ABOUT WA MESA

The Washington Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program is a statewide organization committed to building pathways to college and careers in STEM for traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) students, including women, Native American/Alaska Natives, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.

POSITION TITLE

K-14 Education Communication Specialist

DATES OF SERVICE AND WORK SCHEDULE

Monday, August 9, 2021 – Monday, May 9, 2022 (10-months)

Monday – Friday (may need to serve some evenings and weekends) 

SITE LOCATION

University of Washington

1410 NE Campus Pkwy, Schmitz Hall, 3rd Floor

Washington MESA Program

Seattle, WA 98195

POSITION SUMMARY

The overall goal is to build the capacity of the WA MESA program to better serve MESA K-12 and Community College Centers low-income, underrepresented, and minority students to be successful in STEM fields and secure living-wage jobs, thus breaking the cycle of poverty. In YEAR 2, the AmeriCorps Member will expand upon and refine (where necessary) processes, tools, and materials as well as provide support for new initiatives that directly impact the function and sustainability of MESA Center programs.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Continue to update, review, and refine print materials and on-boarding tools (MESA Director handbook, templates, etc.).
  • Contribute to the implementation of the WA MESA data collection systems and processes to monitor and evaluate critical components of the MESA Program.
  • Provide support to various WA MESA initiatives including the (a) annual MESA Director Convening (starting 2022), (b) WA MESA Day 2022, and (c) strategic planning and implementation task force (to be established in June 2021).
  • Assist with efforts to enhance communication and synergetic opportunities between MESA K-12 and community college programs.
  • Abide by all guidelines and rules outlined in the Member Service Agreement and ensure compliance with AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities. 
  • Generate awareness and leadership around racial justice and equity through the sharing of ideas, information, and experiences. 
  • Collect and document program data using required tracking tools and progress reports. 
  • Participate in WACC training. 
  • Practice personal self-care and reflection.  
  • Collaborate with other WACC teammates and national service members in your community on common projects. 
  • Record and track service hours.
  • Participate in professional development training and actively engage in learning about AmeriCorps.  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Be a United States Citizen, a Naturalized Citizen, or a Lawful Permanent Resident. 
  • Be 18 or older. 
  • Have an AA/BA or some college. 
  • Agree to a criminal record check and not have a sexual offense or murder conviction (other offenses may also prohibit participation, but will be determined on a case-by-case basis) 
  • Commit to serving full-time (70% direct service, maximum 20% training/professional development, maximum 10% on fundraising) 
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds. 
  • Strong organization, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong data management and social media skills 
  • Strong initiative, self-starter, and enthusiasm for helping others succeed. 
  • Committed to promoting educational equity and inclusion. 

BENEFITS

  • Monthly living allowance (stipend) Starting in August, the monthly stipend will be raised from $13,399 to $15,002 .
  • $6,345 Education Award (Eligible upon successful completion of service)E
  • Health Insurance
  • Forbearance for Federal Student Loans
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Training and practical hands-on experience along with professional development opportunities 
  • A chance to make a difference in your community, and with your team! 

Please note that WA MESA AmeriCorps Members must satisfy all WACC/AmeriCorps pre-on-boarding requirements before beginning employment.

About Washington Campus Compact (WACC)

Washington Campus Compact (WACC) is an organization committed to connecting colleges with communities to solve today’s critical issues. WACC empowers students to create positive change in their communities by providing comprehensive civic engagement resources and education.

Becoming an AmeriCorps Member

  • AmeriCorps Application + Background Check – apply to WA MESA position through AmeriCorps general application and complete required sign-on steps
  • Attend AmeriCorps Onboarding Seminars – state & national intro meetings
  • Complete Orientation Materials – virtual training, selection of Education Award, registration for health and food benefits

For more information about Washington Campus Compact, click here:https://wacampuscompact.org/

SALARY AND HOURS

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Email the following items to wamesa.inbox@gmail.com
  2. Resume and Cover Letter
  3. Contact information for 3 references (name, title, relationship, email address, and phone number)
  4. If selected, you will be invited to interview with the WA MESA State Office staff and current AmeriCorps Members.

DISCLAIMERS:

The Washington Campus Compact (WACC) AmeriCorps program is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action enroller of AmeriCorps service volunteers. Members of ethnic minorities, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, and recently separated veterans, persons of disability and/or persons aged 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WACC only enrolls members who are  U.S. citizens, U.S. Naturalized citizens, or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All new members must show service eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and must satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.