Job Openings:

Title: Fleet Driver
Reports to: Fleet Team Leads
FLSA Classification: Hourly
Job Status: Full-time

We are looking for someone passionate about helping close the literacy gap in this country. You will have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that has distributed nearly 20 million free books to children in underserved communities over the last 11 years as we reopen to our approximately 40,000 volunteers a year. We are looking for an energetic team player who is passionate about our mission to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among underserved infants, toddlers and school-age children.

Bernie’s Book Bank is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to join our Fleet Team. The Fleet Team is the face of Bernie’s Book Bank to our book distribution partners and book collection partners.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Collect and distribute books and materials, to various book collection and distribution partners across Chicagoland.
  • Assist in the preparation of book collection and distribution materials.
  • Provide excellent customer service to partners.
  • Assist in the book processing center, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and willing to show proof of full vaccination at time of hire.
  • Must be passionate about the mission of Bernie’s Book Bank.
  • Must have an exceptionally positive, “I CAN/I WILL” attitude and be self-motivated.
  • Must exhibit the following qualities: problem-solving, team player, strong work ethic, sense of urgency, flexibility, communicative, organized, personable/diplomatic, multi-tasking, relationship-building.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be available Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, some holidays, weekends, and overtime as required.
  • Must have a clean driving record and acceptable background check results.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent will typically be working in a warehouse environment and operating a vehicle.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds unassisted and be able to move and load books. At times, may be required to work within the book processing center. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential job duties.

Interested in applying? Email your resume and cover letter to Amber Emken, Human Resources Business Specialist at [email protected] 

Title:  Processing Center Specialist
Reports to:  Processing Center Manager
Job Status:  Part Time

We are looking for someone passionate about helping close the literacy gap in this country. You will have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that has distributed nearly 20 million free books to children in underserved communities over the last 11 years as we reopen to our approximately 40,000 volunteers a year. We are looking for an energetic team player who is passionate about our mission to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among underserved infants, toddlers and school-age children.

Bernie’s Book Bank is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated member of our team to be a PART TIME Processing Center Specialist (PC Specialist) who will work closely with our volunteer workforce. The Processing Center (PC) is the heart of our organization. This position will be integral in our successful reopening to volunteers and creating a welcoming, fun and productive environment for our team and volunteers.

We are looking for someone willing to work about 20 hours per week primarily evenings from approximately 4pm-7pm (hours are flexible) and on Saturdays 8am-5pm. This is a great role for someone looking for a job after classes etc.

Our Processing Center Specialists work as part of the Processing Center Team and works on all activities in the Processing Center with a focus on production, quality, and safety. The PC Specialist must emphasize meeting distribution goals while providing an exceptional volunteer experience.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Train and lead volunteers during sessions to ensure distribution goals and quality standards are being met.
  • Execute all dynamic production objectives pertaining to the processing of incoming books.
  • Interact with all volunteers to ensure a positive, friendly and safe environment, leading to return visits.
  • Execute Processing Center operations (i.e. organization, efficiency, workflow, supplies, inventory and cleanliness).
  • Liaison with the Back of House team to facilitate processing and inventory management.
  • Execute pre-session set up by resetting the Processing Center 3-4 times a day to effectively meet volunteer/session requirements.
  • Execute post-session clean up and breakdown 3-4 times a day to effectively meet safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Liaison with Processing Center Manager to implement and provide input on new projects.
  • Support accurate and relevant representation of Bernie’s Book Bank brand.
  • Effective use of VolunteerHub to plan and execute volunteer sessions.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Must have and exude an exceptionally positive, “I CAN/I WILL” attitude and be self-motivated, and goal driven.
  • Must understand the value of relationships as the lifeblood of Bernie’s Book Bank.
  • Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in working in a public facing role dealing with customer needs (examples include retail, restaurant work, librarian, reception etc).
  • Willingness to change/be dynamic to meet the needs of the business.
  • Ability to deal with changes that may mean rearranging priorities on the fly due to changing needs (volunteer attendance, distribution goals).
  • Comfortable speaking and articulating our mission to large groups of volunteers.
  • Skills & attributes: Interpersonal communication, organization, anticipation, multi-tasking, problem-solving, positive attitude, flexibility, appropriate sense of urgency.
  • High School Diploma; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Ability to become trained and certified if needed on a forklift, stacker, reach truck and electric pallet jack.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and ability to be trained on Volunteer scheduling applications.
  • Must treat cleanliness, organization, process, and safety as essential functions of the Processing Center.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent will typically be working in a warehouse environment. Will be required to see, hear, and touch on a regular basis. Must be able to lift 30 pounds unassisted as may be needed to help move or load books. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential job duties.

Interested in applying? Email your resume and cover letter to Amber Emken, Human Resources Business Specialist at [email protected] 

Title:  Processing Center Specialist
Reports to:  Processing Center Manager
FLSA Classification:  Salary Non-Exempt
Job Status:  Full-time
Pay: $15.00 per hour                                                                                                             

Primary Function:

We are looking for someone passionate about helping close the literacy gap in this country. You will have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that has distributed nearly 20 million free books to children in underserved communities over the last 11 years as we reopen to our approximately 40,000 volunteers a year. We are looking for an energetic team player who is passionate about our mission to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among underserved infants, toddlers and school-age children.
Bernie’s Book Bank is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated member of our team to be a Processing Center Specialist (PC Specialist) who will work closely with our volunteer workforce. The Processing Center (PC) is the heart of our organization. This position will be integral in our successful reopening to volunteers and creating a welcoming, fun and productive environment for our team and volunteers.

Our Processing Center Specialists work as part of the Processing Center Team and works on all activities in the Processing Center with a focus on production, quality, and safety. The PC Specialist must emphasize meeting distribution goals while providing an exceptional volunteer experience.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Train and lead volunteers during sessions to ensure distribution goals and quality standards are being met.
  • Execute all dynamic production objectives pertaining to the processing of incoming books.
  • Interact with all volunteers to ensure a positive, friendly and safe environment, leading to return visits.
  • Execute Processing Center operations (i.e. organization, efficiency, workflow, supplies, inventory and cleanliness).
  • Liaison with the Back of House team to facilitate processing and inventory management.
  • Execute pre-session set up by resetting the Processing Center 3-4 times a day to effectively meet volunteer/session requirements.
  • Execute post-session clean up and breakdown 3-4 times a day to effectively meet safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Liaison with Processing Center Manager to implement and provide input on new projects.
  • Support accurate and relevant representation of Bernie’s Book Bank brand.
  • Effective use of VolunteerHub to plan and execute volunteer sessions.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wiling show proof of full vaccination at time of hire
  • Must have and exude an exceptionally positive, “I CAN/I WILL” attitude and be self-motivated, and goal driven.
  • Must understand the value of relationships as the lifeblood of Bernie’s Book Bank.
  • Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in working in a public facing role dealing with customer needs.
  • Willingness to change/be dynamic to meet the needs of the business.
  • Able to work 2 Saturdays a Month on a rotating basis and weekday days or evenings until 7:30 pm.
  • Ability to deal with changes that may mean rearranging priorities on the fly due to changing needs (volunteer attendance, distribution goals).
  • Comfortable speaking and articulating our mission to large groups of volunteers.
  • Skills & attributes: Interpersonal communication, organization, anticipation, multi-tasking, problem-solving, positive attitude, flexibility, appropriate sense of urgency.
  • High School Diploma; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Ability to become trained and certified if needed on a forklift, stacker, reach truck and electric pallet jack.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and ability to be trained on Volunteer scheduling applications.
  • Must treat cleanliness, organization, process, and safety as essential functions of the Processing Center.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent will typically be working in a warehouse environment.  Will be required to see, hear, and touch on a regular basis.  Must be able to lift 30 pounds unassisted as may be needed to help move or load books. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential job duties.

Interested in applying? Email your resume and cover letter to Amber Emken, Human Resources Business Specialist at [email protected] 

Title: Children’s Book Leveling Specialist
Reports to: Processing Center Manager
Job Status:  Part-time 
Hours: 15-25 hours per week
Pay: $15.00 per hour    

We are looking for someone passionate about helping close the literacy gap in this country. You will have the opportunity to be a part of an organization that has distributed nearly 20 million free books to children in underserved communities over the last 11 years as we reopen to our approximately 40,000 volunteers a year. We are looking for an energetic team player who is passionate about our mission to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among underserved infants, toddlers and school-age children.

Primary Function:
Bernie’s Book Bank is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated team member to serve as a Children’s Book Leveling Specialist. The Children’s Book Leveling Specialist will sort book donations and assess which books meet Bernie’s Book Bank’s quality and condition standards for distribution. The Children’s Book Leveling Specialist works in conjunction with the Processing Center Team with an emphasis on producing gently used books that will allow Bernie’s Book Bank to meet distribution goals. The Book Leveling Specialist is an energetic team player who is passionate about our mission to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among infants, toddlers and school-age children who may not own any books.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Process used book donations. Assess for condition, age appropriateness and quality. Make final decisions as to which books should be used and which age group should receive each book.
  • Update data base of books to accurately reflect how and where each book should be used.
  • Help create guidelines and metrics that will be used to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Book Levelers.
  • Coordinate with the Processing Center Manager to effectively meet production requirements for distribution commitments.
  • Be a positive ambassador for Bernie’s Book Bank. The Book Leveler may work side by side with experienced and new volunteers and should be able to create a positive work environment.
  • Support accurate and relevant representation of Bernie’s Book Bank brand.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and willing to show proof of full vaccination at time of hire.
  • MUST have knowledge and an interest in children’s literature and the ability to learn which books are appropriate for different age groups.
  • MUST have and exude an exceptionally positive, “I CAN/I WILL” attitude and be self-motivated, and goal driven.
  • MUST understand the value of relationships as the lifeblood of Bernie’s Book Bank.
  • Willingness to change/be dynamic to meet the needs of the business.
  • Able to advocate for change and get others on board with those changes at all levels.
  • Skills & attributes: Focus, ability to concentrate on one task for extended periods of time, attention to detail, interpersonal communication, organization, anticipation, appropriate sense of urgency.
  • High School Diploma; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent will typically be working in a warehouse environment. Will be required to see, hear, and touch on a regular basis. Must be able to lift 30 pounds unassisted as may be needed to help move or load books. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential job duties.

Interested in applying? Email your resume and cover letter to Amber Emken, Human Resources Business Specialist at [email protected]