Reading Partners Volunteer Coordinator (AmeriCorps)
About the organization
Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.
We know that reading is the foundation for all future learning. The ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to reach their full potential. Research shows that students who read at grade level by fourth grade have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and beyond.
That’s why we partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. Our volunteers provide hour-long tutoring sessions to students— following a structured, evidence-based curriculum developed with an expert team of curriculum advisors.
Our program model works and is backed by evidence-based research which proves that our students make significant gains in reading.
Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement
Lead Reading Partners’ efforts to recruit, onboard and train volunteer tutors to deliver our curriculum.
As a face of Reading Partners in the community, Volunteer Coordinators demonstrate an ability to communicate our mission, vision, and volunteer opportunities throughout the region. Volunteer Coordinators can successfully tailor their recruiting pitches to different audiences and demonstrate a high level of comfort with public speaking. Identifying and implementing effective recruitment strategies is a significant component of the Volunteer Coordinator role, as onboarding tutors (including delivery of our tutor orientation). Volunteer Coordinators also lead the creation and execution of retention strategies, planning for and hosting volunteer recognition events, and developing ways to appreciate partnerships.
Partnership Cultivation and Management
Cultivate and manage a portfolio of community partners that serve as pipelines for Reading Partners’ tutor recruitment efforts.
We believe volunteers get results; our program can’t run without our volunteer reading partners! A self-starting individual will thrive best in this role, as Volunteer Coordinators must balance a variety of responsibilities, including partnership research and cultivation to broaden the volunteer base, maximizing existing partnerships, and providing marketing support to the region.
Data entry & database management
You’ll be successful in this role if you:
-Are dedicated to national and community service
-Root your service in our vision & values
-Can problem-solve through challenges and failures
-Are flexible given the ever-changing environment of serving in public schools, and are adaptable in both work style and work environment
-Understand this position is an AmeriCorps service commitment
-Are dedicated to successfully completing a full term of service.
-Demonstrate a passion for working with children
-Possess a natural ability to connect with people
-Are eager for a dynamic schedule
-Pay strong attention to detail and manage competing priorities effectively
-Boast a deep belief in and passionately promote our mission
-Demonstrate a love for relationship-building and public speaking
-Demonstrate an eagerness to train and manage volunteers
-Take initiative in meeting goals and seeking professional growth
-Can quickly learn new technology systems like Salesforce and have a high level of comfort with Google Apps and Zoom Conferencing
-Possess a high school diploma or GED
Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
-Have not completed more than three (3) prior AmeriCorps or VISTA service terms
Bonus Points if you:
-Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alum/alumna
-Have experience volunteering with other community-based or education programs
Contact email: [email protected]
Equal Opportunity Employment
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The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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