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Impact Education Reform as a Volunteer Coordinator with Reading Partners

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Job posted by: Reading Partners

Posted on: February 25, 2014

Job description

Want to make an impact on education reform? Join the Reading Partners AmeriCorps team! We're looking for emerging professionals with experience in outreach and community relationships to join our team.

ABOUT US

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 www.readingpartners.org.

AmeriCorps is an 11-month service commitment that meets critical community needs in education. Reading Partners is a recipient of AmeriCorps funding, allowing us to provide full-time service opportunities in our programs across the United States. Reading Partners AmeriCorps members dedicate 1700 hours of volunteer service per year, in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend provided by our AmeriCorps grant. AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about education and the nonprofit sector.

POSITION SUMMARY

The AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator serves as the face and voice of Reading Partners within their respective region for a full 11-month service term. Volunteer Coordinators identify and recruit high-quality, reliable community volunteers to become Reading Partners tutors. This role is also responsible for implementing a community engagement plan and identifying key partnership opportunities.

Volunteer Coordinators receive ongoing instruction and coaching from Reading Partners staff and report to and work with a Outreach Manager, a staff member with a strong background in community engagement and volunteer recruitment, who provides direct instruction and coaching.

The Reading Partners program operates from 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday. AmeriCorps members frequently participate in professional development trainings and team volunteer activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

AmeriCorps Member Commitment

  • Commitment to serve 1700 hours over an 11 month term
  • Participation in a minimum of three (3) National Days of Service
  • Participation in ongoing trainings, meetings, and professional development with regional Reading Partners team​

Community Relations and Partnerships

  • Manage a portfolio of community partners that serve as pipelines for Reading Partners' volunteer recruitment efforts
  • Cultivate new community partnerships to strengthen Reading Partners regional volunteer base
  • Organize and host events with community relations and partnerships
  • Serve as the regional brand ambassador for Reading Partners volunteer opportunities
  • Maintain volunteer and partnership records through Salesforce database ​

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

  • Lead Reading Partners' effort to recruit volunteer tutors for school sites in the region alongside the Community Engagement team
  • Oversee and guide volunteers through the intake/orientation process
  • Schedule volunteers to attend on-site trainings with AmeriCorps Site Coordinators
  • Identify effective recruitment strategies and partnership opportunities for possible volunteer tutors
  • Create and execute tutor retention strategies including but not limited to; recognition events, partnership appreciation, and program support

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Dedication to national and community service
  • Commitment to Reading Partners' mission and vision
  • 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 success with constituent relations skills (volunteers, teachers, parents)
  • Flexibility and adaptability to manage a fluid and ambiguous schedule
  • Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to travel within a defined geographic region
  • At least 17 years of age and a US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Experience and interest in educational organizations or environments
  • Bachelor's degree preferred

LOCATIONS

Reading Partners is currently recruiting Volunteer Coordinators in the Baltimore region for the 2014-15 program year. Terms begin in August 2014 and end in June 2015.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

At the start of each program year, Reading Partners holds Program Orientation training for all regions; some travel may be required for this orientation period. Volunteer Coordinators will also be responsible for transportation to and from community engagement and volunteer recruitment events, as well as occasional trips to offices, school sites, or National Day of Service events.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS

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.

COMPENSATION

This position is part of the AmeriCorps service program. As an AmeriCorps fellow, you will serve your community through Reading Partners and receive a modest living stipend of $17,500 - $18,000 (dependent on cost-of-living), as well as full health, dental, and vision benefits.

Additionally, at the successful completion of your service term, you are eligible for an education award of approximately $5,645, to be used for college, trade school or other educational expenses, including qualified federal loans. During your service in AmeriCorps, you may also be eligible for forbearance on outstanding federal student loans. AmeriCorps also assists with childcare expenses, if eligible. For more information, please visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

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Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries.

How to apply

TO APPLY

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, and your answers to the AmeriCorps eligibility questions below (please copy/paste)
  • your resume

Please submit your application here.

Location

841 East Fort Avenue #233, Baltimore, MD, 21230, US

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