Job Opportunity – Cornerstone Youth Center Program Support Specialist

Program Support Specialist

Cornerstone Youth Center is seeking  Program Support Specialists for Cornerstone Connections Project our after school program sites held at New Haven Middle School and Heritage Jr High School.  We are looking for team members who love working with youth and hope to make a difference in their lives.  The right candidate is professional with strong work ethic and values.  This position is part time.  It is great for youth workers, college students, retired or part-time teachers, and others with schedules open during after school hours.

Cornerstone is a youth service organization that welcomes all.  We strive to improve student lives: body, mind and spirit through after school activities including homework help, life skills building, arts and academic enrichment, as well as social and recreation opportunities.

To apply, send resume and cover letter via email to Lisa Lysaght, CCLC Director []

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Job Opportunity – Science Central Positions

POSITION: Visitor Services & Volunteer ManagerScience Central Logo

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, self-directed, creative, outgoing, and organized individual to assist Visitor Services staffing, as well as lead and grow the volunteer program. This is a mid-level management position. Visitor Services duties will include – model good visitor service principles, along with training front line admissions staff in all aspects of their job; serve as the first point of contact in admissions- and visitor-related problems (technology, emergencies, security, upset visitors, etc.), and trouble-shooting and fixing issues when possible; assist at the Admissions Desk and on the floor; presenting a positive and friendly image to all visitors during the admissions process (greet visitors, sell admissions tickets, communicate daily activities information, promote memberships) and during their stay serve at an information desk, handle Gift Shop transactions; act as the primary manager on duty throughout the week, including weekends; coordinate daily visitor activities such as greet school groups and special groups into the building; deal with issues such as lost kids or upset visitors in a tactful manner, or injured visitors and associated paperwork; communicate with visitors and staff in a courteous and professional way; coordinate daily admissions- and building-opening and –closing procedures; coordinate and analyze various visitor surveys; both attend and lead internal committee meetings and external community meetings. Volunteer program duties include – develop and grow the volunteer program to meet the community needs and vision of the Executive Director (this position will be leading the creation of an expanded volunteer program); attend community events to attract high school, college and adult volunteers; meet, interview, schedule and review potential volunteers; coordinate volunteer availability with building needs and Science Central’s functional departments (education, administration/office, exhibits, admissions, etc); help develop volunteer benefits; coordinate paperwork and perform data entry, analysis and presentation; maintain paper and electronic records. Continue reading

403(b) Pre-Approved Retirement Plans

The IRS has recently updated its list of pre-approved retirement irs symbolplans that have received an IRS favorable opinion or advisory letter. This means that the IRS has determined that the plan satisfies the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b).Only certain tax-exempt employers are eligible to sponsor an Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b).  Among those employers which may sponsor such a plan are:

  • Tax-exempt organizations established under IRC 501(c)(3)
  • Public school systems
  • Certain ministers:
    • Employed by a 501(c)(3) organization
    • Self-employed
    • Ministers not employed by a 501(c)(3) organization. but functioning as a minister in their dai8ly responsibilities with their employer.

Choosing a pre-approved plan, may be beneficial to eligible employers over individually designed plans by costing less, knowing that it meets legal requirements and will make necessary updates for you.

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A Fundraiser’s Journey – Worth It

A Fundraiser’s Journey – Kelly Updike for PCNRC

 What does a 2004 movie entitled The Girl Next Door have to do with fundraising?

While the movie did not do well at the box office, it did generate a notable and usable quote.

I learned about it while having coffee with Ashley Stoneburner, director of advancement and events for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. When I asked her for some fundraising advice to share, she immediately replied:

“Is the juice worth the squeeze?”

These words of advice were often said to Ashley by her former boss at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ashley says she recalls this phrase whenever she starts up a new task or is embroiled in a particularly difficult situation.

So, two things to take away:

  1. Take the long view and decide if the reward is worth the punishment.
  2. Brilliant advice is everywhere.


The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Embassy or the PCNRC.

A Fundraiser’s Journey – Get out of your comfort zone

Kelly Updike for PCNRC

As a person who prefers a book to a party, I am drawn to those who exude confidence and poise in public situations.

So it was a surprise to learn from the calm and composed Carolyn Bean, development manager at Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, that she once suffered from stage fright.

Carolyn, who also has worked at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, regularly has to speak in small groups and to large crowds. But holding a microphone and giving a presentation did not make her happy; Carolyn said she had to overcome some mental fears in order to appreciate this important part of her work.

“I enjoy getting out in front of people now because I realized they’re not judging,” she said.

When we have a natural inclination, such as shyness, or we set up barriers, such as a too-busy work week, it’s easy to avoid public-speaking opportunities. Yet our jobs regularly call on us to step up to the podium and share our passion about our work. Take control of these opportunities when they appear before you, and, as Carolyn said, know you are among friends.

With so much happening in our fair city, Carolyn says it’s easy to get involved. “Don’t be afraid to be part of it,” she encouraged. “You gotta get out there.”

The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Embassy or the PCNRC.