Posted on January 12, 2012
Executive Director (Part-Time)
Multi-Language Kids - Executive Director (Part-Time)
Volunteer Part-Time Executive Director to Convert to Full-Time Salaried Executive Director
Multi-Language Kids (MLK) is in the initial stage of becoming a community-centered, early education nonprofit in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. MLK will provide young children who live in non-English speaking households and range in age from infant to pre-school, with specialized instruction to build English speaking and writing fluency. This will help ensure that children who live in homes where English is not the primary language, will enter public school, when eligible, with the language tools they need to succeed. At the same time, MLK will work with parents—or other important adults in the lives of children who are learning English—to develop practices at home that will support children’s English language learning. Finally MLK will offer adults living with children who are English language learners the opportunity to build their own English language skills. MLK’s language learning services are designed to accommodate multiple nationalities of English learners.
Deborah Jill Chitester, the founder of MLK holds a Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University, and a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has received special certification by the State of New York—where she worked with both private patients as well as with major school systems and corporations—as a bilingual (English/Spanish) speech-language pathologist. She has extensive experience working with language learners of all ages and skill levels. She has written numerous resource guides for educators and parents of English language learners.
MLK’s founder will hold the dual positions of MLK President and Director of Programming for the nonprofit organization. MLK seeks an executive director who will work on an initial part-time, voluntary basis to be responsible for administrative operations and external communications (including fundraising) of the developing organization before becoming the permanent, salaried Executive Director when the organization converts to a viable nonprofit entity.
The Ideal Candidate:
MLK seeks a special individual with the skills and experience to carry out a full range of administrative operations and external communications for the organization. The successful candidate will be bi-lingual (English- and Spanish-speaking), versatile, and detail oriented. The candidate will display enthusiasm for working among a multinational clientele. She/he will be comfortable juggling multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment, and have the political and strategic skills to help strengthen and advance the organization. She/he will display strong independent and collaborative working styles and will come with a demonstrated record of successful management and fundraising experience. She/he will exhibit tight efficiency, entrepreneurial drive and a commitment to MLK’s mission. She/he will think and act strategically, tactically, and creatively within budget limits. She/he will display civility, imagination, excellent judgment and sense of humor.
- Communications/Public Relations – Oversee all image-related communications, including: website content; quarterly newsletter; press releases; annual reports; promotional brochures; and correspondence with clients, board members, the general public, relevant agencies and organizations.
- Communications/Fundraising – Take the lead on efforts to attract and secure financial support from individual, foundation, and corporate donors. This includes researching, initiating contact, writing proposals and letters of inquiry, solicitation, and the management of special events.
- Board Development and Relations – Develop an engaged, committed Board of Directors that will provide professional, advisory, organizational, and financial support to the organization. Assist the Board in further refining its role and responsibility. Institutionalize MLK bylaws, overseeing procedures and ensuring compliance among BOD. Work with the Board to ensure strong representation of the organization to the general public, donors, agencies and other organizations.
- Liaison between MLK and Fiscal Sponsor - Act as liaison between fiscal sponsor and MLK by: maintaining written and oral communication, initiating and responding to inquiries regarding the smooth operation of MLK, and ensuring the undertaking and follow through of procedures related to fiscal sponsorship.
- Operations – Manage office technology, including managing and supervising outside IT consultant. Manage physical infrastructure, ensure office space is maximized, oversee equipment and technology, and order supplies as needed. Manage paper and electronic filing systems. Negotiate contracts with vendors.
- Strategic Plan and Organizational Objectives – Help ensure that MLK’s objectives are consistent with MLK’s strategic plan, that strategies are in place for achieving those objectives, and that progress is routinely evaluated and resources available to achieve objectives.
- Minimum of four years broad-based management experience in a nonprofit setting.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Flexibility, with an ability to juggle multiple priorities.
- Demonstrated ability to set and meet target deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a small team.
- Excellent computer skills (working knowledge of suite of Microsoft applications).
- Demonstrated ability to prepare and analyze budgets, including grant proposal budgets.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
To Apply: Please email your application to email@example.com with Executive Director Position in the subject line. Please have your application include your resume, cover letter, and two brief writing samples.