As a member of the Student Services team, the AmeriCorps Member will work collaboratively with team members to enhance services and offerings that aid in the College’s mission of supporting low-income, and first-generation college students on a path toward increased career readiness and employment. The goal of this project is to develop a sustainable plan to provide valuable skills and resources to low income students to lessen financial barriers and cultivate job placement and readiness skills. These skills would provide students increased access to higher paying careers in an effort to build economic mobility among lower-income students from Boston and surrounding neighborhoods.
• Build capacity for housing and childcare resources through needs assessment along with
research and development of resources guides.
• Research and develop partnerships with local and community emergency shelters and housing
• Create a database which will allow quicker and more effective individualized referrals for
• Increase efficiency and capacity for food access options for students and their families, locally
and on-campus through research and outreach of long-term partnerships with organizations and
food distribution companies.
• Develop marketing strategies and resources that increases visibility and enrollment with food
access programs (SNAP, food pantries, etc.), locally and on-campus.
• Develop processes to streamline and enhance the College’s food distribution programs.
• Increase job readiness skills, through program and workshop curriculum development, that will
better prepare students for the job search and placement processes.
• Increase student financial literacy knowledge to promote self-advocacy and long-term financial
stability by researching and compiling resources for job-seeking students.
• Research and create a guide of financial literacy resources for easier student access and
sustainability of financial literacy activities at the college.
• Create and finalize databases, guides, and assessment methods related to the wellness and
career readiness initiatives throughout the year for long-term college use and sustainability.
• As part of service, the AmeriCorps member will participate in training and professional
development with fellow AmeriCorps members serving at other Campus Compact VISTA
projects. Roughly 10-15 percent of the member’s time will be devoted to professional
• Bachelor’s degree required. Previous undergraduate campus involvement preferred.
• Knowledge of and a demonstrated sensitivity to understanding the needs and concerns of a
diverse urban student population, many of whom are first generation college students, is
essential to the incumbent’s success.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong presentation skills with demonstrated
ability to develop interpersonal and organizational relationships.
• Self-motivated with the ability to work in a fast paced, tentatively virtual, environment, the ability
to multi-task, and the ability to pay special attention to detail.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, student information systems, database administration, social
networking, programming tracking, and the ability to utilize and train colleagues on new software
and other technology as needed.
• Sense of humor with an enjoyment of working collaboratively on a team
• COVID-19: The college is still finalizing plans for the 2021-2022 academic year, and this
position may be working remotely for part of the academic year, as the college continues to
finalize its reopening plans.
Stipend and Benefits Provided by AmeriCorps and Campus Compact
● Bi-weekly living allowance of $1,027.88
● End of service award* (AmeriCorps member must choose one of two options)
○ Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,345)
○ End-of-Service Cash Stipend ($1,803.10)
● Relocation stipend for candidates moving more than 50 miles ($750)
● Healthcare benefits (AmeriCorps member must choose one of two options)
○ Healthcare allowance for out-of-pocket expenses
○ Basic healthcare coverage
● 10 Days Personal Leave
● 10 Days Sick Leave
● Child care assistance for children under 13 years of age**
● Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender)
● 1 year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal positions*
● Access to professional development opportunities provided by Campus Compact & AmeriCorps
Additional Benefits Provided by Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
● Access to free or reduced courses
● Access to professional development and training opportunities
• Brett Wellman, Assistant Dean of Student Life, 617-588-1336, firstname.lastname@example.org