Phoenix AmeriCorps Urban Fellow

Phoenix Network
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Job Type: 
Full Time
Start Date: 
October 30, 2013
Full Description: 
  • Do you want to change the face of education?
  • Do you believe that all students can achieve?
  • Are you committed to the transformation of disconnected, underserved youth?


Become a Phoenix AmeriCorps Urban Fellow!


The Phoenix Charter Academy Network currently operates two high schools in Massachusetts- a charter school in Chelsea and an in-district school in Lawrence- with plans to open four additional schools in the next five years.  The Phoenix Network is the only network of schools in Massachusetts that operates both charter and traditional, in-district schools.  Because of this we are at the forefront of education in Massachusetts.  Because of our students’ outstanding MCAS scores- 86% proficiency in English and 72% in math- we are at the forefront of alternative education in Massachusetts. 

Phoenix Chelsea is our flagship charter school.  It currently serves up 210 students each year, preparing them for college through rigorous academics (AP courses, small class sizes, one-on-one tutoring) and intensive socio-emotional supports (student support team, school-wide incentive systems, social workers).   Phoenix Academy Lawrence opened in August 2012 serving 125 disconnected, out-of-school youth following the same model as our Chelsea school.  In the 2013-2014 school year, Phoenix Academy will grow to serve 175 students.

 The mission of all Phoenix schools is to challenge teenagers with an academically rigorous and individually tailored curriculum.  Talented students who have not succeeded in other schools will have the support, resources and training needed at Phoenix to succeed academically in high school and college, and become economically secure in their future.  Phoenix is named after a mythological figure of strength, healing and renewal.  We believe in the capacity of our students to regain control of their academic future and recast themselves as strong, independent and self-sufficient adults.

We specifically target former dropouts, previously truant students, teenage parents, recent immigrants, and other students who have not seen success in regular public schools.  Despite these challenges, Phoenix students are achieving at high levels, outpacing their district peers, and entering and succeeding in college.  Phoenix was named “a model to be replicated” in June of 2009 by WBUR’s “Project Dropout” series and “an inspiration for kids to dream big” by the Boston Globe


To learn more about our network and individual schools, we strongly urge you to check out our website at and watch this video:

We are seeking talented college graduates who are interested in making a difference in the lives of students who have previously struggled in school through daily tutoring.  The right individual for this year of service will have a fierce commitment to confronting the educational inequality that exists in inner city education today. Because our students are often suffering from years of educational neglect or apathy, our staff must be driven with a sense of urgency and energy.  

The 2013-2014 Phoenix AmeriCorps Urban Fellowship will include up to 50 full-time Fellows (AmeriCorps "members"), each working closely with high school students and tutoring them in math, English, and biology. 

Every Member's duties will include:

  • Approximately 3-4 hours a day:
    • Tutoring students in math, English, and biology for the state MCAS exam.
    • Mentoring students who have a history of truancy, are former drop-outs, or are court-involved.
    • Developing strong relationships with students, parents, and other adult supporters.


  • Approximately 1-2 hours a day:
    • Assisting teachers in classrooms by working in small groups with special education and English Language Learner students, or providing extra support to struggling students.
    • Collaborating with community organizations to ensure student success and retention.

Fellows are expected to be on campus from 7:45am to 6:15pm daily.  In addition to these hours, many Fellows choose to lead extra-curricular groups (in the past Fellows have led yearbook, newspaper, language clubs, or sports teams) outside of regular school ours.

Spanish speakers or bilingual candidates STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

Important: Phoenix Urban Fellows are AmeriCorps volunteers, engaging in a year of service.   All members are provided with dormitory style housing (living in a single or double and sharing a bathroom with 2-3 other members), a living stipend ($9,600 for the year), healthcare coverage, and are eligible for an educational stipend at the end of their year of service.  Positions available pending grant funding.

Application Procedure: 

Applicants are considered on a rolling basis beginning immediately for Phoenix Lawrence and in early winter for Phoenix Chelsea.

Send a resume and cover letter to The subject line should read 'Fellowship Application- Chelsea,’ ‘Fellowship Application-Lawrence,’ or ‘Fellowship Application- Chelsea or Lawrence.’  Please mention any previous AmeriCorps experience, if applicable.

We seek a diverse workforce. Phoenix Charter Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to providing equal opportunity to staff and applicants in all areas of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other area protected by federal, state or local law.   Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment.

Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2013