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Program Manager - San Francisco

Program | San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Program Manager – San Francisco


Reading Partners launched in 1999 with the mission to expand opportunities for children in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading, developing strong literacy skills, and building the confidence and self-esteem critical to empowerment and community development. Reading Partners provides children with robust one-on-one reading support through a structured, research-based curriculum that engages students and provides basic building blocks to supplement their academic growth. On average, Reading Partners students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program.

Working in partnership with teachers, schools, and community volunteers, Reading Partners has grown from serving 100 students in 2003 in northern California with a budget of $180,000 to serving over 5,000 students in California, Washington, D.C., New York, Texas, Maryland, and Colorado with a budget of over $13M. As one of only a handful of nonprofits to receive two highly competitive federal Social Innovation Fund grants, Reading Partners has plans for continued rapid growth into other regions. For more information about Reading Partners, please


Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.

How we do it:

  • Focus on children from low-income communities.
  • Give one-on-one instruction at the student's reading level.
  • Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children.
  • Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.
  • Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child's life.


The Reading Partners Program Manager – San Francisco works with the Executive Director - East Bay/San Francisco/Marin Region to build and cultivate strong relationships with schools and districts and other education organizations in the communities we serve. S/he leads and supports a team of up to five Site Coordinators in directing the day-to-day operations of our Reading Centers, and ensures volunteers are adequately trained and supported by their Site Coordinators. The Program Manager also designs and executes monthly trainings for Tutors and Site Coordinators to enrich their skills sets and increase program effectiveness.

The Program Manager is accountable for the individualized literacy plans for all students across their program sites (primarily developed by Site Coordinators), and is ultimately responsible for the ongoing adjustment of said plans to maximize literacy development of each student throughout the school year. S/he analyzes and synthesizes the quantitative and qualitative student assessment data across all school sites and delivers reports to the Executive Director on a monthly basis.  

Most importantly, the Program Manager must be able to model and internalize Reading Partners' core values, and be committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for all students while working enthusiastically toward achieving this goal.


  • The Reading Partners Program Manager - San Francisco reports to the Executive Director - East Bay/San Francisco/Marin Region
  • The Program Manager leads and supports a team of up to five Site Coordinators
  • The Program Manager is part of a national team of Program Managers and participates in regular meetings with members of the National program team.


Educational Expertise

  • Serve as primary literacy program expert for a portfolio of school sites.
  • Develop individualized intervention plans for all students at each program site and act as the educational steward for those plans
  • Monitor student progress and adapt tutoring strategies as necessary.
  • Implement any assessment or curriculum components developed by the National Team and become the on-site Subject Matter Expert in Reading Partners curriculum

Program Oversight

  • Serve as administrative liaison to school principals and district staff, ensuring strong partnerships at each program site.
  • Act as the quality assurance officer for the area, ensuring that Reading Partners programs at each school are consistent, high quality, and impactful.
  • Act at the key liaison to National program staff including creating reports, analyzing data and sharing successes and challenges across regions.
  • Conduct and oversee the training of new volunteer tutors within the region.
  • Execute regular Tutor Enrichment Trainings for volunteers.

Leadership and Management

  • Assume full accountability for the day-to-day operations of Reading Centers and on the ground program operations.
  • Lead, develop, motivate and inspire a team of up to five Site Coordinators.
  • Recruit, hire, and train Site Coordinators as necessary.
  • Provide weekly on-site support and educational guidance for each school site.
  • Support struggling Tutors and/or Students through modeling, coaching and facilitation
  • Ensure volunteer enrollment, satisfaction and support to ensure maximum student progress, and expand the number of students served.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proven familiarity and experience working with literacy assessments and teaching strategies
  • 3+ years paid experience in elementary school education and/or reading instruction.
  • Experience in producing, synthesizing, and analyzing student assessment data
  • Proven success leading, managing, and developing professional staff and volunteers
  • Proven record as an effective project or program manager
  • Work experience with underserved populations, preferably in an educational setting
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and database management. 
  • Access to reliable transportation to travel within a defined geographic region on a weekly basis
  • Flexibility and adaptability in work schedule, including some night and weekend time
  • Ability to travel to the Reading Partners national office in Oakland (as needed).


  • Master’s degree in Education or related field
  • Experience working in the launch phase of projects or programs
  • Knowledge of and connection to the Bay Area K-5 education community


The ideal candidate has a strong background in elementary education and literacy instruction for emergent and fluent readers. S/he possesses managerial skills and the ability to work collaboratively with staff and constituents of diverse backgrounds.  S/he is able to provide ongoing coaching to staff members who may have limited teaching experience but who are committed to developing a high-quality program.  S/he has experience working within school and district administrations and is able to independently identify and troubleshoot operational challenges, develop action plans to achieve student progress, and remain accountable for program results.

Most importantly, the ideal candidate is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for all students and is willing to work enthusiastically toward achieving this goal.


This position travels regularly to school sites in San Francisco with some travel throughout the Region. The Program Manager attends community events and conducts partner visits in San Francisco, and the East Bay/San Francisco/Marin Region. This position may also involve occasional travel to Reading Partners National Headquarters in Oakland, CA.


Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment.  Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers as well as maintain Reading Center records. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.  


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a full time, exempt, salaried position with comprehensive benefits and generous vacation and sick time. 


Please submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position, relevant experience/qualifications, and salary history for the past three roles.
  • Resume

Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries.