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Chief Development Officer

Instructional Specialist (Literacy Instructor)

Literacy/Adult Basic Education (ABE) Intern

English Language Learner (ELL) Intern


Chief Development Officer

The Indy Reads Chief Development Officer (CDO) provides strategic leadership to meet the defined revenue generating, communications, and fiscal goals of the organization. The CDO guides Indy Reads’ fundraising efforts, is a relationship builder for the $1.2 million dollar organization, and ensures a diversified and balanced funding stream. Along with the CEO, the Chief Development Officer serves as a public face of the organization to all stakeholders and constituents and, as such, must operate with integrity, professionalism, and demonstrate the highest level of passion for the mission. In addition, the CDO will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they serve their fundraising and ambassador roles.

Primary Role and Responsibilities

Development 75%

  • Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to develop and implement Indy Reads’ financial capacity strategy to sustain the organization
  • Support and partner with the CEO and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
  • Actively work with the CEO and development team to create and implement a comprehensive development strategy that includes corporations, foundations, government grants, and fee for service
  • Has primary responsibility for development of grant strategy and execution of all proposals; collaborates with grant writer to create proposals focused on long-term relationship-management
  • Oversee research of funding sources and opportunities, with foresight that positions Indy Reads ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team

Indy Reads Books/Marketing 25%

  • Work with store manager to develop annual operating plan, including annual/monthly sales targets
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the Indy Reads Books team
  • Ensure Indy Reads Books is an integral part of the Indy Reads development and marketing plan
  • Continually find and create opportunities to tell the Indy Reads story in fresh and relevant ways to partners, donors, funders, supporters, and the community at large
  • Expand Indy Reads’ influence in addressing Central Indiana’s workforce development needs
  • Position CEO as a speaker or presenter for mission-related events and panels; provide event support including attendance, talking points and marketing materials
  • Supervise creation of all external communications and promotional materials in all formats, including digital newsletters
  • Ensure that Indy Reads branding standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to by all departments within the organization
  • Oversee writing and distribution of press releases, respond to media and public information requests
  • Review and manage all marketing and media promotion related to special events

Organizational Leadership

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the Development and Bookstore teams
  • Serve as a vital member of the leadership team by staying abreast of organizational issues and contributing to the development and achievement of the organization’s long-term vision, positive culture, and strategic operating plans
  • Maintain an effective relationship with the Indy Reads Board of Directors, responding to information requests in a timely manner.
  • Participate in all Board meetings and other Board Committee and Task Force meetings as needed
  • Collaborate with VP of Program to understand their objectives and align those objectives in revenue generating strategies and functions
  • Serve as strategic thought partner to the CEO

Key Qualifications

Prerequisite experience in building a highly performing fundraising and development program. The candidate must have established connections and relationships throughout the Indianapolis community.

Additional area specific qualifications include:
Results— Proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; High level of business acumen including successful P&L management; Ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; Creative resourcefulness in problem-solving and project management; Proven experience with expanding and cultivating existing donor relationships over time.

Strategic Vision and Agility— Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and construct, articulate, and implement them in annual revenue generating plans.

Capacity Building— Ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, and develop a top-notch workforce and processes to ensure the organization runs smoothly.

Leadership and Organization— Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people: a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations and ability to connect with staff both on an individual level and in large groups; Capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and position people to succeed by learning the strengths and weaknesses of the team.

Action Oriented— Enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; Able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; Not afraid to take charge of a situation; Can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.

General Management— Broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, information systems and marketing.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree required. MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired. CFRE preferred
  • 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization with demonstrated success in a development role
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and foster long-term relationships
  • Flexible and adaptable leadership style that can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight, take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • High energy and passion for Indy Reads’ mission is essential
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focused
  • Experience with Clifton StrengthsFinder
  • Retail experience preferred, but not mandatory

Compensation

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected record of accomplishment. Indy Reads is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and generous PTO/days off benefits.

Apply

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter to hr@indyreads.org.


Instructional Specialist (Literacy Instructor)

Job Summary

At Indy Reads, our vision is to make Central Indiana 100% literate. With 1 in 5 Hoosiers reading at or below a sixth-grade ability, our mission to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana is needed now more than ever!We take a community literacy approach to teaching adult students. Through an innovative social learning model, instructors are supported by a team of volunteer tutors in each dynamic classroom setting offered at partner locations throughout the Indianapolis area.

The Indy Reads program is an opportunity for each student to access comprehensive literacy education from an instructor-led and volunteer tutor-driven team. Using the Indy Reads curriculum, the Instructor will create individualized lesson plans that meet the unique needs of our students. The Instructor will also oversee student progress and lead and develop a team of volunteer tutors who will act as instructional aides. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult literacy students in making continuous improvements in their reading, writing, language, and critical thinking skills across the disciplines by developing the underlying processes needed to develop these skills. Student progress will be measured using the TABE.

Location: Various

Reports To: Instructional Team Lead

Classification: Part-Time position

Responsibilities and Duties

Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community:

  • Establishing a rapport with students
  • Promoting student self-efficacy and growth mindset
  • Evaluating and responding to individual student needs
  • Observing confidentiality of students and program information
  • Individualization

Lead students in a multi-level classroom (pre-primer to sixth grade):

  • Analyze and select diverse texts from traditional print, digital, and online resources that link to multiple ability levels and multicultural perspectives, and connect to students’ backgrounds, interests, and proficiency levels, for a class of up to 20 students
  • Design in-depth instruction to improve students’ abilities to read and understand varied text, and to spur student interest in more complex reading materials.
  • Coordinate tutors to maximize differentiation: Work with, support, and assist volunteer tutors in providing engaging 1-1 and small-group sessions.
  • Retain students by ensuring instructional content is relevant to individual specific adult students’ lives and goals.

Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction

  • Write individualized lesson plans (ILPs).
  • Develop reading and writing instruction that is responsive to the diverse needs, interests and goals of our students, including ability levels.
  • Scaffold instruction to support student needs, such as: gradually increasing the amount of writing instruction students receive (e.g., resume, cover letter, research essay).

Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches supported by research for the following areas:

  • Comprehension, fluency, critical thinking, motivation, vocabulary, integrated writing, phonological processing development, etc.
    Administer appropriate assessments to identify, monitor progress, and measure effectiveness of intervention practices and students’ responses to instruction
    Communicate assessment results and effective strategies to staff in digital platforms

Other Duties

  • Plan collaboratively with Instructional Team Lead and other literacy instructors to implement high-leverage reading strategies.
  • Professional Development workshops will be held quarterly.
  • Meet consistently with Instructional Team Lead and fellow literacy team instructors to strengthen professional teaching knowledge and to stay current with professional literature, including the latest research on promising practices for adult literacy.
  • Uses existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
  • Performs other work as required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Educator license or degree preferred.
  • Minimum two years classroom instruction experience.
  • Experience working with students with learning differences and/or working with adults.
  • Training in the Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, Barton or Wilson methods strongly preferred.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use his/her hands to feel objects, tools or controls.The employee is regularly required to stand, walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Job Type: Part-time
Education: Bachelor’s (Preferred)

To Apply

Send your résumé and cover letter to Jennifer Malins, Vice President of Programs, at jmalins@indyreads.org.


Literacy/Adult Basic Education (ABE) Intern

Implement research-validated techniques for teaching reading that go to the root of literacy challenges. You will learn how to work with students with reading-related diagnoses, such as dyslexia, as well as students with no cognitive or physical impairment but who struggle to read the words off the page. All Indy Reads’ literacy students read below a sixth grade level, and our program is designed to help them reach their reading, writing, life, and career goals with an immersive, structured classroom setting. Interns will work in one or more of our instructor-led, tutor-supported Community Classrooms in the Indianapolis area. Our instruction is student-centered with goal-oriented outcomes. Tutors will work with just one or two students at a time, implementing highly individualized lesson plans that target the specific needs of the student(s). Community Classes are a two-hour, twice a week commitment for 19 weeks (one semester) and require a minimum of six hours of initial training prior to placement.

What you gain:

  1. Ongoing training and mentoring in the form of weekly professional development workshops, which may include additional training in the curriculum, guest speakers, etc.
  2. Training in research-validated techniques for developing the underlying processes and static imagery needed to remediate reading issues.
  3. Continuous on-the-job training that allows you to hone your new skills.
  4. Leadership responsibilities in the classroom.
  5. Skills and tools you will have for life that you can use in your professional career. These tools, which include techniques to develop the underlying sensory-cognitive processes needed for reading, spelling and comprehension, are rarely taught in college and graduate programs.  Teachers often pay hundreds of dollars for this training, and you’ll have access to it for FREE!
  6. A letter of reference and certificate of completion after successfully completing the minimum requirements for the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Complete the Indy Reads ELL or Literacy training.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and implement the foundational steps of the Indy Reads curriculum during training.  (Note: You will learn additional techniques on the job and will receive ongoing mentoring to improve your knowledge on implementing the steps).
  • A desire and willingness to learn and to take direction from the trainer and classroom instructor. Students with an interest in Special Education, Elementary Education, ELL or Linguistics strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Patience, compassion and empathy.  Our students need and deserve this.
  • Flexibility:  We have an managed enrollment policy and regularly make changes to deliver better services to our students.  Interns need to be able to adapt to a somewhat fluid environment.
  • Clear speech, proper pronunciation and good grammar.  Strong oral and written communication skills also required.
  • Resourcefulness and creative on-the-spot problem solving.
  • Punctual and committed to teaching 6 hours per week for at least one semester.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Malins, Vice President of Program, at jmalins@indyreads.org.


English Language Learner (ELL) Intern

Learn research-validated techniques for teaching reading and best practices to use in the ELL classroom by tutoring in our instructor-led, tutor-supported Community Classrooms in the Indianapolis area. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome in our classrooms, providing a rich experience for both volunteer tutors and students. Our instruction is student-centered instruction with goal-oriented outcomes. Tutors will work with an average of two to five students in small groups that arranged according to their literacy skill level. Community Classes meet for three hours, twice each week, for 19 weeks (one semester) and require a minimum of 3 hours of training prior to placement.

What you gain:

  1. Ongoing training and mentoring in the form of weekly professional development workshops, which may include additional training in the curriculum, guest speakers, etc.
  2. Training in research-validated techniques for developing the underlying processes and static imagery needed to remediate reading issues.
  3. Continuous on-the-job training that allows you to hone your new skills.
  4. Leadership responsibilities in the classroom.
  5. Skills and tools you will have for life that you can use in your professional career. These tools, which include techniques to develop the underlying sensory-cognitive processes needed for reading, spelling and comprehension, are rarely taught in college and graduate programs.  Teachers often pay hundreds of dollars for this training, and you’ll have access to it for FREE!
  6. A letter of reference and certificate of completion after successfully completing the minimum requirements for the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Complete the Indy Reads ELL or Literacy training.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and implement the foundational steps of the Indy Reads curriculum during training.  (Note: You will learn additional techniques on the job and will receive ongoing mentoring to improve your knowledge on implementing the steps).
  • A desire and willingness to learn and to take direction from the trainer and classroom instructor. Students with an interest in Special Education, Elementary Education, ELL or Linguistics strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Patience, compassion and empathy.  Our students need and deserve this.
  • Flexibility:  We have an managed enrollment policy and regularly make changes to deliver better services to our students.  Interns need to be able to adapt to a somewhat fluid environment.
  • Clear speech, proper pronunciation and good grammar.  Strong oral and written communication skills also required.
  • Resourcefulness and creative on-the-spot problem solving.
  • Punctual and committed to teaching 6 hours per week for at least one semester.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Malins, Vice President of Program, at jmalins@indyreads.org.