New Position: Director of Educational Events & Resources
Reading Recovery Council of North America
The Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc. (RRCNA) is a non-profit professional association of over 3,700 scholars, teachers, administrators and literacy coaches focused on helping young struggling readers learn to read and write. Reading Recovery is a school-based, short-term intervention focused on first graders with over 35-years of proven evidence that it helps struggling readers accelerate the growth of their literacy skills to grade-level. As the professional association of educators involved in facilitating this intervention across North America, RRCNA provides strong professional development and educational resources in K-8 literacy and early childhood education and is the voice of the Reading Recovery movement.
They recently implemented a comprehensive reorganization of their professional staff designed to create a leaner staff structure that can move more quickly in some areas, invest in those ideas that matter most to their members, and ensure the long-term success of the Council. With a reconfigured staff, RRCNA is seeking applicants for a newly created position of Director of Educational Events & Resources to lead their work in virtual and in-person professional development for their members. RRCNA provides a unique opportunity for professional staff:
- To work at both strategic and operational levels in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.
- In a setting that allows for a wide range of opportunities to advance your skills and experience beyond a narrowly focused role.
- For a program that truly can change the lives of the students for which it serves.
The Director of Educational Events & Resources will lead the Council’s overall portfolio in virtual, print and in-person professional development experiences. This position utilizes a project coordination and management perspective to ensure consistent communication, adherence to deadlines, facilitation of process and procedures, and delivery of high-quality educational experiences for their community.
- In strong collaboration with a robust volunteer leader core, take leadership of the planning and implementation of the Council’s two primary events: LitCon, the largest conference in North America focused on K-8 literacy with 2,500 participants, and the Teacher Leader Institute, an institute for in-depth learning of 300 leaders in Reading Recovery.
- Facilitate the administrative aspects of meeting planning for the Council’s events, in collaboration with other professional staff leaders and volunteer leaders.
- Manage the timeline and execution of the event planning process in collaboration with other professional staff and outside consultants.
- Travel to and assist with on-site implementation of educational events in collaboration with other professional staff and consultants.
- Track and report historical and assessment data about educational programs.
- In building connections between content provided at events and virtual learning, lead the development and expansion of our eLearning Center and print resources, providing on-demand access to content that meets the educational needs of our members.
- Develop and maintain accurate income and expense tracking and budgets for educational programs, including management of venue and vendor contracts.
- Facilitate the active involvement and collaboration of volunteer leaders in the design, development and implementation of educational events and resources, as well as provide leadership to volunteer leader committees across the Reading Recovery Community.
- Lead, facilitate or contribute to other emerging initiatives that meet the needs of our members.
- Contribute as a Senior Leader to the overall work of the Association in serving our members, corporate partners, and the Reading Recovery movement in North America.
- Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, project management or related field, or a combination of experience and education.
- 7+ years in hospitality and tourism management, event planning, convention service, association professional development, and/or project management.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and execute events and conferences.
- 10+ years in hospitality and tourism management, event planning, hotel/convention service.
- Current Certified Meeting Manager (CMM) or Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation, or demonstrated work towards completing either designation.
- Experience in professional associations and the non-profit context.
- Understanding of broader literacy issues, early-childhood education, and the PK-6/8 environment or ability to learn quickly about these issues.
- Self-starter and team player that thinks strategically and creatively while also handling multiple logistical priorities and details.
- Experience managing budgets and finances of complicated initiatives appropriate for a senior level position.
- Confidence to effectively interact with volunteer leaders and stakeholders of varying organizational levels and types and diplomatically handle complex relationships often involving differing ideas and priorities.
- Robust technological skills and willingness to explore new ways to use technology.
- Some travel to Council events and meetings required (10-20%).
RRCNA values their employees’ time and efforts. RRCNA works with Insperity, Inc. in a co-employment situation as a way to enhance the benefits offered to their professional staff that go beyond what a smaller Association can typically provide. Their commitment to your success is enhanced by their competitive compensation and fringe benefits including health, vision, life, retirement contributions and strong paid time-off.
Plus, RRCNA is a tight-knit, non-profit association of 6-professional staff members. They work to maintain the best possible environment for their employees, where people can learn and grow with the Council. They strive to provide a collaborative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to their processes, decisions, planning and culture.
Check-out our webpages for more information about Reading Recovery and RRCNA, and LitCon: National K-8 Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference.
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Insperity, Inc. will be facilitating the initial review of applications, and assisting with background checks of the successful candidate.
RRCNA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. RRCNA strongly encourages applications from candidates from underrepresented populations.