Raising A Reader Program Coordinator

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Community Impact Director, coordinate the planning, implementation and evaluation of United Way of the Desert’s Raising A Reader Program.  Raising A Reader is a national, evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program designed to improve reading readiness and reading achievement for young children.  United Way of the Desert serves nearly 2000 preschool and kindergarten children annually throughout the Coachella Valley.


Critical Job Duties:

  • Coordinate program implementation, providing on-going training, technical assistance and support to site implementers (early childhood professionals, teachers, and school administrators) and community stakeholders.
  • Put into practice a timeline for program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Support data collection and evaluation strategies to measure program outcomes; utilize computer software to track progress, input and analyze data, and communicate results
  • Act as liaison between United Way of the Desert and Raising A Reader site implementers to assure coordination and completion of program objectives and efficient dissemination of program information
  • Promote program participation in the community; interface with local libraries
  • Recruit, coordinate, and train volunteers to support program objectives in Raising A Reader classrooms
  • Collaborate with Community Impact Director to ensure program goals are met
  • Perform other related tasks as assigned
  • Provide content and success stories to communications staff as a means to highlight and draw attention to our success


  • 3+ years experience in early childhood development, education or social services
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Human Services, or other related field
  • A strong interest in education and early literacy
  • Training and marketing abilities, leadership skills, public speaking experience
  • Problem solving ability, specifically related to project implementation
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Familiarity and comfort with technology applications
  • Strong administrative capabilities, organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Exceptional ability to work effectively with people representing diverse cultures
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable, insured automobile


Must be willing to occasionally work non-standard work schedule including nights, weekends, and other unusual hours.  Position is part-time, 20 hours per week. Hourly salary based on experience. Mileage reimbursed at standard IRS rate.

For consideration, please send resume to:

Melanie Homec, Community Impact Director, United Way of the Desert

No Phone Calls please


Application closes June 7, 2019


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