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Position Announcement:
Executive Director
Fox Valley Literacy
Appleton, Wisconsin

Fox Valley Literacy is a privately funded not-for-profit community agency that provides free literacy services to adults in the Fox Cities region of Northeast Wisconsin. Our staff and trained volunteers work in one-to-one and group settings with clients looking to improve their English language proficiency so they can pursue additional education, increase their employment potential or otherwise improve their overall quality of life. We are seeking an Executive Director to help us continue to fulfill our mission and serve as a valued community partner. This person will be responsible for the successful leadership and operational management of the organization in support of our strategic plan. The primary responsibilities of this position include:

Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of Fox Valley Literacy 

Lead fund-raising, grant writing, and general financial operations necessary for sustainability and growth

Develop and maintain strong relationships with major sources of funding, including corporate donors, individual donors, and grant sources

Participate with the Board of Directors in developing and maintaining a strategic plan consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, and values that helps provide direction for the organization  

Develop an operational plan that supports the strategic plan, ensuring that all programs and services reflect industry “best practices”

Foster a supportive organizational culture that encourages teamwork and collaboration while reflecting the mission, vision, and values of the organization 

Review existing policies as needed and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate

Serve as a professional adviser to the Board of Directors and Board Committees on all aspects of the organization's activities; assist in the preparation of Board meeting agenda topics and supporting materials

Serve as a member of the Executive Committee

Minimum Qualifications:


At least 5 years related experience with progressive responsibility in a not-for-profit organization, preferably with volunteer workers, including demonstrated leadership and management effectiveness


University degree or equivalent in a related field 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

Leadership style that promotes collaboration, support, and empowerment
Ability to work effectively with others (internally and externally) to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that reflect organizational priorities and enhance performance 
Excellent oral and written communication skills 
Ability to create and maintain a responsible fiscal plan/budget
Capacity to ensure that their own behavior and that of others is consistent with ethical and legal standards and aligns with the values of the organization 
Knowledge of applicable Federal/State/local laws, including as related to human resources and accounting procedures 
Proficiency in the use of computers related to word processing, financial management, e-mail, and Internet 
Understanding of social media; use and effectiveness
Flexibility to work offsite and non-standard hours, depending on the needs of the organization (expected average schedule is 40 hours/week) 
Knowledge/proficiency in either Spanish or Hmong language desired but not required

Indicators of Success

Personal commitment to inclusivity
Successful grant writing experience
Positive and upbeat personality
Personal commitment to transparency
Willingness to take risks
Ability to own mistakes and grow from them
Ability to make and maintain community relations

The starting annual salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.  Paid time off includes vacation, holidays and a winter holiday season hiatus.

To apply please submit a detailed cover letter and resume electronically to:
Fox Valley Literacy.
Executive Director Search Committee

In order to receive full consideration application materials must be received no later than June 14, 2019. No travel or relocation expenses will be reimbursed. Final candidate must successfully complete criminal background check.

Fox Valley Literacy is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination in employment (whether paid staff or volunteer) based on race, color, sex, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, national origin, ancestry or disability. 

Job Opportunities 
130 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: (920) 991-9840
Fox Valley Literacy shares the power of learning to transform lives and enrich the community.