SJ BOCES | Early Learning Champion

 2019-2020 Program Year

Team UP AmeriCorps Member Position Description:

Early Learning Champion


The Program: Team UP is a Collective Impact initiative serving Dolores and Montezuma Counties in southwest Colorado. Since 2015, Team UP has operated under its backbone organization, United Way of Southwest Colorado (UWSWC). Team UP’s mission is to provide a comprehensive system of support to every child in our counties, from cradle to career. Team UP collaborates across sectors and promotes clear communication towards common progress in order to make a big difference.

The San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SJ BOCES) is a publicly funded cooperative that serves eight school districts in southwest Colorado.  The mission is to improve the services and supports for children and youth in our service area through collaborative initiatives. SJBOCES participates on the “Every Child Enters School Ready to Learn” Team UP Action Team. The LENA Home program supports this Action Team by providing a home visitation program to support families in increasing interactive talk with their children ages 0-3. LENA is research-based, evidence-informed, and has been developed through working with thousands of children and families. 

AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service, and has been called “the domestic Peace Corps.” AmeriCorps provides opportunities that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.

Service Position Summary: 

The Early Learning Champion will engage families and educators with evidence-based practices that support the learning and growth of children, birth to five years old. The Early Learning Champion will serve directly with families and educators to implement research-based language and learning programs in home and childcare environments.  

Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities): 

  • Become trained to provide the LENA Home curriculum to families
  • Provide training to families and educators to promote interactive talk and learning in the home and childcare settings.
    • Deliver three sessions of 13-week LENA trainings to multiple families in the home setting.
    • Provide training and develop materials and curriculum in childcare settings.
  • Outreach to community via stakeholder meetings.
  • Track progress and collect data for Performance Measures and other evaluation tools.
  • Communicate with the regional Team UP AmeriCorps team, and represent Team UP and Serve Colorado in the community and on social media.
  • Attend trainings and participate in Days of Service

Marginal Functions (Secondary Responsibilities): 

  • Support United Way of SW Colorado,  San Juan BOCES/Every Child Enters School Ready to Learn, and Team UP AmeriCorps team as appropriate and necessary;
  • Schedule meetings and trainings with stakeholders
  • Maintain and monitor documentation of program data 
  • Create and organize curriculum and materials for the program. 

Physical, Emotional, and intellectual Demands:

  • Desire and proven ability to work with families and young children
  • Comfort in providing training and education to families in their homes


  • Ethic of national and community service, strong desire to create positive change
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; computer literate
  • Understanding of culturally diverse populations
  • Self-motivation, ability to take initiative
  • Ability to plan, coordinate with others, and organize schedule, including travel time
  • Skills or experience preferred: community and volunteer organizing; early childhood development, family training experience
  • High School Graduate required (GED accepted,) college graduate preferred
  • Ability to pass criminal history check
  • Reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance if you will be transporting others in your vehicle
  • U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status required  
  • Those who understand the importance of a rich home language environment in the first three years of life in supporting a child’s overall later success, and who want to support the health and success of the children in our rural community, are encouraged to apply

Term of Service – Time Commitment: This is a full-time national and community service position requiring, at a minimum, a total of 1,700 hours during the year (approximately 40 hours/week.) The position begins September 3, 2019 and ends August 31, 2020. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments. Service on the following dates is required (note that Days of Service dates are subject to change): 

    • September 3-4: Team UP AmeriCorps Member Orientation (2 days, 1 night,) Dolores
    • September 5: Site Specific Training at San Juan BOCES in Cortez
    • September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance 
    • October: Statewide AmeriCorps Retreat, location in Colorado to be determined
    • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    • March 31: Cesar Chavez Day of Service 
    • 4 additional Team UP AmeriCorps Trainings, dates and locations to be determined
    • Various child development related trainings provided by MECC and Action Team
    • Other required days: TBD 

Trainings and Support Provided: Team UP AmeriCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable, approved trainings. Member will be supervised and supported by Cayce Hamerschlag (, as well as Al Huckins, AmeriCorps Program Director ( The 11 Team UP AmeriCorps members serving throughout the region will act as resources and support for each other.

Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at San Juan BOCES in Cortez and will involve service at other locations in Montezuma and Dolores Counties. Position is office-based and will involve frequent days of service in homes and schools.

 Benefits: Team UP AmeriCorps members receive:

  • A living allowance of $17,000/year for full-time members. Taxes are deducted and the living allowance is distributed monthly, by direct deposit to the member’s bank account.
  • Health insurance for full-time members; child care assistance for full-time members, if eligible.
  • An education award of $6,095 upon successful completion of term of service. It is possible to defer student loans while serving as an AmeriCorps member.
  • Mileage reimbursement will be paid at the IRS rate for travel to required trainings and days of service. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  • Non-tangible benefits including extensive training, valuable experience, networking, and the opportunity to serve the local community in a crucial area of need.


Diversity and Equal Opportunity: United Way values the diversity of our community.  In principle and in practice the diverse nature of our board, staff, and volunteers is recognized as one of our best assets.  We respect each individual’s unique gifts and prohibit unfair or discriminatory practices against anyone because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and any other protected category.

To Apply: To apply to be an AmeriCorps member, you need to create an account with the AmeriCorps Recruitment System. The application period opens July 15, 2018, and the deadline is August 5, 2018.

  • Go to the website:, click on “Apply to Serve” at the bottom of the page. 
  • Complete the requested profile information. (You will need a Social Security number and valid address, telephone number, and email.) 
  • Once you receive your account information via email, log on to the myAmeriCorps portal and use the navigation pane on the left to complete your application and references. 
  • When your application is complete, click “Search Listings.” Type “United Way of Southwest Colorado” into the Program Name field, click “Search.” Click the listing and submit your application to United Way of Southwest Colorado.