Reading Coach Site Coordinator, Citywide OST Initiative

Posted by City of Philadelphia on November 6, 2017

Agency Description
This position will sit within the Managing Director’s Office (MDO) which provides oversight of the City’s major operating departments. The MDO provides support, assistance, and coordination to build sustainable infrastructure within and across departments, ensuring the efficient delivery of quality services to the public.

The Citywide Out-of-School Time (OST) Initiative is developing a shared, coordinated and inclusive OST system that reaches ambitious goals on behalf of Philadelphia’s young people. This is a new phase of work that builds upon current and past investments in Philadelphia’s OST community. The guiding documents for this Initiative can be found here:

The Reading Coach Site Coordinators are new positions that are grant-funded and will be key players in launching an early literacy intervention pilot in the out-of-school time space. Each Coordinator will be focused on managing a specific set of sites. Each of the site coordinators will report to the Program Manager and will work to build productive volunteer-student reading sessions.

Position Summary
The Site Coordinators will be responsible for coordinating and implementing a new volunteer-based literacy program that will pair volunteers and K-3 students for one-on-one reading sessions multiple times a week. The Site Coordinator will be responsible for managing the volunteers as well as the student-volunteer sessions at their site and ensuring that the program is implemented with fidelity. The Site Coordinators will report to the Program Manager.

This is a full-time temporary grant-funded position for 2.5 years.

Essential Functions
The duties of the Site Coordinator include:
• Work well with children to create a supportive and creative environment
• Work with site staff and community volunteers to schedule reading pairs
• Create a welcoming, organized, and comfortable reading space
• Contact returning and potential volunteer readers to invite them to participate in the program
• Ensure volunteer readers are trained, understand their role, and have a meaningful experience
• Provide oversight during all reading sessions to help children and volunteer readers select books, answer questions, observe and offer reading tips, and ensure safety and security procedures are followed
• Recruit new volunteers to join the program throughout the year to help ensure every selected child has a volunteer reader
• Maintain the book inventory at the site
• Recruit new volunteers to join the program throughout the year to help ensure every selected child has a volunteer reader
• Collect program data (students, volunteers, books) and submit monthly reports
• Establish regular and effective communication between site staff and OST program staff
• Actively participate in site visits and program assessments
• Create an equitable, inclusive reading environment for students and volunteers, and promptly address equity related concerns
• Ensure adherence to risk management policies at site, including program safety policies, background checks, site-specific emergency protocols, etc.
• Contribute to a database of student stories and quotes about the program
• Other relevant duties as assigned

Additional Information
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

• Proficiency in spoken Spanish is preferred

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

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