Executive Director Position
LVMont believes every adult should have the opportunity to improve their literacy and English language skills so they are empowered to pursue their educational, employment and personal goals. LVMont provides student-centered services that build on the skills and strengths of the adult students, values their life experiences and provides services with respect and sensitivity.
Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area (LVMont), a small nonprofit organization established in 1973, provides free, individualized and confidential tutoring to adults in basic reading and writing, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Tutoring is provided by professionally trained and supported volunteer tutors.
LVMont is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM), the state’s leading provider of basic literacy and ESOL tutoring for adults with a network of twelve programs across the state that serve approximately 1,000 adults annually.
LVMont serves Acton, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Baldwinville, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Boxboro, Clinton, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, South Lancaster, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon. The office is located at the Fitchburg Public Library.
LVMont seeks an energetic, individual with the vision, creativity and strategic acumen to lead the organization. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent communication skills, a mature interpersonal style, a positive and enthusiastic attitude and a sense of humor. The candidate must be able to exercise excellent judgment and discretion with confidential and/or sensitive materials, provide exceptional customer service, be a resourceful problem-solver and be compassionate and respectful towards others in all interactions. We are seeking a dedicated person who sees the LVMont mission of helping others as a vocation more than a job. This position is part-time.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Implement and manage program activities (e.g., recruitment, student interviews and assessments, volunteer information sessions and trainings, matching tutors and students, ongoing support to tutors and students) that will ensure meeting annual program goals, including the number of students served, hours of instruction provided and student progress as measured by grantors, the LVMont Board of Directors and LVM.
- Develop new initiatives to meet the needs of enrolled students and tutors as well as prospective students and tutors in the community.
- Maintain required program records and ensure timely submission of data and reports as required by grantors and LVM.
Publicity and community outreach
- Promote public awareness of the organization to increase LVMont’s visibility and recruit more students, tutors, board members and donors.
- Establish and nurture collaborative relationships with libraries, organizations, agencies, community leaders and others to further the mission of LVMont.
- Manage LVMont’s website, social media, e-newsletter and other communications.
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, fundraise to meet the financial goals of the organization and ensure sufficient funds to implement program services.
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, execute various fund development strategies such as grant writing, an annual appeal and special events.
Administration and finance
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, especially the Finance Committee and Treasurer, create an annual budget and provide regular financial information to the Board for approval.
- Work with the organization’s CPA and Treasurer to oversee all expenditures, maintain accurate financial records, and file year-end federal and state returns in a timely manner. Submit the annual report to the Secretary of State.
- Maintain accurate payroll records and ensure proper payroll tax deposits and filings.
- Hire staff for positions approved in the organization’s annual budget, supervise and train staff, and provide opportunities for professional development.
- Ensure compliance with all legal, financial, grant and LVM affiliation requirements.
Organization and board development
- Assist the Board of Directors in assessing organizational and board needs; recruiting and interviewing prospective candidates to join the Board; and assisting in training new Board members.
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, develop a vision, strategic plan and annual goals, and monitor progress.
- Provide timely information, materials and documents to the Board of Directors to assist them in making informed decisions and enable them to be effective program ambassadors in the community.
- Attend Board and committee meetings.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Possess a genuine interest in promoting adult literacy and compassion for the struggles of adult learners.
- Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to lead; strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to implement programs.
- Ability to work with diverse groups.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software and use of internet.
- Willingness to work flexible hours, some evenings and weekends occasionally required.
- Local travel required; must have access to reliable transportation.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience in adult education, literacy, ESOL, nonprofit management or volunteer programs desirable.
- Intermediate proficiency in a second language desirable.
- Social media (Constant Contact, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN) and web site management desirable.
- $30,000/year salaried position (estimated range of 18-25 hours per week for 45 weeks with 7 weeks off throughout the year).
- No benefits are provided.