Program Coordinator serving LAUSD and WUSD Partner Schools and Virtual Programming
Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program 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 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. This role is extremely important to the program’s function and success and will be an integral part of a fun and collaborative team! Our Program Coordinators are truly the face of our program and make a real difference in the lives of our students every year.
Responsibilities may include some or all 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 tasks
- 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
- Provide volunteers with book ideas. If program is on site (not virtual), maintain an organized and inviting book cart for volunteers
- Document reading session attendance and participant information changes in the database
- 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
- Support volunteer recruitment efforts
- Submit timesheets accurately and on time
- Participate in the Performance Evaluation and goal setting process
- Facilitate other activities or tasks as requested
- Communicates well in person, on the telephone & via email.
- Experience working with children.
- 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.
- Enthusiastic about children’s books, willingness to become familiar with the Read to a Child book collection.
- Comfortable working with email, Word, Excel, and some data entry.
- Comfortable working with and hosting group video conference platforms.
- Professional, positive, self-directed approach.
- Commitment to Read to a Child’s mission, viability and growth.
- Commitment to actively and continuously working toward achieving the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.
- Preferred – Experience managing a large number of volunteers.
- Preferred – Bilingual in English and Spanish.
The current open Program Coordinator role is both an on site position working in schools directly with students and home office work for virtual programming. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in an in-school environment and in keeping with all COVID-19 safety protocols required by the school.
Hours: Up to four days per week, with 2-3 hours per day, October through June. Also, some availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. Up to 10 hours per week. Please note that background check is required prior to hire.
Hourly Rate: $17.50 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards Read to a Child is committed to providing resources to children most impacted by systemic inequalities. We have faith in our students’ ability to thrive when they are provided with equitable resources and choose to focus on their strengths rather than the barriers they face. We are motivated to continuously act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, staff, and board members so as to best reflect and support the students we serve.
To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.