Storytime Village partners with AmeriCorps VISTA to build capacity for our organization and expand current efforts to address the literacy issue in our community.
Below are descriptions of the positions we are looking to fill. If you have questions, or you know someone who would fit the position well, contact for more information.
To apply, see descriptions below.
Education Programs Coordinator
This VISTA will assess curriculum, materials, and administrative policies and procedures for Storytime Village's RISE program to help improve the quality of the literacy program; Evaluate and improve recruitment and registration systems for parent workshops and literacy mentor training to increase the number of parent and mentors receiving literacy services in Wichita, KS; evaluate volunteer coordination policies and procedures to increase the number of volunteers and to improve the training and support structures; Conduct capacity building research to support the creation of new curriculum for the Literacy Champions program.
The Special Events Coordinator VISTA will work primarily to build Storytime Village’s capacity through coordination of special events that benefit underserved Kansas children from birth to age 8. The Special Events Coordinator will work closely with the Fundraising and Development Coordinator and Marketing and Communications Coordinator to build capacity for the organization through planning and execution of special events. Events will build community relationships and support annual fundraising efforts, while generating operational, unrestricted revenue. The event development and execution will aim to improve the low literacy rates of economically disadvantaged children in Wichita, Kansas.
The VISTA will work closely with the Program Director to build and refine internal communication processes. This will include reviewing current internal communication practices and identifying communication challenges; researching solutions to communication challenges; presenting challenges and suggested solutions; and helping implement communication processes in the organization. The VISTA will also create a marketing plan to expand the organization’s external reach and garner more exposure for potential funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
The Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator VISTA will help plan, schedule, coordinate, and evaluate Storytime Village's educational and community outreach events and programs in 5 Kansas communities, Junction City, Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka, and Wichita. Programs include author readings and signings, books drive, camps, school assemblies, workshops, Storytime Village The Show programs, and more, promoting and fostering lifelong learning and outreach activities for pre-k- 3rd-grade students, families, organizations, and communities.
The VISTA Leader will help to expand and enhance current projects and sustainability by recruiting VISTA members. VISTA Leaders will also develop and implement trainings for members, maintain regular communication with them, track weekly reports, promote member success stories, and assemble data for reporting. The VISTA Leader will help build capacity for Storytime Village by supporting the activities of the VISTA members who are working to improve literacy rates in Kansas.
The Fundraising & Development VISTA will serve to support the expansion and function of Storytime Village during this period of growth. The Development VISTA will build the capacity of the organization through the exploration of available community resources and the creation of grant proposals. The position will also include planning fundraising and donor acknowledgment events.