Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 2 guests online.

Family Literacy Coordinator Position




TITLE:  Family Literacy Coordinator                         DEPARTMENT: MCS African Project

EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT .80 FTE Non-exempt                           REPORTS TO: MCS Director

SALARY: Depending on experience

POSITION SUMMARY: This position coordinates the Family Literacy component of the African Project. Oversees mentors/tutors component; acts as a liaison between agency, families and community.



ü      Identify and recruit 40 African refugee mothers with a child 3-10 years of age for literacy

mentoring services. The program has two six months period, with 20 students.  

ü      Assess the needs of mothers and children and help them meet their needs through developing action plans and participation in project activities ü      Provide client case management services including intake, assessment of literacy levels and language skills, service plan and on-going progress evaluations ü      Provide information, referral and follow up for program participants.

ü      Maintain comprehensive and timely case files and accurate, up-date records, including

documentation of client eligibility

ü      Recruit and screen 40/50 volunteer literacy mentors to work with mothers and children

ü      Coordinate cultural competency and mentor methodology trainings for volunteers and ü      Organize monthly volunteer support meeting.

ü      Monitor mentor/family progress via monthly reports from volunteers

ü      Maintain up-to-date and accurate volunteer files

ü      Develop client-specific curriculum and materials  

ü      Evaluate success of mentoring activities through regularly reviewing attendance records

and client satisfaction surveys

ü      Provide a written year-end evaluation report summarizing client accomplishments, including

recommendations for further literacy skill-building

ü      Provide cross-cultural trainings to community partners working with African families

ü      Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity in the delivery of client services as it relates to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the populations served

ü      Model and encourage direct, professional communication among staff members and

facilitate development of a positive staff support network

ü      Perform other related duties as requested by AWC Supervisor  SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position supervises a minimum of 40 volunteer mentors and other volunteers recruited as needed   


§         College degree in a related field; ESL and/or reading certification Required

§         Two years experience working with African immigrant families

§         Demonstrated record of success working in both African and American cultures

§         Able to balance multiple responsibilities and work without constant supervision.

§         Able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

§         Punctual and able to work some evenings and weekends

§         Able to work effectively as a team member in a multicultural setting

§         Familiarity with non-profit organizations

§         Excellent organizational, communication and English language skills

§         Computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel.

§         Valid driver's license and      current insurance and access to a car. Must be approved by

agency insurance company to transport clients

§         Must pass agency criminal history background check


LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Fluent in English. Knowledge of a major African language a plus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position is based at LCSNW at 605 SE 39th Avenue, Portland; some outside work with families and community partners.


CLOSING DATE:  until fill   


TO APPLY:  Submit resume and cover letter to Evelyne Ello-Hart, AWC Supervisor, Lutheran Community Services NW, 605 SE 39th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214; [email protected] Fax : 503-233-0667










-- Evelyne Ello-HartAfrican Women's Coalition Lead StaffLutheran Community Services Northwest-Pea Soup Project Program Supervisor