Black Hills Reads Director
United Way of the Black Hills

This position provides strategic and program leadership for the Black Hills Reads initiative. The initiative is the umbrella for all the UWBH’s early education efforts as well as part of the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The goal is to improve early grade reading success for all Black Hills area children and promote reading on grade-level by third grade. The Director provides oversight of activities to deliver community level solutions to improve school readiness, attendance, summer learning, parent engagement, healthy readers, and reading success. Through a collaborative process, they will work with a variety of stakeholder groups to maintain and expand the initiative and track results. This position works closely with the United Way of the Black Hills Executive Director and staff in a cohesive manner to reach the organization’s goals.


• Collaborates with stakeholders to implement and sustain the initiative.
• Informs and advises stakeholders regarding progress within the initiative and strategies to maximize resources and collective impact.
• Communicates pertinent information supporting the initiative via social media and other mechanisms.
• Facilitates involvement, improvement, and collaborations among a variety of stakeholders.
• Develops community level solutions with a focus on school readiness, summer learning, chronic absence, school readiness and third grade proficiency.
• Develops and manages grant processes to provide funding to partners to support the initiative.
• Coordinates events for Black Hills area communities to provide support for the initiative.
• Strengthens communities’ participation and engagement in national opportunities and recognition by providing support to complete the national-level applications, processes, etc.
• Pursues funding for the initiative through grants, sponsorship solicitations, and campaign presentations.
• Maintains knowledge and understanding of research-based best practices for early literacy development of young children, school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning.
• Works with our evaluation partner to measure impact of the initiative.
• Supports growth of and provides technical assistance to educational entities and organizations.

Key Programs/Activities within the Initiative:

Responsible for working with stakeholders to promote, support, and enhance the following programs:
• Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
• Race to Read
• Early Learner Communities
• Baby’s First Bookbag
• Young Readers One Book
• Child Care Networking Events
• Advocacy for early education


Responsible for exhibiting professionalism and leadership qualities on behalf of the United Way of the Black Hills, working with the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers in the pursuit of UWBH’s mission and attainment of its strategic goals. Essential duties and responsibilities include leadership, management of initiatives, and resource development. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the Executive Director.
• Provides leadership in the development and implementation of the initiative.
• Act as a spokesperson for United Way of the Black Hills as directed by the Executive Director.
• Represent the United Way of the Black Hills at community activities to enhance the organization’s profile.
• Assist the Executive Director in the development of appropriate and inclusive partnerships with civic organizations, community foundations, chambers of commerce, local governments, local media, and other human/health service organizations.

Skills/Experience/Training Required:

• Experience in organizational and community development principles and practices.
• Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
• Gather information throughout the year, both personal stories and organizational data that will help promote UWBH Black Hills Reads Initiative that demonstrates the impact we have in the community.
• Must have the ability to present information and data in written, electronic, and oral forms to diverse target markets.
• Practical understanding of research and statistics and the ability to articulate results.
• Ability to analyze problems, develop and implement creative solutions.
• Advanced computer abilities; Microsoft Office applications; internet literate.
• Understanding and application of outcome measurement, program evaluation and planning.
• Well-developed technical and analytical skills related to planning and evaluation.
• Proven track record of teaming with staff, volunteers and a diverse group of stakeholders.
• Ability to plan and manage multiple tasks.
• Skill in exercising a high degree of initiative, flexibility, judgment, discretion, and decision making.


• Effective Team Worker
• Group/Meeting Facilitation
• Ability to Present to Groups
• Strong Writing Ability
• Positive Attitude
• Commitment to Learning
• Positive. Flexible attitude with a high level of energy
• Passion for UWBH and the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiative mission(s).

Experience Required:

• Candidates should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field or 5 years extensive related experience.
• Excellent written, verbal, and communications skills that include proficiency in public speaking.
• A high level of discretion, ability, and accountability to perform tasks without direct supervision.
• Strong working knowledge of area non-profit sector and of the UWBH.

Physical Requirements:

• Employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear
• Must be able to speak clearly and communicate effectively, courteously and with a professional manner
• Must be able to lift and carry objects up to 30 pounds on occasion
• Frequent travel is required throughout the Black Hills. Must have dependable vehicle with a valid driver’s license
• Must be able to work flexible hours which may include evenings and weekends as needed
• Must be able to handle a moderate level of stress periodically caused from tight deadlines
• Must be able to handle moderate office noise

To Apply:

Please e-mail a copy of your resume and a cover letter to jamie@unitedwayblackhills.org by Sunday, October 17, 2021