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Program Director

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Open Books
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Chicago, IL
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Published 13 days ago

Open Books seeks a dynamic leader passionate about literacy in the City of Chicago to serve as its next Program Director. In collaboration with the leadership team and program staff, the Program Director will develop, oversee, and direct strategies to increase book access, kindergarten readiness, grade level reading, and independent reading among families in specific under-resourced communities. The Program Director will build and lead a dedicated team to implement practices and evaluate progress towards those goals.


Position Responsibilities

Envision, plan, and direct strategic literacy programs in alignment with Open Books’ mission

  • Create strategies and goals to increase youth literacy skills in North Lawndale and other specific communities on the West, South, and Southwest sides of Chicago
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of resources to support pre-readers, early readers, and independent readers
  • Research methodologies and outcomes as related to strategies and goals
  • Plan and implement evaluation methods and reporting, and make adjustments as necessary
  • Work collaboratively across departments to maximize program efficacy

Develop key high level strategic partners to maximize collective impact of Open Books Programs

  • Identify and collaborate with external partners, committees, and collaboratives, including CPS schools and administration among others, to support literacy objectives in specific communities
  • Create relationships with key stakeholders in the educational and related fields
  • Represent Open Books at relevant meetings, conferences, councils, and community events
  • Create and seek opportunities to build the Open Books brand as a leading literacy organization
  • Maintain awareness of community educational challenges and opportunities

 Build and direct a team of program staff to implement programs

  • Manage team members with emphasis on achievement toward our mission and in line with our core values
  • Encourage and support the professional development of all program team members
  • Develop robust departmental and individual goals for the team each year in line with organizational priorities
  • Oversee the creation and updating of engaging, relevant curriculum with the program managers and coordinators in line with goals
  • Design and oversee systems and methods to create greater access to books, through granting opportunities and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program
  • Act as a executive team member of North Lawndale Reads and collaborate on the development of community-based literacy supports, programs, and messaging 

 Contribute to the overall direction and efficacy of Open Books as part of the leadership team

  • Collaborate with leadership team to hone mission and values as they relate to literacy
  • Exemplify leadership to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Empower team members to achieve goals
  • Create annual budgets for the refinement and expansion of new and existing programs
  • Assist in identifying and executing potential funding opportunities


Qualifications

  • Passion for promoting child and family literacy and empowering communities; has a deep commitment to Open Books’ mission and values
  • At least five (5) years of education experience, either in nonprofits or classrooms
  • Innovation and creativity in developing new programs and refining existing ones
  • In depth understanding of literacy best practices, especially as it relates to pre-readers and emerging readers
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, and ability to communicate across organizational departments
  • Detail orientation in managing multiple programs and goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills that effectively engage diverse external partners
  • Previous management experience in developing team members
  • Appreciation and focus for continuous growth and improvement (both individual and organizational)

Work Environment

  • Administrative headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop, as well as Open Books Pilsen and community sites in North Lawndale
  • Typical week is Monday – Friday, 8 hours per day
  • Periodic evening and weekend opportunities and obligations related to programs and special events
  • Family-friendly and flexible atmosphere
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth

Compensation & Benefits

  • Base salary between $70,000-$75,000 for full-time employment
  • Competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance
  • Voluntary vision and life insurance, and participation in 401(k) plan
  • 24 paid-time-off (PTO) days, in addition to federal and other holidays
  • Multiple parental leave options

Open Books seeks a dynamic leader passionate about literacy in the City of Chicago to serve as its next Program Director. In collaboration with the leadership team and program staff, the Program Director will develop, oversee, and direct…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    December 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 29, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Compensation

USD 70,000 - USD 75,000

Benefits

  • Competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance
  • Voluntary vision and life insurance, and participation in 401(k) plan
  • 24 paid-time-off (PTO) days, in addition to federal and other holidays
  • Multiple parental leave options
  • Competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance
  • Voluntary vision and life insurance, and participation in 401(k) plan
  • 24 paid-time-off (PTO) days, in addition to…

Location

On-site
Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send your updated resume and cover letter via this application form.

To apply for this position, please send your updated resume and cover letter via this application form.

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