Literacy Leader

 Job Summary and Scope

The Literacy Leader’s primary responsibility is to enhance, expand and manage the School on Wheels’ ABC Literacy Program for younger students (K-4), including curriculum and program development, design and oversight of research and evaluation studies, and use of evidence-based best practices.

Working as a team member and reporting to the Chief Education & Program Officer, the Literacy Leader oversees School on Wheels’ literacy program, building on the current ABC LIteracy Program as appropriate, and partnering with third-party experts and organizations to develop and implement the gold standard of literacy support for children experiencing homelessness.

 Major Responsibilities

Audit School on Wheels current ABC Literacy Program and initiatives to understand their design, implementation, and outcomes, including interviews with staff members and volunteers.

Conduct a literacy needs assessment and gap analyses with statistically selected parents/guardians, volunteers, school personnel, and students, as appropriate.

  • Focus is on identifying literacy gaps affecting homeless students, as well as opportunities for strengthening linkages between School on Wheels and its various constituents. 
  • Analyses will guide, lead, and assess how to help students improve their reading skills to reach their educational goals.

Research existing literacy experts/organizations, with emphasis on technology-based literacy models.

  • Connect internal and external stakeholders for information exchange.
  • Develop a formal partnership with the most effective organization(s) and customize online literacy programs to achieve the greatest impact for School on Wheels students. 

Form stronger connections to schools where large numbers of homeless/School on Wheels students are enrolled   

  • Partner with schools to align the literacy program more explicitly to State/school academic standards and objectives.

Develop parent/guardian engagement support most suited to School on Wheels population

  • Research most effective methods of communicating with parents/guardians, recognizing they are integral to the success of the literacy program.
  • Establish partnerships with organizations who can provide ongoing parent education and training to School on Wheels families.
  • Suggest/provide online educational resources and tools for parents/guardians to support and reinforce student learning. 

Work with team members to develop training program for volunteers to work exclusively with literacy program

  • Strengthen capacity and skills of volunteers to support and reinforce literacy in K-4 students. 
  • Provide on-going training to team members to enhance volunteer communication and retention.
  • Manage volunteers and team members, as required.

Evaluate literacy program on an on-going basis to ensure program quality and effectiveness, and implement changes in program design as appropriate. 

Serve as School on Wheels liaison to a broad range of organizations and individuals to promote literacy and expand participation in School on Wheels program

  • Work to build networks of support among scholars, educators, social service providers, nonprofit organizations, parents, volunteers, and shelter staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related literacy field.  Graduate degree is a definite plus.
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience in instructional design, curriculum, and instruction or educational technology and/or developing educational programs
  • Competency in using technology for training and management purposes
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting literacy
  •  Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Ability to perform in a team environment, while working independently.
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people — excellent, oral, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Ability to independently prioritize and manage multiple tasks and satisfactorily meet deadlines, goals and objectives.
  • Ability to represent School on Wheels in the highest manner and exemplify School on Wheels values, integrity, and ethics.

To join this dedicated team, submit your cover letter and resume for consideration to  

School on Wheels is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization made up of hundreds of volunteers, who give their time, talents, and support to the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.  Founded in 1993, the mission of School on Wheels. is the enhancement of educational opportunities for children without a home, from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in the education of these children and provide them with the highest quality education possible.