Dec 13, 2022

VP Regional Operations

  • On-Ramps
  • Remote
Full-Time General Management Strategic Planning

Job Description

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. They are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging AmeriCorps members and community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Their diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly. Their program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy, and confident readers in school and in life. The people at reading partners are their greatest resource. They are all passionately rallied around the mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join Reading Partners' stellar team leading the charge to deepen the organization's impact and expand its national service!

The Reading Partners program is a proven, evidence-based national model leveraged to support students who have fallen behind in reading. A 2015 MDRC study concluded that Reading Partners has a positive and statistically significant impact on reading comprehension, sight-word reading, and reading fluency. The impact was equivalent to 1.5 to 2 months of additional growth in literacy in one year. At the heart of Reading Partners' new strategic plan is a focus on innovating to scale, building partnerships, and centering students through racial equity. Over the next three years, Reading Partners will expand their impact to reach tens of thousands of students annually through direct service and partnerships. Also, Reading Partners is the recent recipient of a $8 million grant from the Department of Education and an unsolicited $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.

ABOUT THE POSITION

Reporting to the Chief Impact Officer (CIO) and serving as a member of the National Impact and Service Leadership Team, the Vice President, Regional Operations (VPRO) ensures a portfolio of regions executes to results and is ultimately accountable for the regions' financial health and sustainability. The VPRO is responsible for managing 8-10 regions to meet their annual operating goals and achieve their strategic plans. This seasoned executive provides support to 8-10 Executive Directors, over 90-100+ site staff members, and 250 AmeriCorps members across Reading Partners' national network. The VPRO will serve as a key partner to the CIO in translating Reading Partners' strategic vision into strong operational systems and ensuring full program fidelity across all markets. Finally, the VPRO will foster an environment centered around continuous improvement and ongoing learning. This change agent is laser focused on optimizing operations to increase impact for students, schools, and AmeriCorps members and maintain and deepen success. Bottom line, this leader will wake up every day fired up to work in tandem with the CIO to answer one primary question: how do we reach and impact more students?

The ideal candidate leads from the nexus of strategy and implementation, impacting every level of the organization, both within the regions and nationally. This candidate has a high emotional intelligence and is committed to prioritizing people, building strong relationships, and establishing an environment of collaboration and learning. This individual will leverage their strong relationship-building skills to impact both regional frontline staff and departments at the national office to motivate stakeholders and produce results. Also, this person embodies a deep commitment to race, equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI) in their daily work and leadership.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Regional Management, Operations, and Performance (60%)

  • Manage and support the team of regional Executive Directors (8-10 in total) on meeting programmatic and financial goals
  • Ensure an overall alignment between the national office and the regional operating objectives and priorities
  • Support Executive Directors with developing regional roadmaps and multiyear planning in collaboration with the CIO, Regional Operations team, and national departments
  • Oversee the measurement and tracking of performance metrics against regional operating goals and strategic initiatives
  • Work with the CIO to communicate regional needs to help further drive service delivery from national departments
  • Participate on leadership teams for high-priority projects, initiatives, and strategies for the organization
  • Pilot and test new program innovations, systems, and processes to eventually implement in the overall network

Program Delivery and Fidelity (15%)

  • Advise the CIO, along with key National Program staff, about the implications of decisions and changes that influence program delivery within regions
  • Provide strategic insight to Executive Directors regarding district engagement (e.g., relationships with teachers, principals, district leaders and superintendents) to gain buy-in to Reading Partners
  • Ensure portfolio of regions adopt and implement the program model with full fidelity, quality, and consistency and pilot, as needed, new techniques to enhance Reading Partners' impact
  • Identify and mitigate implementation challenges across 8-10 regions
  • Analyze and review outcome data with various Executive Directors to determine strategies for enhancing student impact

Regional Fundraising Strategies and Execution; Board Engagement (15%)

  • Support 8-10 Executive Directors in fundraising strategy and execution, working to ensure portfolio of regions meet and/or exceed all financial performance targets
  • Collaborate with 8-10 Executive Directors and the National Development department to develop and implement sustainable revenue fundraising models
  • Work with multiple regions to create plans to secure local, large, and/or multi-regional donors and gifts
  • Partner with 8-10 Executive Directors to recruit and scale high-caliber, committed regional advisory board members
  • Support CIO with organizing and conducting quarterly regional board chair calls and making decisions on regional board guidelines

Regional Senior Leadership and REDI (10%)

  • Recruit, develop and retain a high performing, engaged team of Executive Directors within their portfolio
  • Work in partnership with 8-10 Executive Directors to recruit, retain and develop a diverse and engaged staff, AmeriCorps members and alumni community
  • Reinforce Regional Operations culture and values and ensure alignment with organizational strategy within Executive Directors
  • Ensure there is a deep commitment to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) across 8-10 regions

Hiring Organization

Reading Partners

Qualifications

In order to meet these priorities and fulfill these responsibilities, our ideal VPRO candidate will be/will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to Reading Partner's mission, core values, and vision; deep commitment to race, equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI)
  • Culturally competent and self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead direct conversations about them
  • Proven track record of successfully managing a portfolio of 5-10 business units/regions with a budget totaling at least $10-$20M; ideally brings experience having served as an Executive Director and then managed other Executive Directors
  • Consistently demonstrates a high degree of emotional intelligence, a positive can-do attitude, in addition to wisdom, curiosity and empathy
  • Strong track record of hiring, managing, coaching, and working with senior executives to achieve ambitious, measurable results, in both in-person and remote environments
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working within a large, diverse, complex organization, with networked structures and multiple stakeholders
  • Strong experience leveraging data to make, communicate, and implement agile, entrepreneurial, and effective decisions
  • Demonstrated success influencing and motivating stakeholders; ideally with a track record in nonprofit fundraising and/or sales
  • Track record of using creativity when helping navigate teams through complex, comprehensive change management, with, at times, limited resources; adept at conflict management and calm in a crisis
  • Experience with and knowledge of school systems, schools, student, and youth/young adult development a strongly desired plus
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required unless a medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved. Please review our Vaccination Policy

Industry/Service Area

Education

Level

Executive

Benefits

This position offers a competitive salary of $190,000 - $200,000 annually and robust benefits. Reading Partners' benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flex spending accounts, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, 403(b) option, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). More details can be provided upon request.

Application Instructions

QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, APPLY HERE: https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/2860

Reading Partners is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We're partnering with the team at Reading Partners to build a diverse team. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact info@on-ramps.com.


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