The Adventure Coordinator is a member of DREAM’s DreamCorps. Our DreamCorps strives to achieve our mission of closing the opportunity gap for children in low-income housing (which is a root cause of why almost half of low-income children become low-income adults). The Adventure Coordinator serves by leading the planning and operation of our adventure programs with mentees and mentors.
DREAM is committed to serving our youth with culturally appropriate programming. We seek members who contribute to the diversity and excellence of The DREAM Program and who foster an inclusive environment.
Objectives for Adventure Coordinator:
- Plan travel and activity schedules that make adventure trips and extraordinary experiences more accessible to our mentor and mentee groups.
- Facilitate adventure trips for programs (by mentees, mentors and families).
- Be a leader in the execution of winter and summer camps at Camp DREAM.
- Support the execution of the activities undertaken by the Camp DREAM staff.
- Provide youth with magical, memorable, enriching experience in an outdoor environment.
Key Results of Service:
- All mentors whose mentees participate in adventure trips accompany their mentee on the trip.
- All mentees and mentors that participate in adventure express that they try something new and that they have fun.
- 50% of eligible mentees attend Camp DREAM in summer of 2020.
- 75% of mentees participate in adventure programming.
- All Camp DREAM positions available for summer sessions are filled with qualified candidates.
- Camp DREAM and Adventures Unlimited operate with zero incidents/accidents.
- All campers, mentors and mentees HAVE FUN!
AmeriCorps Program Type: State/National
Classification/Position Type: AmeriCorps Member
Term Type/Length: Half time, minimum of 900 hours
Hours Commitment: ~ 40/week, varied schedule
Start date: February 8th, 2021
End Date: August 20, 2021
Position type/expected hours of work: This is an AmeriCorps position with a term length designated full time. A minimum of 900 hours is required by AmeriCorps to receive the end-of-term education award. For successful completion of the service term, DREAM expects an average of 35-45 hours per week of service, through the end-of-term date indicated on the member agreement, with regular evenings and occasional weekend events over the course of the academic year (including quarterly overnight member retreats). During the summer season, regardless of hours completed to date, this position transitions to regular daytime, evening and weekend hours consistent with the operation of a summer camp. This is often, but not exclusively, 9am to 5pm, daily. While there is no maximum hours – DREAM expects members to continue serving 35-45 hours a week until the end-of-term date of their service commitment – DREAM encourages a healthy work/life balance, including taking vacation, lunch time and other time off.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position supports and supervises a network of volunteers.
Work environment/physical demands: This position operates in a professional office environment as well as an indoor/outdoor environment with active children and students. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee/member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This position requires comfort working in outdoor environments, regardless of the weather. This position can be very active and frequently requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to communicate with individuals who talk and hear. The employee/member must occasionally lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to observe and comprehend using vision abilities that include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Travel: Regular travel for adventures will be expected, which may include weekends and overnights. During camp sessions, travel to provide transportation to mentees in any of our regions will be expected. Out-of-the-area and overnight travel will be expected for training/orientation and programs (between regional office locations and Camp DREAM).
- Must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.A. due to AmeriCorps requirements.
- Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service OR be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program
- Have a high school diploma or its equivalent OR not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant (and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award) OR obtain a waiver from the Corporation OR be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis
- Members must agree to the following Criminal History Checks to be performed in order to serve as an AmeriCorps Member: NSOPW (Public Sex Offender) Check, Statewide Criminal Repository Checks (for State of Service and State of Residence), and FBI fingerprint-based Criminal History Check. The member is aware that that their identity must be verified with a government-issued photo ID. The results of these checks will be kept confidential, but could affect eligibility to serve in AmeriCorps.
- First aid and CPR certification by the time summer sessions begin.
Preferred qualifications/helpful experience:
- Current driver’s license, proof of insurance, and clean driving record.
- Creativity, energy, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
- A contagious and optimistic energy for DREAM’s work.
- Comfortable working in an outdoor environment in all seasons.
- Lifeguard certification by the time summer sessions begin.
- Exceptional communication and facilitation skills with a focus on direct communication.
AAP/EEO Statement: The DREAM Program is an equal opportunity employer and an incorporated 501(c)3 charitable organization. The DREAM Program prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
At will employment: The DREAM Program is an at will employer. Employment with The DREAM Program is voluntary and is subject to termination by you or The DREAM Program at will, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. The policy of employment-at-will may not be modified by any officer or employee.
Other duties: Please note this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee/member for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Terms and benefits:
- Half Term (full time hours – average 39.5 hours/week – 900 hour min. requirement)
- February 8, 2021 – August 20, 2021
- $8,458.38 ($604.17 every two weeks)
- Additional monthly housing stipend for the entire term (delivered directly to housing provider, monthly.)
- AmeriCorps Segal Education Award (upon successful completion of 900 hours, minimum): $3,097.50
- Applicants are encouraged to consider continuing service with the DREAM Program by continuing the position from Fall 2021-Summer 2022. Feel free to discuss this option with your primary point of contact throughout the application process.
WHY WE DREAM…
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- We believe that the opportunity gap is unfair and unjust.
- We believe that childhood is a precious part of the human experience and worthy of great investment.
- We believe that all children have immense potential to contribute to our society and that lost potential for one is lost potential for all.
- We believe that change is possible.
We seek a world in which all children have the opportunities, resources, and relationships necessary to achieve their dreams.
Our mission is to close the opportunity gap for children living in low-income housing.
- We live in the grassroots. We see ourselves as more of a movement than an organization. We value bottom-up development and look to our volunteers for leadership.
- We are relationship-oriented. When relationships are done well, they can change the world and build bridges across differences. Relationships are at the center of all we do and are our greatest source of impact, influence, and learning.
- We value transparency. We are an open organization and invite all to participate in decision-making. We see honest communication as the foundation for creating trust and understanding.
- We like to play. We sing, surprise, act spontaneously, play games, and imagine. We see potential for something magical in every interaction. We think play is the ultimate vehicle or delivering our services.
- We think the high dive is fun! Positive risk-taking plays a crucial role in development. By pushing our comfort zones, we broaden our world views and expand our options.
- We think anything is possible. Call us naïve…wait a minute, don’t do that! Just join us!