Location: Flexible, home-based

Contract/Full-time: Part-Time


Are you passionate about creating culturally relevant content for Indigenous children across Canada?
Are you a strong relationship builder who relishes the opportunity to develop connections with Indigenous communities?
Do you enjoy collaborating with writers, illustrators, Elders, and first language practitioners?

If you answered YES, you may be our next Indigenous Artist Recruitment and Language Revitalization Lead

As the Storybook Lead, you will be instrumental in the creation of books in our Indigenous Storybook Series. You will be responsible for identifying and recruiting writers and illustrators, incorporating communities’ first languages, tracking progress, and ensuring the storybooks are completed by their deadlines.

About the Storybook Series:

As a complement to our tutoring program, you will lead the development of original children’s storybooks with partnered Indigenous communities. Written and illustrated by Indigenous artists, the e-books explore priority themes important to the communities such as Indigenous innovation, land-based activities, and local leaders. To advance the communities’ language revitalization efforts, the storybooks include foundational words in the communities’ first languages. You will establish relationships with community members and schools, working in tandem with the schools’ language divisions and other community language leads to translate words and record audio clips of elders pronouncing the Indigenous words embedded into each story. These e-books are available via our online reading platform and in our Global Free Library on the Chapter One website at library.chapterone.org.

As the Storybook Lead, you will play a vital role in advancing reconciliation in Canada by ensuring that Indigenous children have access to culturally relevant early reading texts.

This is a remote work-from-home position, however you must be residing in, and have the right to work in Canada.

Key Responsibilities:

Create writer and illustrator outreach pipeline
Establish contact and set up meetings with prospective artists
Track progress, ensure stories are on schedule,  and identify problem areas early on
Recruit and maintain a roster of Indigenous Elders and Advisorsto help develop storybook content
Work with language departments in partner communities to incorporate the communities’ first languages into completed stories
Collaborate with Elders and other fluent language speakers to record foundational words in the stories
Send materials to Chapter One tech team and ensure stories are uploaded to our platform
Achieve yearly storybook goals


Demonstrated success performing research and outreach
Wide understanding of Indigenous culture language, practices, priorities, world views, etcUndaunted by cold-calling
Exceptionally strong independent work ethic
Highly organized
Excellent communication skills
Passion for and knowledgeable about reconciliation and inclusion
Ability to pass an RCMP background check

Ideal candidate:

Hard-working, entrepreneurial self-starter who is intrinsically motivated
Ability to innovate and think creatively
Friendly and charismatic— believes deeply in our mission
Takes pride in holding themself to the highest standards in all aspects of their work
Goal-oriented team-player who also thrives working independently
Relishes achieving ambitious and challenging organizational objectives
Track record of consistently exceeding weekly/monthly/yearly targets
Demonstrated success working remotely with minimal supervision
Lives in an Indigenous community or has experience working with Indigenous communities

How to Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant experience and explaining why you are a good fit for this role.
Email application to alessandra.mcgowan@chapterone.org
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 5, 2023

About Chapter One Canada
Chapter One is a 30-year-old global education nonprofit whose mission is to close the reading gap by providing children with one-to-one support at the time they need it the most.

We believe that “it all starts with literacy.” Our success is based on the one-to-one connection we make with children from less advantaged homes to help them learn to read in their pivotal first years of school. The combination of technology and personal, human connection between a caring adult and a child is what sets us apart.

Established as a nonprofit in Canada in 2018, registered as a Canadian charity in 2019
Our work is backed by research and evidence-based methods

Other Chapter One Initiatives:

High Impact Tutoring: One-to-one high impact tutoring takes place in the classroom or at home via families’ smartphones. Sessions occur 3-5X per week and are 5-minutes long to maximize a young student’s attention span and work with the student at their proximal zone of development.

Online reading volunteers: In the first program of its kind in Canada, we partner with local, national, and global corporations to recruit online volunteers who provide weekly 1:1 30-minute reading support to high-need children in under-resourced classrooms across the country. They use our custom online literacy platform at reading stations that we install in participating schools.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chapter One is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring its community is diverse and inclusive. We welcome applications from members of racialized minorities, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of various sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities and contribute to our excellence. We seek to maintain our commitment to excellence and recognize that increasing the diversity of our staff and ensuring an inclusive environment supports this objective.

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Salary: 50k, prorated to part time Hours: 15-20 hours per week

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to alessandra.mcgowan@chapterone.org

About Chapter One Canada

At Chapter One, we want to create a world where all children have the literacy skills needed to thrive.

So do classroom teachers and parents!

But many teachers and families are unable, on their own, to teach all students to read. They simply don’t have the time or resources to provide the kind of individualized instruction that struggling readers need to succeed.

Every year in Canada 100,000 children complete Grade 3 unable to read at grade level

If students don’t develop a strong phonics foundation and reading fluency by the end of second grade, it is very unlikely that they will be proficient readers in later grades. In fact, kids who don’t read at grade level by the end of Grade 3 are 4X less likely to graduate high school.

That’s why we provide 1:1 reading support at the time students need it most.