ACCA Fellowship at the Athens Community Career Academy
Fellowship Overview and Requirements
The Athens Community Council on Aging’s Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for retired adult professionals, age 60+, to channel their wealth of experience, wisdom and skills into targeted projects that improve and enrich the community. A Fellowship is a partnership between ACCA and the host organization where the Fellow is placed. Fellows serve in a defined role that delivers significant impact for the organization and community. ACCA will provide orientation training, ongoing technical support and assistance for the Fellow as they serve. Fellows earn a stipend, engage in meaningful work, and develop a new network of contacts and resources for the future.
ACCA is seeking a retired professional, aged 60+ to serve as a Fellow at the Athens Community Career Academy. Working with the Work Based Learning Coordinator and Professional School Counselor, the Fellow will develop and implement a volunteer program that engages adult volunteers in service at the school. The Fellow will be responsible for assessing volunteer needs, recruiting and enrolling volunteers into placements that support students both academically and professionally. Additionally, the Fellow may be called upon to assist with the school store, café, or family engagement events. The Fellowship requires a commitment of 20 hours each week (9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Mon-Fri) during the academic year and an annual stipend of $10,000 is provided.
About The Athens Community Council on Aging: Founded in 1967, the Athens Community Council on Aging is a private, non-profit organization providing services to older adults and adults with disabilities in 26 counties of Northeast Georgia. ACCA’s record of successful program administration and innovative service delivery has made it one of the leading agencies of its type in the Southeast. With the support of volunteers and the community, ACCA provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to live and age well.
About the Athens Community Career Academy: With the mission of providing expansive opportunities for students to achieve educational and career goals while meeting workforce needs, The Career Academy’s unique and innovative experience is available to all Clarke County School District high school students interested in exploring post-secondary endeavors. The Student Center at the Career Academy provides students with a space to study for their classes, as well as to complete research and projects needed for their courses. Recently, the vision for the Student Center has expanded to provide students with materials and resources related to Work-Based Learning, employability skills, and college information that they can use to plan their future.
The Fellow will work with the Work Based Learning Coordinator and Professional School Counselor to develop and implement a volunteer program that engages older adult volunteers to serve throughout The Career Academy. The Fellow will be responsible for recruiting and enrolling volunteers into placements that support students academically and professionally. The Fellowship requires a commitment of 20 hours each week (8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Mon-Fri) during the academic year, with an annual stipend of $10,000.
Reports To: Athens Community Council on Aging’s Volunteer Coordinator, The Career Academy’s CEO
- Overall management of the Career Academy’s volunteer program
- Assess the Academy’s volunteer needs, and evaluate the volunteer program
- Recruit qualified volunteers with an interest in supporting students and the Academy
- Match volunteers with appropriate and meaningful opportunities
- Supervise volunteers and provide support and resources as needed
Student Center Support
- Assist students with minor technology issues *There is a technology specialist on site, but simpler problems can be fixed in the Student Center
- Help sustain a quiet study environment
- Coordinate the ordering of new books and materials for students
- Communicate with Career Academy administration any issues or concerns regarding the Student Center
Additional Student Support
- Identify opportunities to talk with and mentor students on their path to college or career
- Assist Work Based Leaning Coordinator and Counseling Department in coordination of programs for students in the Student Center
- Assist with the planning and coordination of two Open Houses, two Information Nights and the end of the year Academy Awards events
- Participate in leadership and staff meetings as needed
- Assist with the school store and café, ensuring students are rewarded for positive behavior and good work around the building
- Evaluate student supply needs and make recommendations to Career Academy Administrative team to further develop students academically
- Recommend students to tutoring who may need additional assistance with their coursework
The ideal candidate is a retired professional, age 60+, that is innovative, organized, and comfortable working with high school students. Other requirements include:
- Experience in volunteer management and recruitment
- The ability and desire to work with students from a wide variety of backgrounds
- Successful clearance of a criminal background check
- Comfortable trouble shooting basic technology issues
Interview and Placement Process & Timeline:
- We will receive, and review applications through 7/11/2018.
- We will begin scheduling interviews on 7/11/2018.
- In-person interviews with the Athens Community Council on Aging will begin on 7/12/18.
- Finalists will be invited to meet with Athens Community Career Academy staff and the selected candidate will start no later than 7/30/2018.
- The selected candidate will attend Athens Community Council on Aging agency orientation as well as Athens Community Career Academy orientation and pre-planning.
In all of its activities, hiring, and operations, ACCA complies with federal law, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. The Agency shall be committed to providing an inclusive environment for all clients, staff, vendors, suppliers, contractors, board members, visitors, and volunteers.