Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Member (full-time position, serving with the Westville Education Initiative)

University of Notre Dame

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University of Notre Dame

Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Member (full-time position, serving with the Westville Education Initiative)

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Member (full-time position, serving with the Westville Education Initiative).

Applications will be accepted until 8/31/2017.

The mission of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) is to welcome community and Notre Dame partners that strengthen the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend through relationship building and educational opportunities. By promoting innovation and excellence, the Center builds individual capacity and enhances existing systems throughout South Bend. The work of the RCLC addresses five goals to accomplish this mission: Hospitality, Education, Partnership, Civic Engagement, and Sustainability.

The RCLC places several full-time AmeriCorps members to serve at host-sites. This member will serve with the Westville Education Initiative.

The Westville Education Initiative (WEI) is a pilot project sponsored by Holy Cross College, The University of Notre Dame, and the Bard Prison Initiative, that offers credit-bearing college courses at the Westville Prison. Partners share the ambition to use this pilot as a first step toward establishing both an associate in arts (A.A.) and, in due time, a bachelor in arts (B.A.) degree program for people incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

The WEI AmeriCorps member will share responsibility for coordinating logistics with the administration of the Westville Correctional Facility; serve as liaison between WCF administration and the WEI Director of College Operations; and act as academic tutor for students. The position may also include teaching opportunities. This person will embody the liberal arts college in the minds of the students. As noted below, the position also entails a number of regular logistical responsibilities which must be performed reliably, consistently, and transparently. This is essential to running a smoothly functioning project inside such a facility; yet it is also crucial to creating a campus that is distinct in temper and mechanics from the surrounding institution.

Specific Responsibilities include:
  • Advance the mission of WEI by ensuring that all conduct is consistent with the mission, and that duties are implemented to achieve goals and strengthen this unique partnership.

  • Provide tutoring and academic support to WEI students during regular Study Hall hours on site.

  • Manage questions and communications between students and Director of College Operations, or between students and faculty in a timely, accurate manner.

  • Keep track of student requests, questions, and concerns and learn how best to address them. Some inquiries can be handled directly; others should be brought to the Director of College Operations. Still others must be made by students in writing.

  • Assist with the maintenance and cultivation of the space dedicated to the program, both on site at Westville Correctional Facility and at Holy Cross College.

  • Assist with the purchase, organization, and delivery of all books and supplementary materials for all classes in a timely fashion

  • Maintain professional and functional relationships with necessary DOC staff on site.

  • Attend weekly AmeriCorps meetings at the RCLC, and attend any mandatory AmeriCorps trainings.
    AmeriCorps is a national service organization aimed at helping communities meet needs in areas including education by building the capacity of community organizations. AmeriCorps provides funding for the RCLC to have ten full-time AmeriCorps members during 2017-2018. These are service positions, rather than traditional “jobs”. Full-time AmeriCorps members are expected to complete a full year of service (1700 hours). Members receiving their living allowance in equal installments throughout their term of service. On completion of the term of service, members will receive an education award.
    Full Time AmeriCorps members will be compensated as follows:
    Living Allowance: $12,630

    Education Award: $5,815

    Health Care

    Child Care Assistance (if qualified)

    Minimum Qualifications:
    - Associate’s Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    - US Citizen or lawful permanent resident alien.
    - Reliable transportation. Position involves commuting to Westville facility twice a week.Additional Qualifications include:
    - Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    - Interest in education, working with at-risk youth and community development.
    - Public speaking and the ability to teach/train others.
    - Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
    - Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and some on-line systems.
    - Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
    - Flexibility to work in a variety of settings.
    - Sensitivity, compassion and listening skills required to work with a diverse audience including: WEI, Holy Cross, and RCLC staff, volunteers, fellow AmeriCorps members, Notre Dame and community partners, and WEI program participants.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    - Associate degree required. Bachelors degree or higher preferred.

    The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual "Great Colleges to Work For" survey...and we are proud of it!

    The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

    Please apply online at to Job # S17665. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.

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