Book Mentor Project Manager

April 16, 2015
Book mentor reading to students

Illinois Public Media seeks a tech-savvy, experienced early childhood professional fluent in English and Spanish to manage our Book Mentor Project in Head Start and Pre-K classrooms in Champaign County.  The successful candidate will have classroom experience in early childhood education; experience selecting, using and guiding children in the application of educational technology; volunteer experience at a community organization; excellent communication and facilitation skills and supervisory experience.

This is a part time academic hourly position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning July 2015 and ending June 2016 with possible renewal for the 2017 academic year.  Hours for this position will vary over the course of the school year and will not be more than 180 hours total each semester.  Some summer prep work required.  The position pays $30/hr. Benefits are not included. The position reports directly to the Director of Community Content and Engagement.


  1. Coordinate, train and schedule approximately 60 volunteers for six annual visits to Pre-K and Head Start classrooms in Champaign County
  2. Recruit new volunteers, find substitutes and fill-in as needed when no substitute can be found
  3. Schedule and arrange training for classroom teachers
  4. Add trainings, book mentor visits and story plans to project website
  5. Order activity supplies for classroom visits
  6. Maintain database of volunteers, teachers, site coordinators and email distribution lists
  7. Communicate regularly with volunteers, classroom teachers and project personnel
  8. Support and visually document classroom visits between book mentor volunteers, teachers and students
  9. Coordinate the selection and purchase of classroom books and book activity kits
  10. Coordinate and support professional development for teachers
  11. Hire and supervise mentor teacher/trainers to develop multi-media lesson plans and professional development for teachers and early childhood professionals
  12. Work with mentor teachers to develop story plans for books
  13. Participate in technology training webinars for early childhood teachers across the state
  14. Participate in family activity nights with project partners
  15. Hire and supervise a student educational assistant
  16. Meet with project partners to determine volunteer schedule for classroom visits, field trips and family nights
  17. Work with project partners and classroom teachers to select six books for the school year
  18. Maintain good relationships with project partners (Champaign County Head Start, Champaign Unit 4 early Childhood Center, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College and PNC Bank)
  19. Provide documentation needed for project funder
  20. Keep within the parameters of the budget


  1. Bachelor’s degree in education
  2. Fluent in English and Spanish
  3. Two years’ experience teaching in an early childhood setting
  4. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  5. Proficient in the use of educational technology for early learners
  6. Excellent communication skills
  7. Self-directed


  1. Knowledge and use of PBS Kids programs, apps and online games
  2. Knowledge of
  3. Skilled in digital photography
  4. Familiarity with public broadcasting and  services and programs offered by Illinois Public Media

For more information on the Book Mentor Project, please see:

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume with three references by May 4 to Kimberlie Kranich, Director of Community Content & Engagement,  Interviews may begin sooner but no candidate will be selected until after the deadline.

Illinois Public Media is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.