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6 Jul 2023

Instructional Support Program Associate, READ 718

READ 718

Job Description

READ 718, Program Associate

About READ 718

READ 718 is a Brooklyn community-based organization providing individualized, evidence-based, one-to-one literacy instruction to children from low-income households in grades 3-8 who have fallen behind in reading. We are committed to closing the literacy gap in Brooklyn and helping to ensure educational access and equity for all Brooklyn children. Our immediate goal is for our participants to leave our program reading at or above grade level; our ultimate goal is to make a substantial impact on our students’ lifelong education and life outcomes by strengthening their fundamental reading skills.

We operate in two centers in Brooklyn (Boerum Hill and Bed-Stuy) as well as remotely.

The Position

The Boerum Hill Program Associate will aid the Program Manager in all aspects of their work. They will take part in conducting reading assessments with new students, will design lesson plans to meet each student’s needs, will communicate effectively with families and volunteer tutors, and will help oversee the implementation of lessons in consultation with volunteers. The position will be in-person at our Boerum Hill literacy center (420 Atlantic Avenue). The Program Associate will be responsible for working with the Program Manager on a variety of tasks including leveling and organizing books in our libraries, data entry, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, family onboarding, and regular communication with families and volunteers. 

 Program-specific Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake interviews and reading assessments with potential participants to determine eligibility
  • Design 10-week lesson plans for individual students, informed by assessment results and update regularly
  • Assemble all materials pertaining to lesson plans
  • Help manage and give guidance to volunteer tutors
  • Draft student profiles and share information with volunteers and parents
  • Maintain an organized library 
  • Tutor a child for at least 10 weeks and fill in for absent tutors during sessions
  • Assist with volunteer and family recruitment each cycle to help maintain a full program
  • Participate in and help organize events and evening or weekend workshops at the Boerum Hill location
  • Participate in and help organize occasional weekend outreach events


General Responsibilities

  • Communicate regularly with parents, guardians, and volunteer tutors about registration and attendance
  • Respond to general inquiries and provide guidance about programs and volunteering to our community
  • Help maintain an organized space; manage office and curriculum supplies
  • Support program manager on a variety of administrative tasks, including crafting the schedule each cycle, communicating regularly with families and volunteers  via phone call, text, and email
  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic working environment for children, families, and volunteers alike
  • Help with data entry into Salesforce
  • Meet regularly with the Program Manager to discuss goals, tasks, and workload
  • Collaborate with the Program Manager to create/implement community workshops each cycle


  • BA in Education or related field; background in literacy education strongly preferred
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Self-starter and problem-solver with collaborative, positive attitude
  • Passionate about READ 718 mission
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with children in grades 1-8
  • Ability to design lesson plans
  • Fluent in Spanish a big plus


$41,600 (please note this is 4 days per week)


Monday-Thursday, 10:30-6:30 pm; occasional evenings and weekends for workshops or events. Health benefits, 401K benefits, 4 weeks paid vacation

Start Date: August 28, 2023

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.