Upcoming Events

Magic of Reading FB

If we raise $20,000 by the end of 2019, The Darwin Project and the Nan Haar Legacy Foundation have generously agreed to contribute another $10,000! Help us spread the word or make a contribution.

Campaign launches the week of November 11, 2019.

Click here to view campaign progress.

Copy of Header Winter Soiree Invite

We are hosting a winter soirée to raise funds for our mission and to honor Boston Children's Hospital Office of Community Health Team for its partnership that has been transformative to our Boston program. This is a sponsorship only event.

February 25, 2020  |  6 - 8 pm, VIP 5:30 pm

City Winery, Boston MA

Download the sponsorship package here.

Dinner with an Author 2020

Save the date for our signature fundraising gala featuring a list of 30 prominent authors, live auction, and dinner and cocktails!

May 14, 2020

Mandarin Oriental, Boston MA

Interested in sponsoring the event? Email bridget@raisingareaderma.org.

Young Professionals

Emerging Leaders Board

Raising A Reader MA’s Emerging Leaders Board was conceived and established by the Board of Directors as an associate board of young professionals with its own management structure in order to raise awareness of and funds for Raising A Reader MA to young professionals.

The Emerging Leaders Board 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 potential Raising A Reader MA board members.

EL members apply to participate in the group and have a fundraising goal for the year. Applications are reviewed and accepted by the Emerging Leaders Committee.


Executive Committee:

Co-Chair – Emily Leinbach, The Bowdoin Group
Co-Chair – Chapman Leedy, Federal Reserve Boston


Chair Emeritus – Josh Schaer, Freshii Boston
Lauren Atsalis, Bass Doherty
Manusha Chereddy, Harbourvest
Sarah Curry, Jones Lange Lasalle Boston
Jack Gilbert, Cambridge Associates
Parker Greiwe, Boston Children's Hospital
Bill Hall, Gordon's Wine & Liquor
Serene Liu, IBM Labs
Kevin O’Hanlon, Marcus & Millichap
Brendan Rice, Magellan Jets
Clune Walsh, Boston Consulting Group
Ian White, Workbar
Tesla Quinn, Bain & Company


Emerging Leaders Fundraising Events:

March 14, 2019 - Sip & Spin
April 11, 2019 - Game of Thrones Trivia
August 7, 2019 - Summer Party
September 21, 2019 - Rodman Ride

Career Opportunities

Full-time, Boston, MA

Director of Programs

The Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) Director of Programs is a key member of the executive team, with direct responsibility for leading and managing the program team to reach its goals by 1) designing a program model responsive to research and experience; 2) overseeing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the RAR-MA program in Massachusetts, including supervising and supporting program staff across MA; and 3) initiating and conducting outreach and collaboration meetings with communities, strategic partners, and other stakeholders across the state.

This is a full time executive level position reporting to the Executive Director and collaborating closely with other members of the executive team. It is based in our headquarters in Boston.


  • Passionate belief in RAR-MA’s mission and values, plus a deep commitment to creating high-impact opportunities for children and families
  • 10+ years of work experience in program management and implementation, including demonstrated experience in early childhood education or literacy
  • Understanding of current early childhood landscape in MA, and background in early childhood development theory and best practice
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field, or equivalent, required; Masters preferred
  • Strong, demonstrated communication skills – including written, oral, and listening skills
  • Demonstrated success in coaching teams to meet goals, and fostering strong team culture and employee satisfaction; and ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to take initiative with enthusiasm, plus exceptional work ethic and follow through
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Budgeting and reporting experience required
  • Strong analytical skills, including research design, analysis, and excellent attention to detail
  • Experience in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Knowledge of current business communications standards and practices (including style/format of letters, memoranda, minutes, and reports)
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office Suite required, advanced Excel preferred; some experience in Salesforce preferred; high comfort level in learning new technology

Read the full job description here.

To apply, please send resume and detailed cover letter to careers@raisingareaderma.org. Please state where you learned of this position.

Part-time or full-time, Chelsea or Lawrence, MA

Program Coordinator

Raising A Reader MA currently has an opening for a part time (20 hrs/week) Program Coordinator, to be based in our Chelsea office, with frequent travel to program partner sites across Greater Boston (Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett, Lynn). They will work at the direction of a region-based Senior Program Manager.


  • 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
  • Familiarity with community preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required
  • Training and marketing abilities, leadership skills, and public speaking experience
  • 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
  • Exceptional ability to work effectively with people representing diverse cultures
  • Car and valid driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional/life experience) in Education, Human Services, or other related field
  • 1+ years of experience in early childhood development, education or social services

Read the full job description here.

To apply, please send resume and detailed cover letter to careers@raisingareaderma.org. Please indicate preference for schedule and location, as well as where you learned about this opportunity.

Part-time, Chelsea, MA

Parent Liaison

The Parent Liaison will be based in the Chelsea office, with frequent travel to partner sites across Greater Boston. The Parent Liaison will be a member of the Program Team and will work at the direction of the Associate Program Director and Greater Boston Program Manager. This position is currently a temporary position, from January to March 2020, at 20 hours/week with the potential to extend into a permanent role.


  • 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 Greater 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 preferred, not required.

Read the full job description here.

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 your schedule, as well as where you learned of this opportunity.

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. Other administrative volunteer opportunities available, as well.



Did you know most companies will match their employees’ contributions to our organization? After you make your donation, ask your employer about its matching gifts program. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift, or the process may be electronic. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to this organization may be doubled or possibly tripled!



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



Gifts by will are a meaningful way to leave unrestricted funding to Raising A Reader MA and to help create the next generation of readers and leaders. Please consult your attorney and consider gifting us a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your residual estate or a specific asset. We hope you will also consider informing us of this decision so we can properly thank you. Email maryann@raisingareaderma.org if you choose to do so.



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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