS schools throughout the city of Portland.
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION Personal car REQUIRED. Monthly mileage stipend will be awarded to reimburse mileage costs.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Confluence is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.
HOW TO APPLY Project Supervisors will conduct all initial interviews and recommend top candidates to Confluence by July 27, 2016. Confluence will conduct final interviews and offer positions throughout August 2016. Here’s how to apply: STEP 1: Apply to Project Supervisor: - Email the following items to: Nancy Bond, email@example.com, 503-916-6383 résumé cover letter contact information for three references STEP 2: AmeriCorps Application: Application materials are completed online at the AmeriCorps website and include: AmeriCorps Application – Filled out and submitted to a Confluence position Two On-Line References – Included in the online application. Online Certification Form –This form is included in the online application or it can be found on the Confluence website. It can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Confluence Office. STEP 3: Confluence Interview & Placement – Final interviews cannot be conducted until Step 1 & 2 are complete.
QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS? CONTACT: Sherrie Jackson Operations Coordinator Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program 5441 SE Belmont Street, Suite 25 Portland, OR 97215 503-719-6779 firstname.lastname@example.org