The Organization: Through our Authors-in-Schools program, Wondermore connects students with authors and illustrators of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. During these visits, students delve deeply into the inspiration behind books, learn about the writing and publishing process, have meaningful conversations about characters and themes that exist within the books, and much more. By creating these special moments between young readers and the creators of children’s literature, we strive to spark a lifelong love of reading in students. We endeavor for all children to see themselves in the books they read, and we hope that sharing culturally inclusive books will plant seeds of empathy and understanding in students that may be carried into their adult lives. Our programming primarily serves students in grades K-12 in public and charter schools in and around Boston, with an emphasis placed on Title I schools. We work closely with librarians and teachers so our author visits advance classroom curriculums.
Job Summary: The Executive Director will provide vision, strategic direction, and hands-on leadership to Wondermore as it pursues its mission. The ED will report to the Board of Directors and oversee a staff including the Program Director, Director of Operations, and Development Director. Working hours are anticipated to be approximately thirty (30) hours per week during the school year (roughly September 1 through June 15) and five (5) hours per week during the summer break period. The work environment is hybrid, congenial, and with flexible hours.
● Serve as the primary representative for the organization among stakeholders.
● Ensure ongoing operational excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of administration, fundraising, and communications.
● Within the framework of the strategic plan and in collaboration with the board, develop and implement Wondermore’s strategic priorities.
● Lead, coach, and manage a high-performing team to execute Wondermore’s key initiatives while remaining true to the organization’s strategy and values.
● Regularly accompany authors to schools and attend author visits.
● Actively engage with and support a resilient board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each board committee; maintain a strong relationship with the board chair; establish and oversee systems to track progress and impact of programming.
● Foster a team-oriented culture of information sharing and open communications across staff and board members.
● Anticipate and develop plans to overcome obstacles and ensure the achievement of organizational goals, including their funding.
● Ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations for nonprofit organizations, and internal rules, guidelines, policies, and procedures. Keep up to date on any regulatory changes or developments in Boston Public Schools and other local school districts.
Wondermore Boston is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. All applicants will be considered for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. Wondermore Boston encourages applicants of all ages.
· Experience in leading and driving growth in a small to medium-sized nonprofit organization is critical to success in this role.
· A proven track record of managing and developing a strong team, as well as driving organizational excellence into all facets of the organization as it scales and matures.
· A background of successful fundraising: The ability to make a powerful pitch, advance the infrastructure needed to obtain grants and donations, and support a culture of fundraising among the board and staff.
· Qualified candidates will have an undergraduate degree followed by ten to fifteen+ (10 – 15+) years of professional or volunteer experience that lend themselves to success in this role (highly qualified individuals with other levels of experience are still encouraged to apply).
· Expertise leading organizations centered around childhood education and/or literacy is preferred.
· The ED will be thoroughly committed to Wondermore’s mission and vision, quality programming, and growing Wondermore into a more mature and sophisticated organization.
· This individual ideally should possess a unique blend of strategic vision and savviness, including a hands-on leadership style. The ability to effectively lead in an entrepreneurial and dynamic setting, together with a high EQ, will characterize the most distinguished candidates.
· The ED will be equally comfortable in conversations with teachers, librarians, and students as with the Board of Directors and major donors.
· The ED will be a DEI champion.
· The ED will be based in or near Boston, MA, given the organization’s primary base of operations is currently Dedham, MA.
Salary, Benefits, and Perks:
· Salary between $65k - $90k, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
· Yearly $2,500 bonus to be used for: Health costs, technology, or a personal retirement fund contribution
· Hybrid work environment with flexible hours
· Collaborative and collegial work environment
· Continuous professional development and learning opportunities
· Free parking
· Casual dress
Please submit a PDF resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.