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AmeriCorps NCCC, FEMA Corps Team Leader, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9636

Sun, March 1, 2015

 BTT Gateway Job ID 9636  
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a residential national service program for young men and women; Corps Members are all between the ages of 18 and 24, though there is no age limit for Team Leaders. For 10 months, members serve on teams to meet urgent community needs in disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development. Teams work on projects throughout the country with non-profit programs, state and local agencies, and other community and faith-based groups.  

FEMA Corps is a new AmeriCorps NCCC track developed in partnership with FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The program reveals the inner workings of FEMA and a behind the scenes look at how disasters are managed. It gives opportunities to meet upper management in FEMA, other government agencies, and NGOs. FEMA Corps members receive significant amounts of training and serve in areas that include: canvassing communities, developing disaster preparation materials, managing data and reports, and other organizational, administrative and logistical support. This track is a great opportunity for people who wish to pursue a career in emergency management and are looking to receive experience in a professional environment.

Members are stationed at one of five campuses, located in Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Perry Point, MD, Vicksburg, MS, and Vinton, IA. During the 10 month term of service, FEMA Corps members complete three projects lasting 10-11 weeks in partnership with FEMA offices and may be deployed to a disaster should one occur. Unlike the traditional track of NCCC, these assignments may or may not be within the region of the campus with which they are assigned.

Position Description: 
The Team Leader coordinates the activities of 10-12 Corps Members on a series of service projects generally lasting 10 to 11 weeks each. The Team Leader serves as a liaison between the campus and project sponsor (the FEMA office), and reports directly to a Unit Leader. Above all, the Team Leader encourages a positive, safe and productive service environment for the members on his/her team. Other duties and responsibilities are as follows:

Safety & Logistics
• Ensure the safety of the corps members, including proper use of equipment.
• Conduct or coordinate training such as skills building workshops, safe work practices, team-building exercises, mini-courses, and physical training in collaboration with NCCC staff.

• Model a good work ethic and work alongside corps members to set the work pace.
• Plan daily and weekly team schedules that will result in the execution of project objectives and activities.
• Facilitate, encourage, support, and model service learning integration.
• Coordinate project logistics with unit leaders and project sponsors, participate in staff and corps member meetings, and serve as programmatic and administrative liaison between corps members and staff.

• Supervise, motivate, direct, and coordinate a team of young adults in a structured program of service, education, and training; maintain order; develop team morale; foster teamwork; monitor standards of behavior.
• Manage team dynamics; assist corps members in dealing with stress; manage corps members with different levels of maturity; handle behavioral issues that may result in disciplinary action.
• Develop corps members as leaders through service projects and team positions.
• Conduct regularly scheduled team meetings designed to unify corps members by building consensus, resolving conflicts, and providing structured feedback.

In exchange for an 11-month commitment, Team Leaders receive the following: living allowance of $12,500, free room and board, limited health and child care benefits, education award of $5,730, loan forbearance, uniforms, transportation to and from the campus at the beginning and end of the program, and the opportunity to travel, gain experience, and learn new skills.

AmeriCorps NCCC seeks applicants who have experience working with young adults from diverse ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of patience, flexibility, and adaptability. They will be expected to lead through example and actively enforce AmeriCorps NCCC rules and policies. Applicants must be prepared for many challenges and be willing to make an 11-month commitment. The Team Leader position is a demanding job that requires long and intense hours but which yields countless rewards.

U.S. citizen; must be able to pass a background screening and credit check

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