Job Title: Early Literacy Coordinator
Department: Community Impact
Reports to: Senior Manager, Neighborhood Strategies
Location: Manatee County
Date: February 2020
Summary: This part-time position supports early literacy and enrichment efforts in Manatee County including: READ UNITED Reading Rooms, ReadingPals, LearningPals, Literacy Kits, Neighborhood Books and The Big Plan. This position reports to the Senior Manager, Neighborhood Strategies and collaborates with the Manager, Community Partnerships to expand “place based” neighborhood initiatives to eliminate the barriers to quality education in early literacy and elementary education.
This position is an integral part of implementing The Big Plan in 10 Title 1 elementary schools and the surrounding communities and neighborhoods. The Big Plan is a UWS Community Impact initiative that addresses grade-level reading for children ages 0-9 in their homes, early learning centers, elementary schools and their neighborhoods. Candidate must be compassionate, comfortable with outreach in low income neighborhoods, organized and results oriented. He/she must also believe and exemplify United Way Suncoast’s mission, vision and values. The hours for this position during the school year will be Monday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In the Summer (June 1st-July 31st), hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. English/Spanish speaking required.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities Include the Following:
(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
- Assist with the recruitment, training and management of volunteers for The Big Plan programs including ReadingPals, LearningPals, Reading Rooms, Literacy Kits and any new Big Plan initiaves.
- Assist in the management, distribution and replenishment of key program materials.
- Using the Early Literacy Kits (ELKs) from the library, lead high-quality development-based educational sessions and instructive modeling for parents and their children ages 0-5, through weekly Family Engagement Events at the Reading Rooms.
- Responsible for recruitment of families to participate in the weekly Family Engagement Events.
- Refer families to local organizations/services to support their educational and financial stability.
- Collect and report accurate data including parent participation, achievement of early literacy milestones, volunteer/student attendance and volunteer retention.
- Assist in coordination with partner agencies to have guest speakers on a monthly basis.
- Ensure that the facilities and all equipment are clean, well-maintained and safe.
- Attend staff meetings and trainings as required by supervisor.
- Lead the implementation of a high-quality, engaging and hands-on 8 week long Summer Literacy Program for a maximum of 30 children ages 4-10.
- Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of children at all times.
- Manage Teacher’s Aide during the Summer Program to ensure sufficient coverage, positive classroom management, quality of care, reading supports and proper use and maintenance of the Reading Room.
- Assist students in choosing level-appropriate books, reviewing reading strategies, school readiness activities and providing parent coaching as the opportunities arise.
- Recruit children, families and volunteers to participate in Reading Room Summer Program.
- Design lesson plans to correlate with weekly literacy/STEAM themes for the Summer Program.
- Help to coordinate with partner agencies to have a weekly guest speaker i.e. ELC STEAM Machine, MOTE Marine, Jungle Gardens, etc.
- Assist in the coordination of monthly family engagement events, designed to support early literacy and financial stability of families.
- Collect and report accurate data including children’s attendance, book count, family engagement events, volunteer hours, reading comprehension sheets, partner participation, etc.
- Complete the Summer Food Program Forms daily.
- Guide, educate and encourage students to use iReady and Accelerated Reader software on computers or tablets.
- Be able to lead small and large group classroom instruction.
- Commitment to, and consistent demonstration of, UWS Core Values:
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Education and/or experience: Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood education or related field required. Must be able to demonstrate a high level of experience in teaching methods in an early education setting. Teacher’s Certificate required. Bilingual English/Spanish, both written and oral, required. Previous experience working in Title 1 Elementary schools, preferred. Manatee County School District experience, preferred. Experience working with volunteers including recruitment, engagement, and tracking preferred but not required.
Candidate must be able to work independently, maintain accurate records and oversee the teacher’s aide, volunteers, and children.
Interpersonal Skills: Strong active listening, conflict resolution, coordination, facilitation, social perceptiveness, and consensus building skills necessary. Problem solving skills, cultural awareness and sensitivity skills are required. Must have demonstrated a high level of experience and success in building productive professional/working relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
Computer Skills: Requires advanced knowledge of MS office software and database programs.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Teacher’s Aide
Licenses: Valid Florida Driver’s License with a driving record that meets our insurance requirements.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and/or hear. The employee is frequently required to use finger and hand motions and occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: Employee primarily works in a normal office environment under moderate heat and noise levels, with extensive in the field activities within the Suncoast area.
All applicants will be required to undergo a Level 2 background screening, to include fingerprinting, in order to meet the requirements of working with children. Only local candidates will be considered.
United Way Suncoast is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all company facilities, participation in all company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions. United Way Suncoast will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.
*Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.