Job Title: Executive Director
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Posted: May 2017
Friends of Literacy seeks to hire a full-time Executive Director. A successful candidate would include someone who shares a passion for educational advancement, workforce effectiveness, and second chances. The organization is celebrating great successes with a record year for fundraising and clients served. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity to take a thriving organization into its next phase of growth.
Organization Description: Founded in 1991, Friends of Literacy’s (FOL’s) free Adult Education Programs provide free high quality literacy and adult education classes for the 1 in 12 adults who are unable to read or write above a 6th grade level and the 1 in 8 adults without a high school or equivalency diploma so that our students can become better workers, parents, and citizens. FOL manages several education programs and those include: Path Forward, Community Schools, and Adult Reading Classes. For more information about FOL visit www.friendsofliteracy.org
Summary: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization, program planning and development, project management, external relations, staff hiring/supervision and finance. The Executive Director works closely with the Board, staff, and volunteers to carry out or delegate the following responsibilities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide leadership for development of fundraising strategies and execution. Expected that 20% of hours worked will be toward these duties, including but not limited to:
§ United Way Partnership
§ Funder Relationships
§ Special Events
§ General Donations
2. Provide project oversight to support literacy and adult education initiatives in our community. Expected that 20% of hours worked will be toward these duties, including but not limited to:
§ Adult Literacy
§ Adult Education
§ Volunteer Development
§ Community Outreach
3. Provide project management of grants and contracts. Expected that 20% of hours worked will be toward these duties, including but not limited to:
§ Grant research, writing and reporting
§ Ensure grants goals are meet within budget
§ Build relationships with new funders and potential partners
- Contract development and management
4. Provide leadership for general and administrative operations. Expected that 20% of hours worked will be toward these duties, including but not limited to:
§ Develops the annual budget, in cooperation with the Finance Committee, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
§ Oversees financial management of the organization, ensuring compliance with financial policies, manages accounts, and provides monthly reporting to the Board of Directors on the financial status of the organization.
§ Manage and lead Friends of Literacy employees
§ Registration and licensing
§ Preparations for board and committee meetings
§ Human resources-payroll, employee appreciation, ongoing training and issues with staff members
5. Provide leadership and guidance to volunteers and Board of Directors for program development activities. Expected that 5% of hours worked will be toward these duties, including but not limited to:
§ Long Range Planning
§ Programs and Initiatives
§ Planning and Implementation
6. Develop and promote community relations opportunities. Expected that 15% of hours worked will be toward these duties. This position serves as a principal representative of the organization, maintaining and developing relationships with key external contacts, business leaders, and the community at large.
Qualifications/Skills & Knowledge Requirements
§ Bachelors degree
§ Minimum 5 years directing or 6 years’ experience in other capacity with nonprofit organization
§ Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
§ Experience and strong skills in fundraising, fiscal management, budgeting and forecasting
§ Proven track record of effectively leading a performance-driven organization
§ Marketing and public relations experience
§ Strong leadership qualities and leadership experience
§ Knowledge of nonprofit regulations
§ Background in education or program management
§ Demonstrated program development and implementation skills
§ Ability to represent the organization effectively in a variety of settings and with diverse communities
This position requires comfort and ease with managing multiple roles and responsibilities, ranging from day-to-day operations to big picture vision work. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in revenue generation, particularly from individual donors and events, combined with experience working with or serving on Boards of Directors.
How To Apply
Please send a personalized cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 7th.