Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
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 www.bookem-kids.org.
To recruit, train and supervise sufficient volunteers to meet Book’em’s organizational and programmatic goals, develop and implement communications plans to raise awareness about Book’em in the community, perform day-to-day volunteer coordination and communications functions, and collaborate with staff, board and volunteers to fulfill our mission.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruit, place, train, supervise, retain and provide recognition for Book’em volunteers, Books for Nashville’s Kids, special events, office/warehouse, transportation, and book room needs.
- Build relationships with businesses, universities, community organizations, and individuals who have an interest in our target populations and literacy.
- Develop and implement a Book’em communications plan for news items, program updates, volunteer opportunities, professional development, and recognition.
- Share news of activities and accomplishments of volunteers through news and social media outlets.
- Build relationships with communication organizations such as print and broadcast media, social media outlets, and marketing/public relations organizations.
- Coordinate and handle book drives and book donations. Increase book donations. Assist with book requests and book distributions.
- Supervise two part-time after-hours volunteer group engagement specialists.
- Recruit and supervise interns and part-time and contract employees as assigned.
- Develop a volunteer tracking and assessment plan to set targets and report outcomes for volunteer engagement.
- Serve as editor for a monthly Book’em e-newsletter.
- When called upon, assist the reading programs coordinator with recruiting, training, placing and/or supervising reading role model volunteers, who are part of our Reading Is Fundamental and Ready for Reading programs.
- Share potential revenue sources from volunteer contacts with the executive director and fund development coordinator.
- Assist with operations, technology, marketing, social media, office functions, books, volunteers, 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, volunteer 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, including donor management software (Little Green Light) and email marketing software (Emma).
- Valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance is required. Use of personal vehicle will be required at times.
Education and Experience Required
- Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
- Prefer one or more years of work experience in volunteer management, communications/marketing, children’s literacy/books, project management, non-profit or related field.
- Or equivalent education and/or experience.
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.
Full-time position: 40 hours per week, primarily during normal weekday business hours (between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday) with some early mornings, evenings and weekends required.
Full-time position: $11-$12 per hour (non-negotiable); No health/medical benefits are available through Book’em. Paid time off for holidays, vacation and personal time included.
Full-time position: $11-$12 per hour (non-negotiable)
No health/medical benefits are available through Book’em.
Paid time off for holidays, vacation and personal time included.
How to Apply
Email cover letter and resume to Melissa Spradlin at Melissa@bookem-kids.org.
In your cover letter, please include:
- Why this position is of interest to you
- Why you are a good fit for this position
- Confirmation that you are able and willing to safely perform the physical requirements of this position
- Confirmation that the pay rate of $11-$12 per hour is acceptable to you
- Date Posted: March 3, 2020
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Start Date: 04/13/2020
- Salary Range: 11.00-$12.00/hour
- Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm