Position Available: TechREACH Project Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA Position)
Opens: April 24, 2007
Closes: May 4, 2007 at 5:00 PM
Position Available: June 1, 2007
The Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (PSCTLT) is a private, non-profit organization created in 1998. The mission of the Puget Sound Center is to leverage the power of technology, diversity and leadership to transform teaching and learning. Considered a leader in professional development for adults, especially educators, the Center’s technology expertise and infrastructure enables the Center to deliver programs and services to a wide community with diverse needs.
The goal of this position is to improve technology access for low-income families at multiple sites in Washington State. This program will primarily serve rural communities, ethnic minorities, and middle and high school students in Washington State. Through the TechREACH program middle and high school students will refurbish computers which will be distributed to low-income families, and families will receive computer training to support self-sufficiency and workplace skills. The TechREACH VISTA will be involved in a broad range of work from administrative details to program design and implementation. Specific responsibilities may include:
- Coordinate a project planning meeting with representatives from computer refurbishing organizations, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), schools, and community-based organizations
- Coordinate a Train the Trainer summer workshop for teachers and student leaders
- Offer Technical Assistance Workshops to low-income families focused on building technology skills and awareness of resources to help families improve self-sufficiency and workplace skills
- Support after school clubs for middle and high school students in which students refurbish computers for deployment into low-income communities
- Develop partnerships with businesses, colleges and community-based organizations to support program goals and sustainability
- Assist in the development of a student-led telephone and technical support system
- Monitor and provide technical assistance to sites
- Track and report program expenses
- Develop and research resources to support program initiative
- Plan culminating events in which project participants will share project results and impact
- Develop systems for tracking project data
- Degree in education, technology, or content area field.
- One year of experience of successful program coordination in a school environment or equivalent
- Experience working with middle or high school students
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Experience working with diverse ethnic groups and/or people in poverty.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Knowledge of hardware to include experience with both Macintosh and Windows platforms, laser printers, digital cameras, scanners, and multimedia tools.
- Proficient in use of PC computers and Microsoft Office, Internet and e-mail
- A+ experience desired but not required
- Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
- Spanish-language speaker preferred but not required
- Ability to pass Washington State Patrol Criminal History check
Physical Work Environment:
Work is performed in an office environment, school environment, or community centers. The ability to sit for extended periods of time at a desk/computer station and vehicle is required. Ability to perform tasks involving repetitive arm and hand movements, such as using a computer keyboard, is required. Must be able to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds when handling instructional materials.
Full time. Extensive travel is required. Flexible work hours will be considered.
Approximately $11,388/year living allowance through VISTA/AmeriCorps.
Benefits of VISTA service include:
- Either a $1200 cash stipend or $4725 education award at the completion of service. The education award can be used to pay for tuition at many universities or to pay off student loans. Some colleges and universities offer additional credits or scholarships, even matching the ed. award, for AmeriCorps alumni.
- Student loans can be deferred during service.
- Basic health insurance coverage.
- Child care assistance available.
- Professional development opportunities such as national media or technology conferences (such as those held by CTCNet, NTEN, ACM, NAMAC)
- Transportation support
- The ongoing support of the CTC VISTA Project staff and a network of 60 VISTAs working on media and technology projects across the country.
- More information about VISTA service and benefits can be found at http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/ready/programs_vista.asp
The Puget Sound Center is a private, non-profit corporation and not part of the Washington State higher education system.
Submit a cover letter and resume by 5:00 PM May 4, 2007 to:
Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, Attn: HR
21540 30th Dr. SE, Ste. 310
Bothell, WA 98021
Or e-mail to: [email protected].
You can also fax an application to 425.368.1023, Attn: HR.
In addition, VISTA applicants must apply by May 7, 2007 to the Community Technology VISTA project at
Interviews will be conducted May 7-10 with decisions made by May 10.