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.
Reading Center Coordinator oversees the day-to-day operations of Reading Partners school sites. Reading Center Coordinators are placed in partner schools where they ensure effective operations of a Reading Partners reading center. This includes student and volunteer scheduling, student assessments, tutoring, continual tracking of student progress, student action planning, and coordination of volunteer tutors. Additionally, Reading Center Coordinators are responsible for supporting community engagement/volunteer recruitment and development/fundraising efforts for the region.
The Reading Center Coordinator must cultivate positive relationships between Reading Partners and the school community. Reading Center Coordinators receive ongoing instruction and coaching from Reading Partners staff and report to and work with a Program Manager, a staff member with a strong educational background, who provides direct instruction and coaching.
- Reading Center Coordinators report to and collaborate with a Program Manager as well as receive guidance and support from other regional staff, including the Executive Director.
- Reading Center Coordinators support, coach, and oversee an average of 67-100 volunteer tutors, and will foster relationships with school staff and administration.
- Reading Center Coordinators may supervise work-study students from colleges and universities, as well as high school interns and member of the foster grandparents volunteer program.
- Coordinate logistics and operations for a curriculum-focused, 1:1 tutoring program for an average of 50-70 struggling readers in grades K-4
- Ensure all students receiving support through Reading Partners are making gains in their reading abilities
- Implement Reading Partners’ program and curriculum with fidelity to address students’ learning needs
- Organize, maintain, and set up/take down a reading center to create an optimal learning environment
- Manage the reading center schedule and enrollment process, including matching of student/tutor pairs, monitoring attendance, and overseeing the student referral and assessment processes
- Maintain student information systems and student/tutor records
- Provide ongoing tutoring based on school site needs.
- Ensure compliance with all internal and external evaluation activities, including timely and accurate data collection and entry.
- Support Community Engagement with volunteer recruitment through canvassing, building relationships with school and community partners and networking with local businesses
- Support the Development team by supporting tutor giving campaigns (in-kind and financial contributions) and helping identify tutors who may become donors.
- Lead in supporting enrollment through school and tutor relationships.
- Maintain a commitment to understanding the Reading Partners curriculum, program model, and current literacy best practices
- Support tutors during sessions by providing formal and informal feedback
- Conference with tutors and teachers to maximize student achievement
- Train and support community volunteers in their role as reading tutors; help to create a welcoming environment and positive experience for volunteers
- Communicate regularly with tutors and teachers regarding schedules and meeting the needs of the students
- Facilitate communication and maintain positive relationships among Reading Partners, teachers, students’ families, and community partners
- Participate in school events, celebrations, and staff meetings
- Support high tutor retention by high caliber relationship building, providing high quality tutor training, coaching, and overall tutoring experience
- Attend and promote tutor engagement activities, including but not limited to fundraising and cultivation events
- Participate in weekly check-ins with Program Manager and Volunteer Organizer.
- Commitment to Reading Partners’ mission and vision
- Interest and experience in working with elementary school-age children
- Strong professional written and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to manage tasks and schedule independently
- Demonstrated success with constituent relations skills (volunteers, teachers, parents)
- Flexibility and adaptability to manage tasks in a fluid and ambiguous environment
- Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to meet travel requirements of the job, including traveling to and from the assigned site daily and weekly travel to training sites or the regional office.
- Experience in volunteering or volunteer management
- Experience in literacy education with K-5 students
- Experience working with diverse communities and constituents
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Bilingual in Spanish
During initial program orientation and ongoing training each month, Reading Center Coordinators are responsible for traveling to/from sites/locations where trainings are being held, this may include: schools, regional office or alternate meeting locations.
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. Must be able to navigate around the room to ensure high quality tutoring is taking place during all sessions in the reading center. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers as well as maintain Reading Center records. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.
This Reading Center Coordinator position will be serving at one of our 13 school partners. Please refer to our list of schools here.
The Reading Center Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt (hourly) position with wages starting at $15/hour. This is a contracted position that ends at the conclusion of 2018-19 school year in May. Consideration for continued employment with Reading Partners will be determined at the end of each school year based on performance and funding availability.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If you feel you are a strong fit for this position, please submit:
- A one-page cover letter clearly stating why you would be a successful Reading Center Coordinator at Reading Partners Colorado.
- Your resume
Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.