Reading Partners Development Coordinator VISTA

Job Type

Full Time




United States


AmeriCorps VISTA Development Coordinator (2018-19) 

Twin Cities, MN


Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Learn more about us at


The High Level


The VISTA Development Coordinator is a key player in achieving Reading Partners’ development goals. This is an exciting opportunity to identify and develop best fundraising practices, steward donor relationships, and research potential funding opportunities. Reading Partners VISTA offers an amazing chance to give back through capacity-building roles – as a VISTA, you’ll receive benefits, a great place to serve, and the opportunity to springboard a glowing and growing career. Our top VISTA Development Coordinators are ambassadors for service, demonstrate a passion for relationship and systems development, and strongly believe in our vision and values. 


What you’ll do and how you’ll do it:


Donor Cultivation & Relationship Management

Plan and execute donor cultivation and stewardship activities, based upon a continuously updated development calendar.

  • The VISTA Development Coordinator hones in on identifying and fostering donor relationships. VISTA Development Coordinators partner with the region’s development staff to gather best practices on donor cultivation and stewardship activities locally, as well as other regions, and determine which will be used. This will include the creation of different templates and systems to identify key development dates, along with outlines for donor touch points (including event invitations, site visits, newsletters, social media, and campaigns). VISTA Development Coordinators will also execute VISTA donor cultivation and stewardship activities to meet or exceed performance objectives.


Systems and Resources Development

Improve systems for tracking donor information and usage of donor database; support creation and template development of local grants to increase sustainability.

  • Streamlining and improving available systems is a huge responsibility for the VISTA Development Coordinator. By becoming familiar with the donor database and reporting options, the VISTA Development Coordinator will identify areas for improvement, implement best practices for usage of donor information, and document donor partnership records for future development activities. The VISTA Development Coordinator will also increase development capacity by gathering materials for reports and proposal templates; identifying potential funders and ask strategies for donor pipeline; and supporting the development team to customize and compose templates/reports.


Marketing and Public Relations

Adapt and maintain marketing and public relations materials for the regional development team at Reading Partners.

  • The VISTA Development Coordinator will gather national collateral and templates for marketing and public relations usage, and determine the needs/target audience within a given donor portfolio. With the gathered collateral, the VISTA Development Coordinator will create systems to establish a strong presence on local social networking sites for the annual giving campaign.


About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • Are dedicated to national and community service
  • Have a strong desire to fight poverty
  • Demonstrate a passion for literacy initiatives
  • Are flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced environment
  • Take initiative in meeting goals and seeking professional growth
  • Can problem-solve through challenges and failures
  • Pay strong attention to detail & manage multiple priorities 
  • Can quickly learn new technology systems and have a high level of comfort with MS Office, Google Apps
  • Boast a deep belief in our mission & root your work in our core values
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status


Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alum/alumna


What we offer:

  • AmeriCorps members earn an annual compensation of $21,000. $12,277.72 is paid through a living stipend from the VISTA program and the remainder is provided as a rental subsidy. The VISTA program will authorize relocation allowance if a VISTA member moves more than 50 miles. Health insurance, including dental and vision coverage, is provided at no cost for our members; childcare assistance is available through VISTA for those who qualify. You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans. VISTA members can earn an education award of $5,920 after successfully completing their service term. VISTA members receive ten sick days and ten vacation days per year. 
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.


The other things you need to know:

  • Service Terms :  VISTA members serve full-time for a 12-month, 365-day term. The service term will start in August 2018 and end in August 2019.
  • Travel : VISTA members may need to travel between Reading Partners sites and offices; reliable transportation is recommended. 
  • Reading Partners AmeriCorps Orientation : During the first five weeks of service, Reading Partners VISTA members attend a virtual pre-service orientation, introducing AmeriCorps VISTA and Reading Partners. Your direct supervisor will provide role-specific training.
  • Where we serve : Reading Partners AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of regions, including California, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington DC, and New York.  This position will serve as a VISTA Development Coordinator in the Twin Cities.


What’s next?


If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners VISTA team, please submit the following application materials to our online posting :

Responses to the following essay questions

  • Please introduce yourself. Tell us some interesting things about you in three (3) sentences or less!
  • What does service mean to you? What compelled you to apply for 12 months of service with the Reading Partners VISTA team? (1-2 paragraphs suggested)
  • What two (2) professional or volunteer experiences make you a strong fit for the VISTA Development Coordinator role? How does this position fit into your career goals? (2-3 paragraphs suggested)
  • Tell us about a time when you were challenged in a professional or academic setting, and had to persevere. Describe the situation and what you did to resolve it. (1-2 paragraphs suggested)
  • Please refer to the responsibilities listed above. What excites you most about this role? What gives you pause? (2-3 paragraphs suggested)
  • Resume


We look forward to hearing from you!


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

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested in joining our team as a Development Coordinator in the Twin Cities? Apply here!