Commonwealth Corps Service Position Description
Peer Health Exchange
Commonwealth Corps Health Educator
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.
The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and members to find success throughout the program year. Commonwealth Corps members with Peer Health Exchange (PHE) will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. They will join a corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.
The mission of PHE is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions, especially with regard to mental health, sexual health, and substance misuse. Peer Health Exchange develops culturally affirming, inclusive health curriculum and trains college volunteers to deliver it in partner high schools in Boston, Lynn, Malden, and Chelsea, providing health education to many young people would not receive it otherwise. We are seeking four Commonwealth Corps Health Educators who will teach health education workshops and act as liaisons between PHE, high school partners, and the young people they serve in Lynn and Malden.
EssentialComplete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and PHE, including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).Deliver PHE’s skills-based health education workshops to young people during the school day in one of our partner high schools (average class size of 26 students) or after school in one of our community-based partner agencies (average class size of 15 young people). On average:Teach workshops to 3-4 classrooms a day (45-60-minute lessons), 3-4x per weekMeet weekly with other members of the Boston Program Team to plan, evaluate, and participate in program initiatives, including volunteer management and support, program delivery and assessment, and team-building activities. Activities amount to approximately 1-2 days a week, including:Weekly check-ins with PHE’s Program DirectorQuarterly step-backs with national Program and Strategic Learning TeamsWeekly planning and preparation time for upcoming week’s PHE workshopsLearning/modifying of trainings, curriculum, and presentationsCreation of guides, new trainings, and support tools to institutionalize full-time facilitator roles
MarginalSupport PHE volunteer recruitment, training and management efforts of PHE volunteers. Examples include:During recruitment season (2-3 weeks; early to mid-September): support leading information sessions, tabling, outreach to campus-based organizationsLead occasional PHE volunteer trainings on weekday evenings and weekends (1-3x per month)Coach/support PHE volunteer leaders through bi-weekly callsRepresent PHE at community events, such as health fairs, volunteer recruitment initiatives, and events with community partners and high schools.
RequiredMassachusetts residency (must be able to provide proof of current MA address) and legal authorization to work in the United States18 years of age or olderExperience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagementAbility to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable wayExperience working or volunteering with high school aged young people around 14-15 years old (e.g., mentoring, tutoring, coaching)Ability and interest in collaborating with a teamStrong passion for PHE’s vision for health equity; mission to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions; and strong alignment with PHE’s core values of Health, Equity, Agency, Communication and Impact
PreferredExperience or interest in health education or public healthFamiliarity with youth leadership development, trauma-informed, and/or harm reduction approachesKnowledge of the Lynn Public Schools and/or Malden Public Schools systemsExperience with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)Bi-or multilingual capability is a plus!
Member Benefits:Stipend of $800 semi-monthly while in service, up to $16,800, minus taxes and withholdings;Health insurance (no monthly contribution; individual coverage only);Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;Completion award of up to $3,000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)Additional training and other professional development opportunities;Monthly MBTA T-Pass for Zone 1Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to PHE’s policies;The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); andOpportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Term of Service:
Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
Position End Date: June 26, 2021
Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week typically between the hours of 7am-3pm with occasional evenings (1-3 per month), scheduled with advance notice.
Please submit your resume and cover letter telling us why you are interested in joining our team. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 31, 2020.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.
Peer Health Exchange will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Peer Health Exchange welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.