Indy Reads CEO Search

Indy Reads has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Ryan King, will be transitioning out of the role by year’s end. The Indy Reads Board of Directors will be conducting a robust and inclusive national search for a new Chief Executive Officer. King will remain with the organization throughout the search process.

A full press release may be found here.

Now Seeking Applications

Based in Indianapolis and serving central Indiana, Indy Reads provides education and support for employment and economic self-sufficiency and a path out of generational poverty. Our mission is to build the literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential and our vision is simple: 100% literacy for all.

We provide an educational path that includes basic literacy, English language proficiency, high school equivalency diplomas and workforce training. The organization has 30 years of experience in adult literacy and relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to adults and families..

In addition to our classes, we provide wraparound life coaching support throughout each student’s journey on the path to economic self-sufficiency. Our program is unique among Adult Basic Education (ABE) offerings. Our students learn within the structure of a teacher-led classroom (virtual, at this time), but with a fully personalized curriculum designed to meet their particular learning needs.

As part of our mission, we manage Indy Reads Bookstore that sells new and donated books with the proceeds serving to help fund our programs.


Reporting to a mission-driven, ten-person board the CEO is responsible for the success, increased impact and attainment of Indy Read’s goal to make greater Indianapolis 100% literate. Other key responsibilities include overall leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, media relations, board management, fiscal health and day-to-day management and oversight of Indy Reads. 

The position is based in Indianapolis and leads a team of over twenty including full-time staff and volunteers. The CEO has three direct reports including programming, operations and strategy. The CEO will inspire, mentor and develop staff.

The CEO will conduct a thorough assessment of the organization and make recommendations for increased impact. They will be active participants in the community and steward existing relationships while increasing engagement with others.


Minimum Years of Experience: 7 years in a not-for-profit leadership or senior development role

Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor’s degree 

Degree(s) Preferred: Master’s degree

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

  • Mission driven person who embraces and believes in the goal of Indy Reads
  • Ability to inspire and motivate board members, staff, partners, donors and community leaders
  • Demonstrated and significant development experience
  • Programmatic knowledge preferred in literacy or related field
  • Communications, marketing and media relations knowledge
  • Strategic planning and ability to create and implement goals and objectives
  • Relationship management and volunteer engagement skills
  • Fiscal and business acumen
  • Board management and engagement
  • Gravitas and presence to be the face of the organization
  • Ethical with integrity, diplomacy and discretion required

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to