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AmeriCorps NCCC, Team Leader, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9634

Sun, March 1, 2015

 BTT Gateway Job ID 9634 


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 a series of projects throughout the country with non-profit programs, state and local agencies, and other community and faith-based groups. Members are stationed at one of five regional campuses, located in Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Perry Point, MD, Vicksburg, MS, and Vinton, IA. During their term of service they will complete a variety of 6- to 8-week-long projects throughout the multi-state region served by their campus.

Position Description
AmeriCorps NCCC seeks team leaders to provide experience and leadership to corps members in both our NCCC and FEMA Corps programs as they work to strengthen communities. Team leaders coordinate the activities of 8-12 corps members per team. We are looking for dedicated team leaders who are capable and willing to engage our teams of diverse young people in service benefiting communities across America—team leaders who can promote a culture of learning and "getting things done" through teamwork. It is crucial for our team leaders, who act as role models, mentors, and coaches, to recognize that diversity extends beyond ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, age, and gender, but also includes values, perception, ideology, and experience. Corps members can come from highly advantaged or highly disadvantaged circumstances. By acknowledging the significance and value in our differences, team leaders will encourage a team dynamic that is truly invested in learning from each other and engaged in the communities they serve. Team leaders build a cohesive team from diverse individuals through promoting a culture of safety, respect, flexibility, and openness. A team that appreciates the value that each individual corps member contributes will not only work well together to accomplish project needs, but inspire the communities they serve to work together to do the same.

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.

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