Upcoming Events

Spring Gala

When you think of books that teach valuable lessons to children, The Giving Tree always comes to mind. Join us in giving the gift of literacy this spring.

Our signature gala event on May 8 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. With the help of esteemed authors and generous sponsors, we will come together for a memorable evening in support of the RAR-MA mission. The event includes a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and a live and silent auction.

Please contact bridget@raisingareaderma.org with any questions.

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Young Professionals

Emerging Leaders Board

Raising A Reader MA’s Emerging Leaders (EL) was conceived and established by the RAR MA Board of Directors as independent group with its own Board structure in order to raise awareness of RAR MA to young professionals in the greater Boston area.  Emerging Leaders is a membership based group, whose participants regularly contribute to the progression of the organization's core mission and develop into potential future leaders, specifically as EL and RAR MA Board members.

EL members apply to participate in the group and are required to raise at least $250 for RAR MA each year. Applications are reviewed and accepted by the RAR MA EL Board.

Executive Committee:

Co-Chair  – Mike Dakers - Boston College
Co-Chair – Josh Schaer - Operating Partner, Freshii Boston
Brooks Finnegan - Senior Account Executive, National Financial Partners (NFP) Corp.


Sarah Curry - Jones Lange Lasalle Boston
Jack Gilbert - Cambridge Associates

Elise Goodhue - Northwestern Mutual
Parker Greiwe - Boston Children's Hospital
Bill Hall - Gordon's Wine
Sonja Haviland - Sonja Haviland Design
Sheila Joyce - Deloitte
Chapman Leedy - Federal Reserve Boston
Emily Leinbach - Bowdoin Group
Brendan Rice - Magellan Jets

Career Opportunities

Boston, MA

Program Manager, Full-Time

Program Manager Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain positive relationships at a programmatic level
  • Manage relationships with partner administrators
  • Train partner staff (program implementers) and attend to their ongoing development as implementers
  • Organize and facilitate parent workshops
  • Cultivate the engagement of Parent Ambassadors and volunteers
  • Adhere to annual program calendar and ensure program goals are met by coordinating program implementation with an identified caseload of partners
  • Hold overall responsibility for community level outcomes, with support from the Senior Program Manager
  • Develop a deep understanding of the community s/he serves: agencies present, areas and resources of need, funding streams, power players, neighborhood-aligned businesses, and more
  • Build and maintain long-lasting, strategic relationships in the community and effectively promote Raising A Reader MA
  • Recruit new partners to expand Raising A Reader MA’s reach in the community, as appropriate
  • Support development staff in developing funding proposals and reporting results to funders Recruit and manage project-based interns and volunteers, as appropriate
  • Contribute to the Program Team to advance the impact of Raising A Reader MA
  • Perform other related tasks as assigned


  • Entrepreneurial and charismatic with motivation and ability to establish Raising A Reader MA as an effective partner in the community
  • Deep commitment to creating high-impact opportunities for children and families
  • Exceptional ability to work effectively with people representing diverse cultures
  • Familiarity with community preferred o Bilingual in English and Spanish required
  • Training and marketing abilities, leadership skills, and public speaking experience
  • Experience leading or teaching adults preferred
  • Creative thinking, specifically related to project implementation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Familiarity and comfort with technology applications; experience with Salesforce or similar data management system preferred
  • Strong administrative capabilities, organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Car and valid driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional/life experience) in Education, Human Services, or other related field
  • 3+ years of experience in early childhood development, education or social services

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position to careers@raisingareaderma.org. Please state your preference for 12 or 10 month schedule and where you learned of this opportunity.

Read the Full Job Description Here
Boston, MA

Parent Liaison (Boston), Part-Time


Parent Ambassador Cohort Maintenance and Growth

  • Follow up with interested parents by ensuring they have an opportunity to receive an orientation in a timely manner
  • Coordinate volunteer placements according to requests from program staff; including maintaining current documentation of requests and volunteer availability in Google spreadsheets and calendars, communicating with all parties via phone/text/email, confirming participation and communicating any changes to all affected parties in a timely manner, etc.
  • Organize and facilitate volunteer orientation/training sessions; including inviting volunteers, arranging food and space, arranging child care, preparing materials, etc.
  • Mentor/coach new parent volunteers as needed, in such areas as Dialogic Reading, outreach strategies, facilitation strategies, etc.
  • Track parent ambassadors’ activities and progress in Salesforce
  • Collect feedback from parent volunteers and support the program team in continuous program improvement

Parent/Family Outreach

  • Invite parents/caretakers to events via phone calls, text messages, emails, etc.
  • Talk to families and hand out flyers at partner programs
  • Support with tabling at partner events and community gatherings to promote Raising A Reader MA’s mission and raise community awareness
  • Support Raising A Reader MA’s evolving social media presence

Program Team Support

  • Plan and facilitate parent education workshops at assigned partner programs
  • Provide storytimes at partners and community spaces as availability allows, with the aim of increasing awareness


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Passionate about the importance of book sharing and enthusiastic about spreading that energy
  • Certified, or able to achieve certification quickly, in Dialogic Reading (offered as part of new staff orientation if needed)
  • Experience with group facilitation and public speaking
  • Experience working with families and caretakers
  • Familiarity with the Boston community
  • Outgoing personality and excellent communication skills
  • General office, scheduling and telephone skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and effectively without close supervision
  • Willingness to function effectively as a member of a team, and to participate in activities that will contribute to the organization’s overall success
  • Strong understanding and practice of cultural humility and respect for others
  • Comfortable with technology including Microsoft Office software, Google tools, e-mail, web
  • Experience with data management systems such as Salesforce preferred
  • Reliable transportation required for travel throughout Boston (i.e. car and valid driver's license; comfort and timeliness on public transportation, etc.)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required

The Parent Liaison will be based in the Boston headquarters, with frequent travel to partner sites across Boston, and close collaboration with the Greater Boston team located in Chelsea. The Parent Liaison will be a member of the Program Team and will work at the direction of a Senior Program Manager. This position is part time at 20 hours/week, and may be either year round or 10 months (September to June), with a salary of $18,000.  Although this position is initially grant-funded for three years, we expect to sustain the role as a permanent part of the team.

Raising A Reader encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We celebrate the diversity of our world and our community, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to careers@raisingareaderma.org. Please state your preference for 12 or 10 month schedule, as well as where you learned of this opportunity.

Read the Full Job Description Here

Other Ways to Support Us



Businesses, schools and community groups often host new and used book drives to support Raising A Reader MA.



Assist in tasks such as entering family pre- and post- Red Bag implementation surveys, entering information forms, and entering partner surveys.



Assist in re-organizing our copy room, sorting books, filing documents, repurposing old technology, and other general office management tasks.



Give the gift of literacy when you provide us with workshop supplies such as gift cards, flip chart paper, and books!



Assist in preparing email communications for program participants using Constant Contact and preparing texting communications for program participants.



Assist in tasks such as translating documents (Arabic, Somali, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, and more needed), contributing to our monthly newsletter, researching new funder prospects, and graphic design.

Interested in these and other opportunities?

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