Literacy Services Program Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,360
Maximum: $71,896




Saint Paul
United States


Seeking individual for full-time Literacy Services Program Director position based out of Minnesota Literacy Council’s main office at 700 Raymond Ave, Suite #180, St Paul, MN 55114. Oversee the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of: adult and family literacy programs; statewide Adult Basic Education (ABE) volunteer services; learner outreach and referral (Adult Literacy Hotline); technology training; and special projects (such as the Student Information Database and Hotline integration, navigation initiatives, etc.). Develop government grant proposals and manage grants and contracts related to ABE programming. Develop, manage and maintain ABE and family literacy partnerships. Partner with the development department on grant proposals, major gifts fundraising and agency events. The starting annual salary range for this position is $65,360 - $71,896 along with a generous benefits package.

Specific responsibilities of the Literacy Services Program Director include, but are not limited to:

Program management and supervision:

  • Provide leadership and oversight for adult literacy direct services, capacity-building services, family literacy and preschool programming;
  • recruit, hire, supervise, coach and support six to eight direct reports;
  • work with program staff and funders to ensure programs are meeting stated goals;
  • ensure compliance with MDE regulations as well as all MLC operating procedures;
  • develop ABE, Statewide Support Services (Volunteer Outreach and Technology) and family literacy budgets;  monitor budgets closely throughout the year;
  • organize and oversee annual events and conferences (Volunteer Management Conference and Journeys event).

Contracts management, grantwriting, reporting and donor relations:

  • Write and monitor state, federal, and foundation grants for ongoing programming and special projects;
  • report on organizational progress to MDE-ABE and other funders; oversee data tracking;
  • write grant-specific and other program reports/documents as required;
  • answer questions about MLC services, literacy statistics and program development;
  • together with the development department, maintain regular contact and build relationships with donors who support programs in these areas.

Partnerships and collaboration:

  • Develop, facilitate and maintain partnerships with people and organizations whose goals align with literacy council programs and services;
  • promote positive relationships with MN Department of Education ABE staff, other ABE programs across the state (volunteer network, tech training, hotline, hotline integration project, etc.) and others;
  • in collaboration with SPCLC ensure shareable (volunteer) curriculum is aligned with standards, etc.;
  • assist in five-year narrative writing process for St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium (SPCLC).

Agency management:

  • Provide leadership and vision for adult and family literacy programming;
  • participate in strategic planning for the agency and meet regularly with other directors to make agency decisions;
  • provide direction and support for ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives;
  • engage and collaborate with other departments in the planning and development of expanded programming;
  • assist with soliciting sponsorship support for events and programs from corporations and foundations;
  • attend special events and board meetings.

Additional duties:

  • Provide support to other leadership team members as necessary, particularly during absences;
  • serve on other committees and consortia as requested;
  • write articles and serve on editorial board for various publications;
  • public speaking as needed;
  • other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, education or related field, Master’s degree strongly preferred; minimum 8-10 years progressively responsible experience in program management and development.
  • Prior experience working in the field of Adult Basic Education strongly preferred.
  • Two years of experience teaching or training adults.
  • Three to five years of experience supervising professional staff.
  • Prior experience advancing work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion strongly preferred.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated success in managing government contracts and grantwriting.
  • Broad experience working with budgets and statistical data.
  • Experience with public speaking and agency advocacy.
  • Proficient in all standard computer software programs.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Prior experience in other literacy-related endeavors and/or social causes a bonus. 

Full job description available on the literacy council’s website: link to full job description


A generous benefits package is offered in addition to salary.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please email cover letter and resume with Literacy Services Program Director in the subject line to

Open until filled; priority given to applications received by Monday, October 1.

The Minnesota Literacy Council fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all. See our full diversity and inclusion statement here: