Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is seeking a Project Associate to be based in the greater Newark area. This position will support services and events and requires the willingness to travel, if needed. It is a great opportunity to develop communication, organization, data and project delivery skill-sets, while enjoying the benefits and culture of an established and mission-driven nonprofit.
What are the main responsibilities of this role?
- Provide administrative support to Operations team & Regional Manager, including: filing, making copies, answering main phone line, supply management, sending materials, calendar management, preparing expense reports, coordinating literacy material orders and special projects as requested.
- Maintain accurate project data, including: timely, accurate database updates, document management, entering contact and project details into Salesforce and checking for timesheet and invoice accuracy.
- Support for on & off-site events, including: arriving early/staying late to ensure successful start/completion, monitoring in-progress events and responding to presenter and participant needs, confirming participants, ordering/setting-up refreshments, distributing event materials and logistical information to attendees, accurately collecting and inputting event details into Salesforce, adding events to company calendar, managing event registration/participant check-in, booking event space and required technology, collecting and summarizing survey data and physical event set-up (arranging chairs, buffet tables, food orders, materials, etc.).
- Representing CLI externally & internally, including: coordinating regional office needs and activity, serving as first point of contact, corresponding and welcoming event participant and presenters.
What is required to be considered for this role?
- Valid Driver’s License, vehicle access and insurance
- Flexibility with standard work hours and willingness to travel
- Bachelor’s Degree in related area (Business, Nonprofit Management, Communications, etc.) strongly preferred
- At least 1-year office experience
- Passion for excellent customer service
- Strong attention to detail
- Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
- Ability to prioritize tasks from different sources and communicate expectations and progress to stakeholders
- Ability to troubleshoot and react to changing needs/potential issues
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Proficient with Microsoft Office and Internet
What other skills are needed?
- Ability to make connections and anticipate needs
- Ability to handle situations calmly and diplomatically
- Comfort with communicating ideas to management and escalating potential issues appropriately
- Solution-oriented thought process
- Nonprofit or event planning experience preferred
- Exposure to Salesforce or other database preferred
CLI is a mission driven organization that is committed to embracing the diverse array of individuals who comprise our team. We draw inspiration for innovation from the children we serve and from educators, administrators, and the work-at-large. Founded in Philadelphia, PA 30 years ago, CLI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides educators with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction for prekindergarten through third grade. CLI’s work has been validated by prestigious organizations and has garnered national attention.
CLI’s proven theory of action shows that when teachers receive the right combination and intensity of training and coaching, they can become exemplary instructors who make an impact in helping children achieve. Our workshops and institutes build teachers’ understanding of literacy and the art and science of teaching children how to read and write. By focusing on professional skills that improve over time and are not lost when administrations, buildings, or curricula change, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.
Children’s Literacy Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Learning to read by the end of third grade is a strong predictor of a student’s future academic achievement.
A teacher’s literacy instruction plays the most critical role in a student’s reading development, but many teachers fail to receive adequate training in this area.
By helping educators learn high-impact instructional strategies and nurturing dynamic professional learning communities, CLI builds lasting capacity in teachers and principals over time.
CLI works with district partners to create sustainable organizational processes that continue the trajectory of improvement in schools. Building a teacher’s instructional expertise impacts student learning over the course of a teacher’s career.