Executive Director (Interim) – English for Action – Providence, RI

English for Action’s mission is to create participatory educational programs for Latino immigrant families and community members in Providence that link language learning, leadership development and community-building. Using innovative and creative tools such as the arts, theatre and community action projects, English for Action (EFA) creates critical and transformative learning communities within and outside of the classroom. Through the process of dialogue, reflection, and collaboration, EFA seeks to affect meaningful and community-based social change in Olneyville and the greater Providence community.

Position Title: Executive Director

The ED’s main roles are:

1) Recruit, supervise, and mentor education program volunteers and staff

2) Oversee the administration and performance of EFA’s education programs.

3) Maintain and report on funding related to EFA’s education programs

4) Uphold and facilitate participatory structure of EFA and ensure democracy, equity, inclusion and collaboration across the organization

Skills and Qualifications

Passion for EFA’s participatory philosophy and popular education

Experience building consensus, enthusiasm for participatory decision-making, and comfort with non-traditional organizational models

Keen interest in being hands-on and deeply involved in EFA’s day-to-day programmatic and social change work

Knowledge and experience in adult ESOL instruction

Experience with program management and coordinating a team

Demonstrated success in securing, maintaining and reporting on funding

Ability to inspire others to participate and collaborate

Experience facilitating meetings, leading workshops, and anti-oppressive facilitation

Excellent organizational, computer and time management skills

Flexible work hours—available during evenings and some weekends

Experience with community-based leadership development a plus

Bilingual in Spanish and English (required)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervise the coordinators of EFA’s education programs–including Our School, Native Language Literacy, NEDP, and any other new program–supporting and conducting follow-up of program design, implementation, and performance

Directly recruit, supervise, and mentor all ESOL staff and volunteer facilitators, including in-class observation

Recruit and coordinate “conversation partners,” as well as any administrative volunteers needed to support the Executive Director and Direct Services Coordinator

Supervise and support Lead Facilitators in their responsibilities to conduct facilitator trainings, maintain and improve ESOL curriculum, and document training resources

Supervise Direct Services Coordinator in her duties, and particularly work with her to secure, maintain and report on funding from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and other funding sources.

Oversee the evaluation and assessment for the ESOL program and support other education programs’ evaluation and assessment processes.

Work with Development Coordinator to secure program funds

Prepare and present monthly update reports to the Board on all programs, and follow up on any needed support from Board for staff

Work with staff to ensure accountability on participatory group decisions, including tracking action items, responsible parties, and timelines, and deliverables.

Support leadership development and community-building efforts across all of EFA’s programs.

Organize and coordinate annual 360 evaluations with staff and organization.

Review and advise organization on staffing structure to ensure EFA is best meeting student and community needs with available resources.

Participate in ESOL-related professional development opportunities outside of EFA and share the EFA approach with other organizations.

Participate in the meetings of other community-based organizations and coalitions, and share information and opportunities with other staff, facilitators, and learners.

How to apply

To apply please send cover letter and resume and 3 verifiable references. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Applications can be emailed to: info@englishforaction.org CC: board@englishforaction.org and jmcdowell@englishforaction.org

Please note, in preparing their application materials, candidates are strongly encouraged to learn more about EFA’s mission, philosophy, programs, staff, history, and the Olneyville community by visiting EFA’s Web site,www.englishforaction.org.

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