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Literacy Support Fellow, Commonwealth Corps service member, Nevins Library (Methuen)

The Nevins Library is proud to host two Commonwealth Corps service members in partnership with Massachusetts Service Alliance for the August 2023-June 2024 term. The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages, backgrounds, and identities in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. Through hands-on experience, Commonwealth Corps members gain professional skills and valuable knowledge while positively impacting diverse communities in our state.

The Nevins Library is a private, non-profit organization that partners with the City of Methuen to maintain a modern, full-service public library for residents and visitors. The Nevins Library ensures access to technology and materials that assist with learning and living, promoting literacy for all ages, and creating positive experiences that enrich lives and connect our growing community. Literacy Support Fellows will work closely with the Program Coordinator and the library staff to support and grow services to our adult learner community through innovative strategies and programming. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to develop valuable skills while serving a diverse community in a library setting. 

What You’ll Do: 

Essential Responsibilities: 

Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 22, 2024. 
Attend a minimum of 6 Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA post orientation. 
Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-related activities each week. These include filling out timesheets, completing a bi-monthly reflection or check-in, and other MSA-related tasks or activities. 
Design and conduct publicity campaigns to recruit new volunteers. 
Engage and support current volunteers in their work. 
Engage and support new and existing literacy students. 
Facilitate group-based learning such as conversation circles or digital/financial/language-based literacy programs. 

Marginal Responsibilities: 

Design new literacy-based initiatives for the community 
Conduct community outreach to advertise our services and network with other community leaders 
Help with digitalization project of office records 
Be a part of the greater Commonwealth Corps community, including participating in cross-site learning groups, writing a short profile for the CC newsletter, connecting with other members on our online platforms, and attending optional social/service events.
Read the full position description here ( 

Benefits include:

Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more
Completion award of up to $2000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings
Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
Professional development opportunities specific to adult literacy
Attendance and admission industry conferences and associations 
Extensive training from MSA with a diversity, equity and inclusion focus and other professional development opportunities
Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities
Internet reimbursement up to $50/month while required to complete some service from home if required by site
Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies
Mental Health/Personal Day once per month counting towards 4hrs 
The opportunity for at least 5 (part-time) days of planned absences (may include holidays, does not count towards hours requirement)
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Please note: MA General Laws mandate that any individual having direct contact at any time with either children or senior citizens be subject to CORI screening by the Criminal History Systems Board.  Any conditional offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory CORI results.


Applicants must:

Be at least 18 years old
Be Massachusetts residents with work authorization (read full guidelines here:

Have access to reliable transportation to and from the library

Be able to communicate in spoken and written English

Be able to learn and use new technologies

Recommended qualifications include:

Experience with teaching, group instruction or facilitation

Fluency in a language in addition to English

Volunteer experience

Work experience

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$600.00  / other

Salary Notes

This is a service position that includes a stipend of $600 semi-monthly while in service, up to $12,600, minus taxes & withho

Closing Date

Applications on a rolling basis with an acceptance deadline of July 31, 2023

How to Apply

Email a resume and cover letter to Grace Spaulding at Read full position description here:


2023-05-22 |  Quick link to this job