Resident Services Vista Position

The City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a uniquely vibrant and historic community on the central New England coast and is a celebrated destination for businesses, artists, musicians and tourists from all over the world. But despite Portsmouth’s high profile as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States, many of the more than 1,000 residents of the Portsmouth Housing Authority continue to experience chronic poverty and the complex social and economic challenges that are a result of this.

People from all walks of life call PHA neighborhoods home. Our 600 apartment units are spread across eleven different properties throughout the city house a diverse mix of people with deep and complex needs who rely on other social services. This is why the PHA has developed a first class Resident Services Coordination program to help our residents become successful and navigate around poverty traps that persist in our communities.

One way our Resident Services Program does this is by recruiting, training and retaining outstanding volunteers to help us meet these ends. The Resident Services FIT VISTA will be an instrumental part to building the capacity of this volunteer program so that we may be able to connect the wealth of talent and time in our community to help all of our residents succeed.

To apply, please following this link: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=75162

21ST Century Community Learning Center
Program Director

Required Educational/Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Human Service or related field; master’s degree preferred. At least two successful years working with children. Experience designing and implementing innovative programs for small and large groups of children.  Some level of management experience and knowledge of curriculum design most helpful.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess management and coordinating skills to work with all levels of staff.
  • Working knowledge of child development.
  •  Is able to effectively deal with groups of students, and offer strategies for conflict resolution.
  • Maintain knowledge of first aid procedures, must hold current certifications in standard first aid and adult CPR.
  • Maintain a clean driving record in order to safely transport groups of adolescents in fifteen passenger vans.

Major Tasks:

  • To direct the Making Classroom and Community Connections (MC³) Program. To increase collaborations between the Portsmouth Housing Authority, New Franklin School, and other community organizations.  To coordinate all aspects of the development of the MC³ Program.
  • Coordinate part-time, full-time and summer staff schedules for MC³
  • To become involved in the development of new and innovative programming, in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, parents and student
  • To coordinate with teachers the development of enrichment programming linked to school day and coordinate all program components of MC³
  • To network within the community to develop ongoing collaborative projects with both the schools and business sectors for enrichment programs.
  • Responsible for dealing with issues/behaviors of participants and subsequent consequences and communication with parents.
  • To coordinate data collection and evaluation of MC³, maintaining and upload data as required by NH DOE.
  • To assist with the training and management of the school year and summer staff.
  • Communicates with parents and students to help develop programming that is curriculum based, engaging and relevant.
  • To develop monthly/quarterly reports as well as the management of monthly/quarterly invoices.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Participates actively in staff meetings, and seeks out supervision on a regular and as needed basis; makes contributions to staff meetings and applies what they have learned effectively.
  • Establishes a productive and positive relationship with school administrators and teachers to develop an effective after school and summer academic enrichment programming.  
  • Establishes a staff development plan with his/her supervisor and makes a concerted effort to seek training in relevant areas.
  • Gives input to team decisions and shares/ receives points of view in a healthy constructive manner.
  • Facilitates quarterly MC³ Advisory Board meetings as relevant to the position

Behavioral Components:

Willingness and ability to work in a changing and flexible work schedule including evenings and weekend days.

Maintain a positive attitude and satisfactory energy level.

Makes an effort to learn and understand the program’s operation and philosophy and apply this knowledge constructively both within and outside the team setting.

He/she will work at a high level of visibility with an opportunity to demonstrate his/her expertise in many areas. His/her capacity to apply developed skills within the program will play a large part in determining his/her success.

Residents of Public Housing are encouraged to apply.

Please download the General Employment Application at http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/school/centraloffice/empops.htm and send completed application packet along with cover letter, resume, certification, transcripts and 3 current letters of reference to:

Steve Zadravec
Superintendent of Schools
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH  03801

Or send your complete packet in 1 email to apply@sau52.org


May 17, 2018 or until filled