NYC Civic Corps Program Overview for Host Sites

NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program launched in 2009 by NYC Service, recruits and places AmeriCorps members to serve full time at select nonprofit host sites. NYC Civic Corps members build, develop, and grow stronger volunteer programs in order to better serve or reach more New Yorkers. The NYC Civic Corps program objectives are to:

  1. Build organizational capacity for civic and community engagement through addressing pressing volunteer-specific needs and opportunities as identified by nonprofit partners.
  2. Provide Civic Corps members with workforce skills and pathways to quality careers with advancement opportunities.
  3. Create opportunities for civic leadership development.

NYC Civic Corps Mission: NYC Civic Corps builds the volunteer program capacity at nonprofit partners in all 5 boroughs to more effectively and efficiently address critical needs in the areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Environmental Stewardship, Education/Youth Development and Healthy Futures (public health and hunger). 

NYC Civic Corps Vision: Nonprofit host sites have more robust volunteer recruitment, training and management, allowing them to better serve their community.

 

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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 NYC Civic 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, your organization’s most recent 990 and sexual harassment and/or EEO policy, 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

Organizations hosting a NYC Civic Corps member pay a host site fee and are expected to place their member on their payroll, submitting payroll records for reimbursement quarterly.

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

 

NYC Civic Corps Members

  • Serve full time from September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
  • 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 NYC Civic Corps Program  Evaluation by the Urban Institute revealing that NYC Civic Corps members benefited their host sites and helped the sites manage additional volunteers, enabling them to improve procedures for volunteer recruitment and management.

 

Criteria for hosting a NYC Civic Corps member:

  • Must be a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a focus on engagement of New York City communities and local volunteers
  • Nonprofit is in the early or rebuilding stages of volunteer 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 Civic Corps members
  • Supervisor orientation and training
  • Ongoing staff support and resources

 

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