General Overview of AmeriCorps for 2019-2020 Program Year

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Community Mediation Corps (CMC) - CMM's AmeriCorps Program, engages the community to actualize social change, remove barriers to community mediation, and increase the number of mediations for those who live, work, or attend school in Maryland. We are funded by 

  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 
  • Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) 
  • Community Mediation Maryland 
  • Local Community Mediation Centers

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The AmeriCorps member will serve as a Mediation Services Specialist in a community-based organization. The individual will be responsible for direct service and capacity building efforts. All AmeriCorps member activities will focus on increasing the number of mediations that get to the table.

               

SCOPE

This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position. The AmeriCorps service year begins on August 15, 2019, and ends on August 14, 2020.

 

BENEFITS

  • A profound and fulfilling experience, through service!  
  • $13,930 Living Allowance  
  • Health Coverage  
  • Child Care Allowance, if eligible  
  • Student loan deferment, if eligible 
  • SNAP Benefits, if eligible  
  • Valuable professional and networking opportunities  
  • 66 hours of Basic Mediation Training, with advanced training opportunities

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

AmeriCorps members will  

  • Mediate cases  
  • Facilitate workshops  
  • Receive 70+ hours of training  
  • Organize service projects  
  • Conduct presentations about mediation 
  • Manage all aspects of case management 
  • Report on data and accomplishments 
  • Maintain and expand partnerships with
    •  Schools, 
    • Prisons, and 
    • Police Departments 

Note: the AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals

 

SKILLS AND ATTITUDES  NECESSARY

  • Take initiative 
  • Solve problems 
  • Work independently 
  • Passion for non-violent conflict resolution 
  • Build interpersonal relationships; 
  • Teamwork 
  • Communicate effectively with residents, staff, volunteers, and community groups 
  • Effective at written communication and developing promotional materials 
  • Committed to the concept of national service 
  • Familiarity with basic computer operations: email, word-processing, spreadsheets, and basic graphics 
  • Access to reliable transportation to and from service site, AmeriCorps trainings, events, and service-related activities 
  • Positive attitude and perseverance when faced with organizational or personal challenges

 

SELECTION PROCESS

To be considered for the Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program, interested individuals must submit an online application. Staff will review the application and, if appropriate, invite the applicant to an interview, conduct three reference checks, and provide a matching opportunity with one or more potential service sites.

  

ORIENTATION ANDTRAINING

Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program provides approximately 70+ hours of training in community building, mediation, partnership development, data collection and evaluation. Over 50 hours of training is held in the first month of the service year, with quarterly training days throughout the rest of the year. Additional training opportunities may be available through AmeriCorps or the service site.

 

SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION

The Site Supervisor provides day-to-day supervision. The Site Supervisor will evaluate the AmeriCorps member’s performance according to Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program policies. In addition, the Community Mediation Corps - AmeriCorps Program Manager and Program Coordinator will provide overall supervision to all AmeriCorps members and Site Supervisors.

 

HOURS

Each AmeriCorps member will serve approximately 40 hours each week. Typical service hours are 9:00 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Some activities and situations may necessitate service beyond the typical hours; members will not be required to, on average, serve more than 40 hours per week. The AmeriCorps member may participate in optional additional trainings or direct service activities at other times.

 

LOCATION

The AmeriCorps members' office space is at the local service site and, if available, at partner sites. Program trainings and events will be held at locations throughout Maryland. Please note: locations may not be accessible by public transportation.