JCL Program Manager, East Bay
The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) envisions a society where all children can read and have the tools they need to reach their full potential.
Our program builds bridges across communities to foster learning through nurturing relationships.
Founded in 1999 and inspired by Jewish values of social justice and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), JCL mobilizes volunteer tutors of all backgrounds to help struggling readers in grades K-5 attending public schools throughout the Bay Area.
Tutors work with teachers and partner nonprofit-organization staff to create a safe learning space, structuring their sessions to align with students' interests and pique their curiosity. Kids' self-confidence blossoms, and they grow as readers and learners. JCL also provides workshops to help parents support their children's reading and school success and distributes books to build home libraries.
All JCL tutoring services are provided free of charge.
The East Bay is JCL’s largest region in terms of geography, number of tutors and tutoring sites. The right candidate will expand tutor and partner recruitment and retention, building upon an extensive existing network and highly dedicated tutors. This role is central to rebuilding our tutor corps and increasing the number of students reached as they and JCL bounce back from pandemic disruptions.
The East Bay program manager partners extensively with the Peninsula and San Francisco program managers, director and consultant literacy trainers to strengthen the tutor community, plan training and events and reach organizational goals.
Structure: 75% time (three days during JCL’s four-day work week); exempt.
Preferred days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The position is hybrid, with one day per week in-person with the team in San Francisco.
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the JCL director
Volunteer Recruitment, Onboarding and Management:
- Enhance JCL’s visibility to attract new tutors through promotional partnerships with Jewish communal organizations and other community organizations.
- Effectively manage tutor security and health clearance and placement process to ensure rapid onboarding and placement at tutoring sites.
- Maintain Database: Continuously update and maintain tutor and partner records for use in ongoing program evaluation and planning, reporting to donors and organizational communications.
Develop and Sustain Partnerships with Schools and Tutoring Sites:
- Reach out regularly to current and new sites to ensure smooth program operations and collect data.
- Renew MOUs and partner agreements as needed.
- Manage the Reading Buddies Program involving middle-school students at two East Bay Jewish Day Schools and their partner public schools; plan for program expansion.
Tutor Management and Community Building
- Conduct regular check ins with prospective and current tutors and partner sites to build connection to JCL and address any tutoring issues that arise.
- Partner with colleagues to plan and promote continuing-education events, peer-to-peer learning events, the annual tutor conference and annual kickoff and end-of year celebrations.
- Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the East Bay program and JCL as a whole and encourage tutors to do the same.
- Further develop the East Bay’s lead-tutor program to deepen tutor involvement and mentoring.
Organize Parent Workshops (in collaboration with literacy trainers), book drives and distribution
- Assess JCL’s East Bay program through teacher-, principal-, parent- and tutor-satisfaction surveys; analyze data and conduct follow up.
- Conduct beginning and end-of-year interviews with school/site contacts to assess their needs and program successes and challenges.
- Passionate about providing literacy support to underserved students and families
- Energetic, highly productive self-starter and creative networker
- Detail and goal oriented with a drive for results
- Strong internal and external collaborator
- Seasoned volunteer manager
- Highly developed emotional intelligence and oral and written communications skills
- Comfortable with older adults and people from all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Five or more years work experience
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Strong skills using Microsoft Office Products and Google Workspace
- Access to a car
- Knowledge of Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge
- Familiarity with the East Bay educational/nonprofit landscape
$42,000 to $45,000 salary for part-time work (three-day schedule) and full benefits (health, dental, 403b and medical and childcare flexible spending plans
Paid vacation (including Jewish and federal holidays) and sick leave
Please send a resume and cover letter describing what interests you about the role and how your skills align with it to Lisa Peckler, JCL director, at email@example.com.