Site Coordinator – Colorado Region
Reading Partners launched in 2001 with the mission to expand opportunities for children in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading, developing strong literacy skills, and building the confidence and self-esteem critical to empowerment and community development. Reading Partners provides children with robust one-on-one reading support through a structured, research-based curriculum that engages students and provides basic building blocks to supplement their academic growth. On average, Reading Partners students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program.
Working in partnership with teachers, schools, and community volunteers, Reading Partners has grown from serving 100 students in 2003 in northern California with a budget of $180,000 to serving over 5,000 students in California, Washington, D.C., New York, Texas, and Maryland with a budget of almost $13M. A recipient of significant Social Innovation Fund funding through the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Reading Partners has plans for continued rapid growth into other regions. For more information about Reading Partners, please visit www.readingpartners.org .
WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE DO IT
Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.
How we do it:
Focus on children from low-income communities.
Give one-on-one instruction at the student's reading level.
Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children.
Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.
Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child's life.
The Site Coordinator plays a very important role in the main operations of Reading Partners. Site Coordinators are placed in partner schools where they oversee the operations of the Reading Partners Reading Center, a special learning environment created in a room provided by the school. The Site Coordinator is responsible for managing 70-100 community volunteers from all walks of life who will serve as tutors at the school. Site Coordinators receive ongoing instruction and coaching from Reading Partners staff and report to and work with a Program Manager, a staff member with a strong educational background who provides direct instruction and coaching.
The program operates Monday through Thursday during the school day and occasionally after school. Members will spend Fridays focusing on professional development, make-up sessions, and general task management and center organization. This is an exciting opportunity to play a critical role in directly impacting America's elementary school students while building your own organizational and professional skills, all while serving your local community.
Coordinate a site-based, curriculum-focused, one-to-one tutoring program for approximately 50-70 struggling readers in grades K-3.
Facilitate communication and maintain positive relationships between Reading Partners, tutors, teachers, students' families and community partners.
Ensure all students receiving support through Reading Partners make gains in their reading abilities.
Conference with tutors and teachers in order to maximize student achievement.
Implement approved materials, tools, resources and activities to address students' learning needs.
Assess and place students correctly in the curriculum and program map.
Train and support community volunteers in their role as reading tutors; help create a welcoming environment and positive experience for volunteers.
Support tutors during sessions by modeling, providing feedback, and addressing concerns and questions.
Manage and update the reading center schedule to account for daily changes and attendance.
Manage of student and tutor data through Salesforce.com database.
Open to coaching and support from supervisor, who will have extensive background and experience in elementary education, and a willingness to use them as a resource.
Attend professional development and outside events to support Reading Partners.
Excellent constituent relations skills (volunteers, teachers, parents), positive attitude
Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
Ability to manage multiple projects at once
Experience and interest in working with elementary school-age children
Energetic, outgoing personality
Ability to express self clearly, in written and verbal forms
Working knowledge of and ability to follow structured Reading Partners literacy curriculum
Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to travel within a defined geographic region on occasion
At least 17 years of age and a US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
Proficiency in Spanish
Experience in volunteering or volunteer management
Experience teaching reading to K-5 students or working within a school environment
Experience working with a diverse community and/or English Language Learners
Experience working with Salesforce or equivalent database system
Excellent technology skills
Flexibility in a high-needs work environment
Reading Partners is currently recruiting Site Coordinators in Denver and Aurora.
At the start of each program year, Reading Partners holds Program Orientation training for all regions. Some travel may be required for this orientation period. Site Coordinators are also responsible for transportation to and from their school site as well as occasional transportation to the regional office.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS
Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching; eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers as well as maintain Reading Center records. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment .
This is a non-exempt, full-time position with benefits, with starting pay at $12/hour.
If you feel you are a strong fit for this position, please submit your:
Cover letter clearly stating why you would be successful in this position.
Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.