Make a difference in the lives and futures of millions of children.

Employment with Reach Out and Read represents more than just a job.  Our team is comprised of highly-skilled professionals who have a deep commitment to excellence, and to the children and families we serve.  Every member of our dedicated organization is critical to fulfilling our mission.  Employees enjoy a pleasant and productive work environment, and enjoy excellent benefits that include health and dental coverage, generous vacation and holidays, life insurance, short and long term disability, and 401k/403b opportunities. We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Americans with Disabilities:
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

Available Positions

Programs Data and Systems Specialist

Development and Communications Intern

Volunteer at a Reach Out and Read Program Site


Programs Data and Systems Specialist
About the Position: 
The Programs Data and Systems Specialist will support four key elements of the Reach Out and Read National Programs team:  monthly new program site start-up, communication with our field networks, technical assistance/customer service, and data entry and analysis.  This position is a key role at the Reach Out and Read National Center, providing key technical support to our national and field network staff, as well as to our programs across the country.  The Programs Data and Systems Specialist is both highly skilled technically and interpersonally - someone who can navigate complex data reporting systems one minute, then respond professionally and personably to an incoming call the next; someone with focused  attention to detail, yet who understands the nature of the Reach Out and Read program and how our literacy program  fits into a busy healthcare clinic setting; someone who understands the importance of quantitative data, and can assist in synthesizing that data for organization-wide use.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1) Coordinates the monthly new program site start-up process (approximately 25 applications/month)
- Compiles and organizes documentation and data for monthly review of completed applications
- Notifies appropriate Reach Out and Read national and field staff regarding newly-approved sites' status
- Coordinates and oversees the monthly process and data entry for activating new program sites
Provides general information about and assists program sites with technical support around accessing online medical provider training
- Responds to general inquiries about the Reach Out and Read application process and requirements

2. Supports the National Center's communication efforts with our national field network and program sites
- Sends out e-mail invitations, reminders, and updates to the field, and tracks responses
- Coordinates with Public Awareness Manager and program staff around electronic distribution of a variety of monthly and quarterly bulletins and newsletters
- Maintains and extracts from programs database (Access) relevant mailing lists based on constituency role, geographic location, intended audience, etc., and troubleshoots same.    
- Schedules and coordinates virtual and web-based meetings and/or field network conference calls along with associated follow-up.
-Assists in preparation of presentations (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezi), notices, agendas and reports related to specific events or meetings
- Coordinates logistics for annual in-person national leadership meetings

3. Provides data-related and technical assistance and customer service to National Center staff, our field network leaders, and program sites:
- Responds to program-related data requests, emails, and general inquiries that come in via email and phone
- Responsible for physical and electronic records related to national programmatic efforts
- Maintains and updates our electronic Document Library with PDFs, Word Documents, and related materials
- Prepares materials for mailings and other related office tasks.

4. Supports the maintenance and presentation of Reach Out and Read programmatic data:
- Creates, updates and runs monthly program-related statistical tables and reports for organization-wide use
- Creates and maintains spreadsheets related to programs-related projects and data, including using Excel formulas
- Data-entry and updating, as needed, of National Center's programs database

5. Performs other duties as assigned or as required

Desired Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent knowledge or experience
- 2-4 years of relevant work experience
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Proven track record in daily customer service
- Impeccable attention to detail
- Professional, personable telephone demeanor; as comfortable on the phone as with emailing
- Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff and management, both in-person and virtually, knowing when to pick up the phone vs. emailing
- Strong oral communication and professional business writing skills
- Demonstrated experience both in extracting data from and formulating queries in Access, as well as data synthesis, analysis and presentation
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a willingness to offer solutions/troubleshoot as problems arise
- Demonstrated willingness to take initiative and handle multiple, daily priorities
- Experience with coordinating training (or other remote) sessions is a plus, as is providing programmatic and technical assistance to an extensive network of programs
- Extensive experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. SQL knowledge is highly valued
- Understanding of/experience working in health systems is a plus
- Strong personal commitment to Reach Out and Read's mission

Position Specifications:
Full Time (40 hours)
Position will require a background check
Position is located in Boston at the National Center

Application Instructions:
Please, send your cover letter and resume to
Please, include the job title in the subject line of your email
No phone calls, please.


Development and Communications Intern

 Reach Out and Read is seeking a current college student who is interested in providing a wide range of research, database, communications, and administrative support for the Reach Out and Read development team. Specific responsibilities include:
-Conducting research on potential donors, foundations, and corporate partners;
-Drafting research memoranda and event briefings;
-Assisting with data maintenance projects in Salesforce, Reach Out and Read's development database;
-Participating in marketing strategy;
-Assisting with mailings and filing as needed.

This is a paid part-time position with a flexible schedule. The development intern will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week during regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm), though more hours are appreciated. Additionally we will offer nonprofit career development, networking opportunities, and the ability to gain experience in prospect research, database management, marketing and donor relations. The intern will also have the opportunity go on site visits, engage with our programs operations, and learn more about the importance of early literacy interventions.

Desired Qualifications:
-Strong writing and research skills.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
-Organized, with excellent attention to detail.
-Good interpersonal skills, with an interest in learning more about development, marketing, and donor relations.
-Database experience is appreciated, but not required


Volunteer at a Reach Out and Read Program Site

The Reach Out and Read model depends on the support and involvement of thousands of volunteers nationwide. If you'd like to learn more about volunteering at an individual Reach Out and Read program site, click here.

Awards & Endorsements Recognition for Reach Out and Read's Impact Nationwide.
Endorsed By American Academy of Pediatrics
Award Winner 2013 David M. Rubenstein Prize
Endorsed by National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Literacy Partner American Academy of Family Physicians
Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
56 Roland Street, Suite 100D
Boston, MA 02129-1243

Parent Resources

A Prescription to Read 20 Minutes Every Day.

Suggested Reading:

Title: Stone Soup
Author: Jon J. Muth
Reading To Your Four Year Old

Sharing classic tales or nursery rhymes with your child is a wonderful way to expand cultural literacy.  Think about how often a reference to classic children's stories such as "Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" is made in conversation, with the expectation that everyone knows the stories.

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