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Job Position Description
Reading Works Detroit
Position # :
Position Title : Executive Director
Job Description



Position Description
Reading Works                             
Executive Director                                  
     Reading Works believes that if we can repair basic literacy skills – the most fundamental building block – we are on our way to transforming Metro Detroit.  
    Reading Works is a 501(c)(3) backbone organization comprised of dedicated  community leaders and groups, such as the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Media Partnership, WXYZ Channel 7, Skidmore Studios, the Michigan Chronicle, non-profits, private businesses and educational institutions, to address the long-standing problem of adult functional illiteracy in Metro Detroit .  Until now, there has never been a cohesive community effort on behalf of the least-literate adults. Reading Works is that missing piece. We partner with a growing number of adult literacy agencies in our community and provide them with critical resources and tools that will help them build capacity, keep more adult learners in their programs, and track outcomes with detailed reports, using the latest technologies.  
    The Executive Director will have overall strategic, fund development and operational responsibility for the organization. Being aligned with, and passionate about our mission, is crucial to the hiring of our next director. As well, the successful candidate must bring a high level of sophistication and a background in organizational development to the position. The candidate must be a self-starter, well-connected in the community and be comfortable in both an advocacy and fundraising role, as lead spokesperson for the agency.
     Reading Works is poised to broaden its reach and expand strategically to meet community needs, especially given the depth/breadth of experience and contacts of our Board of Directors. The Executive Director must be both a builder and sustainer who will have the right combination of skills and experience to take the organization forward over the next five years. We are entering into our third year of work and have a dedicated, yet small staff to help us accomplish our mission/vision. The organization is housed in the Detroit Media Partnership offices, downtown.   
·         Lead all strategic fundraising efforts.
·         Recruit additional adult literacy agencies to scale up the impact of organization.
·         Drive the community’s collective efforts towards boosting adult literacy.
·         Steer and provide internal leadership and staff management to execute and enhance organizational and staff.
·         Report directly to the board of directors on an ongoing basis about the financial “state of the organization”; assist in preparation for board of directors’ meetings.
·         Recruit additional board members and develop/ oversee working task forces.
·         Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the program goals.
·         Assess local literacy providers and publish regular data-driven reports.
·         Demonstrate consistent quality of finance and administration, including engaging technical advisors and award/monitor grants.
·         Develop a network for the providers to improve best practices and link with social service providers, businesses.
·         Oversee enhancement and maintenance of agency web site with third party vendor.
External Relationships
·         Aggressively expand fund development activities.
·         Cultivate existing partnerships and develop new funder relationships among individuals, corporations, foundations and other potential capital investors.
·        Manage and grow relationships with existing non-profit partners and new non-profit organizations that are a part of our collective efforts to boost adult literacy.
·         Strong demonstrated fund development experience.
·         Demonstrated leadership and relationship management experience.
·         Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills.
·         Solid judgment, leadership skills and charisma.
·         Strong analytical skills; demonstrated business acumen.
·         Strong work ethic.
·         Integrity, positive attitude, and being self-directed.
·         Capable and willing to take a hands-on approach.
·         Non-profit experience, especially in working proactively with boards of directors.
·         Understanding or experience in working with Collective Impact Model desired.
·         College degree (bachelors/masters preferred).

To apply for this position, register with NPPN online (http://www.nppn.co/candidates/) and upload your resume and a cover letter (addressed to Reading Works Detroit and include the position title).


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