Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County, Inc. is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps Member to serve for one year as the Volunteer Coordinator through our partnership with Volunteer Maryland. The Volunteer Coordinator will work to develop new sources of volunteer recruitment to help CASA reach our long-term goal of serving 100% of children and youth in foster care. In addition to increasing the overall number of volunteers, the Volunteer Coordinator will help to create and implement plans to recruit volunteers to address the unique needs of specific subsets of foster youth such as those with Limited English Proficiency, LGBTQ youth, those who are vulnerable to trafficking and older youth preparing to age out of foster care to adulthood. The Volunteer Coordinator will seek to recruit 80 volunteers to keep pace with the increased number of youth being served. The Volunteer Coordinator will also help with logistics for CASA volunteer trainings and work with staff to build and sustain a diverse volunteer pool.
This is an eleven-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving at Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County.
Volunteer Maryland, a program of the Governor’s Office, works to build stronger communities by developing programs that meet critical needs in the areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans’ services. This is accomplished with AmeriCorps members who mobilizes volunteers to serve critical community needs across the state. Volunteers tutor at-risk youth, deliver meals to homeless or home-bound individuals, facilitate financial literacy programming, protect Maryland’s waterways or public land and more. Volunteer Maryland was created in 1992 with the mission to engage more Marylanders in volunteerism. Each program year Volunteer Maryland (VM) recruits 30 members to serve at a non-profit, government agency or school – known as Service Sites, as a Volunteer Coordinator. The Service Sites are located throughout Maryland. CASA has been selected as one of these Services Sites. This project will be delivered in Prince George’s County, MD.
Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities:
This is an eleven-month position as a member of AmeriCorps. Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Members serve as Volunteer Coordinators and are placed at selected Service Sites to build capacity of the a Service Sites. The AmeriCorps member will develop or expand a volunteer program that can be sustained by the agency after the partnership year ends. At the end of the service year the site will report that their program is able to serve their community more and better with the same amount of resources.
The Volunteer Coordinator in this position at CASA will:
Develop a written work plan and timeline for implementation.
Develop program materials such as a policy and procedure manual, volunteer position descriptions, promotional fliers or brochures, and screening, training, and evaluation tools.
Recruit volunteers. Outreach methods may include: presentations to faith, business, and/or community groups; staffing information booths at community events; and utilizing the media.
Screen volunteers as necessary; procedures might include interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks.
Develop and facilitate orientation and training for volunteers.
Supervise volunteers; develop and implement recognition activities for volunteers such as special events, awards, gifts, etc.
Maintain accurate records of volunteer participation.
Evaluate progress made in achieving the program’s goals; report on progress in statistical and narrative reports for Volunteer Maryland.
Develop community partnerships to support the volunteer program.
Serve as public ambassador for the Service Site, Volunteer Maryland, and AmeriCorps.
Participate in VM and AmeriCorps training, service projects, and other activities.
Training and Benefits:
Volunteer Maryland provides a two-week pre-service training as well as monthly training days during the year (20 days total), which covers program development, marketing, and evaluation; volunteer management; and leadership development. Other benefits include valuable networking opportunities, being part of a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members, and making a real difference in the community.
Full-time VM AmeriCorps Members serving as Volunteer Coordinators receive a living allowance of $14,028, a post-service educational benefit of $6,195, and health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a child care allowance.
VM AmeriCorps Members serving as Volunteer Coordinators must possess and demonstrate excellence in the following areas: verbal and written communication, social media marketing, computer skills, problem solving and conflict resolution, leadership, public speaking, and commitment to national and community service. In addition, proof of U.S. citizenship, age (at least 17 years old), and high school graduation are required in order to enroll in AmeriCorps. For this position, a driver’s license and own transportation are required.
September 16, 2020
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply early!
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George’s County, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to improve the lives of children living in foster care who have suffered from abuse and neglect. With a strong commitment to diversity, CASA/ Prince George’s County trains and supervises volunteers from the community who advocate for the best interest of children, recognizing and respecting each child’s individual needs. By providing a voice to children in the foster care system, it is our goal to help children and promote the timely placement of those we serve in safe, permanent homes.
CASA’s Board of Directors has committed to growing in the next five years to be able to serve every child in the County in need of a CASA volunteer. CASA also works to meet the shifting needs of the population we serve.
CASA is an EOE and is committed to maintaining a diverse organization.
Change a Child’s Story
Children in foster care who have aCASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they’re half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. By getting involved with CASA, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in you community. Get involved, and change a child’s story.