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Books for Keeps, based in Athens, GA, is hiring to fill the role of executive director. Read details of the position below along with info on how to apply. For a print-friendly version, click here:

Executive Director – Job Description

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of Books for Keeps. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization, leading a team of three employees and more than 1,200 volunteers annually. Additionally, the Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. 

About Books for Keeps (BFK): Books for Keeps started as a volunteer-led, grassroots program in 2009 to place books in the hands of children from low-income families. Since that time, Books for Keeps has distributed more than 700,000 books (and growing) to children, teachers, fellow community-based organizations, and other individuals in Georgia. In short, Books for Keeps has blossomed into an evidence-based nonprofit that gives away 100,000 books annually to children attending 21 schools in Northeast Georgia. Every school served contains a high proportion of children qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program; in each school served, every child is invited to pick out 12 books to take home – and keep – just in time for summer. All books distributed are new or like-new, acquired through community book drives and through partnerships with national literacy nonprofits and publishers.

Under a new strategic plan launched in 2020, Books for Keeps is growing a complement of literacy and family engagement programs to support book distributions and grow the power of at-home reading to support and catalyze academic achievement.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Board Governance: Works with the board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Leading Books for Keeps (BFK) in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Communicating effectively with the board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance & Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Overseeing the fiscal integrity of Books for Keeps, to include submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and regular, accurate financial statements, in accordance with the organization’s Financial Oversight Policy.
  • Management of finances in a way that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support BFK’s mission.

Organization Mission & Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Implementing BFK’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Lead and oversee strategic planning to ensure that BFK can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Enhancing BFK’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working with other professional, civic, and private organizations.

Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Overseeing administration of Books for Keeps’ operations.
  • Hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is preferred
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Five or more years nonprofit management experience, including leading a team
  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of BFK’s future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector
  • Possess skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Ability to interface with and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative in approaching planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Adherence to and belief in the Books for Keeps core values:
    • Equal access and equal opportunity – exemplified by treating stakeholders as individuals
    • Respect for – and catering to – all kinds of differences and diversity
    • Observance of the intelligence, dignity, and inherent worth of the clients and communities we serve
    • Pride of ownership
    • Reading and love of reading
    • Continuous evaluation and improvement of the program and organization (including being open to individual feedback)
    • The use of every possible resource to its highest, best purpose

 

ACTUAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and manage annual budget, in conjunction with Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  • Serve as BFK’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with complementary and partner organizations in the BFK service area and in Georgia, and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance BFK’s mission.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and strategic planning, and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout its service area.
  • Supervise and collaborate with organization staff that has helped develop a culture of hard work, mutual support, and overwhelming joy directly tied to book ownership and community service.
  • Lead and oversee strategic planning and implementation.
  • Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
  • Manage marketing and other communications efforts.
  • Review and approve contracts for services, with board approval based on the guidelines laid out in the organization’s Financial Oversight Policy.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $57,000 

Position timeline and how to apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will not be accepted any later than May 26th at 5 p.m. While following precautions for COVID-19, the majority of office work is still remote, including interviews for this position. Once practicable, the Books for Keeps team will return to in-person office work in a shared, open office environment hosted in a Clarke County School District building. 

For as long as it remains necessary due to public health conditions, all person-to-person interactions require strict adherence to social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing, with Books for Keeps carefully safeguarding the health of our employees, volunteers, and wider community. 

Books for Keeps is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We offer a fast-paced, high-energy, relentlessly positive culture that feeds on hard work, mutual support, and shared laughter. We believe the work of Books for Keeps must be done with the communities we serve and not to or for the communities we serve. As such, we strongly encourage applicants who are reflective of our community in all its diversity. 

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references (contact info and relation to applicant is fine) by email (please note “Executive Director position” in the subject line) to admin@booksforkeeps.org