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Literacy Non-Profit Seeks Driven Individual for Community Engagement Coordinator Role!


Job posted by: Reading Partners

Posted on: August 1, 2014

Job description


Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring to students in under-resourced schools across the country. Our highly effective program has helped thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. For more information, please visit

AmeriCorps*VISTA was developed under President Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. VISTA arose as a national anti-poverty program, designed to become the domestic version of the Peace Corps. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) aims to address poverty at a local level by engaging volunteers in a year of service. In 1993, VISTA was brought into the AmeriCorps program, and renamed AmeriCorps*VISTA. There are now 6,500 service members nationwide at over 1,200 sites, with projects aimed at improving literacy, economic, and health outcomes in low-income communities. VISTA members commit to a full year term of service at a local non-profit or agency. VISTAs focus their efforts and skills on building organizational capacity at their service site. Please visit for more information.


The AmeriCorps*VISTA Community Engagement Coordinator serves in the national office for a full 12-month service term. The Community Engagement Coordinator helps us to build capacity as a center of expertise for community engagement, volunteer recruitment, engagement, and retention for the entire Reading Partners network. This role will support refinement and maintenance of the Reading Partners' volunteer information systems and partner with national and regional staff across the entire organization. The Community Engagement Coordinator will receive ongoing instruction and coaching from the Director of Community Engagement, a staff member with a strong background in community engagement, outreach and partnership development and management. The Reading Partners program operates from 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday. AmeriCorps members frequently participate in professional development trainings and team volunteer activities.


The AmeriCorps*VISTA Community Engagement Coordinator reports to the Director of Community Engagement.


AmeriCorps*VISTA Member Commitment

  • Participation in an AmeriCorps*VISTA Pre-Service Orientation (PSO)
  • Commitment to serve a full twelve-month service term
  • Participation in a minimum of three (3) National Days of Service
  • Participation in ongoing training, meetings, and professional development with Reading Partners ​

Community Engagement and Partnerships

  • Support the Director of Community Engagement in the identification and cultivation of national and multi-regional community partnerships to strengthen Reading Partners volunteer base
  • Establish and maintain productive and highly collaborative relationships with internal and external partners

Systems, Reporting and Operations Support

  • Support the community engagement center of expertise to develop best practices, toolkits, collateral and training to recruit, engage and build loyalty among our volunteers and partners
  • Support the use metrics to evaluate and revise volunteer segmentation and communication plans to engage volunteers to meet student enrollment objectives
  • Assist in the analysis and measurement of results of volunteer programs and campaigns
  • Maintain volunteer and partnership records through Salesforce database ​
  • Maintain the Wiki, our internal information repository, for the national community engagement team


  • Dedication to national and community service
  • Passion for Reading Partners' mission of educational equality for children
  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 17 years of age and a US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • Experience in volunteering or volunteer management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with diverse work groups or communities
  • Flexibility and adaptability to manage a fluid and ambiguous schedule
  • Experience working with MS office, digital, and social media highly preferred
  • Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to travel within a defined geographic region



The Community Engagement Coordinator is based in our national office in Oakland, CA. Periodic travel within and outside of the San Francisco Bay Area may sometimes be required to attend meetings, recruitment events, occasional trips to regional offices, school sites, or National Day of Service events.


Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching; eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers as well as maintain community engagement records. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.


A modest living stipend, Segal AmeriCorps Education award or post-service stipend, healthcare benefits while in service, childcare assistance if eligible, loan forbearance or deferment while in service, access to AmeriCorps VISTA Network and VISTA Alumni, additional training, one year of Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) status for U.S. Federal Government positions after full term.


  • Access to reliable public transportation or car required; car recommended
  • Full service term is for one calendar year (no part-time options available)
  • Cannot hold an additional side job during service

How to apply


Resumes are currently being accepted. Hiring decisions will be made by September 19th, and positions will begin in November with a term of service continuing through November 2015.

Please be informed that this is an AmeriCorps VISTA service position. For further information on the VISTA program, please visit

If you feel you are a strong fit for this position, please submit:

  • a cover letter clearly stating why you would be successful in this position
  • your resume

Please submit your application here.


Reading Partners, Oakland, CA, US


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