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AARP Experience Corps Chicago Hiring RSVP Program Specialist

Hey blog readers! Just a quick note to let you know that we're hiring! Read below for all the details. We look forward to having a new team member.

Position Description:

RSVP Program Specialist 


Position Responsibilities

This position reports to the Academic Tutoring & Mentoring Partner (Program Director). The RSVP project acts as a clearinghouse for volunteers 55+ at designated nonprofit organizations, referred to as volunteer stations. The RSVP program specialist will handle the day to day operations of the project and work cooperatively with volunteer station staff, and officials of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to program, plan, and implement the RSVP project in compliance with CNCS policies and regulations.  In addition, this position is also responsible for the public relations for the project and maintenance of program records.  This position is contingent upon grant funding.

  Position Complexity, Interaction & Impact

Under the direction of the Academic Tutoring & Mentoring Partner, the RSVP Program Specialist duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify and secure volunteer stations (nonprofit organizations utilizing volunteers 55+)
  • Obtain a signed Memorandum of Agreement from each station
  • Develop and secure volunteer slots with volunteer stations that have the capacity to oversee a minimum of five RSVP volunteers in meaningful, ongoing service roles
  • Secure sufficient stations to place 25 RSVP volunteers by July 2015 and 50 volunteers by July 2016
  • Ensure volunteers placed at stations have sufficient abilities and training to effectively fulfill their roles
  • Collect a position description for every volunteer opportunity
  • Support volunteer coordinators at stations, providing leadership, information, and consultation
  • Conduct site visits of the volunteer stations and mediate concerns or conflicts to successful resolution and document all such mediation
  • Develop positive public relations and communications in communities by providing information to interested groups and organizations
  • Develop RSVP volunteer recruitment materials
  • Represent AARP Experience Corps at all RSVP meetings, conferences and events
  • Maintain up-to-date volunteer and station files
  • Work closely with the RSVP Community Advisory Group (if applicable), soliciting their advice and assistance on matters affecting project operations
  • Compile data and complete reports as needed


  Desired Education, Work Experience and Competencies

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to a diverse range of people
  • Solid planning and organizational skills; and a calm demeanor while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to maintain strong positive working relationships with a variety of people and groups
  • A minimum of five years of experience working with nonprofits
  • Experience working with older adult volunteers
  • Bachelor’s degree required


How to Apply

  • It is a full-time position.
  • The candidate will initially be hired through a "temp" agency, without benefits; and with an annual salary around $45k, paid hourly
  • The position is expected to convert a full-time AARP staff position within three months (with comprehensive benefits) at the hiring salary level.
  • The position is contingent upoon RSVP grant funding. We currently have funding committed through 6/2016.
  • Send cover letter and resume to:
  • No calls, please.
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