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Regional Director – Detroit

The Regional Director manages one of Read to a Child’s regions and is a key member of Read to a Child’s management team. S/he is responsible for fundraising and supporting program quality and growth in the region. Program includes the Read Aloud Mentoring Program in multiple schools/ sites as well as supporting other programs/ events in support of the organization’s mission. S/he works to expand Read to a Child’s impact in the region and to help nurture/ expand a united, sustainable organization that maximizes impact on children nationwide. S/he will also seek and receive local support from a Regional Board of Advisors.

Specific Job Responsibilities

● Identify and secure local funding from all sources — corporations, foundations, community organizations, individuals, etc. – to ensure long-term program sustainability and growth.
● Manage, with support from the National Office and Regional Board of Advisors, a major annual fundraising event.
● Partnerships (funding and volunteers). Manage existing and actively build new local partnerships, keeping contacts well-informed and engaged.
● Manage, engage, inspire, and assist in recruiting new members of the Regional Board of Advisors.
● Work with National VP, Program Management and regional Program Manager/s to ensure program success by effectively hiring, developing, supervising and retaining program staff as needed and as funding allows. Regional Program Manager/s will report to the National VP, Program Management with a dotted line to the Regional Director.
● Work with regional Program Manager to sustain strong existing school relationships and build new ones.
● Seek and act on opportunities to increase Read to a Child’s visibility.
● Ensure accurate database records of donors and prospects. Work with regional Program Manager to ensure accurate, up to date database records on program participants. Work closely with the National Office on other operations items (timesheet review, banking, communications, thank you letters, etc.)
● Financial and Strategic Accountability. Responsible for actual results (revenue and expenses), forecasting, budgeting; steering strategy for growing students served in the region; and operating efficiently and in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan.

Key Qualifications

 Bachelor’s degree required
 A minimum of 5 years of experience and demonstrated success in a professional working environment
 Belief in and commitment to Read to a Child’s mission and vision, and a strong desire to support the organization’s growth
 Strong interest in children’s literacy and a passion for helping children succeed
 Eager to learn and master historical information about the organization and its stakeholders, and work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization
 Professional, positive, self-directed work style
 Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
 Experience driving major gifts campaigns, securing philanthropic gifts of $20K+
 Experience in building cross-sector relationships as well as identifying and developing strategic partnerships with corporations and other key stakeholder groups
 Strong business acumen, with ability to understand organization dynamics and navigate corporate cultures
 Experience coordinating and developing executive presentations
 Top-notch organization skills, and ability to comfortably plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously – with a positive attitude
 Commitment to efficient use of resources and model “all hands on deck” as needed
 Demonstrated success at supervising and evaluating staff, delegating and following-through to ensure timely project completion, and facilitating meetings to ensure effective use of time for all participants
 Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, CRM database (Salesforce a plus) and video conferencing
 Access to a car. Local travel required, as well as potentially an annual work session.

Interested Applicants Contact Information

Kaela Mento, National Vice President, Program Management:
Please include a resume and a cover letter explaining why this is the perfect job for you.

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About Detroit’s Program

In 2012, Read to a Child’s Detroit program began operating at Bow Elementary School to address the growing concerns regarding 3rd grade literacy in Metro Detroit elementary schools. After a successful test market launch, the Region has grown to support 4 schools in Detroit and Pontiac, delivering over 2500 one on one Read Aloud Mentoring Sessions since its inception.  Although we have made significant impact on the success of the students served, 3rd grade reading competency is still an area of concern for Michigan children, particularly in underserved communities.

Read to a Child Detroit is committed to building capacity which will allow us to expand our platform for community collaboration with the purpose of spreading the joy of reading to support literacy growth for children in grades K-4.  We are proud to support volunteer readers from a vast array of corporations, community organizations and civic institutions including Detroit Renaissance Lions Club, DTE Energy, FCA Automobiles, Fleishman Hillard, Level One Bank, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Quicken Loans, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and many more.  The program is continuing to seek additional partners to expand its programming options.


NOTE 2021: Our programs are currently functioning virtually, and we are giving priority to returning volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the first time, and would like to hear from us once we’re ready for new volunteers, please complete this form! 

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