The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Literacy Lab in the search for a Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement may be located in any of The Literacy Lab’s current locations: Washington, DC; Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Springfield, Massachusetts; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; or Kansas City, Missouri.
Reporting to the Co-Chief Executive Officers, the Director of Advancement will lead the organization’s development efforts in order to help close the literacy gap in high-need regions around the country. The Director of Advancement will identify, steward, and grow private and public partnerships to help meet strategic organizational goals while managing the development team. The Director of Advancement will work with regional teams to develop and implement local development strategies in Literacy Lab locations in Washington, DC; Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Springfield, Massachusetts; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Kansas City, Missouri.
The Literacy Lab is a fast-paced, Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with a mission to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. The Literacy Lab partners with school districts to add capacity in high-need schools to close the literacy achievement gap for children before third grade.
The Literacy Lab serves children from age three through grade three. It embeds full-time, rigorously-trained tutors in early childhood centers and elementary schools.
The Literacy Lab recognizes that many high-need schools are faced with the challenge of both an achievement gap and a resource gap. Its approach to this challenge is to provide schools with evidence-based literacy intervention and assessment tools, rigorously trained full-time tutors to implement the model, and a coaching and support structure that ensures the success of the program and students. The Literacy Lab's tutors serve full-time for the entire academic year, which allows them to form strong relationships with school staff, students, and families. Literacy Lab tutors come from a variety of backgrounds and go on to apply the experience they gain in a diverse range of careers. Tutors receive training in the Reading Corps model, an intervention program with proven success, including foundations of literacy, reading interventions, assessments, progress monitoring, data-based decision making, and positive behavior management from The Literacy Lab’s coaching staff.
The Literacy Lab is committed to creating an organization representing a wide variety of backgrounds and individuals at all levels, all of whom respect, honor, and celebrate the broad range of human differences among us, while also embracing the commonalities we share, and to provide each individual with the opportunity to achieve their full potential as organizational goals are pursued. As an educational institution, The Literacy Lab knows that having a diverse and inclusive organization makes us stronger, leads to greater mutual understanding, and helps us accomplish our mission.
The Literacy Lab is persistent in pursuit of its mission. It devotes energy to what works, and it constantly problem solves to improve its results. The organization believes a solution is within its reach, and it communicates optimism in its work.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position. At least five years of experience in the nonprofit field, development, or related work is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The Literacy Lab.
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