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Reading Programs Coordinator



Job Summary

Book’em is seeking a full-time Reading Programs Coordinator to join our committed team – someone who is passionate about education, books, literacy, and children/teens and can help us provide meaningful experiences that benefit those we serve. At Book’em, we work hard, have fun, and believe in work/life balance. We encourage and celebrate diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.


The mission of Book’em is to create a more literate Nashville and ignite children’s passion for reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers. We envision a future in Nashville where all children own books and know first-hand the joy and value of reading. For more information about Book’em, please visit


This position is in person. The schedule is primarily between 9 and 5 Monday through Friday. As is the case for many nonprofits, some evenings and weekends will be required with advance notice.  


If you are looking for a place to use your skills to make a difference for Nashville’s youth, please consider Book’em.


Job Purpose

To coordinate and manage our reading programs (Reading Is Fundamental, Ready for Reading, and Read Me Day) to benefit the students we serve, interact and communicate with reading volunteers, coordinate all administrative functions related to our reading programs, and collaborate with staff to fulfill our mission. Reading Programs Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director and works extensively with all staff.


Job Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive volunteer readers program to include: recruitment, training, supervision, support, and recognition of volunteers involved with our reading programs. As stated above, those include Reading Is Fundamental, Ready for Reading, and Read Me Day.
  • Manage all aspects of all reading programs to provide reading volunteers and students with meaningful literacy experiences.
  • Match volunteers to classrooms that suit their skill sets and interests, and ensure they understand their responsibilities and receive the proper training.
  • Communicate with and assist reading volunteers throughout the year with the goal of retaining them.
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, place, schedule, recognize, and assist with volunteers to meet reading programs’ goals and support vital daily operations of reading programs.
  • Work closely with Programs Assistant to manage book room and incoming and outgoing books.
  • Coordinate all aspects of Read Me Day celebrations.
  • Prepare, maintain and analyze reports and records for reading programs in accordance with grant requirements.
  • Work with other Book’em staff to meet all goals as outlined in foundation, government and/or other agreements.
  • Perform annual assessments of reading programs and reading volunteers to measure outcomes.
  • Maintain up-to-date reading volunteer database, logging total volunteers, hours, and more. Collect volunteer information in quantifiable terms to compare numbers, demographics, and more, and to identify patterns and areas for growth with the greatest impact.
  • Keep new and existing reading volunteers informed about the organization and volunteer opportunities.
  • Maintain working relationships that ensure the success of Book’em. This includes maintaining positive interpersonal relationships with partners, donors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Assist with operations, technology, marketing, social media, office functions, books, fundraising, and other duties as needed; and assist other staff members and board of directors as needed.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong project planning, time management, team management, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent English language skills: oral, written, reading, as well as strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively without daily instruction, as well as ability to work well with a team.
  • Must be comfortable working with a diverse population of volunteers, educators, business leaders, and individuals.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and social media skills.
  • Ability to compile and analyze data, meet deadlines, and handle details well.
  • Proficient or advanced use of Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher and ability to quickly learn other software programs.
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance is required. Use of personal vehicle will be required at times.


Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One to three years of work experience in volunteer coordination, children’s literacy/books, project management, non-profit, or related field.


Environmental Conditions and Physical Demands

  • Above moderate physical activity.
  • Manual dexterity to reach/handle items, work with fingers and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds.
  • Employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, and balance.
  • Final candidate must pass a thorough background check.


Work Schedule

  • Full time position: 40 hours per week, primarily during normal weekday business hours (9am-5pm Monday through Friday) with some early mornings, evenings, and weekends required.
  • Some remote work possible, but will be primarily in person.

Equal Opportunity Employer – diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


Company facilities and school campuses are tobacco-free and gun-free environments.


This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position and is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities. 


Additional Information


Pay Rate and Benefits

  • Hourly rate between $14.00 and $16.00 (based on experience).
  • Position is considered an hourly employee working full-time.
  • No health/medical benefits are available through Book’em.
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation, and personal time included.
  • Opportunity to work with a talented and dedicated team and to make a difference.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email the following to Melissa Spradlin at

  • a cover letter describing how you are qualified for this position and why you are interested in it
  • your resume


  • Date Posted: April 26, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 05/31/2022
  • Salary Range: $14.00-$16.00/hour
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:30am - 5:00pm; with some evenings and weekends required with advance notice