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Fox Valley Literacy - Executive Director

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.


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


No travel or relocation expenses will be reimbursed. Final candidate must successfully complete criminal background check.

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