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Scholarship Assistant- AmeriCorps Member

Posted: 05/16/2024

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin in partnership with AmeriCorps is looking for a member to serve for 1-year, to help us engage the community to expand our scholarship program.
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is a nonprofit philanthropic organization committed to improving the quality of life in Portage and Waushara counties. The Foundation serves donors, community organizations, and the community at large. We work with donors to fulfill their philanthropic goals including administering scholarships, directing grants, and building endowments for their favorite organizations and causes. Our community grants program supports efforts aimed at Arts and Culture, Education, Wellness, the Environment, and Helping People. As an inclusive community leader, the Foundation partners to educate the community and find solutions for identified community needs and opportunities.
Purpose: AmeriCorps members will provide capacity-building services to nonprofit organizations statewide. Members will focus on improving overall community health in Portage and Waushara Counties by expanding scholarship opportunities to students.
Member Duties:
Under the direction of the Director of Programs:

  • Research social determinants of health.
  • Design infographics that can be used in social media, presentations, and reports.
  • Document meetings and create needed reports.
  • Scholarships:
    • Research scholarship best practices.
    • Support aspects of the scholarship program including application acceptance, eligibility quiz monitoring, and correspondence with scholarship applicants, donors and educational institutions.
    • Manage applications and reports in Foundant Scholarship Lifecycle Manager (SLM).
    • Work with Scholarship Fund Representatives to ensure compliance with Scholarship Policies and Procedures.
    • Research, plan, and implement software improvements.
    • Support the volunteer scholarship committee.
    • Work with area schools to promote scholarships and celebrate awards and donors.
  • Other related projects as needed
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired: Friendly and outgoing; strong written and verbal communication; competent with a variety of computer and office technology skills; experience using simple design tools and social media platforms, organized and able to prioritize; maintain a professional and confidential work environment; experience working with diverse populations and backgrounds; enthusiasm for helping others and willingness to learn. Knowledge of community-level data sources and social determinants of health a plus, but not required.
Other Qualifications: U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States; must satisfactorily pass criminal background checks; possess a high school diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree preferred or at least 2 years of experience in an office environment; commitment to complete the full term of service.
Term of Service: September 9, 2024-August 29, 2025
Time Requirement: Part-time or Three-quarter time, 15-25 hours/week
  • Orientation training September 9-13, 2024. Virtual. Required attendance.
  • Midterm training Spring 2024. Location TBD. Required attendance.
  • 10-15 hours of professional training focused on the Community Health Worker Model.
  • 15-20 hours of Foundational Public Health Training
  • Face-to-face or virtual check-in/mentoring meetings with supervisor weekly.
  • Monthly Team Meetings & AmeriCorps team building offered online the first Thursday of each month.
  • Statewide Opening Ceremony in October offering a variety of speakers and professional development.
  • Additional topics covered include conflict resolution, career planning, leadership, disaster response (optional) and AmeriCorps policies and procedures.
  • Grant and Scholarship software training.
  • Grant-making and Scholarship program training.
  • A meaningful experience that allows you to learn new skills, take on more responsibility than a typical first job, and engage with your community in intensive and effective ways.
  • Knowledge and experience of Community Foundation, philanthropy, and non-profit work.
  • Modest bi-weekly living allowance.
    • Half time; $10,750 or $413.46 bi-weekly gross pay
    • Three-quarter time: $15,050 or $578.85 bi-weekly gross pay
  • Post-service education award: $ $3.697.50HT or $5,176.50TQT
  • Optional enrollment in Community Health Worker training, a 15-week online course resulting in a Certificate of Completion for ease of entry into the field of healthcare. Scholarship value: $2,500.
  •  Now requires you to be full-time to get this benefit. Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued (qualified federal loans)
  • Mileage, meals and housing are provided for all required MCHS AmeriCorps trainings and events.
  • Networking opportunities during year of service, and development of references for future employment, graduate school, Peace Corps or scholarships.
Evaluation and Reporting: Mid-term and final performance evaluations conducted by supervisor; weekly timesheets; weekly face-to-face check-ins with supervisor; Member Service Plan for tracking achieved goals; quarterly reporting on the number of volunteers recruited or managed; quarterly written reflections; and completion of foundational public health training, self-paced (16-20 hrs). Member surveys and exit survey.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Natasha Duda at You may contact Natasha via email or phone (715-342-4454) with any questions regarding the position.
We strongly recommend applicants submit their materials before or by July 26th for priority consideration. We will be unable to consider any applications after August 2nd.

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