Early Learning Public Library Partnership Coordinator (AmeriCorps*VISTA)

Posted by: Thrive Washington

Seattle, WA, US

Thrive Washington is the state’s public-private partnership for early learning. We proudly work with local, regional, state, tribal and national partners to make sure everyone from individual families to entire communities have what they need to support a comprehensive, high-quality early learning environment that gives every child a great start in school and life. Our activities focus on engaging and supporting families, energizing communities, advocating for policies that will have the biggest impact, fundraising, and providing strategic grants.

Responsibilities

About 85,000 babies will be born in Washington State this year and every day of their next five years matters. But not all children get the same start in life and that early opportunity gap can lead to big gaps in kindergarten readiness that have a significant impact on a child’s entire school career. That is why we believe early learning is social justice work and strive to be visionary, responsive and collaborative as we work to unify and strengthen Washington’s early learning system. The Early Learning Public Library Partnership (ELPLP) helps to advance early learning in local communities by coordinating and connecting resources and programs. Libraries are the unsung heroes in family engagement and in many rural communities they are the primary source for information and early learning resources.

For Thrive, our work with the ELPLP represents one of our key strategies for increasing family engagement, especially for families who do not presently have access to high-quality early learning materials, programs and supports A VISTA will get hands-on experience managing external partnerships and projects throughout the state, including the Early Learning Public Library Partnership and Thrive’s role in supporting library capacity-building and resource identification and dissemination.

Thrive is seeking a passionate and growth-oriented VISTA with skills, qualifications or interest in learning in the following areas:

  • Identifying existing high-quality family engagement materials and creating a dynamic online library.
  • Designing in-person and online learning opportunities for library staff and other providers about best practices for early learning family engagement.
  • Gathering and utilizing community input to revise/update Thrive’s Getting School Ready!® booklet.
  • Increasing the geographic diversity of the ELPLP through community outreach and building the capacity of rural libraries.

Hours Needed

The VISTA Member is expected to serve a flexible 40 hour week within Thrive’s typical office hours, which are Monday to Friday 8am-5pm. However, some evening and weekend hours will be required and this position will include some travel within Washington State. Sound Youth VISTA Team meetings and trainings are held twice a month, usually on Fridays.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to social justice and working to undo all forms of oppression
  • Dedication and commitment to 12 months of service
  • Interest/experience in early childhood education, literacy and family engagement
  • Interest in teaching and coaching others and facilitating conversations
  • Passion for overcoming the opportunity gap in learning for all children and families
  • Interest in partnership and community building
  • Ability to take initiative, with a willingness to be flexible and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Positive, customer-oriented relationships with staff and partners
  • Effective time management, skillful and prioritization skills
  • Strong writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Washington State driver’s license

About Sound Youth VISTA

AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. AmeriCorps*VISTA members are stipend volunteers that serve for one year, full time at nonprofit or governmental organizations building capacity. Sound Youth VISTA recruits and places VISTA members in nonprofit organizations that work with underserved youth in the Seattle area. During their service, Sound Youth trains members in social justice issues relevant to their work and personal development, and offers the support of a team of VISTAs. Sound Youth sites offer the professional development support necessary for successful completion of VISTA projects. Upon successful completion of one year of service, volunteers are eligible to renew their commitment for another year.

About VISTA

AmeriCorps*VISTA Benefits

  • A living stipend of $12,828/year (pre-tax)
  • A three day Pre-Service Orientation (PSO)
  • Loan forbearance or deferment for qualified student loans.
  • An education award of $5,730 or end-of-year cash stipend of $1,500 (pre-tax)
  • Health coverage
  • A child care subsidy
  • 10 personal days and 10 sick days
  • Some subsidized transportation for service-related travel
  • A relocation allowance for people moving >50 miles
  • 1 year of non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs
  • Note: VISTA members ARE ALLOWED to hold secondary jobs or make additional income during a VISTA service term.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, however some college combined with work experience may substitute for a degree
  • Significant experience with community service and/or non-profit organization work
  • Must be available to serve full-time for one year

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