Reading Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $20,000
Maximum: $35,000
Details: Reading Specialists receive an initial salary of $19.50 per hour.




1735 Market St, Ste. A500
Suite A500
United States


Achieve Now, a program dedicated to changing educational outcomes in Philadelphia, is looking to hire reading specialists for the 2018-19 school year. Our reading specialists oversee and guide school teaching staff, adult volunteer coaches and middle school peer coaches as they work one-on-one or in small groups with K-2 students on our scripted literacy program.


Responsibilities include: managing adult volunteer coaches; partnering with school teaching personnel to help young readers improve; providing ongoing support to coach-student pairs; maintaining accurate records and submitting required coaching session reports and weekly data.


The successful candidate has: a passion for working with children, especially K-2 age children; a genuine interest in promoting literacy and a commitment to Achieve Now's mission of educational reform via evidence-based methods; compassion for the struggles of learners; a positive and enthusiastic attitude; strong organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to work with diverse groups and to represent the organization across a wide range of constituencies; the capacity to work both independently and as part of a staff team.

Minimum B.A. degree required, as is reliable access to a working automobile and a valid driver's license. Familiarity with Office Suite and proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint necessary; experience in education, literacy programming, nonprofits or volunteer programs highly desirable.

Time and Hours

Reading Specialists must be available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm. Time worked and hours per week will be consistent on a week-to-week basis, but can vary per candidate, depending on preference and availability, with the typical work week having a minimum of 32 hours.


Two Weeks Vacation (seven-ten total days)

40 Occasional Absence hours (prorated for employees starting after 9/3/2018)

Health Reimbursement Plan

Group Life and Short Term Disability Insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

Successful applicants must possess excellent English language skills. Fluency in Spanish, and Southeast Asian languages (Vietnamese, Khmer) a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications to We will begin looking at applications immediately and continue to hire on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.