FAMILY LITERACY COORDINATOR


Job Title: Family Literacy Coordinator
Summary: The Family Literacy Coordinator will plan and facilitate a Family Literacy Program under Lubuto Library Partners’ DREAMS Innovation Challenge grant to keep adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) free of HIV. The Family Literacy Program targets young mothers (15-24) and their young children with daily adult literacy classes for AGYW and early literacy programming for children ages birth through six.
About Lubuto Library Partners: Lubuto provides an open system of libraries and accessible services and works with colleagues in Africa to build their capacity to serve young people through public libraries. Our mission is to empower African children and youth and help them develop the knowledge and skills to reconnect with their culture and community and participate fully in society.
Lubuto constructs enduring, indigenously-styled open-access libraries stocked with comprehensive collections of well-chosen books and appropriate technology. These libraries serve as safe havens and are the center for Lubuto’s outreach and programs, which offer education, psychosocial support and self-expression through reading, music, art, drama, computers, mentoring and other activities.
More than 80,000 children have visited Lubuto libraries over three quarters of a million times in disadvantaged communities in Zambia.  More information about us can be found at Lubuto.org.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develop Family Literacy program curriculum in consultation with partners and advisors;
  • Train and lead a team of Family Literacy Programming Assistants;
  • Develop a personal learning plan for each young mother in the program focused on facilitating re-entry to a formal educational program;
  • Lead three Family Literacy program sessions per day, six days a week, at sites throughout Lusaka;
  • Provide targeted outreach to young mothers, in consultation with organizations already serving this group;
  • Compile a list of community resources and resource persons;
  • Uphold the highest standards of early childhood education, care and development;
  • Work with the Scholarship Manager and the Female Outreach Coordinator to ensure smooth recruitment of young mothers and immediate connection to scholarships as appropriate;
  • Maintain organized documents on the Family Literacy programs;
  • Manage budgets related to programs directly under her/his control;
  • Communicate success stories to LLP staff, particularly the Communication Manager;
  • Maintain beneficiary records in a confidential manner.
Education:
  • Diploma or degree in Education required
Experience:
  • 3-7 years of experience in education required, including experience teaching adult literacy;
  • Experience in early childhood education highly desirable;
  • Experience in parenting education highly desirable;
  • Previous work experience with vulnerable children and youth is highly desirable
Skills and Abilities:
  • Embraces the mission of Lubuto Library Partners.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Possesses a strong understanding of early childhood development (ages 0-6) and parenting practices to support healthy development and positive educational outcomes for young children;
  • Possesses a strong understanding of literacy development across the lifespan;
  • Works energetically and enthusiastically with young children and their parents/caregivers;
  • Is a “self-starter,” driven to develop and maintain systems and network relationships.
  • Organizes and leads efforts, and consistently “follows through” on tasks and goals.
  • Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, and demonstrates presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Cares deeply about advancing the educational status and rights of young people in substantially disadvantaged communities.
Position Location:
  • The Family Literacy Coordinator will facilitate daily Family Literacy Programming at the three Lubuto Libraries in Lusaka (Kamwala, Garden, and Lusaka West).
Compensation:
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
How to Apply:
  • Submit a cover letter highlighting your specific qualifications for this job, your salary history/requirements, and resume with three traceable references to elizabeth@lubuto.org; stating the position you are applying for in the Subject line;
  • Include contact information including a phone number in your application;
  • Applications not including all of the above will not be considered;
  • Applications close on September 23rd, 2016.
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