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Technology Skills Trainer (AmeriCorps Volunteer Position with Stipend)

Portland YouthBuilders, 4816 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 12/20/2019

Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) provides educational, vocational, and leadership development programs for very low income youth. All of the young people we serve (ages 17-24) have dropped out of high school and come to us for a chance at creating a brighter, better future. Our programs support youth who are trying to make a positive change in their lives.

PYB is deeply committed to continuously working to make our organization a more equitable and just place for both students and staff. As it is written in our equity statement: At PYB, we believe that communities are strengthened when diversity is honored. We believe we have a responsibility to interrupt and confront inequity. At PYB, we commit to continuously reflect and challenge the ways in which we, as a community, and as individuals, perpetuate inequity. It is not only vital to our students’ success but essential to our purpose.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position as an AmeriCorps member of Portland YouthBuilders. The Technology Skills Trainer AmeriCorps Member is responsible for helping guide a team of youth to use basic technology skills to creatively solve problems, to refurbish and troubleshoot computer hardware and software, provide support to technology in the community, as well as support Technology Instructor in teaching students basic Tech skills.
In addition, the Technology Skills Trainer will provide support, guidance and encouragement in the development of youth leadership and personal and professional development.
This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations

• Build and maintain positive relationships with all students
• Teach basic technology skills and support Technology Instructor in teaching duties
• Participate in community service projects providing Tech education and IT support in the community, such as the Elder Teaching Initiative.
• Assist in personal and vocational education and development of trainees leadership skills in conjunction with PYB staff
• Teach basic makerspace skills, including use of 2-D cutters and 3-D printers
• Attend all meetings and retreats as required
• Serve as public ambassador for the program, YouthBuild USA, and AmeriCorps.
• Participate in Portland YouthBuilders, YouthBuild USA, and AmeriCorps training, service projects, and other activities, such as Community Meetings.
• Participate and support participants in quarterly community service days for organization-wide participation in service-learning.

Must be at least 17 years of age, have a High School Diploma or GED, and be a US Citizen, US National, or lawful permanent resident of the US.

• Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving, and working independently to develop and implement technology program initiatives.
• Skilled at building interpersonal relationships, to work/serve effectively as part of a team, and to manage volunteers
• Strong verbal skills, to communicate effectively with staff, students, volunteers and community groups.
• Skilled at written communication, to develop program teaching materials and assist in the review and evaluation of student work
• Dependable and able to maintain positive attitude, to fulfill commitment to term of service.
• Committed to the concept of national service and to making a difference in the community.
• Strong computer literacy and ability to pick up new skills quickly.
• Able to react to change productively and to handle other tasks as assigned.

Reports to: Wade Hopkins, Technology Program Manager
Position Starts: Preferred start January 2020
Length of position: 12 months (must complete 1700 hours of service over 12 months)
Compensation: AmeriCorps monthly living stipend of $1,250; monthly bus pass; plus AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 upon completion of 1700 hours of service; qualified to enroll in medical coverage available through AmeriCorps. Members may also qualify for child care allowance. Other benefits include student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and the opportunity to make a real difference.

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Mary Hegel, AmeriCorps Contract Coordinator, Please include “Application for Technology Skills Trainer” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. The preferred start date for the position is in January 2020, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Portland YouthBuilders’ mission connects us to people and communities across Portland. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, or any other classifications applicable by law. Portland YouthBuilders is committed to the diversity of our people, programs and services. The organization acts affirmatively in the employment and advancement of qualified people of color. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY1-800-735-2900
PYB employees and volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background and drug test check prior to work. Portland YouthBuilders is a Drug Free Workplace and adheres to the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act. Portland YouthBuilders’ students and staff are subject to random drug tests.

o This project was funded in part (25%) by a grant awarded under the YouthBuild Initiative in the amount of $1,100,000 as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
o This program financed in part with funds provided through Worksystems, Inc. from the U.S. Department of Labor, the City of Portland, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
o PYB is an AmeriCorps program and students who are AmeriCorps members are eligible for an education award

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