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AmeriCorps New Program Startup Guide

AmeriCorps New Program Startup Guide

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Building a High Quality AmeriCorps Program From Blueprint to Implementation: New Program Start-up Guide




Table of Contents
CORPORATION WELCOME __ 10
GUIDE OVERVIEW_ 11
Introduction _11
Audience_11
AmeriCorps’ Required Documents 12
Design 12
Organizing Features_ 13
Using the Guide 13
Note about Tools, Models, and Best Practices 14
SURVEYING AMERICORPS 15
Important AmeriCorps Components _15
PREPARING THE GROUND _23
Community Advisory Group__24
Community Needs Assessment _25
Creating the AmeriCorps Program Work Plan 2 7
Writing the AmeriCorps Program Grant Proposal _29
eGrants: Submitting the AmeriCorps Application _ 30
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS__33
Things To Do Checklist_ 33
Organization Assessment Checklist _34
LAYING THE FOUNDATION __36
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT __37
Designing the Program _ 38
Performance Measurement __ 39
Develop Annual Calendar __ 40
Develop Organizational Chart__41
Create Staff Development Plan _43
Develop Staff Position Descriptions _45
Human Resource System _47
Risk Management _55
Policy, Procedure, and Regulation Compliance __57
Senior Management Board Presentation _59
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TOOLS FOR SUCCESS_61
Blueprint for Designing an AmeriCorps Program_61
Sample Organizational Chart _63
Staff Recruitment Plan _64
Basic Interviewing Strategies__65
Staff Recruitment Strategies__66
AmeriCorps Program Staff Training Topics _67
Building an Outstanding Orientation Program __68
Checklist of Human Resource Management Indicators _69
Checklist to Evaluate a Nonprofit Board of Directors
_TY & SITE PARTNERSHIPS _ 71
Building Community Partnerships _72
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Building a High Quality AmeriCorps Program From Blueprint to Implementation: New Program Start-up Guide




Table of Contents
CORPORATION WELCOME __ 10
GUIDE OVERVIEW_ 11
Introduction _11
Audience_11
AmeriCorps’ Required Documents 12
Design 12
Organizing Features_ 13
Using the Guide 13
Note about Tools, Models, and Best Practices 14
SURVEYING AMERICORPS 15
Important AmeriCorps Components _15
PREPARING THE GROUND _23
Community Advisory Group__24
Community Needs Assessment _25
Creating the AmeriCorps Program Work Plan 2 7
Writing the AmeriCorps Program Grant Proposal _29
eGrants: Submitting the AmeriCorps Application _ 30
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS__33
Things To Do Checklist_ 33
Organization Assessment Checklist _34
LAYING THE FOUNDATION __36
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT __37
Designing the Program _ 38
Performance Measurement __ 39
Develop Annual Calendar __ 40
Develop Organizational Chart__41
Create Staff Development Plan _43
Develop Staff Position Descriptions _45
Human Resource System _47
Risk Management _55
Policy, Procedure, and Regulation Compliance __57
Senior Management Board Presentation _59
iv
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS_61
Blueprint for Designing an AmeriCorps Program_61
Sample Organizational Chart _63
Staff Recruitment Plan _64
Basic Interviewing Strategies__65
Staff Recruitment Strategies__66
AmeriCorps Program Staff Training Topics _67
Building an Outstanding Orientation Program __68
Checklist of Human Resource Management Indicators _69
Checklist to Evaluate a Nonprofit Board of Directors
_TY & SITE PARTNERSHIPS _ 71
Building Community Partnerships _72
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This is a criteria-based process that includes standard questions, scoring rubrics, and
organizational collaboration to select Corps members. In many ways, Corps members are
community ambassadors as well as community service providers. Therefore, it is imperative to
establish a process to select members with attributes and characteristics that fit well with your
organization and/or the service site.

Why do you need a Member Interview and Selection Process?

You need a roadmap to guide you to the best candidates for your program. The process of
interviewing candidates and selecting members requires considerable time and focus. To ensure
objectivity and thoughtful decisions, you will need to involve at least two or more staff plus the
service site partners who will sponsor members.

How do you do it?

9Decide what interviewing techniques/mechanisms the interview and selection committee wants
to use. The Planning Your Recruitment Process worksheet can provide ideas on conducting
interviews. (e.g., will interviews be conducted one-on-one, small group, large group, service
activity?)

9Decide how your Service Site Partners, Community Advisory Group members and community
stakeholders will be involved in the process.
9Train all interviewers in how to use the interview tools, document responses, and score
candidates.
9Recruit for quality not quantity.
9Verify a candidate’s eligibility to be in the program prior to enrollment. See the Program
Director Handbook for specifics.

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