The Children’s Book Bank fills children's homes and lives with quality books, giving children the chance to develop the literacy skills they need to become future readers, learners, and citizens.
The Volunteer Coordinator will schedule, train, and supervise individual and groups of volunteers to sort, clean and repair, bundle, and box donated books. This position will manage book stewards: long term specialized volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinator will manage relationships with corporate and community partners and Hands On Greater Portland, and will track and enter volunteer data. This position will work closely with other staff matching volunteer resources with book flow. This position reports to the Volunteer Program Manager and is a full-time, non-exempt position.
Work performed in the warehouse involves a significant amount of walking on concrete surfaces. This position is fast-paced and physical and involves standing for extended periods of time as well as lifting (moving and carrying boxes up to 30 pounds), stooping, squatting, kneeling, and bending. This work involves operating pallet lifting machinery. This work also requires the ability and constant vigilance to maintain an orderly, tidy workspace.
Program Support (70%)
Represent The Children’s Book Bank in a professional, welcoming, energetic manner to volunteers and community members
Ensure culture is welcoming
Orient and train new volunteers
Observe and educate others about safety protocols
Prepare work areas, materials, tasks, and accommodations for warehouse volunteers
Coordinate all at-home volunteers
Lead group volunteer book cleaning sessions
Assist with book donation intake, including greeting book donors and bringing donations from cars to warehouse
Assist with quality assurance of books prepared for distribution
Keep warehouse tidy, volunteer work areas stocked and maintained
Represent The Children’s Book Bank at offsite events
Help with intake, sorting, bundling and boxing of books
Add new books to inventory and display on shelves
Coordinate the flow of books throughout the space, minimizing bottlenecks and optimizing flow
Organize book bundles and boxes of books in the warehouse for ordered storage
Coordinating volunteers or interns researching culturally specific titles for the Story Like Mine collection
Operate pallet lift machinery
Other program duties as required
Maintain volunteer and community resource postings on Hands On Portland and The Children’s Book Bank website, and complete relevant documentation
Other communications duties as required
Provide volunteer and logistical support for special events
Organize Fall Book Harvest and other book drives as assigned
Other development duties as required
Track volunteer hours, record in Salesforce, and create reports as needed
Enter in-kind book donations into Salesforce
Record and track incoming and outgoing book inventory at various points in the process
Plan recognition events
Other administrative duties as required
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Demonstrated ability to engage, motivate, and supervise volunteers
Desire and ability to communicate clearly and connect easily and enthusiastically with others
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to take responsibility for multiple projects and complete them on time with limited supervision
Excellent computer skills, and knowledge of office software including Microsoft Office and Salesforce or similar constituent relationship management software
Has mission-driven desire for organization to have the highest level of positive impact for children served by our program
Is self-motivated and disciplined to set and achieve goals and can work independently, but will ask for direction or support as needed
Demonstrates awareness, attitudes, knowledge and skills that foster a climate of equity and inclusion
Is helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented
Builds strong working relationships and contributes to a positive work environment
Ability to stand for extended periods of time and ability to lift up to 30 pounds
Salary: $19 – 21/per hour
15 days of PTO
9 named holidays and 2 floating holidays
Contribution to a Qualified Small Employee Health Reimbursement Arrangement
Access to Oregon Saves
12 hours paid volunteer time off each year
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK
Founded in 2007, The Children’s Book Bank addresses one of the most important factors affecting children’s literacy and early development – the availability of books at home. The Children’s Book Bank serves to be a place where anyone can make a difference. Enjoy a work environment that is welcoming and accessible and that values creativity, collaboration, staff input, collegiality, and autonomy. The Children’s Book Bank is ADA-accessible with single-stall bathrooms, offers the option of a standing desk and is accessible by TriMet. At The Children’s Book Bank, every staff member is an integral member of the team.
Vision A community where all children have equal opportunity to succeed as future readers and learners
Mission To advance child literacy, encourage family bonding, and ignite curiosity through the power of books
Equity: We acknowledge the historical and present-day injustices that impact marginalized communities. To help dismantle systems of oppression and injustice, we strive to make decisions through an equity lens to ensure every child owns a collection of quality books.
Education: We celebrate the unique period in young children's development when language and literacy acquisition are foundational to a life of learning
Inclusivity: We elevate books in which children see themselves and their community meaningfully represented. Inclusive representation creates opportunities for children to expand their world and envision a future of possibilities.
Community: We listen to our community in a collective effort to continuously evolve and better meet the needs of those we serve.
Empathy: We cultivate empathy, honor differences, and engender compassion through a shared love of reading.
Respect: We foster teamwork, show appreciation and treat all people with dignity and respect.
Sustainability: We prioritize restoring and rehoming beloved books to create a sustainable future for children and the environment.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Children’s Book Bank is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
To apply, submit the following to the Hiring Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how you are the best candidate to fill the role
Review of applications will begin July 23 2021. Open until filled.