Program Coordinator - Book Clubs for Inmates

Sep 28, 2020
Toronto, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career

Organization Name: Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) – a registered charity

Job Name: Program Coordinator

Job Category: Administration

Position Type: 30 hours/week currently; 40h/week once prisons re-open to volunteers

Region: Toronto. BCFI has a desk and meeting space at the Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst St., just south of Bloor St.) Work location will be both at the office space and from the Program Coordinator’s home as required. 

Career Level: Experienced

Salary: To Be Determined

Application Deadline:  August 5, 2020, Start date August 17, 2020


The Program Coordinator is responsible for the ongoing data organization, administrative, and program work of Book Clubs for Inmates. The primary objective of BCFI is to facilitate book clubs within Federal Correctional Facilities across Canada. By encouraging literacy while incarcerated, Book Clubs for Inmates assists men and women develop empathy, listening skills, and self–awareness, tools that are needed for a successful integration back into the community. We also have a reading program for the children of inmates, and we provide help for people once they've left prison, including support for those who are academically able and want to continue their education.

We are a small and dynamic team, with ambitions to increase our presence and our fundraising goals in the immediate future.

In July 2019 Margaret Atwood said:

"Book Clubs for Inmates is doing important work for incarcerated women and men in Canada's penitentiaries. It runs 36 book clubs, offers a child/inmate reading programme (ChIRP), and funds university education for academically able inmates. I heartily support the work of BCFI and I encourage you to do so as well."

We are using this statement in our upcoming marketing and fundraising initiatives. See further information at 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ordering and ensuring delivery of books for book clubs

  • Volunteer engagement and reporting, including ensuring that accurate and complete records are maintained

  • Donor research, writing of fundraising proposals, grant writing, and related development tasks

  • Receiving and responding to donations, issuing receipts and maintaining accurate donor databases

  • Overseeing social media initiatives, including website, newsletters, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Working with designers and Executive Director on the creation and distribution of promotional materials

  • Assisting in the compilation of metrics for donors (individuals, foundations, corporations, and government)

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Reports to the Executive Director

Qualifications Required:

  • University education and relevant work experience

  • Highly organized, with excellent administration skills, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Comfort with standard word processing programs and Excel; experience managing databases using Google Suite and Mailchimp

  • Attention to details (both words and numbers)

  • Experience working with community-based not-for-profit organizations

  • Experience and proficiency with social media management

  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and as a member of a team

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