Corps for Rural Success and Health-AmeriCorps HPAC Specialist
NEOMED - Rootstown, OH

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Northeast Ohio Medical University ( NEOMED ) has been granted AmeriCorps funding to support 20 full time members of all ages and educational backgrounds to create a rural volunteer health education corps that provides rural, economically disadvantaged middle school through high school youth with academic and career support, through the utilization of a service learning model, across Ohio. The AmeriCorps members as administered by NEOMED will establish and deliver a Health Professions Affinity Community ( HPAC ) service learning based curriculum to students whose Ohio rural school districts lack the resources to provide academic and career skill support necessary for students to obtain a sustainable career in the health care industry, a growing Ohio career opportunity. AmeriCorps members as administered by NEOMED will leverage a sufficient number of additional volunteers to sustain the program after the three year funding period is over. The project begins in August of 2014 and members begin in September 2014. The project will focus on the Corporation for National & Community Service ( CNCS ) focus area of K-12 Success including improving opportunities for participating student academic and career success in rural Ohio school districts while improving academic engagement and learning and increasing school attendance rates. In addition, the expected outcome for AmeriCorps members as administered by NEOMED is to improve their opportunities for career success, especially in the health care industry, by fostering college and career readiness, leadership skills, and self-efficacy. The AmeriCorps program as administered by NEOMED is located in Northeast Ohio. Travel is necessary.

Principal Functional Responsibilities
Attitude and General Responsibilities
Volunteer Recruitment and Training
• Create HPAC programs with designated schools and community organizations
• Recruit required number of volunteers (varies by site); Each member will be responsible for 3-5 sites
• Recruit volunteers to commit to one-day, short-term, and long-term volunteer projects (details of the size and scope of these projects will be provided by HPAC staff)
• Present HPAC Rural Health Corps to campus and local community organizations, student groups, faculty, and staff to obtain volunteers, and collaborate on service events and embed the program in an effort to build sustainability
• Co-facilitate and support training of all volunteers. Members and site staff will work with the AmeriCorps director to make sure that all volunteer trainings meet HPAC quality standards of Planning and Implementation
• Assist HPAC site staff and students in identifying volunteer projects, as well as other menu efforts (internships, PSEOP , ACT training etc.) from the HPAC program through needs assessment and ongoing communication with partners
• Assist site staff in implementation of events, embedding program and support student HPAC volunteers for service days, programing and long term sustainability held at schools and partner center site
• Research relevant community organizations to coordinate additional volunteer opportunities for HPAC members, schools and organizations
• Work with site staff and Corps members to plan annual HPAC events (including scholars day)
• Establish and regularly update volunteer schedule and list of events (coordinate with E-commons)
• Communicate regularly with volunteers, partners and sites through check-in phone calls or text, e-mails, site visits and express personal appreciations for their efforts
• Document and log volunteer hours, events and accomplishments in volunteer tracking system and report hours to HPAC and AHEC
• Collect and manage feedback from all parties involved in volunteer activities, including volunteers, partnering schools, organizations and other center staff, and community members through written reports, testimonials, and verbal comments as well as using the HPAC evaluation survey
• Share feedback with site staff to acknowledge strengths, successes and to make improvements for future volunteer activities
• Maintain 5-6 HPACs
Program leadership
• Provide ideas for as well as plan and lead HPAC development and facilitation
• Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement
• Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities during times available
• Train and assist volunteers
Citizenship training and responsibilities
• Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by the State of Ohio
• Participate in and complete AmeriCorps citizenship training
• Participate in community service activities
Program training
• Participate in orientation training
• Participate in Boot Camp 3 week training
• Participate in on-line reflections and reading (monthly)
• Participate in monthly training as noted by the director
Qualifications
Skill requirements: Essential functions and abilities include the following:
• Excellent written and verbal communications
• Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
• Resourcefulness in solving problems
• Excellent people skills and an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude
• Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
• Strong computer skills
• Strong work ethic
• High school degree (some college preferred)
• Must be over 18 years of age
• Reliable transportation
Key Skills and Personal Characteristics
Skill requirements: Essential functions and abilities include the following:
• Excellent written and verbal communications
• Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
• Resourcefulness in solving problems
• Excellent people skills and an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude
• Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
• Strong computer skills
• Strong work ethic
• High school degree (some college preferred)
• Must be over 18 years of age
• Reliable transportation
Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands

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