Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. In the past 20 years, thousands of individuals throughout Chicagoland have volunteered their time and dedicated their hearts to empower more than 85,000 girls with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women.
About the Position:
The Community Engagement AmeriCorps Member is a 12 month commitment and works to create a pipeline of qualified and diverse program volunteers who will successfully launch Girls on the Run programming from an assigned portfolio within a geographic territory. As an exemplary relationship builder, this role inspires and grows relationships to attract volunteers well-suited for, and well-prepared to host Girls on the Run programming and will serve as the primary contact for program sites, schools, program volunteers, and parents. As an engaging and relatable communicator, this individual coordinates and conducts recruitment visits and presentations, providing excellent customer service to leads and applicants, and serves as an ambassador of the Girls on the Run values and culture. The Community Engagement AmeriCorps Member reports to the Impact Manager and is a full-time AmeriCorps year of service.
This role is instrumental in growing and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of recruiting and will require approximately 50% work in the field and 50% work in the office. Evening and weekend hours are occasionally required. Vacation blackout periods due to program and event schedule may apply.
Volunteer and Program Support
Provide quality support and customer service to program sites and volunteers within the assigned territory to ensure high satisfaction
Ensure each site has the resources and information they need to successfully host programming
Accomplish program goals within assigned territory
Steward new sites through the application process and completion of their season(s)
Support each site with recruitment, season launch, and ongoing season support including site visits
Monitor sites, coaches, teams, and girls registering to ensure policy compliance
Collaborate with the Impact Manager and other staff to continuously improve program delivery
Recruitment and Outreach
Respond to inquiries from potential sites within region
Work with Impact Manager to prioritize site visits and outreach efforts
Determine community events within Chicago Public Schools where GOTRC should have a presence and attend as a representative of GOTRC
Develop relationships with local organizations that can form partnerships with GOTRC
Conduct outreach efforts to engage potential new sites in order to build programming in-line with organizational goals and strategy
Support the internal day-to-day tracking of program volunteers in registration system: online volunteer registration form, background check, CPR/FA training, New Coach Training
Update and maintain pertinent site information and notes within CRM system
Additional tasks as assigned
Co-lead and mentor a Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole team each season; teams meet twice per week for 10 weeks, approximately 40 hours per season
Encourage participants to gain and develop life skills, knowledge, and techniques through sport, using lessons learned at Up2Us Sports’ best in class training events
Perform data collection activities, as directed by your Up2Us Sports Program Manager
Act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the community and youth served
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Community Engagement AmeriCorps Member” in the subject
Segal Education award of $6,095 upon successful completion of service
Qualified student loan forbearance and interest accrual payments upon successful completion of service
Living Allowance (Included in Listed Pay)
Multiple Professional Training Opportunities
Join a nationwide network of alumni and partner organizations
Gain extensive experience in the nonprofit sector
Health Coverage: for details about AmeriCorps healthcare benefits, please visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
Passion for the Girls on the Run mission
Familiarity with schools, youth-serving organizations, and community memberswithin territory
Strong communication and relationship building skills with the ability to be an excellent ambassador for GOTRC to quickly engage, relate to, and motivate a wide variety of stakeholders
Superior organizational skills
Strong collaborator and team player
Strong written and verbal experience
Ability to travel within assigned territory
Computer competence including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, data management, email, Salesforce
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends with willingness to fill in as needed for organizational requirements
Capacity to maintain the confidentiality of all GOTRC-related information
Willingness to undergo a comprehensive background check
Member Eligibility and Qualifications:
AmeriCorps is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents.
Members must be 18 years old, or 17 with written parental/guardian consent.
Members must have, or be working toward a High School diploma, GED, or its equivalent.
Restrictions on Eligibility for Benefits
If a candidate has participated in:
Two full-time service terms or their equivalent, the candidate will be ineligible for a third Education Award or other in-service and after-service benefits.
Additionally, a candidate cannot serve if:
Failed to disclose to Up2Us Sports any history of having been released for compelling personal circumstances or for cause from another AmeriCorps program, this will render him/her ineligible to receive the Education Award and may render the Coach ineligible for service with the Program.
Released for cause from another AmeriCorps program but was released having performed satisfactorily, the candidate may still be eligible for participation in the Program. However, this eligibility does not guarantee selection or placement.
Served four AmeriCorps National Direct or State service terms previously, regardless of whether those terms were served on a full or part-time basis. The candidate is ineligible to serve after four terms.
About the Up2Us Coach Program:
Founded in 2010, Up2Us Sports is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve their potential by providing them with coaches trained in positive youth development. We do this by identifying, training and supporting coaches in their communities who bring sports-based youth development to the most underserved communities. The Up2Us Coach and Up2Us Training programs empower youth-based organizations across the country to become a united force for meaningful change. Up2Us Coach is the first national service program to identify and train young adults to coach and mentor kids in low income communities. Coaches are trained in youth development and mentoring strategies to promote physical activity, healthy living, and good decision making, while cultivating caring, trust-based relationships with the youth they serve.
About AmeriCorps State and National:
AmeriCorps State and National programs provide thousands of Americans each year the opportunity to improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Funded by the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency, AmeriCorps works hand in hand with local partners, tapping the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.
About Girls on the Run-Chicago
Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. In the past 20 years, thousands of individuals throughout Chicagoland have volunteered their time and dedicated their hearts to empower more than 85,000 girls with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women. This year, 2,700 coaches will mentor 11,000 girls at 450 sites and schools across Northeast Illinois. More than just a running program, GOTRC uses a cutting-edge curriculum that addresses the unique developmental stages of 8-14 year olds. The fun, innovative program combines training for a 5K with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional health.