AmeriCorps Student Advisor - Immediate Opening

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Breakthrough Central Texas
Austin County, TX
Jan 24, 2023
Feb 02, 2023
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
Breakthrough Central Texas is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, staff members, and families, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

At Breakthrough we are committed to an inclusive workplace and will not accept language or behaviors that are discriminatory against any individuals because of their race, gender expression/identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, or any other aspects of their identity.

Breakthrough is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a path through college for first-generation college graduates. Beginning in sixth grade, AmeriCorps members provide essential support to students who are on this path. Members provide mentoring, academic support, coaching, program planning and implementation, and other activities to contribute to the success of Breakthrough students. Members will receive extensive training in a variety of areas to prepare them for a rewarding and successful placement with Breakthrough.


Members will have the following qualifications:
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • Be a U.S. citizen, or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Have a reliable personal vehicle
  • Have a commitment to community service and the ability to serve for the complete program year (Now through August 11 or 25, 2023)

Role Description

Breakthrough is seeking on Middle School Team Advisors. Below are the expectations of each role.

Middle School Team Advisor: This position goes from January 9, 2023 through August 11, 2023.

AmeriCorps Student Advisors work 40-hours a week, Monday through Friday, and a handful of Saturdays each semester; with an increase in hours in the summer to accommodate the summer program schedule. They are assigned a caseload of about 70 students and are charged with providing 1:1 advising, academic support, and mentorship, while also co-leading programs Breakthrough puts on for students and families including after school programs, occasional Saturday programs, and our 9-week summer program. Advisors will be assigned to support the Del Valle students.

A personal reliable vehicle is required as Advisors will visit students at their school campus 3 days a week to provide the full spectrum of services Breakthrough offers. Advisors will join committees and work across departments and teams on various events and internal projects.

Essential Functions

All of the following duties and responsibilities are essential position functions, though some members may have a greater responsibility for some of the functions listed. Individuals may be asked to perform other position-related duties within the scope of their normal service activities as requested by their supervisor or other Breakthrough staff member in alignment with the grant and not unallowable or prohibited activities, all subject to reasonable accommodation. Members will have recurring access to vulnerable populations. All Breakthrough Student Advisors are also AmeriCorps Members and receive all benefits associated. AmeriCorps is a national service organization that works with local and national partners to tap the power of the American people to tackle our country's most pressing challenges. Members are required to wear the AmeriCorps logo daily.
  • Act as a role model to Breakthrough students
  • Communicate with students and families regularly
  • Work closely with assigned Program Coordinator to provide individualized support to assigned caseload (50-60 students)
  • Provide academic support services to students at the Breakthrough office or at the student’s campus
  • Assist in the development and implementation of after-school and Saturday programming
  • Support in cultivating and managing Breakthrough volunteers assigned to your team and/or students
  • Mentor students on the skills and strategies needed for success in school
  • Participate actively in all training, professional development, civic reflection, and service activities
  • Serve under the Middle School Team. Duties include:
    • Act as a role model to Breakthrough students
    • Communicate with students and families as needed
    • Mentor students on the skills and strategies needed for success in school, including organization, time management, homework completion, study habits, and steps need to take to enter or persist through college.
    • Teach English, math, social studies, science, STEM content, leadership, and/or college application skills to classes of up to 12 students under the guidance of seasoned teaching professionals
    • Middle School AmeriCorps Members serve on committees, lead study skills lessons, and design Explorations (electives) classes for their students

In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.

Growth Opportunities
  • Learn or expand public speaking and presentation skills
  • Develop and execute event programs
  • Receive mentorship from seasoned non-profit professionals on your team
  • Learn how to use SalesForce, a common CRM tool
  • Level up on communication skills for in-person, virtual, email, and phone
  • Opportunities to learn different communication and marketing tools

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to follow through
  • Flexibility and openness to changing roles
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a team
  • Respond well to constructive criticism
  • Effective academic support and mentoring skills
  • Willingness to learn and attend all AmeriCorps trainings
  • Commitment to working with youth and to service
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively
  • Ability to complete paperwork and meet deadlines
  • Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Reliable transportation (personal vehicle) required

Member Hours, Benefits, and Compensation

Full-time (year-round) members are required to accumulate up to 1700 service hours (depending on start date) and complete the full term of service period now to August 11 or August 25, 2023 with occasional Saturday or evening events. Members receive the following:
  • Living Stipend: First-time members (AmeriCorps Member) ~$2,322.22 / per month
  • Education Award - Upon successful completion of the Member’s up to 1700 service hours (depending on start date) and completion of the full term of service, members are eligible to receive an Education Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service of up to $6,495 (depending on start date) to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified federal student loans. Members may receive no more than the aggregate value of two full-time education awards.
  • Optional free health insurance coverage
  • Monthly phone and vehicle-use stipend: $150 per month depending on placement
  • Non-monetary benefits (on-going support and professional development from experienced educators and non-profit leaders)
  • Assistance with finding housing and other resources for members

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