VOCAL (Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy) AmeriCorps Member through Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Hours: Volunteer Part-time (16-20 hours per week)
Term: February 2017 – August 2017
Total Living Allowance: $3,150 for full term, paid in installments twice a month
Education Award: $1,538.36 on completion of service
Time Off: 1-2 weeks
Department: Education and Literacy Services
Reports to: Adult Literacy Coordinator
Reply by: ASAP

The VOCAL AmeriCorps Member will empower adult learners to acquire the literacy skills they need to be able to maximize their potential and succeed in their family, work and community roles through direct service to adult learners and support services for adult learners and volunteer adult literacy tutors.

Formal Training and Experience Provided to Member as Part of Position:

  1. VOCAL AmeriCorps cohort trainings, meetings and Days of Service; 64 hours
  2. Adult Literacy Tutor Training through Literacy Works; 12 hours
  3. Diagnostic Reading Assessment; 6 hours
  4. Other as Appropriate

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as a one-to-one and/or small group tutor for adults and out-of-school teens and maintain appropriate records delivering instruction in basic Reading, Writing, Math or English language skills. Training and support will be provided.
  2. Conduct diagnostic reading assessments for adult learners using the Student Achievement in Reading Diagnostic Assessments. Training and support will be provided.
  3. Coordinate and assist in the execution of program social events
  4. Assist with tutor training events
  5. Assist in the recruitment of volunteer tutors
  6. Coordinate content for the tutor e-newsletter
  7. Support data input needs for the Adult Literacy Tutoring Program
  8. Improve tutor management through the development of a Tutor Procedure Manual based on existing practices
  9. Assist in tutor reporting processes
  10. Assist with curriculum development as able
  11. Prepare and submit monthly program reports and other reports as requested by the Education and Literacy Service Department and the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois VOCAL Program
  12. Attend quarterly member meetings and participate in Days of Service as required by VOCAL Program
  13. Other tasks as assigned

Education and Experience

  1. Two years of college minimum; Bachelor’s preferred
  2. Previous volunteer experience required


  1. Commitment to service and making a difference in the community and lives of others
  2. Good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; Spanish a plus
  3. Experience in non-profit, education, adult education, or community development field a plus
  4. Flexibility and a strong sense of team spirit
  5. Basic computer skills; familiarity with MS Outlook, Google Forms and basic MS Excel or basic MS Access a plus

Equipment to be Used

  • Computer workstation
  • Phone system
  • Photocopier

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Able to be on your feet and moving around for four hours at a time
  • Able to deal with difficult situations in a calm manner
  • Able to handle multiple tasks at one time

Working Conditions

  • Work in an office setting
  • Work daytime, evening and weekend hours
  • Able to travel offsite to an event

This description is for a volunteer position. It does not constitute a contract for employment. WPL is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resumes to janderson@waukeganpl.info

Questions are welcome. Contact Josh Anderson, Adult Literacy Coordinator, at 847-775-2549 or janderson@waukeganpl.info