The Senior Program Director drives program improvement, implementation, evaluation, communication and teacher training in support of programmatic excellence.
Book Trust is a national early literacy 501(c)3 organization founded twenty years ago with the mission to engage every child in book choice and ownership, cultivating literacy-rich communities. Our vision is that every child, especially children from underserved communities, has access to books and discovers the joy and power of reading. Book Trust acts as an equity game changer, bridging the opportunity gap in order for students to choose books of interest and become life-long learners. Now more than ever, Book Trust home libraries serve as a learning safety net as our nations education system copes with school closures and distance learning. We collaborate with Scholastic Publishing, School Districts, and Teachers to deliver our program in 21 states across the country.
- Manage and deliver training to Book Trust teachers and Book Trust Managers.
- Create presentations, materials, and content based on literacy best practices for program implementation and teacher trainings.
- Analyze Program data, including application, ordering, evaluation and student achievement data to determine trends and numbers in service of strategic planning and execution.
- Own and manage relationships with schools and teachers through the Program implementation cycle.
- Identify exemplar Book Trust schools and coordinate staff and donor visits to schools.
- Oversee our virtual volunteer program, read alouds, and book celebrations throughout the school year.
- Lead and coordinate various activities related to the renewal and expansion of schools participating in the Book Trust program.
- Lead the management of Academic Advisory Board meetings and members.
- Provide strong customer service and communication with a variety of stakeholders including districts, teachers, principals and others.
- Design and coordinate the Book Trust employee volunteer program.
- Create and lead program evaluation plan and execution, including working with external consultants.
- Attend Book Trust events as needed.
- Oversee the management of Zendesk and Book Trust teacher support.
- Manage outreach and communications to schools and teachers (newsletters, emails, etc.).
- Support development activities, including grant reporting and donor stewardship.
- Manage the Book Trust Program team and provide program reporting and presentations for board meetings.
- Capture Book Trust stories and collateral (videos, photographs, etc.) to be shared on various Book Trust channels.
- Provide regular communication and status updates on the Book Trust program, with detailed analysis via quantitative and qualitative data for donors and various stakeholders.
- Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred.
- A minimum of 2 years of K-12 teaching experience, preferably elementary teaching experience in a Title 1 or equivalent school(s).
- Strong knowledge of the best practices and methodologies in teaching reading and literacy.
- A minimum of 2 years experience managing a team and working collaboratively to support external stakeholders.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
- Demonstrates a passion for the organization’s mission.
- Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented focus.
- An effective and open communicator, with high-level oral and writing skills.
- A sense of humor and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
- Knowledge of Blackboard and lesson planning is preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and sustaining collaborative working relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to organize workload, maintain several projects of equal priority at once, and sustain productivity and accuracy under pressure.
- Understanding of working with and maintaining confidential information.
- Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts for success.
- Professional and mature demeanor with strong ethical standards and ability to adapt to change.
- Ability to travel as needed.