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AmeriCorps Members

AmeriCorps Members have a unique opportunity to serve the public and engage with natural spaces around North Carolina.

Job: AmeriCorps Program Associate

Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) seeks candidates for the position of AmeriCorps Program Associate. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.

  • Position Title: AmeriCorps Program Associate
  • Starting Salary: $41,000 (this position is fully funded by a federal AmeriCorps grant and salary is subject to annual increase based on funding)
  • Position Location: Triangle-based, currently remote with option for in-office work
  • Target Start Date: December 1, 2021 
  • Reporting Relationship: The AmeriCorps Program Associate reports to the AmeriCorps Program Director of Conservation Trust for North Carolina. 

CTNC's Current Statement on the Impact of COVID-19: CTNC follows CDC, other federal, and state guidelines and requirements related to novel Coronavirus pandemic recovery and adapts workplace policies to the changing realities. While CTNC does not currently mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for its staff and volunteers, we highly encourage all who can to be vaccinated for the safety of themselves, colleagues, their families, and the communities we serve.  Based on self-reporting, 100% of current staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

CTNC’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, and Race Equity Practice: Conservation Trust for North Carolina values diversity in all its many forms: diversity of demographic identity, experience, and thought. We seek to create an inclusive work culture where all staff and board members are valued for the diversity they bring to the organization.

We are committed to conserving land in ways that inspire and enable people to build resilient, just communities. We commit to using our institutional power and influence to push for systemic change where all people – regardless of race – share in the benefits of land conservation. At the personal level, we call upon all staff and board members to commit to ongoing learning about racial oppression and ongoing efforts to realize racial equity in conservation. To do this, we’re committed to our own process of transformation and holding ourselves accountable to leading with values instead of outcomes. We measure our success by how well we live up to our values and how much we change the future through applying those values to conservation actions.

Position Summary:
Resilience Corps NC is a State & National AmeriCorps program housed within Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), established to further the priorities of the organization: climate resilience, strong communities, and equity. The goal of the program is two-fold: to provide members with the opportunity to serve North Carolina through community-based partnerships while advancing CTNC’s priorities to build resilient, just communities across the state.

The AmeriCorps Program Associate’s primary responsibility will be supporting AmeriCorps members during their service term by coordinating trainings, planning cohort connection events, checking in with members regularly, and strategizing other best practices for member support. Additionally, the Program Associate will work closely with the AmeriCorps Program Director on overall program management: recruiting and interviewing new members, selecting host sites, and maintaining communication with members, host sites, and NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for and knowledge of young adult development, a high level of emotional intelligence, strong organizational skills, and a commitment to carrying out the mission of CTNC through Resilience Corps NC. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Member Support
      • Plan & coordinate professional development trainings, service projects, and other opportunities for cohort connection
      • Regularly communicate with members via phone and email to ensure their understanding of AmeriCorps regulations, adherence to program/host site goals, and management of mental health and wellbeing
      • Support members in exploring career paths, identifying professional development needs, and setting and achieving professional goals
      • Work with Program Director to train members in AmeriCorps history, prohibited activities, and current performance measures (capacity building, environmental education, disaster preparedness)
  • Program Management
      • Plan & coordinate member site visits (2 per year per member) 
      • Work with host sites to recruit, interview, and hire members 
      • Onboard and exit members in line with AmeriCorps regulations
      • Maintain communication with host site supervisors for guidance and support
      • Manage participant timesheets, reimbursement requests, data reporting, and other record keeping
  • Other Responsibilities
    • Participate in program staff trainings offered by VolunteerNC, AmeriCorps, and America’s Service Commissions
    • Remain current on AmeriCorps compliance measures 

Qualifications

Required:

  • 2+ years program/project management experience
  • General understanding of systemic racial inequities, with demonstrated ability to use that knowledge to inform programmatic decisions
  • High level of emotional intelligence, with ability to establish healthy boundaries between self and members
  • Experience with youth and young adult development
  • Experience planning small- and large-scale events
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and skilled at multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences
  • Computer proficiency, especially Microsoft Office Suite & Google Suite
  • Willingness and ability to travel (within North Carolina, 1-3 times per month)

Preferred:

  • Previous national service experience
  • Grant management experience
  • Experience with conservation, environmental, or social justice organizations

Essential Needs

  • Equipment/Software:
    • Must have access to reliable internet/wifi
    • Proficient in video call platforms like Zoom, WebEx, GoTo Meeting, etc
  • Physical Demands:
    • Must be able to sit/stand at a computer and type for long periods of time
    • Must be able to drive a vehicle and navigate unpaved terrain occasionally during site visits
  • Transportation:
    • Rental car will be provided for travel outside the Triangle, but candidate must provide their own transportation to/from office

Benefits

In addition to salary, CTNC employees are eligible for a 403(b) retirement plan, long term disability insurance, access to 24/7 employee mental health assistance, and group health insurance or health savings account. CTNC currently offers 9 paid holidays, 3 paid floating holidays, vacation, personal leave, bereavement leave, sick leave, and short term disability leave—with specific sick leave available for instances of COVID-19 cases.

Beyond standard benefits, CTNC encourages all its employees to continually participate in anti-racism work, training, and learning, and to pursue opportunities for individual professional development.

To apply: Submit one document that includes your cover letter, resume and three references via email with the subject line AmeriCorps Program Associate Application to Lacey Frownfelter, AmeriCorps Program Director at [email protected]

Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.

Conservation Trust for North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity of all kinds in its workforce. CTNC prohibits any discrimination in carrying on its mission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. This includes all programs, projects, events and any other related activity sponsored by CTNC.