About Reach Out and Read in Washington
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success
by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families
to read aloud together. Equity principles underlie everything
we do, as we prioritize children and families furthest from
opportunity. We strive toward a statewide goal of kindergarten
readiness for all children by supporting the critical role of
parents during the earliest months and year of life. Our
evidence-based, proven program leverages the health care system and
the influence of children's doctors by making literacy promotion a
standard part of well-child checkups from birth through 5 years.
Reach Out and Read supports parents as their child's first teacher
and helps children be ready for kindergarten. Continually growing
across Washington State, Reach Out and Read currently has 1,700
medical providers serving an estimated 110,000 children and their
families in 215 medical clinic locations in 31 counties. Reach Out
and Read Washington State is part of Reach Out and Read, Inc., a
national not-for profit 501(c)3 organization. For more
information visit: www.reachoutandreadwa.org.
The Program Specialist ensures that high-quality Reach Out and
Read programs are delivered to children and families in their
assigned region. This is a highly relational job, both within a
tight-knit virtual team, and when working directly to support our
medical and clinic partners. It requires a commitment to equity
combined with the ability to influence without direct authority and
diagnose systems challenges, while respecting and supporting clinic
and family cultures. By establishing collaborative relationships
with medical providers and staff at multiple program sites and
providing professional development services and technical
assistance, the Program Specialist provides the support programs
need to operate with strong fidelity to the Reach Out and Read
model. The Program Specialist has frequent contact with their
assigned programs through in-person visits and phone/email and
develops champions for the Reach Out and Read program among medical
providers and staff.
The Program Specialist serves as a member of the 6-person Reach
Out and Read Washington State team, and will join 2 others in this
role. Current team members are based in King, Snohomish, Pierce,
and Spokane Counties. While most team work is accomplished
virtually, the Program Specialist will have a strong connection to
other team members and a commitment to common processes and goals
tied to the team's collective success.
Reports to: Washington State Deputy Director,
who is based in Spokane
Job Location: The Program Specialist will work
from a home-based office and primarily serve clinical locations in
Central and Eastern Washington. Applicants residing in Spokane
County are preferred, but candidates from any area of Central or
Eastern Washington are encouraged to apply.
Position Specifications: Full Time (40 hours),
Starting Salary Range: $47,000-$52,000
The primary functions of this position consist of the
- Technical Assistance and Professional Development
- Have regular contact with programs to develop relationships
with clinical and administrative staff to assess quality, deliver
support, and identify additional needs.
- Assess programs' adherence to the Reach Out and Read program
model and assign quality ratings.
- Create and implement technical assistance plans to support
programs' efforts to reach a higher level of program quality as
- Support programs' implementation of program quality improvement
processes, monitor progress, and reassess, in partnership with the
- Conduct in-person and virtual check-in meetings with programs
in assigned region with a frequency appropriate for sites'
identified needs and quality rating.
- Cultivate Reach Out and Read champions and advocates from among
each clinic's medical providers and staff.
- Support program leaders to identify and overcome barriers that
negatively impact their program's quality and sustainability.
- Ensure all programs have training processes in place for their
medical providers, so that existing and new providers can provide a
- Offer all providers ongoing professional development
opportunities, and continually assess opportunities for
professional development services that programs would find
- Guide new programs through the process of applying, training
medical providers, and implementing Reach Out and Read.
- Collaborate with the Deputy Director and other Program
Specialists to discuss best practices to support and enhance
program quality, to strategize effective implementation, and to
implement best practices within the Reach Out and Read team.
- Contribute to Reach Out and Read Washington State
communications with programs and partners.
2. Program Data and Reporting:
- Assure programs' completion of twice-yearly progress
- Review progress report data for assigned programs and use it to
inform technical assistance plans and quality ratings for each
- Continually track and document quantitative and qualitative
program data using established tools and databases.
- Provide data summaries for assigned region to support funding
applications, partnership development, and advocacy activities, as
3. Book Support and Funding:
- Support programs in selection and ordering of books to meet the
needs of their patients.
- Provide support for efficient tracking processes to support
accurate data collection and reporting.
- Document programs' book funding sources. Assist programs to
identify and pursue new local funding opportunities, as
- Assist Reach Out and Read leadership with program-related fund
development and advocacy as requested.
- Identify programs in need of book funding support and
collaborate with the Deputy Director and other Program Specialists
to allocate available funding to individual programs.
- Regular travel, up to 50% time within assigned region (often
day trips); occasional travel to sites outside assigned region as
requested. Availability to attend one to three statewide team
meetings per year, and potential to attend one national meeting per
year is required.
- May be assigned other administrative or programmatic duties to
support the overall success of Reach Out and Read Washington
Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent
knowledge or experience
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Required:
Washington State Driver's license
Experience: At least 5 years of program/project
coordination experience in a non-profit or medical setting.
- Experience providing technical assistance and/or implementing
professional development programs.
- Experience cultivating volunteers, advocates, and/or
- Excellent customer service skills with a desire to solve
problems and work with doctors, nurses and medical practices.
- Self-motivated, independent worker who functions effectively in
a "virtual" work environment, while being an enthusiastic,
collaborative team member.
- Demonstrated ability to take both initiative and direction,
maintaining a focus on mission and collective team impact.
- Commitment to improving equity in kindergarten readiness for
children in Washington, recognizing factors known to significantly
impact differential outcomes for children, including race,
ethnicity, language, and socio-economic status.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt
flexibly within a growing organization, and a changing healthcare
and political environment.
- Ability to effectively use electronic communications systems as
primary work processes, including database systems, internet use,
and MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Washington State driver's license and regular access to
dependable vehicle for frequent in-state travel.
Additional desirable qualifications (not
- Experience with medical practice change efforts and quality
- Education and/or experience within the fields of health care,
early education, literacy, parenting support or related fields
- Experience working with diverse populations and low-income
- Experience working to increase equity in opportunity and
- Applicants who bring ethnic, racial, cultural, linguistic,
socio-economic or other diverse perspectives
- Spanish fluency
Please email your resume and cover letter to
Applicant review will begin August 1, 2017. Position open