Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.
The High Level
Reading Partners is seeking a professional, dynamic, self-motivated leader to be our Executive Director of Reading Partners Seattle supporting programming in both Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools and setting up the conditions for expansion in future years. The Executive Director will lead regional staff and AmeriCorps members in the Seattle region. The Executive Director will be the primary face of Reading Partners Seattle, managing fundraising and community partnerships, and have full bottom-line fiscal responsibility for the entire region.
The ideal candidate is a social entrepreneur who has deep connections with the K-12 educational and/or nonprofit sector(s) and with state/local officials and philanthropic leaders who can accelerate Reading Partners Seattles’ program expansion. This person will roll up their sleeves to lead the entire region, acting as the primary contact to both internal and external stakeholders. This person is driven by a commitment to create educational equity for all students, communities, and families. This person has experience with building and leading racially diverse teams and is skilled at building an internal culture that is constantly striving to be inclusive and equitable for all employees by mitigating implicit and explicit bias, and actively dismantling systems of oppression. This person has a commitment to addressing racism and sees literacy as a tool to combat forms of systemic oppression.
What you’ll do:
In 2021-2022, lead and manage a team of approximately 3 year-round staff and 6 AmeriCorps members toward highly successful program implementation, community engagement, and fundraising targets. Oversee growth strategy and all regional business operations.
- Set and achieve programmatic, fundraising, and other goals aligned with the regional and national strategic plans.
- Build fundraising and organizational infrastructure and capacity to support future growth.
- Provide executive oversight of all program operations: compliance, quality assurance, and program efficacy.
- Oversee all regional business functions (accounting, HR, IT, legal, etc.), with significant support from the national accounting, HR, and IT departments.
- Partner with the program manager to ensure the annual recommitment of current schools and recruitment of new schools to ensure Reading Partners Seattle will meet its schools served targets the following school year.
- Partner with development and community engagement teams to drive resources to the region.
- Collaborate with other executive directors and members of the national team to develop and implement a system for sharing resources and best practices across all Reading Partners locations.
- Participate in one or more task forces or working groups with other executive directors and/or members of national departments.
In 2021-2022, lead all fundraising for the region to exceed revenue goal of $650K
- Set, meet, and exceed, annual fund development goals in future years to support ongoing expansion in Seattle.
- Cultivate and manage donor relationships across the region to secure monies from government, corporate, foundation, and individual funding sources.
- Develop and manage the regional board to provide effective local leadership and ambassadorship.
- Collaborate with development staff and board members to identify, cultivate, and steward potential funders.
- Work closely with the national grants team to ensure proper implementation of the state or national AmeriCorps grants, and to steward the relationship effectively to continue our strong relationship with all state and national AmeriCorps agencies.
Drive all external relations activities in the region to grow and scale the region.
- Create and lead a broad coalition of nonprofit, for profit, and governmental entities to affect students’ reading success.
- Engage and manage relationships with elected officials and public sector partners (municipal, school board, state, and district staff for Congressional offices) to support the advancement of Reading Partners as a key partner in the educational system in the region.
- Build and grow relationships with district-level leaders to ensure Reading Partners’ success as a best-in-class literacy program.
- Support Reading Partners’ role in the policy dialogue around literacy, education, and national service.
- Increase organizational visibility and profile in local media markets through the successful creation and implementation of a regional communications plan.
- Serve as the primary local public spokesperson for Reading Partners, acting as the public face of the organization within the region.
- Develop strategic partnerships to support Reading Partners’ community engagement and volunteer recruitment efforts.
Other duties as needed.
How you’ll do it:
Mission and Culture Catalyst:
- In order to thrive as a culture leader at Reading Partners, you are highly motivated by Reading Partners’ work and authentically represent this mission externally. You demonstrate a sincere passion for enriching the lives of high-need students through literacy development and embody Reading Partners’ mission, core values, and approach. You are energized by working amid ambiguity and will bring a patient and solutions-oriented outlook to your work. You are a leader who is strategic and dynamic, with a track record of establishing meaningful and trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Finally, you bring an understanding of how to partner with schools and serve under-served youth, ideally within the context of K-3 education.
People & Operations Management:
- Lead, motivate and manage a team of year-round staff and AmeriCorps members to achieve resultsto results, while coaching and developing the capacity of the people on the team. Oversee and deliver professional development and management training for regional staff including the following direct reports: Program Manager and External Relations Manager. Demonstrate advanced ability to plan and implement efficient internal operations to support future growth. Demonstrate experience serving as an inspiring mentor to staff members, either in a formal management structure, or informally through influence. You also have the ability to develop a strategic vision and motivate teams to achieve measurable goals, while maintaining results-oriented, collaborative and healthy organizational culture. You bring a strong track record of establishing the metrics, processes, and protocols needed to effectively move from vision to implementation. Finally, you have experience juggling multiple work streams concurrently, managing complex and competing priorities, and executing on ambitious goals effectively.
Relationship Development & Communications:
- You establish deep relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, community constituents, elected officials, media outlets, nonprofit and for profit leaders, as well as board members. You are able to open doors, make connections, tell a compelling story, build consensus and create opportunities to both generate revenue and support advancement in literacy education, across the region and within a very competitive market. You have experience identifying, building, and maintaining strong relationships with a diverse array of nonprofit, government, community, private sector, and high networth stakeholders. You are someone who is an effective communicator, natural “connector”, and you have a track record of successfully increasing revenue and cultivating donors and community support. You are committed to helping to expand and develop the Seattle Regional Advisory Board.
Strategic Leadership and Execution:
- You develop and design new strategies and approaches to meeting programmatic growth goals and then lead implementation of those strategies. You bring a systems perspective to organizational challenges, with the ability to effectively move from vision to strategy to plan to execution while managing multiple work streams and demonstrating exceptional project management instincts. You are creative, a thoughtful decision maker, and are comfortable partnering with others to problem solve, and use clear and strategic processes in making decisions. In addition, you have professional experience both developing and executing strategy to optimize organizational processes and achieve ambitious goals.
You’ll be successful in this role if you have:
- Robust experience working with nonprofits, school districts, government officials, and philanthropic organizations in the Seattle area
- Demonstrated success in developing and executing fundraising strategies
- Proven accomplishments in frontline fundraising
- Demonstrated success in staff recruitment, leadership, management, and development
- Demonstrated ability to develop and manage large and complex operating budgets
- Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated creativity when addressing challenging situations with limited resources
- Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced, highly adaptive environment
- Excellent computer skills
- Can prove eligibility to work in the U.S. legally
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- A deep belief in our mission
- The innate ability and desire to root your work in our core values
Bonus Points if you:
- Hold an MBA or advanced degree
- Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna
- Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations