October 20, 2023

Open Books, Executive Director

  • Deadline:
  • Location: Chicago
  • Organization: Open Books
  • Salary: USD $ 130-150k
Full Time

Based in Chicago, Open Books, a nonprofit organization, launched in 2006 to transform lives through reading, writing, and the unlimited power of books. Since inception, Open Books has impacted tens of thousands of Chicagoans, primarily children (birth – 12th grade), through in- and out-of-school literacy programs and the provision of free books via an increasing number of channels. Open Books envisions a Chicago where all kids have a chance to develop the reading and writing skills they need to feel confident and flourish on their academic journeys and beyond.

Open Books approaches its work with an equity lens and addresses the barriers that make access to books and literacy programs uniquely difficult for children and families in Chicago’s resource-withheld neighborhoods. Ten priority neighborhoods served by Open Books include Austin, Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Englewood, Gage Park, Garfield Park, Little Village, McKinley Park, North Lawndale, and Pilsen. Open Books literacy programs include reading, writing, and free book distribution primarily to their priority communities. The organization is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors and there is an Associate Board that serves as an active fundraising body.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall growth and impact of Open Books and all its functions. The Executive Director leads all facets of Open Books, which includes three brick and mortar neighborhood bookstores, administration of all programs and community engagement initiatives. The Executive Director will develop and oversee a budget of $3.5M, manage and develop a dedicated paid staff of 25 and more than 300 volunteers. The Executive Director provides a leadership role in initiating and maintaining community relationships and securing the operating and investment funds necessary to sustain current and future operations.

The next Executive Director will have a commitment to Open Book’s mission and equity in promoting and expanding literacy among Chicago children and families. Ten years or more of professional experience, including strong organizational vision, demonstrated leadership and management experience is required; non-profit experience preferred. The qualified candidate will have strong fundraising experience across multiple funding audiences, including corporations, foundations, and individuals. The drive to support and foster high-impact in-and out-of-school programs designed to strengthen reading and literacy in Chicago communities that lack relevant resources is expected. Experience in, or commitment to, furthering organizational goals towards diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) among internal and external stakeholders is needed. Demonstrated leadership in organizational change is desired.

$130,000 – $150,000 plus competitive benefits, including medical and dental insurance (multiple BlueCross BlueShield plans for individuals and families). Voluntary vision and life insurance and 401(k) contribution. Paid time off and paid holidays. Flexible work environment.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search. For more information, visit www.noeticexsearch.com or www.open-books.org

Open Books is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the spirit and law of anti-discrimination protections to foster a diverse workforce.

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