Program Specialist-SPARKbright AmeriCorps

    • Job Tracking ID: 512400-589108
    • Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 05, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Position Summary:

Tutor K5-3rd grade struggling readers in the SPARK Early Literacy Program, using a set lesson

plan and program materials. Research, write, and organization SPARKBright After-School

curriculum, plan and facilitate training for SPARKBright After-School tutors, and lead-teach

SPARKBright After-School lessons when necessary. 

AmeriCorps Summary: 

AmeriCorps members agree to complete a term of National Service; as they support Boys & Girls

Clubs of Greater Milwaukee programming and receive a set living allowance. Upon successful completion of this term of service, AmeriCorps members are eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps

Education Award.


  • Create individualized lesson plans, following the set program format, for all assigned students.
  • Tutor assigned students 3x weekly.
  • Complete all reports and documentation, as required, including bi-weekly family information log.
  • Assist in the development, acquisition and maintenance of literacy materials and SPARKBright curriculum materials. .
  • Help create, utilize, and maintain a print-rich literacy environment.
  • Establishes and maintains a rapport with school staff and parents.
  • Assist with the maintenance of a detailed binder for each SPARK participant in order to monitor reading progress and report on program impact.
  • Provides written documentation of program implementation.
  • Meet all deadlines.
  • Provide guidance and direction to SPARK participants in the areas of academic success, healthy lifestyles, and civic and community engagement.
  • Participates in programs, projects, and special events.
  • Participate in required trainings by the Club, County, State, and /or funder.
  • Attend training and professional development around social emotional learning (SEL), including webinars on CASEL’s Five SEL Competencies
  • Plan and facilitate training for SPARKBright After-School tutors, including teen mentors, and including best practice around CASEL, trauma-informed care, and growth mindset
  • Assist Program and Club Managers in selecting and grouping students
  • Collaborate with tutors to plan SPARKBright lessons and model instruction.
  • Conduct student and tutor assessments, record program data, and keep field report logs to chart progress of students in the program.
  • Summer responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
    • Select Club members in need of reading recovery and conduct summer SPARK sessions
    • Aggregate SPARKBright After-School data for final reports.
    • Run SPARKBright summer groups.
    • Train and mentor teens to run SPARKBright summer groups in Clubs.
    • Assist in selecting curriculum and organizing physical materials for next year’s program. 







Experience and Skills

Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalency.

Experience Requirements:

  • Experience in early literacy instruction and social emotional learning concepts a plus.
  • Experience directly related to youth and youth programming. 

Other Requirements: 

  • Proof of Citizenship as required by AmeriCorps.
  • Expanded back-ground check, including FBI finger-printing.
  • Contractual commitment to a set term of service and hours of service during the course of the program year. 


  • Ability to adapt teaching style, and beliefs, to coincide with those of the program.
  • Enjoys working with youth.
  • Demonstrated examples of working with youth.
  • Ability to take direction.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail.
  • Ability to relate effectively with diverse population.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Must have a valid WI driver’s license, good driving record, and meets state required automobile insurance minimums. 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this service, the member is regularly required to sit and use hands to touch, handle, or feel.  The member is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms.  The member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Service Environment:

The service environment characteristics described here are representative of those a member encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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