Overview of City Service Corps Program for Host Sites

City Service Corps is an AmeriCorps program administered by NYC Service in which individuals are recruited to serve full time at select City agencies for 10 months. City Service Corps members are diverse civic leaders building their pathway to a public service career. Each member’s role serves to build capacity, add value to agency priorities and/or OneNYC strategic goals and initiatives, and support in delivering vital resources or programming to more New Yorkers.

City Service Corps Mission: City Service Corps partners with City agencies to address critical local needs through direct engagement with residents, the development of new programming and the management of resident-facing programming. 

City Service Corps Vision: New York residents will have a better understanding of and access to programs designed to positively impact their quality of life. 

 

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Host Site Application Process

Step 1: Apply

Step 2: Review all supplemental materials and attachments, prior to submitting your application. Including City Service Corps program one-pager, AmeriCorps Prohibited and Unallowable Activities, Position Description creation materials and template, direct supervisor expectations, AmeriCorps Diversity Chart, and the sources of funding and commitment sheet. (All materials are posted under related links and documents)

Step 3: Complete the online application, including attachments of the position descriptions for all requested positions and the completed AmeriCorps Diversity Chart.

Step 4: Once the application is submitted, NYC Service will review the project based on a rubric. NYC Service will either: a) reject the application or b) select the application to move forward to supervisor interviews. 

Step 5: If selected to move forward, supervisor interviews will be held on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed. Each supervisor interview will take approximately 30 minutes and is a time for NYC Service to learn more about your supervision experience and plan, go over expectations for the upcoming program year, and discuss your proposed position description(s) including any potential changes.

Step 6: Once all supervisor interviews have been completed, NYC Service will take into consideration all application materials including the host site application, submitted position description(s), and supervisor interviews to evaluate the project based on a rubric. NYC Service will either a) accept the overall host site application and all positions, b) accept the overall host site application and a partial number of positions, or c) deny the overall host site application. 

  • If selected, each host site will sign an MOU agreeing to the terms of having an AmeriCorps member placed at your host site. This will include agreeing to the financial commitment. The MOU as well as a partial amount of the financial commitment is due before members will be able to start at the host site. (See payment schedule on sources of funding and commitment sheet)

 

Returning host sites/member positions: Past performance as a host site will be discussed during the supervisor interview and taken into consideration when evaluating the overall application.

 

Financial Commitment for Host Sites

City Agencies hosting a City Service Corps member pay a host site fee which covers the member’s stipend and is expected to pay Employer FICA Costs. The funding will be transferred via intercity transfer via OMB by the beginning of FY23

Review host site fees and the financial commitment expected from a host site partner.

 

City Service Corps Members

  • Serve full time from September – July
  • Member benefits include:
    • Living stipend - $20,000
    • Monthly unlimited MetroCard
    • Eligible for healthcare (covered by NYC Service)
    • Childcare
    • Student loan forbearance
    • Education award – approx. $6,345

Read the City Service Corps Outcome Evaluation by the Urban Institute outlining how organizations benefit from the City Service Corps members’ service, the extent to which members gain valuable skills, and whether they continue to be civically engaged after completing the program.

 

Criteria for hosting a City Service Corps member:

  • Must be a City Agency that has a new or emerging program area that needs to expand its capacity and/or programming.
  • Host site will provide a space and access to technology systems for each AmeriCorps member
  • Host site will provide a supervisor for their AmeriCorps member(s) who will provide guidance, management, and coaching support
  • Supervisor will attend a full-day orientation prior to the start of the program
  • Supervisor will attend three 2-hour training sessions throughout the program year

 

Direct Supervisor Expectations:

  • Provide member(s) with direct supervision which includes leading on-site orientation sessions, proving adequate on-site training for the position, holding weekly check-ins with each member assigned, and leading mid- and end-of-term evaluations
  • Provide member(s) with technology and full-time workstation access for the duration of the service term
  • Attend mandatory Supervisor Orientation and three Supervisor Trainings throughout the service term
  • Uphold the rules and policies as outlined in the partnership agreement and the supervisor handbook including, but not limited to, AmeriCorps prohibited and unallowable activities
  • Ensure members are fulfilling the responsibilities listed on the Position Description and inform NYC Service staff if there are any proposed changes to their core responsibilities
  • Coach members throughout the year to promote their personal and professional development
  • Proactively communicate and document member performance issues that may lead to the creation of a performance development plan
  • Follow procedures around the creation and implementation of member performance development plans, if required to create one
  • Provide member(s) with any additional rules, standards, and resources of the host site
  • Approve America Learns member timesheets each Monday by 5pm 
  • Verify member reported data each month by 5pm on the Friday after members submit
  • Maintain data records for all performance measure data throughout program year and for at least three years after
  • Allow members to attend each mandatory learning and development days
  • Approve any member pre-planned absences in the time frame established by the host site supervisor (at least one week is standard in the member handbook)
  • Set site-specific policy for member communication in cases of illness, tardiness, or emergencies
  • Respond in a timely fashion to all NYC Service requests

 

NYC Service Support

  • Recruitment of NYC City Service Corps members
  • Supervisor orientation and training
  • Ongoing staff support and resources

 

Learn more about the City Service Corps program before applying, contact Shonni Velasquez to schedule an informational phone call at servicerecruitment@cityhall.nyc.gov.  

 

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