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Youth & Community Radio AmeriCorps VISTA

Organization: ZUMIX, Inc.
Date Posted: 8/28/2015
Date Needed: 11/17/2015
City: East Boston
Location: Massachusetts
Country: United States
Primary Category: Assistantship, Teaching
Salary: $14,644.00 yearly
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: < 1 year

Description & Details

Overview:

ZUMIX was founded in response to the worst year of gang violence in Boston's history. In 1991, with $200 and 24 youth, we embarked on a mission to use music as a tool to empower youth and elevate our community. ZUMIX provides top-quality music and cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger, and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in a community that has had the largest demographic shift of any Boston neighborhood over the past twenty years. Through onsite programming and in-school partnerships, ZUMIX now serves more than 1,000 participants per year. In 2011 we received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House and we continue building on that excellence, empowering youth through music. For more information on our work, please visit www.zumix.org.

Position Description & Primary Responsibilities:

ZUMIX Radio was recently awarded a Low Power FM license and will transition from online to a broadcast radio station in 2016. This unique opportunity is the result of new legislation to expand community media. ZUMIX Radio will be the first youth and community radio station to broadcast in the Boston area, and one of the only youth-driven LPFMs in the country! The Youth & Community Radio VISTA will serve by leading multiple initiatives, in collaboration with ZUMIX's Radio Coordinator, to develop our capacity for our future broadcast station. This is an exciting project within an award-winning youth arts organization, and a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, personable, and creative self-starter.

The Youth & Community Radio AmeriCorps VISTA will build the capacity and sustainability of our new LPFM Radio Station in the following ways:

  • Develop a volunteer program for ZUMIX Radio, recruiting and managing approximately 50 youth and adult volunteers through a Radio Advisory Board and youth mentorship program.
  • Facilitate ZUMIX Radio's Youth Advisory Council, developing curriculum for approximately 10 youth to engage in decision-making around programming and outreach for the station.
  • Develop capacity at East Boston High School for a future radio station, working with school officials, teachers, and students to plan curriculum for radio programming at the school.
  • Develop new curriculum for youth and adult DJ training with an emphasis on creating broadcast radio content relevant to our local community.

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and commitment to creative youth development, community radio, education and community engagement
  • Ability to communicate with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Verbal and written Spanish and/or Portuguese proficiency preferred

Benefits:

For a one year full-time commitment, AmeriCorps VISTA Members receive: A taxable living allowance of $14,644 per year, a relocation allowance, a $5,730 educational award upon completion of service, a $900 MBTA LinkPass (bus & subway), a Health Benefits Plan, and excellent professional development opportunities. The selected VISTA candidate will be a member of the Boston Cares AmeriCorps VISTA program of approximately 25 VISTA members serving at more than 10 Greater Boston organizations. Pre-Service Orientation for this position will be held November 17-20th in the Boston area and the first day of service at ZUMIX will be November 21st.

How to Apply:

To complete your application, visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=63181 and create a profile through the My AmeriCorps website. You will receive an email with a link to Google Drive, where you may upload a required cover letter and resume. We recommend adding Laura.Keith@bostoncares.org to your email contacts to prevent messages from going to your junk/spam folder or promotions tab. For any questions about the application process, please contact Brittany at brittany.thomas@zumix.org.


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