Program Coordinator, Charlestown, MA

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Harvard-Kent School, 50 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown, MA 02129

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program (RAMP) pairs a volunteer mentor with an elementary school student for a rewarding weekly read aloud experience either during the child’s lunch or other non-instructional time. 

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning and the daily operation, including relationships, record keeping, and scheduling, of this program at the designated school. Depending on the needs of the school, coordination of the Read Aloud Mentoring Program may be conducted in-person, virtually, or a combination thereof. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer mentors, students, and school staff have a positive and meaningful experience.

Responsibilities may include all or some of the following, depending on the program’s needs:

  • Ensure that the program starts smoothly, including solicitation of teacher
    referrals, student permission, re-matching or matching pairs, and other start-up
  • Communicate regularly with Program Manager
  • Notify students, teachers and potentially parents/guardians of volunteer mentor
    cancellations or schedule changes
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer mentors, including monthly updates, and
    notification of student absences or changes in schedule
  • Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of the program
  • Ensure that state and school guidelines for hygiene and
    safety are followed carefully and that rooms are left clean and orderly
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to volunteer mentors on a general and
    case by case basis to address specific challenges as need arises
  • Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the
  • Collect mid-year volunteer mentor surveys, and year-end surveys and
    assessments from volunteer mentors, students and teachers, as applicable
  • Plan and implement year-end celebration (in person or adapted for virtual
    setting), as applicable
  • Attend Program Coordinator staff meetings, at the Wellesley office or virtually, 4-5 times a year
  • Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested
  • Submit timesheets accurately and on time
  • Participate in Performance Evaluation and goal setting process


  •  Commitment to Read to a Child’s mission, viability, and growth.
  •  Experience working with young children.
  •  Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection.
  •  Communicates well in person, virtually, on the telephone, and via email.
  •  Commitment to actively and continuously working toward achieving the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.
  •  Extremely organized and adept at successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously and prioritizing according to the organization’s strategic plan–with flexibility and a positive attitude.
  •  Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms (eg: Zoom and/or Google Meets).
  • Proficiency working with various technological platforms: e-mail, Google Drive, word processing, spreadsheets, e-book sources, and some data entry.
  •  Access to transportation.
  • Preferred – Experience managing volunteers.

Hours: Two days a week, approximately 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through June. Also, availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week. Start November, December, or early January. There is some flexibility with the start date to begin prep work to get students enrolled. The program itself will begin at the school in January.

Hourly Rate: $17.50 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards

We believe that varied perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. Join us as we continue to build an organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We are continuously motivated to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, board members, and staff.

To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.