California Connects

Community Trainer Job Opportunities

Seeking bilingual trainers (Spanish) in Merced County

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We are seeking two trainers to work in Merced County, one based in Merced and another to serve the Westside including the communities of Newman, Gustine, and Los Banos, possibly reaching into the Westside communities of Stanislaus County.

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a difference in your own community. We seek an outgoing, energetic, people-oriented individual to ignite a spark that can help alter people’s lives. Lead the local effort in your community as part of this state-wide, grant-funded program.

Launched in 2011, the program calls for trainers throughout 18 counties working through to 2013. CA Connects trainers provide hands-on training, specifically targeting the underserved Spanish-speaking members of their community.

In this position, you will: help identify community locations for training, develop partnerships with people and organizations in your community, target outreach to explain to members why the skills are important, and then provide training over the course of a few short class sessions. Trainers have the opportunity to dramatically impact the lives of those they train, opening their eyes to the world of learning and service options that exists through understanding how to use the Internet. Think about all the things the Internet can help people do:

  • Use online tools to build skills
  • Look for and apply for jobs
  • Search out college opportunities for self and children
  • Look up health care resources and general information
  • Search for doctors and clinics
  • Locate services on an endless number of topics
  • Communicate with a child’s school or teacher
  • Stay in touch with relatives far away for little or no cost

This is not a job for someone who wants to work 8am to 5pm at a desk. Community outreach and class hours may fall after 5pm or on Saturdays. By the same token, the workday does not start necessarily at 8am! This is a definite plus for someone looking for a full-time, benefited position but interested in a more flexible or adaptable schedule.

We are looking for an individual who is action-oriented and interested in creating something from the ground up. At the same time, candidates must understand the importance of good record keeping – in order to satisfy our funding mandates and help to tell the story of our successes.

We require: Fluent in Spanish language, solid knowledge of the Internet and all that it has to offer, excellent communication skills, reliable transportation to and from work site, strong computer literacy including the ability to effortlessly use the Internet, ability to pick up new software programs, patience necessary to teach those brand new to computing.

Travel outside the County will be required infrequently, as the trainers will attend group training sessions in Modesto, CA approximately quarterly. Carpools with other trainers will be arranged for these sessions.