Careers at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York

The Mission

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s (ROR GNY) mission is to prepare children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. In the Greater New York region, ROR GNY provides new, age-appropriate books and literacy guidance to over a quarter of a million children in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.

The History

Pediatricians and early childhood specialists founded Reach Out and Read in 1989 at Boston City Hospital, now a part of Boston Medical Center. Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) was later launched as a separate agency in New York City in 1997 (incorporated in 1999). Initially formed as a coalition of 35-member program sites, ROR GNY has grown incrementally over the years.

The coalition of member sites now numbers 200 ROR programs region wide. ROR GNY is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms and builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The 250,000 families served annually by ROR GNY read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, with stronger language skills, and better prepared to succeed.

The Program

Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part ROR model to promote early literacy and school readiness
• In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
• The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s keep.
• In the waiting room, displays, information, and books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for parents the pleasures – and techniques – of reading aloud.

CURRENT SEARCH (All posts updated on 9/25/17)

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

DESCRIPTION

Over a third of New York’s children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they will need to learn to read. Almost 1 in 4 children in low-income homes have fewer than 10 books of any kind in their household. Studies show that early exposure to books and the printed word marks the difference between prepared and unprepared students.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York capitalizes on the trust and respect parents have for their children’s pediatrician, as well as the frequent access pediatricians have with young children. In fact, 96% of all children 0-5 see their doctor at least once a year—more than any other service provider. Doctors and nurses in the Reach Out and Read program volunteer their time to implement the program, allowing the majority of resources to be used for books and program support.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern with strong organizational, communication and research skills to assist with all aspects of the organization’s communications and public relations strategies. Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Create and assemble packages for development, marketing, and donor cultivation projects
  • Assist with database management activities, including building press contact lists
  • Research and track news coverage of ROR GNY and relevant policy issues to inform communications activities
  • Assist with media outreach and placement
  • Assist with social media outreach and content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms
  • Assist with event planning, as needed

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be someone who is detail-oriented, eager to learn, and able to manage tasks independently. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Experience with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Hoot Suite required. Photoshop, WordPress and database experience a plus.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to info@reachoutandreadnyc.org with “Communications Intern” in the subject line.

 

EARLY LITERACY PROJECT COORDINATOR

In partnership with NY City’s First Readers, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York is proud to implement the “Books in Your Nursery Project” at 28 hospitals throughout New York. This project provides a specially designed children’s book I Will Talk to You, Little One to every new mother upon discharge as a way to encourage all parents and caregivers to talk to their children all day, every day, starting on day one. Written by renowned publisher Phyllis E. Grann and illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Tomie DePaola, I Will talk to You, Little One is a heart-warming look at all the wonderful and simple ways new parents and caregivers can instill a life-long love of learning in their children. Reach Out and Read of Greater NY is looking for a part-time Project Coordinator to help ensure the successful administration of this project. Note that this is a two year, part-time, grant-funded position, ending in the spring of 2019.

 Responsibilities

· Serve as liaison with Reach Out and Read medical sites across NYC and Greater New York to ensure timely distribution of Phyllis Grann and Tomie DePaola’s new book: “I Will Talk to You, Little One.”

· Partner with medical sites to create a streamlined, effective process to implement the distribution of Grann/DePaola’s book in the hospital nursery.

· Communicate with Reach Out and Read medical partners on a regular basis to garner feedback about the impact of the book on new mothers/fathers and their family.

·Assist with research efforts regarding data collection and tracking.

·Collaborate with all partner literacy organizations in the NY City’s First Readers Initiative to identify ways to foster the impact of the book on families served throughout NY.

·Other administrative duties, as needed.

Experience

BA degree required.  1-2 years of experience in social services field, with a preference for background in early literacy.

More information about ROR GNY may be found at www.reachoutandreadnyc.org. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, please email the following to info@reachoutandreadnyc.org: a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume (in Word format), and where you learned about the position.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

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DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

BACKGROUND: Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) is a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. The program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at birth to age 5. As a 501(c)3 regional affiliate of a national, early literacy program, ROR GNY annually serves 275,000 children living in poverty at over 200 ROR program locations. Our geographic reach includes all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION: The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a robust portfolio of strategic relationships with private and corporate foundations, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and government entities to build ongoing and sustainable support for Reach Out and Read’s activities in the Greater New York region. S/he will also have knowledge of national prospects as part of our fundraising collaboration with the National Reach Out and Read office in Boston. Core responsibilities include: prospect research, lead development, grant writing, and fostering institutional relationships that result in long-term support and commitments. ROR GNY seeks a Director who can be a strategic, savvy, and effective champion for the organization and its initiatives, identifying opportunities, building relationships, and establishing strong partnerships.

The Development Director will effectively leverage her/his own professional network, relationships with members of ROR GNY’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and her/his personal knowledge of the landscape of early literacy, education, and healthcare to manage a solicitation strategy that encompasses a range of funders, including private and family foundations, corporate philanthropies, government agencies, and individual donors. The Director will prepare innovative, compelling, and well-written grant proposals, as well as letters of solicitation and appeals that support an increase and diversification of funding. S/he will also be responsible for overseeing the annual appeal and other special solicitations throughout the year, including the solicitation of major gifts. Additionally, the Director will oversee the effective management of funder relationships, ensuring quality in service, reporting, and communication.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The successful candidate will have an exceptional talent for strategically conceptualizing and framing program ideas to a range of internal and external constituencies, quickly mastering the concepts and language surrounding a particular issue or challenge. S/he will have a proven record of successfully stewarding relationships and cultivating long-term investments from public and private sources, including individuals, foundations, government, and corporate donors. Superior oral and written communications skills and the ability to convey complex information in a clear and culturally appropriate way are essential. The ideal candidate will be a high-energy, team-oriented individual who possesses flexibility to work in a small, fast-paced office, coupled with a warm, engaging, and polished presentation style.

We are an organization that welcomes new perspectives and innovative means of getting things done. The ideal candidate will bring a sense of creativity and resourcefulness to the role, sharing her/his knowledge, expertise, and new ideas to help our organization grow and flourish.

Knowledge of computer systems including Microsoft Office and Google Docs, development office systems (specifically GiftWorks), web design software and online databases is essential. A minimum of eight years of direct fundraising and grant writing experience is required, along with a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred). A strong personal commitment to Reach Out and Read’s mission is a plus.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, please email the following to info@reachoutandreadnyc.org: a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume (in Word format) and where you learned about the position.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

 

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