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, Maryland, Colorado, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, with a budget of over $13M. As one of only a handful of nonprofits to receive two highly competitive federal Social Innovation Fund grants, 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:
Developed under President Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, VISTA arose as a national anti-poverty program, designed to become the domestic version of the Peace Corps. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) aims to address poverty at a local level by engaging volunteers in a year of service. In 1993, VISTA was brought into the AmeriCorps program, and renamed AmeriCorps*VISTA. There are now 6,500 service members nationwide at over 1,200 sites, with projects aimed at improving literacy, economic, and health efforts in low-income communities.
VISTA members commit to a full year term of service at a local non-profit or agency. VISTAs focus their efforts and skills on building organizational capacity at their service site.
Please visit www.americorps.gov for more information.
Reading Partners seeks a highly organized, self-starter for our Development Engineer position. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who desires a long and successful career in development and fundraising with a focus on government, foundation and corporate grant writing to become involved in a rapidly growing national non-profit. S/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace.
The ideal candidate is highly organized, with a demonstrated ability to attend to day-to-day details without losing sight of mid and long term objectives. S/he is customer service focused with a unique ability to anticipate and address issues. S/he has an ability to recognize, capture, and convey stories that will engage supporters and stakeholders in a meaningful way.
The Development Engineer reports to the Regional Executive Director in Washington DC and works closely with various senior leaders and Regional Board members
The Development Engineer will focus on systematizing and creating efficiencies in our fundraising efforts for the Washington DC Area.
Grant writing/Donor records
Donor cultivation & stewardship
Marketing & Public Relations
A modest living stipend of $15,996 and rent subsidy of $3,094.92 for total compensation of $19,090.92 over 12-month service term, Segal AmeriCorps Education award or post-service stipend, healthcare benefits while in service, childcare assistance if necessary, loan forbearance or deferment while in service, access to AmeriCorps VISTA Network and VISTA Alumni, additional training, one year of Non-Competitive Eligiblity (NCE) status for U.S. Federal Government positions after full term.
Resumes are currently being accepted. Hiring decisions will be made by September 30th, 2013. Positions will begin in mid-November, with a term of service continuing through November 2014.
Please be informed that this is an AmeriCorps VISTA service position. For further information on the VISTA program, please visit www.americorps.gov
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