Reading Partners is seeking a dynamic, self-starter to be Regional Executive Director (RED). S/he will oversee programs serving 20-25 elementary schools, lead a program, development, and administrative staff of 20-25 people, and have bottom line fiscal responsibility and partnership development for the region.
The ideal candidate is a social entrepreneur who has deep connections to the K-5 educational and/or non-profit sector, state/local officials and philanthropic leaders who can accelerate Reading Partners regional program expansion.
Reporting Relationships The RED reports to the Vice President of Field Operations and is a member of the RP Management Team. This position will work closely with the RP regional boards in specific sites as well as with the national board of directors.
Responsibilities: Executive Leadership and Fund Development Serve as the overall executive manager of field operations within the region, with responsibility for leading staff through training, implementation of launch and growth plans for sites. Oversee FY 2013 regional budget of $4mm. Provide executive oversight of all program operations, ensuring their compliance with national standards of program quality and efficacy in advancing RP’s organizational mission. Work with the national office to set fund development goals in alignment with the regional plan and ensure that these goals are consistently met or exceeded. Currently the region has been expanding at a rate of 50-75% per year. The ED will work closely with the regional board and assume primary responsibility for raising private and municipal funds in 2012-13, with this number increasing in future years to allow for regional growth. Manage regional boards for fund devlopment, program expansion and ensuring effective local leadership and ambassadorship. Partner with the RP national office to execute a rigorous program monitoring and evaluation system designed to provide the highest levels of quality assurance. Oversee all business functions (accounting, HR, IT, legal, etc.) with the highest degree of professional standards in cooperation with the national office. Build organizational infrastructure and capacity to support future growth.
Staff Management Build and lead a high-caliber staff of program, development, and operations professionals. Oversee professional development and management training for regional staff, upholding RP’s culture of continuous improvement and employee advancement.
Constituent Relations Engage and manage relationships with elected officials and public sector partners (municipal, school board, state and district staff for Congressional offices) to support advancement of Reading Partners as a key partner in the educational system in the region Support RP's role in the policy dialogue around literacy, education and national service Increase organizational visibility and profile in local media markets through the successful implementation of a regional communications plan. Serve as primary local public spokesperson for RP, acting as the public face of the organization within the region. Create and lead a broad coalition of nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental entities to work together to affect students’ reading success.