20 William Street
Read to a Child is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that inspires caring adults to read aloud regularly to underserved children to create better opportunities for the child’s future. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, a key factor for success in school, work, and life. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence. Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes more than 1,800 volunteer mentors from over 125 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to more than 1,400 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.
Read to a Child’s mission is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills and empower under-served children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. Its vision is that one day all children will be read to by a caring adult, improving their chance for success in school, work, and life.
The Development and Communications Coordinator is an integral part of Read to a Child’s day-to-day operations. He/she coordinates external communications, promotes Read to a Child’s growing number of events across the country, and supports the organization’s development functions. The person in this position will work out of our Wellesley office and will report to the National VP, Development.
- Work closely with all regional directors on regional event promotion, ticket sales, and communications, as well as on annual appeal outreach via email.
- Work closely with the Boston regional development staff to support all aspects of production to ensure successful national annual gala event (currently in November).
- Coordinate annual online fundraising campaign (currently in March).
- Write and/or edit email content for quarterly newsletters, event announcements, and press releases and manage distribution.
- Build Read to a Child’s online presence via regular social media posts and website updates, monitor web traffic and ensure optimization of search results.
- Maintain Constant Contact database, schedule appropriately timed emails, ensure appropriate segmentation, and clean lists.
- Manage and coordinate production of visually pleasing branded documents including the annual report, presentation decks & other communications / promotional assets (reading pair success stories, photos, video coverage, and testimonials.)
- Collect, format, generate and distribute donor recognition communications / acknowledgements related to donations, events, and campaigns as appropriate.
- Assist in ensuring that donor and volunteer database is updated and useful to appropriate staff members. Contribute to donor reporting efforts.
- Maintain and update the website regularly.
- Assist with administrative and additional development tasks as needed/requested.
We are seeking a high-energy Development and Communications Coordinator who is mission-driven and self-directed, skilled in communications and events, and excited to work hard for an organization at a pivotal time in its growth. Other requirements include:
- A passion for the Read to a Child mission
- Ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
- Excellent written communication skills with an extreme attention to detail
- Ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders through persuasive and effective communication, both verbally and in writing
- Experience with email and event management tools (preferably Constant Contact and EventBrite), social media, (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram), Microsoft Office software and Google Docs required.
- Experience maintaining a website (specifically WordPress), working with donation/fundraising management software (e.g. Network for Good) and CRM software (specifically Salesforce) preferred.
- Minimum two years of experience in a results-oriented, relationship-focused organization (nonprofit a plus).
- Grant research and/or grant writing experience a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required
The person in this full time position is eligible for paid time off, health and dental benefits, and enrollment in our 401K plan.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required