Director of Community Impact

Title: Director of Community Impact                               Date: 8/20/2019

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 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



  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in a policy-related discipline including but not limited to education administration, public policy, nonprofit administration, sociology, political science, urban policy, and management. Advanced degree in a relevant area as described 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

To apply

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

We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale