Name of Organization: Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition
Title: Executive Director
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Position Reports To: Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors

Organization Overview

The mission of the OKC Metro Literacy Coalition is to lead a collaboration of literacy providers and supporters in order to strengthen services and present a united voice for literacy in metropolitan Oklahoma City.

The following community stakeholders should be members of the Coalition:  adult learners, business community, chambers of commerce, child care providers, civic organizations, community-based organizations, correctional institutions, faith-based organizations, funders, health care providers, institutes of higher education, literacy providers, local government, local media, other community-based coalitions, school districts, state adult education partners, vocational training organizations, and workforce investment boards.

The OKC Metro Literacy Coalition’s objectives are:

  1. To make it easy for someone who wants to learn to read or become a literacy volunteer to navigate the complex network of literacy services;
  2. To help OKC area literacy providers better communicate with one another to avoid redundancy and overlap, to develop partnerships when appropriate, and to learn from each other’s successes and challenges and from other literacy-related programs in the city and state; and
  3. To support common needs of literacy agencies including a) gathering/disseminating data to guide programs and qualify for grants, b) identifying and supporting funding opportunities, and c) promoting the issue of literacy in metropolitan Oklahoma City.

The OKC Metro Literacy Coalition was founded in 2007 and has been an all-volunteer organization since 2010. The Executive Director will be the only paid staff person. The Executive Director may work with independent contractors who provide communications/media management and grant writing support.

Position Description (key responsibilities/essential job functions)

  • Serves as the face of the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition
  • Responsible for the day-to-day business operations, administrative functions, and organizational development of the organization
  • Develops and maintains relationships with literacy providers (nonprofits, community-based programs, churches, volunteer reading tutors, school districts, after-school care, etc.), has an understanding of their programs and volunteer needs, and refers learners, volunteers, and other agencies to literacy providers
  • Coordinates existing volunteer tutor training and GED testing fees scholarship programs
  • Coordinates the coalition by facilitating communication, sharing best practices, and developing partnerships between members
  • Organizes and leads literacy Network Meetings
  • Promotes literacy issues and is a community advocate for literacy
  • Recruits and retains individual and organizational members of the coalition
  • Recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers
  • Plans and executes special event fundraiser(s) with team of volunteers
  • Responsible for the cultivation and acknowledgment of donors
  • Manages grant requirements and assists grant writer with grant requests
  • Utilizes system for evaluating programs and measuring outcomes
  • Assists board of directors in preparing for committee and board meetings
  • Position Qualifications (required education level & work experience)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience with a nonprofit or related field required
  • Event planning experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage revenue and expenses based on annual budget required
  • Background in literacy, education, or English as a second language strongly preferred

 

Position Requirements (knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to perform essential job functions)

  • Able to work independently, take initiative, and think critically and with foresight
  • Strong organizational skills:  ability to develop work plans, handle multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Positive interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively facilitate group planning and community collaborations, mediate differences of opinion, and move ideas into action
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including staff at other organizations, volunteers, funders, the business community, community leaders, and low literacy and English language learners
  • Ability to secure sponsorships for annual fundraising event(s) and special projects
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, QuickBooks, Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, and/or WordPress is preferred but training can be provided
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, auto insurance and ability to travel locally and out of area
  • Must regularly lift and or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Hours & Salary

Part-time (20 hours per week), flexible office hours within normal business hours (8:00 am-5:00 pm) and occasionally evenings

$20,000-$25,000 annually

To Apply, Email cover letter, resume, and references to Bevan Graybill, Board Chair, at apply@okcliteracycoalition.org