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Seeking Paid P/T Mentoring and Literacy Program Coordinator

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ORGANIZATION: Read to a Child

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Read Aloud Mentoring Program (RAMP) serving Pine Lake Elementary School

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

The current open Program Coordinator roles are on-site positions working in schools directly with students. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in an in-school environment and in keeping with all COVID-19 safety protocols required by the school.

This role is extremely important to the program’s function and success and will be an integral part of a fun and collaborative team! Our Program Coordinators are truly the face of our program and make a real difference in the lives of our students every year.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following, depending on the program’s needs:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up tasks
  • Communicate regularly with supervisor
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including regular program updates, and notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises (with input from supervisor)
  • Provide volunteers with book ideas. If program is on site (i.e., not virtual), maintain an organized and inviting book cart for volunteers
  • Potentially provide logistical support to parents/guardians with respect to virtual sessions
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of program
  • If coordinating on-site, ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the database
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual setting), as applicable
  • Attend required Program Coordinator meetings
  • Support volunteer recruitment efforts
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested
  • Submit timesheets accurately and on time
  • Participate in the Performance Evaluation and goal setting process

Key Qualifications

  • Commitment to Read to a Child’s mission, viability and growth
  • Experience working with young children
  • Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection
  • Preferred - Experience managing volunteers
  • Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email
  • Commitment to actively and continuously working toward achieving the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals
  • Extremely organized and adept at successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously and prioritizing according to the organization’s strategic plan - with flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms
  • Proficiency working with various technological platforms. Comfortable working with e-mail, Word, Excel, and some data entry
  • Access to transportation

Hours: Up to 4 days a week, hours will vary between approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from August to June. Also, some availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week.

Potential to serve more than one school site for additional hours.

Start August or September 2022.

PLEASE INCLUDE A RESUME AND COVER LETTER OUTLINING WHY YOU ARE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION AS WELL AS HOW THE HOURS WORK FOR YOUR SCHEDULE.

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About Read to a Child

Location:

20 WILLIAM ST STE G25, WELLESLEY, MA 02481, US

Mission Statement

Read to a Child’s mission is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills and support socio-emotional well-being in students from under-resourced communities. Read to a Child’s vision is that every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and beyond through inspirational mentoring and read-aloud experiences.

Description

What is the Read Aloud Mentoring Program?

In Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program, an adult is partnered one-on-one with a student attending one of our partner elementary schools for a rewarding, weekly read aloud experience. The relationship typically lasts for the entire school year and often extends for multiple years through the end of fourth grade. Reading pairs are supported by an on-site Program Coordinator, employed by Read to a Child, and are provided access to a wide selection of appropriate books to read. Most recently, Read to a Child has added a virtual component to the program, enabling mentors and children to connect online via Zoom or Google Meets.

The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week, over time, can have a profound impact on the child’s future. The Read Aloud Mentoring Program also offers the adult a convenient, joyful, and meaningful way to give back.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

16700 SW 109th AveMiami, FL 33157

(25.6065,-80.3458)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8-10 Hours a weel

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