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Last updated April 24, 2017

 

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Corps Member — Literacy Coordinator Position Available

Reading to Kids is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Corps Member — Literacy Coordinator. Be a part of an organization that has been making a difference for LA's children since 1999 and which has been recognized as one of LA's top volunteer opportunities!

Deadline: Accepting applications until June 1, 2017

Term: August 4, 2017 - August 3, 2018
(July 31 - August 3, 2017 Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training also required)

Position Summary:
The AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Corps Member will assist Reading to Kids in its mission of inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. Reporting to the Managing Director, the VISTA Member will work directly with volunteers and educators to ensure a satisfying volunteer/student experience. The VISTA Member will gain insight into the issues that affect LAUSD schools, students and families today, and learn about educational policy.

This AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Corps Member position will be administered through L.A. Works. More information about this position and how to apply can be found at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=72468. More information about AmeriCorps can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.

Position Responsibilities:

• Organize each month's reading clubs
• Provide ongoing support to approximately 500 volunteers with phone calls, emails and educational resources
• Coordinate volunteer/student matches with 8 LAUSD partner schools
• Network in the local community to expand volunteer outreach and engagement
• Help to plan and organize volunteer appreciation and enrichment events
• Conduct school site visits to help strengthen partnerships and address issues, with Managing Director
• Maintain database of volunteer and school information
• Contribute to the Reading to Kids blog and weekly update emails
• Assist site operations teams at the monthly reading clubs, which occur on the second Saturday of each month
• Participate as an active member of the Reading to Kids Taskforce
• Participate in Board and Taskforce meetings and involvement with Taskforce committees as a facilitator and coordinator
• Participate in fundraising and in-kind donations through the establishment of business partnerships
• Attend monthly meetings and trainings at L.A. Works
• Serve as a Project Leader at L.A. Works special days of service

Additional Responsibilities Will Include:

• Manage Reading to Kids Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts
• Update Reading to Kids website

Skills/Qualifications:

• Required: Minimum B.A. or B.S. degree; outstanding organizational and communication skills; exceptional ability to work well with others; strong writing skills; must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.; possess a valid CA state driver's license; available for some evening and weekend commitments; proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
• Preferred: Interest in education issues; commitment to children; access to a car

Stipend
$15,996 per year plus $5,730 Education Award or $1,500 in cash upon successful completion of term; AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefit; childcare assistance if eligible; relocation allowance if eligible

Application deadline: Accepting applications until June 1, 2017

To apply for the position, please carefully follow the directions at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=72468. Be sure to clearly indicate that Reading to Kids is one of your top three Host Site preferences. Questions about applying should be directed to Asia Olaρo, asia @ laworks.com, (323) 224-6510 ext. 101.

Questions about the position can be addressed to Reading to Kids Managing Director Charlie Orchard, Charlie.Orchard @ readingtokids.org.