Raising A Reader MA

9B Hamilton Pl 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
November 08, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



BILINGUAL Parent Liaison


Organizational Overview

Raising A Reader MA (RAR MA) is guided by a set of core values that set the stage for our work, as well as our hiring practice. We are: collaborative, evidence-based, culturally inclusive, family-focused, and committed to exceptional quality. Ourmission requires that our staff have contact with and understand constituents from a broad array of backgrounds and cultures. To this end, we strive to create and support a team who also come from diverse backgrounds and traditions and who vary by their race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, religion, physical abilities, and educational backgrounds. RAR MA puts emphasis on hiring staff who are familiar with and reflect the backgrounds and experiences of the families we serve. Raising A Reader MA welcomes new ideas and encourages an effective and active exchange of views in an environment of mutual respect.

Position Overview

Raising A Reader MA was recently awarded a significant grant from Boston Children’s Hospital, which, among other initiatives, will fund the creation of a Parent Ambassador cohort in Boston. Raising A Reader MA Parent Ambassadors are parents who have participated in the program, and gotten further involved as volunteer peer leaders in their communities, enhancing Raising A Reader MA’s ability to serve children and families. The role and the project will be modeled on our existing success with the Parent Ambassador program in Greater Boston, based in Chelsea, and staff from that community will serve as a key resource.

RAR MA works with organizations across the city of Boston, as well as in the Greater Boston communities of Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett, and Lynn. Each Parent Liaison will be responsible for working with an already active group of engaged parents in his/her assigned community (either Boston or Greater Boston), as well as continuing to recruit more volunteers; s/he will serve as the key point person for potential and current parent ambassadors in that community. In particular, the Parent Liaison will be responsible for creating a system to recruit, train, and provide ongoing support for engaged parent volunteers. The team of parent ambassadors will contribute to family engagement efforts across a variety of partnership settings, including tasks related to outreach and parent education.

One Parent Liaison will be based in the Boston headquarters, with frequent travel to partner sites across Boston, and one Parent Liaison will be based in our Chelsea office, with frequent travel to partner sites across Greater Boston. Both will work in close collaboration each other and with the Boston and Greater Boston program staff. The Parent Liaisonswill be members of the Program Team and will work at the direction of a Senior Program Manager.This position is part time at 20 hours/week, and may be either year round or 10 months (September to June). Although this position is initially grant-funded for three years, we expect to sustain both roles as permanent parts of the team.


Parent Ambassador Cohort Maintenance and Growth

· Follow up with interested parents by ensuring they have an opportunity to receive an orientation in a timely manner

· Coordinate volunteer placements according to requests from program staff; including maintaining current documentation of requests and volunteer availability in Google spreadsheets and calendars, communicating with all parties via phone/text/email, confirming participation and communicating any changes to all affected parties in a timely manner, etc.

· Organize and facilitate volunteer orientation/training sessions; including inviting volunteers, arranging food and space, arranging child care, preparing materials, etc.

· Mentor/coach new parent volunteers as needed, in such areas as Dialogic Reading, outreach strategies, facilitation strategies, etc.

· Track parent ambassadors’ activities and progress in Salesforce

· Collect feedback from parent volunteers and supportthe program team in continuous program improvement

Parent/Family Outreach

· Invite parents/caretakers to events via phone calls, text messages, emails, etc.

· Talk to families and hand out flyers at partner programs

· Support with tabling at partner events and community gatherings to promote Raising A Reader MA’s mission and raise community awareness

· Support Raising A Reader MA’s evolving social media presence

Program Team Support

· Plan and facilitate parent education workshops at assigned partner programs

· Provide storytimes at partners and community spaces as availability allows, with the aim of increasing awareness


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Passionate about the importance of book sharing and enthusiastic about spreading that energy
  • Certified, or able to achieve certification quickly, in Dialogic Reading (offered as part of new staff orientation if needed)
  • Experience with group facilitation and public speaking
  • Experience working with families and caretakers
  • Familiarity with the Boston/Greater Boston community
  • Outgoing personality and excellent communication skills
  • General office, scheduling and telephone skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and effectively without close supervision
  • Willingness to function effectively as a member of a team, and to participate in activities that will contribute to the organization’s overall success
  • Strong understanding and practice of cultural humility and respect for others
  • Comfortable with technology including Microsoft Office software, Google tools, e-mail, web
  • Experience with data management systems such as Salesforce preferred
  • Reliable transportation required for travel throughout Boston (i.e. car and valid driver's license; comfort and timeliness on public transportation, etc.)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required
How To Apply:

This position is part time at 20 hours per week, and some evenings/weekends are required. Salary range is $16,000-$20,000 annually, depending on experience and pro-rated based if working a 10 month schedule. Raising A Reader MA offers competitive benefits and paid time off, and the office is closed for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position tocareers@raisingareaderma.org. Please state your preference for 12 or 10 month schedule and for location in Boston or Chelsea, as well as where you learned of this opportunity.

Apply by:
November 30, 2018
$16,000-$20,000 annually
About this Organization:
Raising A Reader MA is an evidence-based early literacy organization dedicated to helping families of young children (newborn through age 6) develop, practice and maintain habits of reading together at home. Our work, which both increases access to books and offers families tools and support for strengthening the culture of reading at home, is driven by 25 years of research that shows the single most significant factor influencing a child's academic achievement is being regularly read to by their parents and adult caregivers before starting kindergarten.