Hiring: Read2Me Program Assistant (AmeriCorps)

Tacoma Community House (TCH) seeks an AmeriCorps member to serve as a Read2Me Program Assistant for the term of September 16, 2018 to July 31, 2019. This position supports the Read2Me program that TCH coordinates within four Tacoma Public Elementary Schools. Read2Me is a unique tutoring program where trained volunteers work with Kindergarten–3rd grade students to improve their comprehension skills and nurture a life-long love of reading.

This program supports TCH’s overall mission of “creating opportunities for immigrants and other community members in the Puget Sound region through comprehensive services focused on self-sufficiency, inclusion and advocacy,” as reading interventions at the earliest levels create a foundation for learning and self-efficacy.

This position receives a monthly stipend and benefits through AmeriCorps, and is contingent on funding.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Community Engagement

  • Develop parent engagement platforms through our strategic partnership on the local level, established between the local public housing authority, the Tacoma Public Library, and Read2Me
  • Support volunteer recruitment efforts
  • Develop and implement family literacy workshops

Volunteer Engagement

  • Produce and distribute monthly Read2Me e-newsletter
  • Organize quarterly tutor-training workshops in partnership with the Tacoma School District
  • Conduct new tutor orientations

Volunteer Management

  • Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers who will further the goals of the AmeriCorps project
  • Oversee the volunteer activities of the AmeriCorps project to ensure that the activities are allowable and not prohibited
  • Implement at least three new effective volunteer management practices

Program Support

  • Tutor a student at one Read2Me school
  • Substitute for other volunteer tutors
  • Data collection
  • Resource development—curriculum, book and supply lists, etc.
  • Support volunteer appreciation efforts
  • Event support

Additional Responsibilities for Washington Service Corps (WSC) Members

  • Washington Service Corps (WSC) members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release Members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.



  • Ability to be sensitive to adults and youth of varying backgrounds, abilities, and cultures
  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong presentation skills and able to talk to a group of adults and students
  • Demonstrated ability to process tasks independently
  • Proficient computer skills including data entry, Google Suite and word processing
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities


  • Bachelor’s degree


  • Experience managing elementary age children in a professional capacity

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time
  • Manual dexterity to include light lifting, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and reaching

Time Requirements

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Some evening/weekend shifts required

AmeriCorps Program Benefits 

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  • Monthly stipend
  • Basic health insurance
  • Workers compensation coverage
  • Childcare assistance
  • Education award to use for future schooling or pay off student loans
  • Student loan forbearance

Application Process

Email your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Kerrisan Meyer, Volunteer Services Manager, at kmeyer@tacomacommunityhouse.org. Recruitment will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Term Dates: September 16, 2018 – July 31, 2019

Tacoma Community House is an equal opportunity employer. 

Tacoma Community House is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and program participants and to strengthening sensitivity throughout the agency.

Tacoma Community House is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, national origin, political or union affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, Vietnam era veteran status, or other non bona-fide job requirements. Applicants in need of accommodations are encouraged to call (253) 383-3951.

Additional Information

About Tacoma Community House: Tacoma Community House is a 108-year-old Human Services agency, begun as a Settlement House to serve immigrants. Today we serve immigrants, refugees and low income youth and adults, helping them to become self-sufficient.

Mission: Tacoma Community House creates opportunities for immigrants and other community members in the Puget Sound region through comprehensive services focused on self-sufficiency, inclusion and advocacy.

Vision: We are a pathway to change, leading to generations of self-sufficient people and a region welcoming of immigrants and refugees.

Why work at Tacoma Community House? We are an agency with a long history of quality services which attracts staff with expertise and commitment to our mission. We have won many awards over the years for our services and for the quality of our workplace.