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Education Specialist (AmeriCorps Member) 

Category Human Services  


Path to Employment at Opportunity Village. Hosted at three main campuses in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Opportunity Village (OV) serves adults in Southern Nevada with intellectual and related disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. OV offers a variety of campus- and community-based programs that provide needed care, education, and professional training.

Site Locations

Oakey Campus

6300 W. Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89146

Phone: 702-259-3700

Site Supervisors: Bonet Lewis (PM shift), Supervisor of Prevocational Programs, (702) 880-4033

Stacy Carlston (AM shift), Manager of Day Habilitation Programs, (702) 262-1555

Jake Gigar (AM/PM shift), AmeriCorps Manager, (702) 262-1508

Engelstad Campus

6050 S. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas NV 89113

Phone: 702-262-1550

Site Supervisors: Brittni Traynor (AM shift), Supervisor of Day Habilitation Programs, (503) 473-2378

Melinda Neal (PM shift), Supervisor of Prevocational Programs, (702) 880-4012

Daryll Borges (PM shift), Supervisor of Fine & Performing Arts, (702) 880-4013

Jake Gigar (AM/PM shift), AmeriCorps Manager, (702) 262-1508

North Campus

4180 West Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Phone: 702-262-1560

Site Supervisors: Stacy Carlston (AM shift), Manager of Day Habilitation Programs, (702) 262-1555

Charles Walker (PM shift), Manager of Prevocational Programs, (702) 262-1570

Jake Gigar (AM/PM shift), AmeriCorps Manager, (702) 262-1508

Term of Service

To successfully complete their half-time service (900 hours) and become eligible for education award, AmeriCorps Members must serve an average of 20 hours per week between September 13, 2021 and August 12, 2022.

Opportunity Village campuses are open five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7am to 7pm. Classes taught by Education Specialists will be between 9am and 5pm each day at each campus. Education Specialists are expected to be available to teach at least two or three days a week during this window. The rest of the hours will be filled through content development and other education-related activities and can be completed flexibly, on a schedule developed with approval from the AmeriCorps Program Manager.

The primary service location will be Opportunity Village main campuses - the Oakey Campus, Buffalo Campus, or North Campus. Each member will be assigned a primary location upon onboarding but may be asked to cover alternate locations as needed or have the option to make up hours at alternate locations as well. Service will take place in program spaces, similar to a classroom setting in small rooms or multi-purpose spaces indoors at each campus.

Purpose or Member Position Summary

The AmeriCorps Path to Employment Program at Opportunity Village will greatly expand services available to Southern Nevada's developmentally disabled population by developing and teaching a robust curriculum with a focus on employment training and related life skills. Education Specialists will be responsible for embedding in existing campus programs, developing connections with individuals served, and creating and teaching an effective set of classes over the course of the service year.

Descriptions of Duties


  • Develop and design vocational classes specialized for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Teach classes and help facilitate other learning sessions on Opportunity Village campuses as needed.
  • Ensure all proper documentation is complete related to individual's curriculum progress.
  • Collaborate with other staff to ensure adults with disabilities gain knowledge of self-management and behavioral skills that will enhance their contribution to and integration into the community.
  • Promote an abuse and neglect-free environment.
  • Report suspected Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) within 24 hours as mandated by state law.
  • Participate in applicable trainings and team meetings.
  • Comply with all Federal, State (Desert Regional Center) and local regulations and requirements, and company policies and procedures.


  • Ensure equipment is clean, safe, and functioning.

This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations.

This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in force, or an employee who is on leave.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability.

Position Requirements



  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals, co-workers, and supervisors (verbal and written). 
  • Ability to care, respond and work with individuals with developmental disabilities. 
  • Must encompass professional demeanor. 
  • Ability to define problems and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to interpret instructions, gain knowledge and have initiative. 
  • Must possess social discernment to assess and understand other’s reactions and behaviors. 


Education and Experience 

  • Required: Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Certification is required. If you do not have certification, we will provide the training necessary for you. 
  • Required: Current Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Certification is required. If you do not have certification, we will provide the training necessary for you. 
  • Preferred: One (1) year of verifiable experience in health care, day care, mental health, education, or related field, either through work or studies. 

AmeriCorps Member Eligibility 

(a) Eligibility. An AmeriCorps participant must—  

(1)(i) Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service; or   

(ii) Be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program described in §2522.110(b)(3) or (g);   

(2)(i) Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or   

(ii) Not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award; or   

(iii) Obtain a waiver from the Corporation of the requirements in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) and (a)(2)(ii) of this section based on an independent evaluation secured by the program demonstrating that the individual is not capable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent; or  

 (iv) Be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and be considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1091);   

(3) Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.    


After successfully completing service year, AmeriCorps Members will be awarded the Segal Education Award at the value of $3,172.50. Members will receive a living allowance of $8,000 for the year (~$333 per pay period before taxes). Members will receive mandatory training at New Hire Orientation, CPI and CPR classes (if member does not already have certification), and AmeriCorps-specific orientation before starting their duties. 

Member performance will be evaluated quarterly with their supervisors. Members are required to submit timesheets every two weeks. Attendance is collected by members daily, and submitted to Supervisors each week. Pre- and post-testing data will be collected at the beginning and end of the service year. Additional reports, information, or stories may be asked to be provided at the Supervisor’s request.

Briefly describe how the Member’s activities strategically address a community need:

Opportunity Village has been serving individuals with intellectual disabilities for decades. Each year, we help over 2,000 people lead more independent and fulfilling lives. By implementing this new, innovative education program led by AmeriCorps members, we hope to greatly increase the both the quality of life for individuals served, by increasing their knowledge of life skills necessary to lead an independent, healthy life (cooking, cleaning, hobbies) to helping them learn about different jobs and to feel more comfortable and prepared pursuing them. 

Briefly describe how the AmeriCorps program adds value to the placement site/community:

In Nevada, the unemployment rate for adults with disabilities was 59% in 2017, versus 4.9% the same year for the general population. Almost a third of those with disabilities are living in poverty nationwide. Further compounding this issue is the belief that individuals with developmental disabilities aren’t capable of work, when there is a massive spectrum of ability and interest. 

Opportunity Village is a leader nationwide in its offerings for persons with intellectual disabilities. But even leaders can improve. Across the world, education for adults with intellectual disabilities has been rudimentary or simply nonexistent. We’re ready to continue confidently into this space and to develop a model other service providers can learn from. We’re ready to better the lives of people served and help them fulfill the potential inside. With the help of AmeriCorps, we can accomplish this bold goal. 

Performance Measure

O21: Number of Individuals with Improved Job Readiness 


Reduced Part Time is also available.


Opportunity Village requires proof of COVID 19 Vaccination

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift Various Shifts  
Rate of Pay Living allowance of $8,000 for the year ($333 per pay period before taxes)  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number HUM-21-00011  
Open Date 9/30/2021  
Location Varies  
About the Organization Join Las Vegas' Favorite Charity! Here you can be proud to answer the question, 'Where do you work?' Opportunity Village (OV) is more than just a job; being a member of the OV team instills a sense of pride and purpose into your work week. Our motto for the people we serve is: Pride. Purpose. And a Paycheck. So it is no wonder that the same can be said for our employees who serve our clients.

Aside from the satisfaction of participating in a community that extends beyond our campuses, OV also offers a wide array of additional benefits including: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings account, training and development opportunities and much more!  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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