OLC is Hiring


Development & Outreach Coordinator- AmeriCorps VISTA- Apply Online


Are you passionate about educational equity and social justice? Looking to make a real difference for children and families? Excited to gain professional skills and experience to springboard a meaningful and rewarding nonprofit career? During a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service with the Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) you’ll do all the above while building the capacity of an innovative and emerging nonprofit leading the effort to transform the Oakland community through the power of literacy and collaboration.


The Oakland Literacy Coalition serves as a hub to connect and strengthen the literacy efforts taking place all across our city. We know that building a future where every Oakland child learns and loves to read will take all of us. That’s why we’ve built a thriving network of organizations and stakeholders to support our city’s learners and make better, faster progress together. We create opportunities to learn, collaborate, leverage resources, and build awareness for a citywide literacy agenda that supports equity and outcomes for all students. Through our Oakland Reads campaign we inform, engage, and connect students, schools, community partners, and parents to resources to ensure every child is ready for kindergarten and has the support they need to read and thrive by third grade. Our small, highly collaborative team is led by two co-directors, including a former VISTA.


As a key member of our team, you will fill a vital fundraising and outreach role. You will gain insight to the inner workings of a new and growing non-profit organization and get hands-on experience in fundraising, coalition building, and nonprofit communications. You will also assist with special projects that advance our mission. You’ll receive benefits, build great connections in the local education and nonprofit field, and receive coaching and mentorship to support your professional growth.

This is a year-long position beginning February 19, 2019. You will work full time out of our office in Oakland, shared with another education nonprofit organization, and will periodically attend off-site meetings and events. This VISTA position is contracted through Prevent Child Abuse California’s RISE VISTA program.


You will be instrumental in helping to strengthen our fundraising efforts and seek new funding opportunities to grow and sustain our work. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Research prospective funding sources and assist in creating the fundraising plan.
  • Work with the team to prepare grant materials, fundraising campaigns, and donation acknowledgements.
  • Support with planning and executing fundraising events.
  • Solicit in-kind donations and sponsorships.
  • Research best practices and draft marketing content and materials.
  • Provide timely and accurate data entry in Salesforce.


You will work with the team to build awareness in the community about the OLC’s programs and impact. You will help to expand our base of partners and supporters and find ways to engage them in meaningful actions to promote literacy. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Support the team to identify and implement opportunities to deepen volunteer engagement across the organization, our programs, and our network of members.
  • Support communications and implementation of our mini grants programs for family literacy events.
  • Draft content for the website, curate the blog, and ensure updates are made in a timely manner.
  • Prepare email newsletters and roundups to share news and member announcements.
  • Manage the social media accounts for the OLC and Oakland Reads. Source and post content with the goal to increase our presence and the level of engagement with our followers.


  • Passionate about social justice and excited to build the capacity of a new and growing nonprofit organization committed to educational equity.
  • A go-getter who takes initiative and ownership in your work with a desire to learn and grow.
  • A team player with a “can-do” attitude who thrives in a dynamic setting and a proactive problem solver when faced with questions and challenges.
  • A conscientious communicator with strong interpersonal skills and experience working with diverse communities.
  • An excellent writer.
  • Organized, attentive to details, and a capable multi-tasker.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and experienced working on social media platforms. (Familiarity with Mail Chimp, Word Press, Google Docs, and Salesforce a plus!)
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.
  • Equipped with a valid Driver’s License, automobile insurance, and reliable means of transportation.


  • Living allowance of $2,010 gross per month.
  • Housing stipend of up to $500 per month.
  • Choice between Educational Award of $6,095 or cash stipend of $1,815 upon completion of service.
  • Current student loan deferment or loan forbearance, if applicable.
  • Emergency health benefit for individual.
  • Childcare reimbursement of up to $400 per month, if income eligible.
  • Mileage reimbursement.
  • Relocation reimbursement of up to $550, if moving over 50 miles for this project.
  • Ongoing coaching and mentorship from the Co-Directors.
  • Connections with a wide range of Oakland literacy agencies and opportunities to build relationships with key stakeholders in Oakland education.
  • Insight and experience with coalition building and cross-agency systems work (e.g. how to get multiple agencies and systems to buy-in and work together to push forward an agenda).
  • Professional and leadership development trainings.


Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2018 through our posting on the AmeriCorps website here.

A downloadable PDF version of the job posting is available here.

The Oakland Literacy Coalition is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.


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