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AmeriCorps Member – PENCIL Reading Partners Assistant Coordinator



Job Summary

The PENCIL Reading Partners Assistant Coordinator (Assistant Coordinator) has a love of literacy and a heart for supporting young readers in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) while complementing the reading partners program for PENCIL, an organization whose mission is linking community resources with MNPS to help young people achieve academic success.

The PENCIL Reading Partners Assistant Coordinator serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between PENCIL and Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center.

The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps program is made possible through the support of the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations. 

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

Job Responsibilities

PENCIL is seeking an enthusiastic Reading Partners Assistant Coordinator with a love of literacy and a heart for supporting young readers in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Assistant Coordinator delivers 30-minute reading sessions throughout the week and aids the Reading Partner Coordinator with program implementation duties, including participation in trainings, cultivation of relationships with school staff in order to best support young readers, and regular communications with program participants.

PENCIL seeks an individual who enjoys reading and wants to pass on that enjoyment. The ideal candidate is dependable and demonstrates a positive attitude, can develop a good rapport with young children, and has effective written and verbal communication skills. This role requires someone with a good work ethic, is comfortable with technology (e.g., Microsoft Office, Zoom), has strong organizational skills, and has (or has access to) reliable transportation. Over the course of their term, the Assistant Coordinator will gain valuable experience in volunteer management, public education, and volunteer recruitment.

  • Participate in program training provided by PENCIL staff.
  • Recruit and train Reading Partner volunteers.
  • Form meaningful relationships with children ages 5-12.
  • Deliver 30-minute reading sessions (virtual and/or in-person, per COVID-19 protocols) throughout the work week and during the school day.
  • Analyze current program processes and collaborate with Coordinator to streamline those processes.
  • Aid Reading Partners Coordinator with program implementation including regular communication with program participants through the creation and implementation of a monthly newsletter.
  • Support school staff through developing scheduling and communication templates.


The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program is designed for entry-level or experienced professionals interested in a career in nonprofit management. You have amazing skills. We will teach you how to put them to work for the greater good. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Interests

  • Communications
  • Computers/Technology
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Recruitment
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • Writing/Editing
  • Youth Development
  • Teamwork;

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 16, 2021 – July 29, 2022)
  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)
  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance 

Physical Requirements

Lift and carry up to 30-50lbs; Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting for extended periods of time; Responsibilities in this position may entail standing for extended periods of time.; Office or service environment may include noisy environments.; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.; Service responsibilities require member to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;

Additional Information


  • $6,345 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • Bronze-level health coverage through Healthcare.gov
  • Training and professional development in nonprofit management

How to Apply

Please complete the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Application Form. We will contact you within two weeks to let you know if you have been selected for an interview.

Accepting candidates on a rolling basis through August 1, 2021


  • Date Posted: March 26, 2021
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $17,500 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 35 – 40 hours per week