Employment & Careers

Now Hiring

Updated 12/10/2021

In preparation for post-COVID (and a future expansion), we are growing our team! There’s never been a better time to join us.

Seeds of Literacy is run by a very small team thanks in large part to a veritable army of volunteers. Each member of the staff is curious, creative, and passionate about Adult Literacy. They aren’t afraid to jump in and assist in other areas. They are expert problem-solvers and trouble-shooters, and they value clear communication to make the operation work. If these are qualities you possess and you are interested in joining the Seeds Family, check out our job postings below.

READ: What Makes An Employee Successful? Interview with President Bonnie Entler


Review our organization’s COVID Response & Workplace Precautions.

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*


***BENEFITS BEYOND COMPENSATION***

Full-time employees are eligible for a robust benefits package which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision (includes majority-paid premiums by the employer: employee weekly contribution less than $30.)
  • Flexible Health Spending Account
  • 401(k) + match
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • 17 Paid Holidays (Indicated by Offices Closed)
  • Paid Vacation Days
  • Paid Sick Days

The benefits package has a monetary value equivalent of an additional 30% of the employee’s salary.

Some positions may offer flexible schedules after 90 days, and all staff enjoy a variety of free books from our many wonderful donors.


Please read each description carefully before applying. Applications will only be accepted through Indeed.com unless otherwise stated below. If the position is expired on Indeed, but still listed below, it remains unfilled.

***None of our positions are remote. We are located in Cleveland, Ohio. Relocation not provided.***

Coming Soon!

Exciting positions are being added. Check back for details!

 

  • Community Outreach & Student Recruitment

 

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

Director of Donor Engagement

SCHEDULE

  • Full-time, typically: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm
  • Some evenings and weekends for fundraising events
  • Work-from-home 2 days/week may be considered AFTER 90 days of successful employment

SALARY

  • $60,000 – $70,000

LOCATION

  • Seeds West – 3104 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109

SUMMARY

The Director of Donor Engagement will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts. This person will work closely with Seeds of Literacy’s 30-member Board of Directors and CEO to create a plan for stewarding current supporters and cultivating new relationships, and then execute that plan accordingly. This position will also provide management and execution of Seeds of Literacy’s fundraising events, annual appeals, and donor database.

A person most likely to be successful in this position is:

  • an experienced fundraising professional with demonstrated success securing major gifts and planning and executing special events.
  • someone who is eager to use their experience, expertise, and creativity to help Seeds of Literacy keep its donors engaged and acknowledged.
  • a confident fundraiser who enjoys making new connections and can speak to the mission and value of Seeds of Literacy in a clear and compelling way.
  • a person who has led the process (from start to finish) of planning and executing large events. 
  • someone who enjoys researching and pursuing fundraising leads and cultivating new relationships.
  • a team player who can work successfully with communications and grant writing colleagues to move Seeds of Literacy’s fundraising efforts forward using unified, consistent messaging and methods.
  • a person who is highly motivated, understands the expectations for their role, and can jump right in.

Tools To Help This Role Succeed

  • A meaningful mission creating real change and brighter futures for students and their families. 
  • An engaged, enthusiastic 30-member board of directors committed to engaging their networks and supporting the organization’s advancement.
  • A large pool of generous donors and volunteers dedicated to Seeds of Literacy’s mission and eager to hear more about the impact of their gifts.
  • A small (but mighty!) team of professionals who love what they do and bring empathy, energy, and humor to Seeds’ classrooms. 
  • A clear organizational mission, vision, and direction for the future.
  • An environment of collaboration, commitment, and enthusiasm for helping Seeds’ students accomplish their goals.
  • A supportive, collaborative team, including a Director of Grant Development and Director of Communications to help further fundraising efforts and initiatives.
  • An opportunity to join a team that values diverse opinions and welcomes new ideas and fresh perspectives.

 

The Non-negotiables:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 3 years of successful, proven fundraising experience (5+ preferred)
  • All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.

APPLY ON INDEED   If the position is not listed, or is expired on Indeed (and only then):

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to grants@seedsofliteracy.org. Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

 

Receptionist (full-time & part-time available)

SCHEDULE

  • Full-time, 8-hour shifts, typically: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm
  • Evening Part-time position also available. Monday through Thursday. 4:30pm – 8pm

LOCATION

PRIMARY PURPOSES:

Act as the “first point of contact” for all stakeholders 

  • graciously greet and direct all callers & visitors
  • notify staff members of callers and arrivals;
  • provide program information to prospective tutors and students;
  • process incoming communications (phone, fax, mail) from stakeholders
  • Maintains reliable attendance as the organization’s “gatekeeper”

Provide technical support and guidance to callers logging onto Zoom for the first time for Virtual Classroom

  • Calmly walk the caller through the process;
  • Assist with troubleshooting;
  • Transfer calls to the Zoom room when video is unavailable

Provide administrative support 

  • Conduct timely data entry into various databases (LACES, Excel, Google Sheets)
  • Ensure accuracy of data
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and program supplies
  • Assist Volunteer Coordinator with directing on-site volunteers
  • May be involved in implementation of special events or department-specific projects and seasonal program changes

Other duties as assigned based on need

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) required. (Fluent, not just Conversational. There will be a competency assessment.)
  • High School Diploma/GED (Required) Associate’s Degree (Preferred)
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Microsoft Office (Excel and word)
  • Extreme attention to detail for flawless data-entry
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to calm anxious callers by instilling confidence
  • Ability to manage time and multi-task effectively
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information

 

Pay: 

$14-$17/hour

Please see above to learn more about additional benefits beyond compensation.

Education:

High School Diploma/GED (Required), Associate’s (Preferred)

Language:

FLUENT in Spanish (Required)

 

APPLY ON INDEED   If the position is not listed, or is expired on Indeed (and only then):

Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to communications@seedsofliteracy.org. Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

 

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

Evening Student Engagement Coordinator (part-time)

SCHEDULE: Part-time.

Monday through Thursday

3:30 pm – 8:30 pm

PAY:

$16-18 per hour

SUMMARY:  Orientation Leader / New Student Onboarding

 

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

The Evening Student Engagement Coordinator (SEC) welcomes and introduces new students to our program by leading them through the orientation process. This includes an initial presentation with policies and procedures as well as an assessment to help set learning goals and objectives. The SEC provides support and ongoing communication with potential and new students as they begin their educational journeys.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field.
  • Knowledge of / interest in adult and family literacy
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)

A person most likely to be successful in this position is:

  • An empathetic and energetic person who is excited to help others achieve their educational goals.
  • Someone who is able to work with people of different backgrounds and abilities.
  • A person who is comfortable and/or has experience with presenting information to diverse groups.
  • A creative and curious person who can help brainstorm and implement new ways to encourage students to come to class.
  • Someone who can communicate effectively with a non-judgmental approach and style.
  • A team player who is willing to dive in and assist with other related tasks. 
  • A person who is highly motivated, understands their role, and can jump right in.

APPLY ON INDEED  If the position is expired on Indeed (and only then): Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to communications@seedsofliteracy.org. Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

 

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

Evening Site Coordinator (GED Teacher, Virtual Classroom) - (part-time)

SCHEDULE: 10-19 hours per week

Monday through Thursday 4:30pm – 8:30pm, flexible hours on some Fridays and Saturdays

PAY:

$19 – $22 per hour

LOCATION

Although the classroom is virtual, the position is on-site at Seeds East – 13815 Kinsman Road , Cleveland, OH 44120 (Mt. Pleasant Area)

SUMMARY:

Classroom Manager

PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Virtual Evening Coordinator (VEC) serves as both a classroom manager and lead teacher, formulating, communicating and evaluating clear learning goals for students and pairing them with our volunteer tutors. The VEC oversees and manages the evening class which includes student instruction, student and tutor supervision, and detailed student progress/achievement record keeping. This position is responsible for our virtual evening class, which takes place on Zoom.

Knowledge, Skills, Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field required.
  • Knowledge of adult education and family literacy
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) required. (Fluent, not just Conversational. There will be a competency assessment.)

A person most likely to be successful in this position is:

  • A passionate educator who is excited to help others achieve their educational goals
  • A person who is empathetic with a non-judgmental approach and style
  • Someone who can manage a diverse group of people, pairing students with tutors based on students’ needs and tutors’ strengths
  • Someone who is able to accommodate different learning styles
  • A person who is familiar with a variety of instructional techniques
  • A creative problem solver who can help students overcome obstacles academic and otherwise
  • Someone who has strong computer skills, including experience using Zoom as well as Google Suite
  • Someone who can communicate effectively with coworkers and students
  • A team player who is willing to dive in and assist with other related tasks 
  • A person who is highly motivated, understands their role, and can jump right in

APPLY ON INDEED  If the position is expired on Indeed (and only then): Submit your resume, cover letter, and references to communications@seedsofliteracy.org. Include the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

 

*All Seeds of Literacy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

 

College Internships

Gain real-world experience at Seeds!

NON-PROFIT GENERALIST INTERN

This opportunity is project-based and will rotate throughout departments for full exposure to the management of a literacy-focused nonprofit organization. Interns will work with leadership positions on volunteer engagement, grant research, social media advertising, community partnerships, and any special events.

Potential projects could include:

  • creation of satisfaction surveys and compiling feedback of current and past volunteers
  • developing lists of social media handles for local, regional, and national government officials, literacy agencies, and referral sources
  • brainstorming and creation of social media campaign and content ideas to achieve student recruitment goals
  • identify potential partnerships in key sectors: workforce, health, post secondary ed, training, and work to develop a referral system to produce a resource to be given to students at graduation
  • assist with logistics and execution of special events (tutor training, professional development workshops, etc)

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate senior or above, pursuing nonprofit management, education, social work, or other related field
  • Writing samples demonstrating excellent communication skills
  • Skilled at listening and responding effectively
  • Skilled using Google Suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and the ability to learn new software
  • Working knowledge of social media advertising preferred

Perks 

  • Flexible hours typically Monday through Friday, 8:30pm – 5pm
  • Free books!

TO APPLY: For consideration, please email a letter of interest, along with any writing samples, to christinelee@seedsofliteracy.org.

 

*All Seeds of Literacy staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.*

 

Volunteer Opportunities