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AmeriCorps Engagement Coordinator

Open Until Filled
Full-time, permanent
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions.  ISPN has helped to significantly lower violence in the City of Providence and other cities in the state, while assisting increasing the services being offered to victims of violence throughout the State of Rhode Island.

 

Today ISPN seeks an experienced, creative and committed AmeriCorps Engagement Coordinator to bring the organization’s nonviolence presence in schools to the next level.  This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

 

The AmeriCorps Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for the direct member support during the 10 month implementation of the Choose Peace Projects in schools.  ISPN’s AmeriCorps team is comprised of 20 full-time members, which will be organized into teams and placed into selected elementary schools in the Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.  The AmeriCorps Engagement Coordinator must enjoy and excel in a team environment, where s/he will coordinate all aspects of the program, including member training, day-to-day scheduling and members’ deliverables, and liaising with ISPN community partners.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Director of Volunteer Services oversee the day to day member support of ISPN’s AmeriCorps Program
  • Assist in the recruitment, hiring and enrollment processes of a diverse corps of 20 full-time AmeriCorps members, 18 years of age and up
  • Assist with developing service term training schedule, which includes 80 hours of pre-service training, and one day per week of training, reflection, and/or community engagement activities.
  • Split time between Institute and Service Sites to support AmeriCorps Members
  • Coordinate the day to day schedule of the AmeriCorps Members and ensure proper time tracking of members’ hours. Create make up hour arrangements as required.
  • Work with Director of Volunteer Services to create Member training and development plans
  • Work with ISPN staff to develop continuous opportunities for AmeriCorps Members to engage with other potential community activities
  • Provide Members with appropriate supervision, guidance and recognition throughout their period of service
  • Ensure Members are adhering to AmeriCorps standards and not engaging in AmeriCorps prohibited activities
  • Create and monitor sign-in sheets for Institute and Member service-sites
  • Work with Data and Evaluation Manager weekly to assist members with data collection responsibilities
  • Coordinate events with other AmeriCorps Programs / Teams
  • Approve / Reject / Amend time-sheets weekly & submit for payroll
  • Create / update incident reports
  • Report to Director when Member corrective action plan is required
  • Meet with Director of Volunteer Services on weekly basis for progress and status updates
  • Oversee Member service projects (holiday and AmeriCorps yearly service project)
  • Work with Director to create schedules for Institute-based service during school holidays and vacations
  • Gather supply requests from Members and request supplies from Director of Volunteer Services
  • Attend trainings and orientations conducted by SERVE RI / RIDE
  • Verify member income to social services offices / create income statements to help approve Members for  SNAP, LIHEAP, etc
  • Represent the work of ISPN and the AmeriCorps members to partners and other community stakeholders at whenever possible

 

 

 

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the ISPN’s mission
  • An bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 2 years relevant experience,
  • Experience with federally grant-funded programs a plus
  • Experience in group facilitation and/or training
  • Experience managing a diverse group of people
  • A strong desire to work with high-risk, gang affiliated youth a must
  • Experience working with youth a must,
  • Experience working with educational system a plus
  • Experience working with an AmeriCorps program is desirable
  • Strong leadership qualities, self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate on a team
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, communication skills
  • Experience in conflict resolution, teaching, problem solving, community organizing, and/or job training a plus
  • Must be able to work well in a diverse and fast-paced environment
  • Reliable self- transportation is required
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish, Southeast Asian dialects, Creole, French) a plus

 

If interested in this life changing position, please email a cover letter and resume to Brigitte Shaffer, Director of Volunteer Services, at

In your cover letter please describe some of your experience with creating and implementing trainings specifically.  ISPN is an equal opportunity employer.

Discharge Planner

Open Until Filled
Permanent, Full-Time
ISPN seeks a passionate, empathetic and creative ISPN Discharge Planner. This position reports directly to the Director of the Nonviolence Streetworkers.  The  is a full-time staff member at ISPN.  All ISPN staff members are trained in MLK’s Nonviolence Theory and ISPN’s logic model.  It is the expectation that all ISPN staff members constantly are studying and practicing living a nonviolent lifestyle.  This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

Reentry Services is a key part to ISPN’s strategy to reducing street-level violence. The ISPN Discharge Planner is a special position with the Nonviolence Streetworker Department. The Reentry Advocate will serve as a liaison between ISPN and the Department of Corrections (DoC).  This position requires a person to be able to work independently at the DoC and assisting their teammates at ISPN.  The ISPN Discharge Planner must be able to adhere to both ISPN and DoC policies and practices, while providing high quality of services to the assign clients. 

Responsibilities:

  • Be a committed member of ISPN Staff
  • Ensure the ISPN Reentry Program is in line with and working towards accomplishing ISPN’s mission and goals
  • Coordinate work with RI Department of Corrections Rehabilitation/ Transitional Services Unit
  • Be on DoC Campus 2 to 3 days per week minimum and as needed for meetings and trainings – Actual schedule TBD
  • Coordinate and Co-manage cases with Nonviolence Streetworkers and DoC Transitional Services Unit
  • Engage with clients 3 to 6 months prior to release and conduct specialized service assessment
  • Develop discharge plans for selected young returning citizen who are prone to violence and may have influence on street-level violence upon release in effort to enhance the success rate among the population
  • Assist and Advocate for client needs around housing, employment, documentation (driver’s license or State IDs, Social Security cards, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, etc.)
  • Attend pre-release probation/parole forums and presentations at RIDOC facilities when appropriate clients have been identified
  • Record ISPN services provided to assign clients in ISPN’s database and in the discharge plan within TPCDS (DOC database- Training provided)
  • Participate directly in the Providence Reentry Council and Reentry Service Fair
  • Provide follow-up case management post release in collaboration with Reentry Council, Probation and Parole, and local discharge planning and community based social service agencies
  • Present and Train individuals in nonviolence and other life skills

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and Commitment to ISPN’s Mission and the Principles of Nonviolence
  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • Demonstrated successful experience in social services, case management, criminal justice, or related field
  • Knowledge and experience working with high risk populations (Offenders and Victims of Crime a plus)
  • Experience in group facilitation and/or training
  • Strong desire to work with high risk, gang affiliated young adults and/or a solid understanding of high risk young adults
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to foster relationships with community partners and collaborative agencies/groups
  • Must be able to work well in a diverse, fast paced environment
  • Comfortable working independently, as well as, part of a team
  • Reliable transportation that is insured and registered required
  • Active driver’s license required
  • Bi-lingual preferred – Spanish

 

To apply please forward a cover letter and resume via email to , subject ISPN Discharge Planner.  In your cover letter please outline why working with returning citizens, in your opinion is important to the overall fabric of a community.

 

ISPN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees.

All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or parental status, disability, or age.

 

Director of Training and Special Projects
Open Until Filled

Permanent, Full-Time

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions.  ISPN has helped to significantly lower violence in the City of Providence and other cities in the state, through offering quality comprehensive services to both victims and perpetrators of crime and other community stakeholders.  ISPN was founded as a nonviolence training institute, specifically teaching MLK’s Theory of Nonviolence.  It is the foundation from which all other services are based.  The Training and Special Projects Department is critical to the mission of ISPN.

Today ISPN seeks an experienced, energetic, organized, creative and driven Director of Training and Special Projects, to bring the organization’s Training and Special Projects Department to the next level.  This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

The Director of Training and Special Projects is a full-time staff member at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.  Responsibilities and qualifications of the Director are as follow:

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the daily operation of the Training and Special Projects Department
  • Be a contributing member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Conduct nonviolence and other related trainings
  • Collaborate with others to update Nonviolence Trainings and other specialized trainings offered by ISPN
  • Oversee all grant(s) requirements which are awarded to the Training and Special Projects Department, ensuring that data and reports are timely and done accurately
  • Ensure all grant reports are presented to the Executive Director in a timely manner to be reviewed
  • Oversee ISPN staff, AmeriCorps members and clients nonviolence development.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Volunteer Management to conduct training in professional/programmatic development of the AmeriCorps Team.
  • Strengthen current partnerships through expanding nonviolence programming
  • Seek out new creative partnerships that increases ISPN’s impact on the communities it serves.
  • Continue with fully integrating nonviolence into all services at ISPN.
  • Build the Training and Special Projects Department capacity to be able to respond to the needs of the communities and audiences of ISPN.

 Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and commitment to the Institute’s mission and the principles of nonviolence
  • A degree in Human Development, Peace and Conflict Studies or related degree preferred or a minimum of 3 years equivalent experience in related fields doing similar work.
  • Experience with grants (writing and management)
  • Experience in teaching, group facilitation and/or training (all settings and ages – classrooms to boardrooms)
  • Strong desire to work with vulnerable high-risk, gang affiliated youth and a solid understanding of youth developmental stages and responding to the complex and varied needs of at-risk youth required
  • Knowledge of trauma informed services and implementation
  • Experience managing a staff, volunteers and youth required
  • Must have strong leadership qualities
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated and independent
  • Experience in conflict resolution, conflict management, mediation, problem solving, community organizing, or job training highly preferred
  • Must be able to work well in a diverse and fast pace environment
  • Comfortable working independently, as well as part of a team
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends and some holidays (MLK Day and as needed)
  • Understand the special needs that nonprofits have to accomplish the work
  • Must be willing to submit and pass a criminal background check and sex offender check
  • Reliable fully insured and registered vehicle (required)
  • Bi-lingual is very helpful

Key Relationships: Executive Director, Director of Operations/ Executive Assistant, Nonviolence Streetworker Department, Victim Services Department, Juvenile Re-Entry Department, Data and Evaluation Team, and Community Organizations and External Partners

If interested in this life changing position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations and Executive Assistant, at

ISPN is an equal opportunity employer, women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Choose Peace AmeriCorps Member
Application Deadline September 3, 2018

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence works to foster a community that addresses
potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. By teaching and exercising the principles and
practices of Nonviolence, ISPN has helped to reduce violence in cities throughout Rhode Island,
while assisting in increasing the amount of services offered to victims of violence throughout the
state.
Position Overview:
The AmeriCorps Nonviolence Team Members commit to 10 months of service, providing nonviolence
training to 1000 economically disadvantaged students in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls,
Rhode Island. Members will be trained in the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy and curriculum, and
act as role models for how to live a nonviolent lifestyle within their assigned schools. Each AmeriCorps
Member will be assigned to a team and placed at one of ISPN’s partner schools. Specifically,
Members will conduct nonviolence trainings, develop nonviolence programming, and participate in
community events and meetings at their assigned school. Members are expected to establish
relationships with school staff, parents, and key stakeholders in an effort to provide a more thorough
support system for students. AmeriCorps Teams are responsible for organizing and performing one
service project outside the general scope of their work as a means of symbolizing their cohort’s
collective mission.
Benefits:
 $13,732 living stipend
 $5920 Segal education award (upon completion of 1700 hours of service)
 Student loan forbearance & paid interest on qualified student loans for term of service
 Individual health care coverage (excludes dependents)
 Child care allowance
 Professional development & training opportunities including: nonviolence, mediation, classroom
management, and youth development

Requirements:
 Commit to 10 months of service: August 27th 2018 – June 28th 2019
 Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service
 At least 18 years old
 Adhere to a drug-free workplace policy
 U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident and able to provide documentation
 Possess a high school diploma/ GED, or able to provide proof of plans to obtain
 Undergo criminal history background check
 Able and available to work a full-time, 40 hour a week, flexible schedule including some nights
and weekends
 Experience with youth and/or youth development
 Strong desire to work with high-risk, gang affiliated youth
 Strong leadership qualities, self-motivated, and independent working abilities
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills
 Experience with computers and basic programs
 Able to work independently and within a team
 Access to reliable transportation
 Attend weekly professional development trainings and reflections at the Institute
 Able to function in a professional setting
Preferred:
 Experience in a classroom setting and/or group facilitation
 College degree or some college experience
 Experience in conflict resolution, problem solving, and community organizing
 Bilingual/Multilingual individuals strongly encouraged to apply

To apply to serve as a Choose Peace AmeriCorps Member, visit at this link, and complete
the application for the Choose Peace program.

ISPN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We
are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees. All employment
decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without
regard to race, color, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or
parental status, disability, or age.