Employment Opportunities

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Family Literacy Outreach/Administrative Coordinator:

SOWN seeks a part-time Outreach/Administrative Coordinator to provide services for Philly Families Read Together, a family engagement program for grandparents and the grandchildren aged 3-8 that they are raising. The program seeks to enable grandparents to develop or enhance capacity to engage their grandchildren in their development of early literacy skills that lead to school success. The Coordinator will participate in community outreach and recruitment and serve as a point of contact to connect grandparents with other programs in SOWN’s GrandFamily Resource Center. The Family Literacy Outreach/Administrative Coordinator will have demonstrated experience recruiting participants for programs. The Coordinator will demonstrate experience working with parenting adults and/or older adults in an urban setting using a trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically sensitive approach. S/he will hold at minimum a bachelor’s degree, preferably in social work, community relations, or a related field, and have a minimum of two years’ experience in community recruitment social services or family engagement.


The Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate with the GrandFamily Educator to:

    • Pre-screen potential participants

    • Complete any consent forms and pre-surveys with new participants at enrollment

    • Assist participants as needed to complete and submit weekly logs

    • Complete any post-surveys and exit interviews with participants

    • Ensure forms and data collected are uploaded to the program’s storage system and paper files are maintained in a secure, organized fashion

    •  Develop and maintain relationships within targeted Philadelphia neighborhoods to build recruitment to SOWN’s Philly Families Read Together

    • Implement community-based workshop sessions, as needed, that help grandparents build literacy and language skills of their grandchildren

    • Track changes in children’s literacy skills and in adult behaviors and regularly update database

    • Develop, coordinate, facilitate interactive special family events that strengthen children’s literacy development and growth

    • Recruit volunteers to coach grandparents in the program’s digital literacy skills workshops

  • Engage in recruitment to community organizations, schools, aging service programs and other educational/human service programs to enroll families in the program

  • Provide grandfamilies with information and referral for additional services that support family literacy success

  • Communicate with children’s teachers/learning specialists, host organizations, and consultants to meet program requirements and troubleshoot as needed

  • Work as a member of a team to ensure high quality program implementation and coordination of services

  • Participate in program reviews, meetings, and development of reports

  • Other responsibilities as needed



  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build trusting and effective partnership

  • Effective planning and organizing

  • Collaboration and problem-solving

  • Experience recruiting community members to participate

  • Passion for helping others

  • Ability to build rapport with program participants and in the community

  • Confidence in speaking with groups

  • Excellent trauma-informed, culturally sensitive communication skills

  • Able to work interdependently, demonstrating good judgment and ability to prioritize

  • Responsive communication, both written and oral- proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Access or other database system)

  •  Ability to travel throughout Philadelphia



Monday through Friday part-time (15 hours/week during SOWN’s standard operating hours of 9 AM – 5 PM with occasional evenings and weekends).



Reports to Director of Programs



SOWN embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


SOWN at a Glance

SOWN was founded in 1984 and was a pioneer in recognizing the critical link between the emotional well-being of older women and their physical health. SOWN strengthens community support networks, reduces social isolation, and improves the well-being of older adults, especially women and their families. SOWN’s organizational model is one of teamwork, collaboration and the integration of varied points of view for quality service.

Resumes along with a cover letter will be accepted until November 14, 2022.  Email Lori Latimer at llatimer@sown.org.

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