Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Community Engagement Coordinator
Based in California (remote)
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a monthly book gifting program that mails free, high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth until their 5th birthday – no matter their family’s income.
After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. At first, books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.
Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013, and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.
The results have been staggering (100 million books in 2018 to 200 million books in 2023); 1 statewide program commitment to 20; and record growth in all 5 countries.
Help 2.2 million 0-5 California children become book owners and book lovers as a Regional Community Engagement Coordinator of the Imagination Library of California Strong Reader Partnership nonprofit.
Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Regional Community Engagement Coordinator will work closely with partners, volunteers, staff, and supporters in their assigned region, assisting in the development and sustainment of community programs with a focus on enrollment growth and financial stability.
Ensuring California’s youngest children become strong readers is the goal of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of California, a first of its kind nonprofit dedicated to getting books in the hands of every California child under 5 at no cost to their families.
This is a remote-centered position with periodic meetings in Sacramento and travel throughout with concentration on one of the four regions within California.
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