The Literacy Connection, based in Elgin seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial Executive Director to build on its successes to-date and lead the organization into its next stage of growth and development.
The Literacy Connection was founded in 1984 and has helped adults in the Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs acquire fundamental literacy skills and learn to read, write, speak, and understand English. Programs that have been developed include training for the volunteer tutors, conversation groups for English and citizenship, family literacy programs, and workplace literacy classes. The annual grant and fundraising revenues have risen to over $280,000.
The Executive Director will develop and implement the organization’s strategic direction and work hands-on with staff and board members to align new strategies with all aspects of the organization’s program, fundraising, and administrative activities.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Implement the organization’s mission, goals, values, and objectives.
- Set the strategic direction for The Literacy Connection using the organization’s strategic plan as a guide.
- Evaluate, improve, and strategically expand the program and services.
- Recruit and manage staff, including hiring, delegating appropriate responsibilities, team building, coaching, and evaluation.
- Work with the board of directors to identify issues and needs for the board’s consideration.
- Uphold the core values of dedication, excellence, integrity, collaboration, empowerment, and respect.
- Build, cultivate, and manage diverse relationships with state agencies, legislators, business leaders, educational departments, district and school administration, corporate community giving departments, and charitable foundations.
- Lead the implementation of the fundraising strategy, meeting with donors, cultivating new donor relationships
- Identify appropriate funding opportunities; and play a key role in grant writing.
- Develop and lead a marketing plan that increases the visibility of the Literacy Connection program, objectives, and impact.
- Supervise all fiscal oversight and on-going financial management including creation of annual operating and programmatic budget, monitoring revenue and expenditures, and financial reporting.
- Manage administrative and human resource-related functions required to maintain day-to-day operations.
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to nonprofit organizational management or business management.
- Experience in organizational management.
- Experience in budgeting and fiscal management.
- Ability to provide leadership, vision and inspiration.
- Ability to analyze issues and resolve problems.
- Ability to work collectively with others.
- Ability to work with the treasurer and auditor to ensure fiduciary responsibilities.
- Highly organized and comfortable balancing lots of concurrent tasks and to-dos; ability to identify priorities from mission accomplishments.
- Bilingual in Spanish preferred, but not required.
- Strong fundraising knowledge and proof of fundraising success
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Respect and empathy for diverse learners.
- Working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Applications, Google Docs, QuickBooks, and donor tracking software.