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BHCC Federal Work Study - Jumpstart Corp Member

Jumpstart members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others on a team, and build professional skills. All members receive high quality training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and build family engagement. This position serves vulnerable populations, i.e. preschool children.

Jumpstart members complete an intensive commitment and make a substantial impact in the life of young children. During the school year, members serve 8-12 hours per week by fulfilling the following responsibilities:
Essential Functions Overall
• Able to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children, children’s families and classroom teachers.
• Able to arrange their own transportation to service site in a timely and reliable fashion. In the classroom
• Able to interact with preschool-age children at their level in a classroom setting with high activity and noise levels and other varying environmental conditions. Interaction includes being able to move around the classroom to participate in various activities with the children.
• Able to participate fully in Jumpstart programming with preschool-age children – two times per week for two hours each, totaling four hours a week. This classroom time includes a variety of activities in a consistent routine that includes reading, small and large group activities, and facilitating centers.
• Able to participate fully in 2-5 hours each week in additional individual classroom service, implementing individualized activities with children and supporting teacher-led activities. This participation involves working with preschool-age children and other adults in a preschool classroom.
• Able to see both print and illustrations in order to read children’s books.
• Able to hear children and adults in order to participate in back and forth conversations. 

Outside the classroom
• Able to participate fully in 30+ hours of pre-service and 10+ hours of on-going in-service trainings, broken down in 1/2-8 hour increments/ exact increments will vary. Trainings are delivered in a variety of formats including web-based trainings, group in-person trainings, PowerPoint presentations, small group discussions, and role-plays.
• Able to participate fully in 1+ hour team planning meetings and classroom activity preparation 2- 5 times per week, which includes planning, reflection, and/or training, for a total of 2-5 hours per week, working with other members in a small group to reflect on and plan for weekly classroom activities..
• Able to complete 1-5 hours weekly of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart programming. This includes preparing children’s books, writing reflection papers on Jumpstart service, and gathering materials for classroom activities.
• Able to demonstrate effective reading skills in English in order to participate in the Jumpstart program. Includes reading lesson plans and training manuals.

Marginal Functions
• Able to attend periodic service days and events outside of regularly scheduled service, occasionally held on weekends.

Dedication to early childhood education
• Experience working with young children, and/or a desire to learn more about early childhood education
• Strong language and communication skills
• Ability to communicate and collaborate with children’s families
• Willingness to learn about Jumpstart program implementation and planning
• Willingness to implement Jumpstart’s research based curriculum with integrity
Commitment to service
• Community service experience and/ or a desire to serve in the community
• Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
• Ability to fulfill a yearlong community service commitment
• Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
• Ability to work well on a team to collaborate, communicate, and problem solve
• Desire to seek opportunities for self and team growth
• Willingness to receive and provide feedback in an effort to improve quality of one’s service in the program.
• Availability, dependability, and willingness to be flexible in different contexts, such as in training, scheduling, in the classroom, with unexpected changes
• Professionalism and good judgment in relating to Jumpstart peers, children, partners, and families