Commonwealth Corps Career Pathways Specialist (IINE-Boston)

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Commonwealth Corps: Service Position Description
International Institute of New England
Commonwealth Corps Career Pathways Specialist

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and
backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and
increase volunteerism.

Commonwealth Corps members with the International Institute of New England will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The mission of the International Institute of New England (IINE) is to invest in the future of our cities and towns by preparing immigrants for participation in the social, economic, and political richness of American life through active citizenship. IINE is hosting 2 full-time members to serve as Career Pathways Specialists, in Boston and in Lynn, MA. Career Pathways Specialists will serve within IINE’s Workforce Development Program to recruit interns/volunteers and conduct direct service programming. Primary client goals are to have the ability to access public benefits and resources, develop essential English skills, explore career pathways, learn how to navigate systems, obtain employment, and achieve self-sufficiency, self-efficacy and community integration. In order to do this, IINE clients need guidance in a variety of ways. IINE has a staff of professional instructors, advisors, training specialists, and employment specialists to assist in and support our clients in achieving these goals; however intern and volunteer engagement are essential to IINE’s ability to expand and provide quality services. Together, Career Pathways Specialists will develop group projects centered on program enhancement such as Mock Interview Day, a Recruitment Fair, a Training Vendors Fair, and College for a Day. In addition, Career Pathways Specialists will expand IINE’s recruitment of interns and volunteer recruitment beyond academic settings to engage new and diverse communities.


  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 24, 2017.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total) and the International Institute of New England, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2016.
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Manage intern/volunteer outreach through online educational portals (e.g. college websites),,, and through in-person recruitment panels engaging Boston’s diverse communities
  • Screen interested intern/volunteer applicants through in-person and Skype first
  • interviews.
  • Schedule second round interviews with program coordinators.
  • Conduct reference checks for interns and as appropriate, extend internship offers.
  • Provide candidates with onboarding training, including paperwork and a general orientation into IINE.
  • Supervise and manage interns on a daily basis to ensure they are following the standards of the IINE Intern/Volunteer Program.
  • Create intern/volunteer profiles in the IINE database and track hours weekly. Provide statistical data to consolidate all intern/volunteer hours once per month.
  • Develop group projects to enhance program delivery (e.g. Mock Interview Day, Recruitment Fair, Training Vendors Fair, College for a Day, etc.) by creating an event plan that includes volunteer recruitment, orientation to the IINE, and training for the event activities.
  • Assist clients to set and meet goals, in particular those interested in career planning.
  • Provide information to clients about career pathways and goal setting strategies.
  • Build relationships with training providers, career centers, and employers to facilitate referrals to skills training and employment opportunities.
  • Develop written Career Pathway plans for and in conjunction with clients.
  • Establish positive and trusting relationships with clients by fostering student accountability
  • and effective use of resources.
  • Assist clients with job readiness activities such as resume development, cover/thank you letter writing, career exploration, job search, filling out online applications, practicing interviewing, placement and retention. 


  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Ability/interest to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to utilize MS Office and internet applications
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Desire to learn, grow and work in partnership with our clients
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly
  • Patience speaking with non-native English speakers/non-English speakers


  • Knowledge of professional demeanor and behavior.
  • Bi-lingual
  • Familiarity with the population we serve
  • Past workforce development experience
  • [Pursuing] BA/MA human services, international relations, workforce development,
  • hospitality, education, or related field

Member Benefits:

  • Stipend of $479.16 every other week while in service, up to $11,500 (full-time), minus
  • taxes and withholdings;
  • Health insurance (individual coverage only);
  • Completion award of up to $2,000 upon successful completion of service, minus
  • taxes and withholdings;
  • Training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies;
  • Travel reimbursement for service-related travel to the Lynn field office, as approved by agency.
  • The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  •  Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the
  • Commonwealth Corps.

Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.

Term of Service:

  • Position Start Date: August 15, 2016
  • Position End Date: June 24, 2017
  • Service commitment will average 38 – 40 hours per week during the following days/times:
    • IINE is open Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Service members will be expected to work an average of 38-40 hours per week with the final schedule to be determined during the interviewing process.
    • Although time is flexible, the ideal schedule will be:
      • Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Tuesday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Wednesday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Application Instructions:
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by June 1, 2016 to Michele Ross, Boston
Site Director,, International Institute of New England, 2 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.

The International Institute of New England will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. The International Institute of New England welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.