Position Title: Safe Routes to School Equity Fellow at San Mateo County Office of Education - Office of Traffic Safety
Term of Service: Full-time, October 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in an 11 month term
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Central Valley to support communities’ critical needs for building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by an AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov or www.climatecorps.org.
Description of Duties:
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is interested in hosting a Climate Corps Safe Routes to School Equity Fellow from Fall 2021 through Summer 2022 to support several elementary schools based on a Safe Routes to School Equity Analysis and senior centers in close proximity to the schools. This intergenerational initiative seeks to equip students of these ten schools and senior citizens in San Mateo County with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the built environment as pedestrians or bicyclists, and make the connection between transportation choices, human impact on the environment, air quality and individual and community health. The fellow will work with elementary school students and senior citizens from senior centers near the elementary schools. SMCOE seeks a candidate who can develop and implement this project and related, presentations, and events.
This is a great opportunity for a dynamic individual with strong communication, presentation and analytical skills who enjoys working with children and senior citizens. The fellow will be based in Redwood Shores at the San Mateo County Office of Education.
AmeriCorps fellows must:
- Be US citizens or legal permanent residents
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be 17 years old or older
- Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
- Test negatively for tuberculosis
- Be able and willing to commit to the 11-month service term
- Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to ongoing COVID-19 public health considerations and shelter-in-place orders.
Education and Experience:
- 4-year college degree
- Experience working with children and/or adolescents in an educational setting; Experience with senior citizens or a desire to work with them
- Ability to work full time Mon-Fri (likely 9:00-4:30 with some earlier mornings, evenings, and weekends) for the fellowship term
- Must have reliable vehicle and proof of insurance for regular work-related travel throughout San Mateo County
- Successful completion of TB test, health screen, and Live Scan/fingerprinting (upon hire)
- U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residence
Desired Skills, Interests, and Experiences:
- Passionate about pedestrian and bicycle related topics and issues
- Interested in personal and professional development
- History of self-management, and has the willingness and ability to take initiative, but can also follow directions, and work effectively on a team
- Learns quickly and is not afraid to ask questions
- Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with others from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
- Understands and can implement coordination steps for events, programs, and projects, and has a track record of following through
- Has strong communication skills both verbally (presentations, facilitation, and collaboration), and for formal and creative writing tasks such as reports, correspondence, and marketing and promotional materials
- Can navigate social media platforms for professional application
- Has some experience updating web sites
- Enjoys and is effective at conducting research and synthesizing data
- Is comfortable using Excel to perform basic-to-medium level calculations and analysis
- Spanish language skills (desired but not required)
Benefits of service:
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month
- Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 and a California for All Education Award of $3,655.
- Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal professional development support.
- Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
- Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
- The Fellow will be part of a team of Safe Routes to School practitioners. (The team includes one other Americorps fellow.) They will receive mentorship to assist them during the fellowship and for life post-fellowship. They will be given the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences as participants and presenters and be guided through this process. They will participate in school-outreach, event coordination and promotion of walking and biking across the county.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.