Director of Community Impact

Title: Director of Community Impact                                                             Date: 10/17/2019

Schedule: 40 hours/week


Position Overview:

Literacy Mid-South seeks a dynamic Director of Community Impact to provide high-level strategic leadership as well as day-to-day management and implementation for the next phase of the Read901 campaign. Read901 is a city-wide campaign to ensure that every Memphian possesses the necessary literacy skills to succeed. The Director of Community Impact will work closely with the Literacy Mid-South team and community stakeholders to further design and implement strategies to mobilize the community around literacy.

Job Summary:

Strategic Partnerships

  • Build, establish, and maintain trusting community relationships and partnerships

  • Convene and facilitate results-based meetings with cross-sector partners and within the Read901 network 

  • Lead the recruitment and onboarding of new partners

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement the Read901 action plan

  • Coordinate advocacy-supporting literacy activities of Literacy Mid-South and the Read901 campaign.

  • Ensure that Literacy Mid-South, partners, and stakeholders understand and follow through on individual and collective commitments

Community Engagement

  • Maintain relationships with a diverse set of partners, organizations, and advocates to advance policies and efforts that promote equity in literacy education

  • Monitor and share campaign progress with the community through annual impact reports, marketing materials etc.

  • Serve as a liaison between Literacy Mid-South, the Read901 network, and the Shelby county community

  • Become a familiar face within the Shelby County community


  • Develop and manage effective internal and external communications strategies to further promote existing city-wide efforts

  • Establish an accessible hub for parents, students, and partners to access relevant literacy and campaign resources

  • Prepare and give strategic presentations to a diverse set of audiences


  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Advanced degree in a policy-related discipline including but not limited to nonprofit administration, urban policy, public policy, education administration, or management strongly preferred

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience with demonstrated success building community systems, forging relationships, collaborating with, and managing a diverse set of partnerships

  • Practical experience working with data, program evaluation, and writing and executing policy documents preferably in education, literacy, social services, or health

  • Demonstrable social, economics, and political communication skills

  • Demonstrable relevant project management and facilitation skills and experience

  • Comfortable with physically interfacing with diverse populations regardless of race, nationality, language and literacy ability, economic or social status

  • Leadership and supervisory experience

  • Available to work evenings and weekends if required

  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time


Please send a cover letter and resume to info [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org.

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