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BoulderReads Children's Literacy Program Coordinator

Boulder Public Library District

Main Library

Application Deadline

Apply By Nov 27th, 2023


$28.85 to $32.09 per Hour   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

Job Title: BoulderReads Children’s Literacy Coordinator  

Department: Literacy and Outreach

Schedule: Full-time 40 hours per week.  Some evenings and weekends may be required.     

FLSA Classification:  Non-exempt

Job Level: Individual Contributor 

Job Summary:  The BoulderReads Children’s Literacy Coordinator coordinates the Reading Buddies programs for children’s literacy development. They conduct community outreach to strengthen literacy, inform community members of library programs and services, and ensure equitable opportunities for community engagement with the library. They cultivate relationships with key strategic partners and community collaborators to deliver children’s literacy development programs especially for underserved communities and children who are English language learners. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and manages all aspects of the Reading Buddies program including application process, workplans and schedules, daily program tasks, and in person management of the program.  (40%)
  • Conducts programming through volunteers. Coordinates with Volunteer Services to recruit, train, and manage program volunteers. Oversees volunteers and participants during program. (20%)
  • Build the Reading Buddies and other literacy models that enable the library to reach more children with literacy programming and services. (20%)
  • Plans, organizes, and delivers literacy programs and events in collaboration with colleagues, volunteers, and community partners and other stakeholders to increase community members’ literacy skills and awareness of and access to library programs and services. Delivers literacy and outreach activities in English and Spanish. (20%)

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Creates and conducts outreach and engages the community to promote literacy, children and youth program participation, use of library resources, and volunteerism. Presents to groups and represents the library in meetings and activities with partners.
  • Develops and implements evaluation procedures in collaboration with colleagues and community partners to assess program and training effectiveness by soliciting and reviewing volunteer, children’s, and parents’ feedback.
  • Reports on program activities, evaluation results, impact, and recommendations. Implements changes based on results.
  • Manages inventory of supplies and resources needed for literacy programs and outreach.
  • Creates and maintains a Reading Buddies calendar of program dates based on CU academic calendar and/or other program requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education and experience - Bachelor's degree in education and demonstrated knowledge of children’s literacy development with an understanding of the processes underlying proficient reading. A minimum of two years of experience working with elementary-aged children and their families.
  • Technical experience – Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, volunteer databases, mobile technology, and applications to schedule, email, conduct data entry, maintain records, and create multimedia presentations.
  • Communication – Strong communication, presentation, and customer service skills to effectively communicate and serve a variety of people, including adults, teens, and children of all ages.
  • Cross Cultural and language experience – Experience and ability to work effectively and respectfully with persons from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Project management – Demonstrated experience with program management and managing multiple programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience delivering programs that engage Latinx community members and English language learners.
  • Volunteer management experience including training and coaching adults or young adults.
  • Experience collaborating with community organizations about program planning and delivery.


Working Conditions:

Light work in an office environment and periodically meetings and outreach in the community at community organizations’ offices and events. Exerting up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Performing repetitive motions. Grasping, lifting and/or raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to position. Seeing, hearing, and speaking required.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Health and Wellness Benefits

· Group medical, dental and vision benefits to employees who work 20 hours or more per week

· Lifestyle Spending Account for all benefit-eligible employees

· Employer paid basic life and long-term disability insurance

· Employer paid employee assistance program for employees and their household members

· Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts for all benefit-eligible employees

· Voluntary , employee paid, group accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity plans for all benefit-eligible employees

· Employees who work 20 hours or more per week are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee for adoption or foster care

· Infant at Work Program

Time-off Benefits

· New employees accrue 4 weeks paid vacation 

· 80 hours of paid sick leave per year for employees who work 20 hours or more per week

· 12 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays

· Time off for jury duty, bereavement and voting

· Pet adoption leave

· New grandparent leave

Helping Your Future

· Public Employee Retirement Association of Colorado (PERA) Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan

· PERA 401(k) Plan

· Tuition reimbursement program and student debt repayment assistance

· Paid training and professional development 

Library Perks

Easy access to unlimited resources—including books, movies, programs, digital technology and more 

The Community

The BPLD is committed to advancing equity in our diverse community by providing accessible programs, print and digital materials, tools and technology, and educational opportunities. Across our five current locations, we are proud to offer resources such as a makerspace, art galleries, outdoor learning areas, a multimedia local history archive, community literacy programs, and a theater. Boulder Public Library strives to be a safe and welcoming place to all staff and patrons, alike. Through outreach, community partnerships, and volunteer-driven programs, we seek to adapt our services to those who may experience barriers to visiting our physical locations.  

We circulate more than 1.5 million items annually, but we believe that a library is more than a place to borrow free materials. As a vital civic space, we provide opportunities for our more than 500,000 yearly visitors to study, host meetings, be introduced to new people or experiences, and connect to essential local services.

Our employees are part of a vibrant, uplifting workplace culture that honors the joy and commitment of meaningful public service, while still caring for the needs of the individual.  Our work is highly collaborative, adaptive, inquisitive, and is always on-going. We are passionate individuals with diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences and we are dedicated to our mission of connecting people, ideas and information to transform lives and strengthen our community. 


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