Coordinator of Group Volunteers

Position Description:

The Volunteer Engagement and Service Learning Department is dually comprised of our ongoing volunteer program and the Urban Forum program at LIfeWise STL, and the Coordinator of Group Volunteers will have responsibilities with each. The ongoing volunteer program provides both individuals and groups with opportunities to assist the agency in acting out its mission while the Urban Forum provides expert guidance in social justice education through an array of service-learning and immersion opportunities. This position works closely with all organization staff to provide meaningful service opportunities to over 200 episodic groups who assist in the delivery of LifeWise STL’s programs and services on an annual basis.

Responsibilities:

Ongoing Volunteer Program (75%):

  • Provides oversight and supervision to all episodic, group volunteers, who contribute approximately 12,000 service hours to the organization annually.
  • Coordinate with Facilities, Family Development, Youth Development, and Development departments to discover, develop, and maintain current information on volunteer opportunities for groups.
  • Serves as primary contact for special event service opportunities which require a high level of volunteer involvement, including fundraising events (Spring Bling, Golf Tournament, Trivia Night) and participant-focused events (Back To School and Holiday Market).
  • Fields and responds promptly to all communications regarding group volunteer requests.
  • Maintains all files and forms according to established procedures and assists with maintaining volunteer program certification through the United Way.
  • Captures and analyzes volunteer demographics to communicate most current needs and trends; works in concert with departmental staff to maintain information in volunteer management software (Volgistics).
  • Publishes, in concert with Coordinator of Individual Volunteers, monthly volunteer newsletter featuring the contributions and accomplishments of individual and group volunteers as well as available service opportunities.
  • Coordinates, in collaboration with department staff, regular appreciation events recognizing organization’s volunteers.
  • Promotes LifeWise STL and recruits volunteer groups through fairs, presentations, social media, and electronic communication with universities, businesses, churches, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Works closely with departmental staff to assess organizational volunteer needs and implement new processes.
  • Ensures that volunteers work in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
  • Collaborates with other local organizations in order to foster increasing cooperation among agencies and present LifeWise STL as an expert volunteer engagement resource in the St. Louis region and beyond.
  • Provides regular reports about volunteer activity in a timely manner to the Director of Volunteer Engagement & Service Learning. Records group information and tracks service hours on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Participates in department and organization meetings and activities.

Urban Forum (25%):

  • Together with departmental staff, continually develops and revises a robust body of curricula focusing on issues associated with poverty and marginalized communities and that produces knowledgeable, conscientious, and active citizens.
  • Collaborates internally with program staff to assess program needs in order to address topics that are relevant to the organization and those whom it serves.
  • Networks externally with primary stakeholders (churches, universities, nonprofits, and businesses) to inform constituents of educational opportunities and build appropriate curricula based on stakeholder’s mission and values and organization’s expressed needs.
  • Coordinates service projects and facilitates education/reflection sessions for on-site service learning programs that enable both youth and adult volunteers to learn more fully from their volunteer experience as well as explore avenues for future engagement with regard to service and social justice issues.
  • Facilitates sessions/workshops at offsite locations for youth and adult participants that raise awareness of and increase knowledge regarding social justice and community issues, connect to the organization’s (church, university, nonprofit, and/or business) mission and values, and provide resources for further learning and action.
  • Collects feedback from Urban Forum in order to measure effectiveness of curricula as well as impact of the program on participants.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, nonprofit management or equivalent experience preferred
  • Prior experience in volunteer engagement or volunteer programming preferred
  • Previous experience developing and facilitating curriculum on a variety of social justice issues/topics for people of all ages
  • Exemplary organizational, planning, and time management skills as well as ability to manage a varied number of tasks and projects at one time
  • Must have the skill and ability to be able to interact with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work as a part of a team of mission-oriented staff who partner with a variety of volunteers to provide holistic services to families participating in LifeWise STL programming

Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

  • Occasional evening, regular Saturday, and occasional Sunday work hours
  • Travel may be required for meetings with individuals or groups
  • Moderate physical effort with handling of supplies/materials (20-30lbs) on a frequent basis
  • Driving of cargo/passenger van for events (Back to School, Affordable Holiday Market, etc.)

Benefits:

This position is full-time, exempt. Competitive Benefits Program.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Coordinator of Group Volunteers.”

Events Manager / Development Associate

Position Description:

The Development Associate / Events Manager is responsible for the strategy, creation and execution of all events managed by the Development Department.  Events include Spring Bling, Golf Tournament & Dinner Auction, Trivia Night, Champions Event as well as other donor events created to engage and grow donor relationships and financial impact for the agency.  In addition, this Development professional will work in consultation with the Development Director and CEO to identify high net-worth donors and prospects and create targeted strategies and events to cultivate these potential donors.  This high profile, donor-centric position works very closely with volunteers and staff and serves as the overall point person for all events that take place on behalf of LifeWise STL.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, plan, and execute events, including: Spring Bling, Golf Tournament & Dinner Auction, Trivia Night, Champions Event and other donor events, cocktail parties, off-site donor cultivation events, Board of Directors events and other community related events.
  • Secure event sponsorship and in-kind donations in consultation with the Development Director.
  • Create an annual organization-wide event strategy in consultation with the Development Director and CEO to meet Development goals.
  • Identify high net-worth donors and prospects to create targeted strategies and events to cultivate these potential donors.
  • Manage the special event calendar by coordinating dates with other departments.
  • Closely interact with Board members, committee chairs, event sponsors, volunteers, and donors – current and prospective.
  • Prepare detailed event timelines, meeting agendas, talking points and speeches as needed.
  • Manage budgets for each event.
  • Develop all invitation, publication design and copy.
  • Work with marketing and communications to design and publish all event promotions including webpages, social media, etc.as well as with other media outlets.
  • Develop and negotiate all vendor contracts, catering, rentals and event talent/entertainment.
  • Manage RSVPs and payment processing and special events donor acknowledgements with Development Administrative Associate.
  • Coordinate with the Volunteer Department to meet volunteer needs at events.
  • Oversee activity for all events, for the full duration of those events.
  • Prepare event reports and summaries for senior management.
  • Execute appropriate event follow-up procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Strategic thinking regarding events and integration with other agency work.
  • Excellent organizational skills and detail-orientation in order to keep multiple projects organized consecutively.
  • Ability to multi task, problem solve, and be self-disciplined.
  • Team player with a strong work ethic.

Qualifications:

  • Previous event planning experience required, with capacity of working with a budget and reaching event goals.
  • Project management experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint required.
  • Experience in MaestroSoft, Photoshop, MailChimp, Picasa and CRM software is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and /or event management experience in a related field.
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule around event activities.

Disclaimer: This document does not create an employment contract. Employees are employed on an “at will” basis and may be terminated at any time for any reason or no reason.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Events Manager.”

CDF Freedom School Site Coordinator (Temporary, Summer)

Program Description:
The CDF Freedom Schools® program is an educational and cultural enrichment program. Our program provides summer options for children where there are none and strengthens parent and community involvement in the year round achievement of children. We serve children ages 6 to 14 for six weeks and integrate reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural and historical awareness.

Position Description:
The Site Coordinator should be experienced in working with large groups of children and in partnerships with young adults. He or she must be responsible, energetic, able to think on his or her feet, well-organized, and a strong role model. He or she may have worked in the past as a CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Intern or in a similar position. The Site Coordinator should have strong leadership skills with empathy for children and their parents. He or she should be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community, committed to the goals of the CDF Freedom Schools program, and able to work collaboratively with all program constituents.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to recruit children for the program.
  • Maintain regular communication with Project Director.
  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to recruit, hire, train and manage staff.
  • Maintain the safety of all staff and students at their site.
  • Ensure proper implementation of the CDF Freedom Schools program model by managing daily site activities.
  • Serve in a supervisory capacity and the primary contact for the Servant Leader Interns during the June Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute.
  • Ensure Servant leader Interns have the necessary books, materials and supplies for daily activities.
  • Conduct daily debrief sessions in an effort to maintain team spirit, as well as provide technical support and feedback for Servant Leader Interns.
  • Observe Servant Leader Interns facilitating Integrated Reading Curriculum lessons and provide constructive feedback frequently.
  • Input child, parent and staff enrollment data in CDF’s reporting system.
  • Model positive behaviors and coping skills for youth using a strength based approach in all interactions.
  • LifeWise staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Attend the June National Training from May 30 – June 8, 2019.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have completed at least one year of college
  • Experience managing large groups of children, college-age young people, and parents
  • Solid commitment to children’s advocacy and enthusiasm for the CDF Freedom Schools program
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures
  • Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically
  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor; possess excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the ethics of good character, humility, and servant leadership
  • Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings

This position is scheduled Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm. Must be available to start work on May 26 . Must also be available for travel to Knoxville, TN from May 30- June 6, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to freedomschool@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Site Coordinator.”

CDF Freedom School Servant Leader Intern (Temporary/Summer)

Program Description:
The CDF Freedom Schools® program is an educational and cultural enrichment program. Our program provides summer options for children where there are none and strengthens parent and community involvement in the year round achievement of children. We serve children ages 5 to 15 for six weeks and integrate reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural and historical awareness.

Position Description:
LifeWise STL is searching for Servant Leader Interns who will deliver a summer reading enrichment program for children from kindergarten through 10th grade. Servant Leader Interns are responsible for facilitating an integrated reading curriculum to a classroom of approximately ten students for six weeks during the summer months.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum to a class of no more than ten students for 6 weeks during the summer months, according to the standards developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and LifeWise STL.
  • Set up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.
  • Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
  • Serve as a Harambee! Leader each day of program operation.
  • Serve as a leader of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
  • LifeWise staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Attend three weeks of staff training and participate fully in the June National Training from May 30 – June 6, 2020.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Must have completed two-years of college level courses
  • Ability to create lesson plans
  • Be creative, energetic, innovative and resourceful
  • Ability to assume responsibility
  • Ability to motivate students
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • The willingness to be respectful of all types of diversity
  • Interest in and ability to work as part of a team

This position is scheduled Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm. Must be available to start work on May 26. Must also be available for travel to Knoxville, TN from May 30 – June 6.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to freedomschool@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Servant Leader Intern.”

CDF Freedom School Peer Counselor (Temporary/Summer)

Program Description:
The CDF Freedom Schools® program is an educational and cultural enrichment program. Our program provides summer options for children where there are none and strengthens parent and community involvement in the year round achievement of children. We serve children ages 5 to 15 for six weeks and integrate reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural and historical awareness.

Position Description:
LifeWise STL is searching for Peer Counselors who will assist Servant Leader Interns to deliver a summer reading enrichment program for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Peer Counselors are responsible for guiding a classroom of approximately ten students to participate successfully in all aspect of the program for six weeks during the summer months.

Responsibilities:
• Assist in teaching or leading activities as needed or as assigned
• Assist in the set-up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.
• Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
• Serve as a Harambee! Leader each day of program operation.
• Observe children’s behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures; apply appropriate behavior management techniques
• Attend all staff meetings as required
• Assist in enriching programming during
• Maintain good attendance and have reliable transportation
• Other job duties as assigned by supervisor
• LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:
• Must be at least 16 years old
• Previous camp or childcare experience essential
• Be creative, energetic, innovative and resourceful
• Ability to assume responsibility
• Ability to motivate students
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Good verbal and written skills
• Ability to accept guidance and supervision
• The willingness to be respectful of all types of diversity
• Interest in and ability to work as part of a team

This position is scheduled Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Must be available to start work on June 1, 2020. The last day will be July 24, 2020.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please click here to download application. Email completed application to Misti Johnson at freedomschool@lifewisestl.org or mail to LifeWise STL, Attn: Misti Johnson, 1321 S. 11th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104.

Early Childhood Center Assistant Teacher (Full-time or Part-time)

Position Description:

Provide care for children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) while acting as a member of the teaching team.

Responsibilities:

  • Interact with children in a warm, positive and nurturing manner.
  • Assist Lead and Assistant Teachers in lesson planning, maintaining daily observations and daily communication with parents.
  • Follow opening and closing procedures, sharing the responsibilities for cleanliness and neatness of the classroom.
  • Carry out and assist with daily classroom procedures such as, medication distribution, diet plans, hand washing, bathroom/diapering, cleaning/sanitizing, etc.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional growth by attending and actively participating in all service trainings (min. of 12 hours per year required), conferences and staff meetings.
  • Scheduled hours may fluctuate, so flexibility is essential.
  • Follow all policies at LifeWise STL as stated in the Personnel Policy and Child Care Handbook.
  • LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Qualifications:

  • CDA, AA, BA or advanced degree in any field or enrolled in a CDA, AA or BA program to be completed within 2 years
  • At least 3 credit hours in early childhood education or a related field
  • Experience in working with children in a group setting
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with children and adults

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Assistant Teacher.”