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FEMA Corps Team LeaderPosted by: AmeriCorps NCCC
Posted date: 2013-Aug-13
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a residential national service program for young men and women; Corps Members are all between the ages of 18 and 24, though there is no age limit for Team Leaders. For 10 months, members serve on teams to meet urgent community needs in disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development. Teams work on projects throughout the country with non-profit programs, state and local agencies, and other community and faith-based groups.
FEMA Corps is a new AmeriCorps NCCC track developed in partnership with FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The program reveals the inner workings of FEMA and a behind the scenes look at how disasters are managed. It gives opportunities to meet upper management in FEMA, other government agencies, and NGOs. FEMA Corps members receive significant amounts of training and serve in areas that include: canvassing communities, developing disaster preparation materials, managing data and reports, and other organizational, administrative and logistical support. This track is a great opportunity for people who wish to pursue a career in emergency management and are looking to receive experience in a professional environment.
Members are stationed at one of five campuses, located in Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Perry Point, MD, Vicksburg, MS, and Vinton, IA. During the 10 month term of service, FEMA Corps members complete three projects lasting 10-11 weeks in partnership with FEMA offices and may be deployed to a disaster should one occur. Unlike the traditional track of NCCC, these assignments may or may not be within the region of the campus with which they are assigned.
The Team Leader coordinates the activities of 10-12 Corps Members on a series of service projects generally lasting 10 to 11 weeks each. The Team Leader serves as a liaison between the campus and project sponsor (the FEMA office), and reports directly to a Unit Leader. Above all, the Team Leader encourages a positive, safe and productive service environment for the members on his/her team. Other duties and responsibilities are as follows:
Safety & Logistics
• Ensure the safety of the corps members, including proper use of equipment.
• Conduct or coordinate training such as skills building workshops, safe work practices, team-building exercises, mini-courses, and physical training in collaboration with NCCC staff.
• Model a good work ethic and work alongside corps members to set the work pace.
• Plan daily and weekly team schedules that will result in the execution of project objectives and activities.
• Facilitate, encourage, support, and model service learning integration.
• Coordinate project logistics with unit leaders and project sponsors, participate in staff and corps member meetings, and serve as programmatic and administrative liaison between corps members and staff.
• Supervise, motivate, direct, and coordinate a team of young adults in a structured program of service, education, and training; maintain order; develop team morale; foster teamwork; monitor standards of behavior.
• Manage team dynamics; assist corps members in dealing with stress; manage corps members with different levels of maturity; handle behavioral issues that may result in disciplinary action.
• Develop corps members as leaders through service projects and team positions.
• Conduct regularly scheduled team meetings designed to unify corps members by building consensus, resolving conflicts, and providing structured feedback.
In exchange for an 11-month commitment, Team Leaders receive the following: living allowance of $12,500, free room and board, limited health and child care benefits, education award of $5,550, loan forbearance, uniforms, transportation to and from the campus at the beginning and end of the program, and the opportunity to travel, gain experience, and learn new skills.
AmeriCorps NCCC seeks applicants who have experience working with young adults from diverse ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of patience, flexibility, and adaptability. They will be expected to lead through example and actively enforce AmeriCorps NCCC rules and policies. Applicants must be prepared for many challenges and be willing to make an 11-month commitment. The Team Leader position is a demanding job that requires long and intense hours but which yields countless rewards.
How to Apply
Follow the steps outlined below to complete and submit your application. To begin in July, apply between September 1 and March 1. To begin in January, apply between March 1 and September 1.
1) Go to http://my.americorps.gov
2) Click on "Apply to Serve" under the log-in box on the My AmeriCorps front page
3) Complete and submit your profile
4) Check your e-mail for a message from recruitmentamericorps.gov
5) Click on the link in that e-mail to create your username and password and access your My AmeriCorps account
· You will use this account throughout your AmeriCorps service, so keep track of your username and password
6) Click on "Applications" in the column on the left
7) Click the "Create Application" button
8) Complete your application
· Please note that some open-response questions have a word limit. If you exceed that limit, you will need to edit your response.
· Include at least two references on the last page of the application.
· If you have previously been a NCCC Corps Member, your references should include your Team Leader and your Unit Leader.
· After creating reference profiles, click the boxes in the "Select" column before clicking the "Finish Application" button
9) Congratulations! You’ve now completed your application. The next step is to submit it to the program.
· You may submit your application for the Fall-start cycle (start date in July) between September 1 and March 1
· You may submit your application for the Winter-start cycle (start date in January) between March 1 and September 1
10) Click on "Search Listings" in the column on the left.
11) In the "Quick Search" box use the "Program Type" drop down:
· Select "AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader"
· You do not need to provide a state or program name
· Click "Search"
12) In the search results, click on the program name (make sure it says FEMA Corps if that program track interests you) for your preferred start cycle.
· The Fall-start cycle typically begins in July for Team Leaders
· The Winter-start cycle typically begins in early January for Team Leaders
· All selected applicants will receive a Welcome Packet with their campus’ specific calendar several months before beginning the program.
13) Review the program description and click "Apply Now" at the bottom of the page. Then:
· Select your start cycle
· Complete the additional questions on the Team Leader Application (max 200 words each)
· Click "Next"
· Verify the application that will be used – it is listed below "submit listing" at the top of the certification screen.
· Read the certification and select one of the radio buttons
· Click "Submit"
· You will be contacted directly by each campus in your start cycle with next steps