Washington State Reading Corps Program Coordinator Lead (ESPC3 YB19) Olympia in Olympia, Washington


This is a project position with an expected end date of August 31, 2017. Note: this project has been around since 1983 and is expected to renew annually.

The Washington Service Corps (WSC) of the Employment Security Department (ESD) is recruiting for a Reading Corps Program Coordinator Lead - Employment Security Program Coordinator 3 (ESPC3). This position manages the Washington Reading Corps (WRC) program which is a partnership between the WSC, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and supported by the Washington Commission for National and Community Service. The position focuses on developing and maintaining positive working relationships with many statewide community partners which include approximately 75-80 elementary schools, early learning centers and some non-profit community organizations. This position will require attendance at two out of town trainings (3-4 days each) per year. The position will also travel throughout the year to conduct site visits, orientations and monitoring.

This position oversees 150-225 AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps members are engaged in projects which serve those most in need in the Education priority area of National Service. By supporting the community partners and host sites in placing qualified AmeriCorps members with their organization, they invest time and funds in providing training for the members and enhancing their employability skills. Approximately 50% of the members each year go on to pursue careers in education as a result of participating in this program. All members receive an education award to pay back loans and/or further their education, thus adding to Washington's qualified workforce.


  • Lead interaction and support communications with key partners and stakeholders.
  • Provide statewide consultation to internal and external customers.
  • Develop and implement program policies and procedures; work collaboratively with partner agencies and staff to provide guidance documents.
  • Ensure a plan is in place and support outreach efforts in collaboration with the WRC training and communication coordinator, throughout every program year to build upon community partners added to our Request for Proposal (RFP) distribution list.
  • Find innovate ways and ideas to present new approaches to model the Washington Reading Corps in the future, to WSC and partners.
  • Provide technical assistance and/or act as liaison between customers and federal government, staff, partners, and stakeholders in the administration of programs.
  • Travel to two out of town trainings (3-4 days each) per year. Travel throughout the year to conduct site visits, orientations and monitoring.
  • Monitor and evaluate WRC contract for consistency and compliance with federal and state requirements.
  • Ensure oversight and regular review/monitoring of project site memorandum of understandings (MOUs). Be involved in developing any corrective action or project adjustment as may be warranted depending on situations or issues.
  • Working with Program Coordinators communicate compliance decisions and adjustments to internal and external customers; resolve issues with monitoring agencies; develop and recommend corrective action.
  • Provide technical assistance to ensure effective and efficient administration of federal and state activities, services and expenditures related to WRC.
  • Research, analyze, and interpret new and existing federal and state laws and legislation, rules and regulations; provide policy analysis, technical assistance, and consultation to internal and external customers.
  • Analyze statewide performance data for leadership and staff use; contribute to continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Market agency programs through presentations, literature, in-person contact, electronic media, press releases or public service announcements.
  • Perform research and investigative activity associated with disputes; document investigation findings. Qualifications

Required qualifications:

  • Working-level knowledge of general and/or program-related state and federal laws, policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Working-level research skills - collect, synthesize, and evaluate information.
  • Working-level knowledge of national, community service, employment, training, and/or social services programs.
  • Working-level writing skills - convey information in writing according to the needs of the audience.
  • Mastery-level oral communication skills - convey information orally according to the needs of the audience; receive and understand spoken information. Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program.

  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with program partners/sites. Conditions of employment:

  • Federal Grant requirements for this position require Criminal Registries Background Checks and the National Sex Offender Public Registries Check of candidates before an offer for employment can be made.

  • Ability to travel to two out of town trainings (3-4 days each) per year. Ability to travel throughout the year to conduct site visits, orientations and monitoring. Supplemental Information

Attach a resume to your on-line application (through the Add Attachment(s) field).

A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application.

Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

General suggestions for creating a good application packet:

  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position.
  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation.
  • Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.
  • Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one. Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'.
  • Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills.
  • Make sure your application reflects your best writing. Other Information As a condition of employment, the successful candidate accepting this position must comply with the Union Security clause contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington and the Washington Federation of State Employees.

For inquiries about this opportunity, please contact the Recruitment Team at 360-902-9560 or HRRecruiting@esd.wa.gov.

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Employment Security Department is an equal-opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service–711.

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Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-10221

Department: Employment Security Department

Closing: 10/24/2016 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $46,884.00 - $61,512.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA