Graduating in December? Citizen Schools is offering six months of a paid service opportunity to individuals interested in combating the opportunity and achievement gaps that exist in America’s schools. Become a paid AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow in California or Massachusetts and accelerate your career by building pathways to careers in schools, nonprofits and/or government service. Opportunities are available to continue your service experience after the 6 months or to transition to full-time employment opportunities with Citizen Schools or other organizations committed to service.
As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll receive a bi-weekly stipend, a $3k education award and the opportunity to use your talents to support youth in urban middle schools to discover and achieve their dreams.
This half-year service opportunity begins in November 2019 and ends in June 2020.
As an AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools, you’ll change the lives of middle school students. You’ll serve as a member of a diverse team of caring adults dedicated to transforming the school day for middle school students in low income communities. We do this by adding three hours to the end of the school day, during which students receive additional academic support in math or language arts, complete homework in structured sessions and participate in hands-on apprenticeships taught by volunteer professionals from the community.
As a National Teaching Fellow, you will be performing an extraordinary act of citizenship, helping the nation to address one of its greatest challenges, educating our youth in ways that promote self-belief, college readiness, and the skills needed to achieve their dreams. It is an opportunity that leads to a better future for students, yet also holds rich benefits for those willing to dedicate two years of their life to national service through AmeriCorps. That’s why we call the opportunity: Teach, Serve, Grow.
Essential Duties & Service Member Functions
During your two years as a National Teaching Fellow you will:
SERVE: The ability to connect with students day-to-day and help them through the difficult years of middle school is a profound opportunity for many individuals who join the Fellowship. Fellows are eager to impact the academics of students directly, but also have the opportunity to influence student growth through the lens of a mentor and coach.
TEACH: Driving academic outcomes is a core component of our mission. On many campuses our Fellows push in or pull out small groups of students to aide instruction that is occurring during the first shift. (occasionally Fellows may deliver new content in select regions only and may vary by campus). Teaching Fellows have an important role to play in the extension of learned content or “reteaching”/ reinforcing what was previously delivered by a member of the first shift.
GROW: Training and support are critical components of the Teaching Fellowship experience and contribute greatly to our Teaching Fellows’ overall successes, both in their direct service, and their personal/professional development. We are committed to providing ongoing coaching opportunities throughout their two years of service that will lead to student impact, as well as career advancement.
It takes a special person to work in education reform and to meet the challenges of today’s schools. Before applying, please consider the following qualifications, skills, and experiences that we have found lead to success as a Teaching Fellow. No one candidate will meet every criteria; however, it is a good exercise to review the list in advance of submitting your application to ensure you believe you have “what it takes” to support middle school students to help them discover and achieve their dreams.
Compensation & Benefits
Half-term National Teaching Fellows receive a bi-weekly living stipend of $905.77 pre-tax, paid out every other Friday. You will also be eligible to receive:
*For a more comprehensive view for each of the above benefits, please follow this link.
The admissions process is rigorous, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. You can learn more by visiting our website at www.citizenschools.org/national-teaching-fellowship.
Physical, Environmental and Health and Safety Requirements
Serving as a National Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools requires members to be able to meet essential requirements in the following categories:
To learn more about specifics within these areas, please click here or contact a member of the Talent Team for more information.
Keeping Schools Safe
Qualified candidates are required to successfully complete local and AmeriCorps directed criminal history and sexual offender checks. The requirements for clearance differ by region and school district based on applicable law and what are defined allowable convictions locally.
You can learn more about AmeriCorps required checks by clicking here. Please note allowable offenses are dictated by the local municipality and can change at the discretion of local districts.
Note: New York City Public Schools have the most stringent requirements of our current school partners; requiring the submission of fingerprints to both the Department of Health and Department of Education. For more information on the regulations under the Department of Education, click here.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team.
If specific accommodations are needed during your interview, and/or you have longer term accommodation needs in order to fulfill the essential functions of this service opportunity, please contact a member of the Talent Team at 617.695.2300 ext. 1290 and we will work to accommodate your needs.