Strong City Baltimore is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial Executive Director for it's Adult Learning Center (ALC). For 30 years, Strong City Baltimore’s ALC has provided classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA/ESL/ESOL) to Baltimore residents. Adults with language and math skills are more employable, more engaged in civic life, and more involved with their children’s education. Every year, over 600 native-born and immigrant adults from every corner of Baltimore work to empower themselves, personally and professionally through skills-based learner-centered education. In Baltimore 100,000 adults do not have a high school diploma and 17,000 speak English less than very well; the city will only reach its full potential when all residents have success to high quality, fully-funded adult continuing education.
The Executive Director of the ALC manages operational and programmatic details involving Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED Preparation and Instruction, English Language Acquisition (ELA), Citizenship preparation, tutor and learner advocate services, and volunteer support. This includes supervision of staff to include full-time staff, part-time teachers, volunteers, and interns. Fundraising and budget development and management are top priorities, as well as oversight of facilities, inventories of materials, and schedules. Evaluating, developing, and implementing programs are key components of the position. Data collection, outcomes tracking, and appropriate reporting to funding agencies is required. Responsibilities around networking and partnering with community organizations and institutions contribute to a holistic approach to programming. Collaboration around fundraising, program development, and special projects is conducted with program volunteers through the Friends of Adult Learning (FoAL) and other program stakeholders. The ALC Director will work with key elected officials on legislation affecting adult learning, workforce, youth development, among others
The ALC Director in collaboration with staff, Strong City Management, FoAL, and volunteers will prepare and execute the plan to move to the Hoen Building with anticipation of moving into the building January 2, 2020. Preparation includes managing the physical move and outreach in East Baltimore to specifically include the Collington Square area and more broadly Broadway East. The ALC director will explore, with partner organizations, opportunities for creating new programs, classes to meet the needs of learners and the East Baltimore community and implement new programs developed with partner organizations. Our new building will provide a 21st Century classroom environment and an opportunity to expand program operations particularly with an eye towards increased workforce preparation.
The Executive Director will oversee the development of the strategic plan for the ALC, collaborating with ALC staff, and will report to the CEO of Strong City. The Executive Director will act as the external face of the Adult Learning Center, attending meetings and collaborating with like-minded programs and partners such as Maryland Association of Adult, Community and Continuing Education (MAACCE), Department of Labor Licensing and Regulations (DLLR), Baltimore City Public School System, Mayor's Office of Employment Development (MOED), Dept. of Recreation and Parks, neighborhood association, etc.
The Executive Director must have at least five years’ management and supervisory experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting. Experience working collaboratively with diverse populations and teaching, training, group facilitation, and/or public speaking preferred. The Director must be sensitive to and aware of youth, adult, and volunteer needs and display resourcefulness and creativity in supporting, developing, and promoting ALC activities. The Executive Director must have the ability to manage and analyze budgets, and financial reports. The position requires excellent communication skills, computer skills including word processing, desktop publishing, and relevant database software skills. Community outreach, public relations, and fundraising experience (including grant application writing), marketing, and/or recruiting are needed. The Executive Director must have the ability to provide leadership within a team context and willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. A Master’s Degree is desired, but a Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of experience in adult education or community-based programming is required.
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000. The position is open until a suitable candidate is found, and we would like to fill this position for a start date in October. If you are a person with program management and development skills and a passion for working to improve the lives of adults via educational advancement, please consider applying for this position. The establishment of this program in East Baltimore at a state of the art facility is exciting and requires a leader who is entrepreneurial and enthusiastic about the challenge of running this Adult Learning Center.
Strong City Baltimore Inc is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled