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DC Reads Grad Assistant - Federal Work Study

Date: Jun 17, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


AU’s Center for Community Engagement & Service (CCES) is seeking a graduate student who is bright, enthusiastic, and mature. We are looking for a self-starter who is committed to community service to join our team as DC Reads FWS Graduate Assistant: Support for DC Reads. Approximately 150 undergraduate AU students participate in the DC Reads program, a citywide tutoring program serving youth across the District. This is a valuable program for both AU students and the young students that are tutored. DC Reads works closely with our community partners and DC public schools to provide quality afterschool literacy and math programming for District students. Must be a team player.  Previous tutoring experience is a big plus, as is previous administrative experience, attention to detail, and event planning. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds encouraged to apply.


  1. Manage payroll process for DC Reads work-study students in accordance with program regulations. Explain procedure, reiterate hiring policies, and emphasize student responsibilities.  
  2. Produce materials for student recruitment such as social media posts and flyers.   
  3. Delegate recruitment tasks to Team Leaders and oversee social media posting.  
  4. Help train tutors on program procedures, hiring policies and expectations, and responsibilities.  
  5. Complete online hiring process for all FWS tutors, follow up to ensure timely completion of all components of online hiring process including troubleshooting. 
  6. Manage DC Read’s GivePulse page to track tutor attendance and support tutors.   
  7. Assist in recruitment, hiring, and training logistics as needed.  
  8. Follow up with community partners as it relates to placements, attendance logs, tutor tracking, and logistics.   
  9. Send biweekly emails to students and employers to encourage timely submission of paperwork. Follow up with students regarding individual payroll issues.   
  10. Maintain DC Reads and educational programming webpages.  
  11. Assist with programmatic aspects of DC Reads, including facilitating meetings and trainings.  
  12. Assist with program assessment, evaluations, and reporting.  
  13. Assist with FWS and logistics for the new College Access Program as necessary.  
  14. Other duties as assigned. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • The position averages approximately 20 hours/week (During September-October and January- February hours will average 22 hours/week).  
  • Start date – mid-August (earlier if available).
  • Some Saturday hours are required at the start of the fall and spring term for training sessions.
  • Occasional evening hours to assist in conducting trainings will be required.

Expected Pay

  • Pay rate is $16/hour. Federal Work-Study eligibility is helpful but not required. 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated impeccable attention to detail.  
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work as part of a team.  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google suite programs, comfortable with technology and able to learn new programs.  
  • Problem-solving skills. 
  • Previous administrative experience.  
  • Flexibility, initiative, and ability to work independently.  
  • Previous experience in tutoring/community service and training/facilitation a plus.  

Other Information

  • This position is restricted to graduate student applicants. A commitment of one full school year (fall 2020 and Spring 2021) is expected. 
  • Please email a cover letter and resume to For more information, contact Jacob Ortiz at (202) 885-7323. The Center for Community Engagement & Service is located in the Mary Graydon Center in room 273. 

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC