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Reading Partners Volunteer Organizer VISTA (2019-20)
Location New York
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Reading Partners VISTA - Volunteer Organizer (2019-20)

New York City, NY


Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Learn more about us at www.readingpartners.org


VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) has been serving communities in need for more than 50 years. VISTA members serve in a capacity-building, often behind-the-scenes context in high impact non-profits who are making direct and positive impacts in our communities. VISTA members at Reading Partners are excited to learn more about the non-profit sector, to learn and grow as professionals, and to help build out its ability to serve our students. Reading Partners VISTA offers an amazing chance to give back through capacity-building roles – as a VISTA, you’ll receive benefits, a great place to serve, and the opportunity to springboard a glowing and growing career.


The Role


The VISTA Volunteer Organizer is a key player in achieving Reading Partners’ regional goals. This is an exciting opportunity to share Reading Partners’ mission with members of the community so that they are moved to collaborate with us and help our students become excellent readers. This VISTA member would report directly to the Community Engagement Manager. 


What you’ll do and how you’ll do it:


Partnership & Relationship Management

Identify and manage volunteer partnerships throughout the region.

  • The VISTA Volunteer Organizer recruits volunteers to work with Reading Partners. This includes responding to volunteer inquiries quickly, excellent customer service and collaboration with community organizations and a presence at at community events. The VISTA Volunteer Organizer is  supported in these efforts by the region’s community engagement team to work on overall volunteer recruitment and retention.


Research and Resources Development


Research potential community partnerships and volunteer engagement opportunities and propose steps to maximize volunteer recruitment and retention.

  • Understanding logistics of Reading Partners program and spending time on-site at Reading Centers, observing programs to gain understanding of volunteer experience, goals, and objectives.  This part of the role is about strengthening the partnership identification and management, and identifying strengths and weaknesses of the current process. This work will include surveys & conversations with partners to determine what they like about the program and what can be improved.


Marketing and Public Relations


Adapt and maintain marketing and public relations materials for regional community engagement and volunteer support at Reading Partners.

  • The VISTA Volunteer Organizer will give input on and coordinate collateral and templates for marketing and public relations, and determine the needs/target audience within a given volunteer portfolio. With the collateral, the VISTA Volunteer Organizer will create systems to establish a strong presence to recruit  tutor support through the academic year.


About you!


You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • Are dedicated to national and community service
  • Have a strong desire to fight poverty
  • Demonstrate a passion for literacy initiatives
  • Are flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced environment
  • Take initiative in meeting goals and seeking professional growth
  • Can problem-solve through challenges and failures
  • Pay strong attention to detail & manage multiple priorities  
  • Can quickly learn new technology systems and have a high level of comfort with MS Office, Google Apps
  • Boast a deep belief in our mission & root your work in our core values
  • Possess a high school or GED degree
  • Hold US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status


Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alum/alumna


What we offer:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA members earn an annual compensation of $20,584.20 in the form of a living stipend from VISTA.
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision coverage, is provided at no cost for our members
  • Childcare assistance is available through VISTA for those who qualify. 
  • You may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans
  • VISTA members can earn an education award of $5,920 after successfully completing their service term. VISTA members receive ten sick days and ten vacation days per year, in addition to Reading Partners' generous holiday Closure vacations. 
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.



The other things you need to know:

  • Service Terms:  VISTA members serve full-time for a 12-month, 365-day term. This VISTA member would serve from February, 2019 to February, 2020.
  • Travel: VISTA members may need to travel between Reading Partners sites and offices; reliable transportation is recommended.  
  • Reading Partners AmeriCorps Orientation: Reading Partners VISTA members attend a virtual VISTA Service Orientation in addition to attending Reading Partners trainings. Your direct supervisor will provide role-specific training as well.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity organization, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.

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