Barbershop Books Program Manager

Job Type

Part Time




Details: $450 stipend per month



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



75 Maiden Lane
Suite 1102
New York
New York
United States


Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation's 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize and the premiere literacy program of Reading Holiday Project, Inc., has an exciting paid opportunity for an entrepreneurial individual who desires real-world experience in the nonprofit sector. We're seeking a program manager with a passion for black male achievement, education, early literacy, program development, evaluation, and community engagement.

Did you know, according to the US Dept of Education, more than 85% of black male 4th graders aren’t proficient in reading? That’s where Barbershop Books comes in.  We create child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and train barbers to support early literacy in barbershops across the United States. Our mission is to help young black boys identify as readers by connecting books and reading to a male-centered space and by involving men in boys’ early reading experiences.

Barbershop Books has been featured on NPR, CNN, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Today Show, and CBS. The program manager will work directly with the Executive Director of Reading Holiday Project, Inc. and collaborate with other Barbershop Books team members. 


Compensation: $450 stipend per month


Responsibilities: 10-15 hrs/week with flexible work hours (Set your own schedule)

  • Communicate weekly with barbers, barbershop owners, and community partners
  • Process all new orders and mail program materials
  • Assist with planning and execution of annual summer book giveaway
  • Work in office 1-2 days per week
  • Support the collection, analysis, and reporting of program data 
  • Attend program events and relevant education or publishing conferences
  • Collaborate with team members to execute program related projects



The ideal candidate will have at least a Bachelors degree in Education, Early Literacy, or related field (Masters Preferred). A demonstrated interest in early childhood education is a big plus.

  • Experience working with African American populations
  • Passionate about early literacy and early childhood education
  • Experience with program development and evaluation
  • Excellent verbal skills, written communication, and computer skills
  • Classroom teaching or other relevant experience working with children
  • Comfortable managing multiple tasks and working independently
  • Flexible and creative
  • Thrive in fast-paced and dynamic work environment
  • Strong sense of ownership – you do everything you can to ensure your projects succeed
  • Team player

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Alvin Irby,