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Chief Development Officer

Instructional Specialist (Literacy Instructor)

Instructional Specialist (ESL/ELL Instructor)

AmeriCorps Opportunity: WorkLiteracy Coach


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.

To 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.

To Apply

Send your résumé and cover letter to Jennifer Malins, Chief Program Officer, at jmalins@indyreads.org.


Instructional Specialist (ESL/ELL Instructor)

At Indy Reads, our vision is 100% literacy for all. 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. The Instructor will provide basic, relevant language and literacy instruction through the use of technology and classroom instruction to provide an individualized learning experience. The instructor will oversee student progress, as well as a team of volunteer tutors who will act as instructional aides to provide a well-rounded language and literacy curriculum. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult ESL/ELL students in making continuous improvements in their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills in English. Student progress will be measured by the TABE CLAS-E.

Location: Varies

Reports To: Chief Program Officer

Classification: Part-Time position

Responsibilities and Duties

Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community:

  • Establishing 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 (Basic-High-Intermediate/Advanced): 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 English language proficiency levels, for a class of up to 20-25 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 small group learning
  • Retain students by ensuring instructional content is relevant to individual specific adult lives and interests

Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction:

  • Write lesson plans that include individualized activities for each group/level as well as activities that incorporate the entire class, such as pronunciation exercises, games, etc.
  • Develop English language instruction that is responsive to the diverse needs of the students, including background, education and ability level.
  • 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, conversational English, phonological awareness, etc.
  • Use information from the TABE CLAS-E and classroom observations to monitor progress and measure effectiveness of intervention practices and students’ responses to instruction.
  • Communicate student challenges as well as effective strategies to staff.

Other Duties:

  • Training and Meetings: Plan collaboratively with other instructors and Instructional Team Lead to implement high-leverage reading strategies. Professional Development workshops will be held quarterly.
  • Meet consistently with Instructional Team Lead and ELL Instructors to strengthen professional teaching knowledge and to stay current with the latest research on effective practices for adult literacy.
  • Use existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
  • Perform other work as required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • ELL or TESOL background: Minimum two years classroom instruction experience OR ESL teaching certificate completion.
  • Experience working with students with learning differences or working with adults preferred.
  • Ability to speak other languages and experience living abroad a plus.
    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.

To Apply

Send your résumé and cover letter to Jennifer Malins, Chief Program Officer, at jmalins@indyreads.org.


AmeriCorps Opportunity: WorkLiteracy Coach*

Indy Reads is pleased to offer AmeriCorps service opportunities in our Literacy/ABE and English Language Learner (ELL) Community Classrooms.

Position Description

Make a difference in the Indianapolis, Indiana community by becoming a WorkLiteracy coach at Indy Reads. Members will receive extensive training and tools to help adults who are learning how to read, speak English, and increase their job readiness skills. Through the extensive professional development and hands-on experience in this program, Members will develop presentation, coaching, and mentoring skills, and earn an education award for future higher education or to pay off existing higher-education debts. Members will serve under the supervision of Indy Reads program staff.

Specific Duties

  • Provide intensive literacy and English language tutoring and job readiness coaching to Community Classrooms students, at a minimum of 12 hours per week;
  • Under the guidance of an Indy Reads Instructor, help with lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • Present job readiness workshops on skills like active listening, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and time management for students and other AmeriCorps members;
  • Assess student’s job readiness skills before and after instruction;
  • Serve as leaders in the classroom by continuously mentoring Community Classrooms volunteers; and
  • Take on special program projects as needed.

Necessary Skills

  • Interpersonal skills to work with a diverse group of individuals;
  • Working knowledge of computer software and multimedia tools; familiar with Microsoft Office suite and Google G Suite;
  • Interest in literacy issues;
  • For literacy, Members will ideally have a background in elementary education, special education and/or have been exposed to Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell or similar programs;
  • For ELL, Members should have either a TESOL certificate OR be proficient in another language OR have studied abroad. (Spanish proficiency is a huge plus);
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate regular evening and weekday duties;
  • Personal, reliable transportation to accommodate regular classroom visits to partner sites;
  • Ability to work effectively with adult learners and positively communicate with students requesting assistance; and
  • Solid data analysis and organizational skills including ability to think strategically.

Indy Reads will provide ongoing literacy, ELL and job readiness training to members. All members will work in Indianapolis, Indiana. Travel is necessary and members must have their own transportation. Some travel to training is provided.

Our Mission and Work

Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. For over 30 years, we’ve worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels give access to greater developmental, educational, and career opportunities, but current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a sixth-grade level. Our free, student-centered, Community Classrooms program is led by experienced instructors and trained volunteers. Community Classrooms programs include:

  • Literacy: Serves adults that read below a 6th grade level via individualized lessons for each student, and 1-1 or small group instruction with volunteer tutors.
  • ELL: Serves adults who want to learn English as a second language through Ventures curriculum, which is based on life-skills. Volunteer tutors work with students 1-1 or in small groups.
  • Certifications: Serves adults who read at more advanced levels and are looking to find a new career path or advance their job qualifications. We offer two options for those pursuing a career in customer service: a certification through the National Retail Federation or certification through the International Business Training Association’s Certified Business Professional course.

AmeriCorps members will provide students with the intensive, one-on-one literacy or ELL tutoring they need to develop their reading and English skills, as well as personalized coaching to help them succeed in our work training programs. This support allows Indy Reads to enact its mission to “empower adults and families to reach their full potential.”

Benefits

AmeriCorps Members serve full-time for one year with varying work hours and receive a modest living allowance in the form of a bi-weekly stipend, health insurance, and other benefits such as child care assistance, loan forbearance and an educational grant at the end of service. Indy Reads provides individualized professional development, hands-on skills training specific to the field of education, and job readiness skills development in the form of weekly workshops and self-paced trainings, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance. This program is available to all, regardless of race, color, disability, age, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to americorps@indyreads.org.

          

*Pending funding