LITERACY COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Blue Ridge Literacy Council welcomed Katrina K McGuire as its new Executive Director January 4.
“Katrina brings an excellent blend of nonprofit marketing and executive director skills together with a strong history of volunteer community leadership,” says Board President Sharon Tirrell. “After a six-month search, we are excited to have found such a good match for the Literacy Council.”
Before moving to Henderson County, McGuire was the marketing manager for a global education foundation providing scholarship funds. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Algonquin, Illinois. Other executive director positions include Friends of McHenry County Community College, Russian Leadership Ministries in Wheaton, Illinois and the Community Coalition in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She has a degree in business administration from William Tyndale College.
McGuire just completed an elected position as President of the Algonquin Area Public Library District, a post she held since 2014. She was Vice President of the Avondale School Board, which she served for five years. She is finishing a term as Board President of GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center. She also served six years and as president of the board of a therapeutic riding program.
McGuire and her husband relocated to the Mills River area to be near aging parents on both sides of the family. It is where they hope to retire eventually. They are parents of three adult children.
“I have a special affinity for the work of the Literacy Council,” McGuire told the staff when she met them for the first time recently. “My family didn’t speak English when I was growing up. There were no ESL programs. We had to learn on our own. I look forward to working with you to expand the variety of literacy opportunities in Henderson and Transylvania Counties that help people have economic and social success.”
Blue Ridge Literacy Council offers tutoring programs for adults who need to improve basic literacy or learn English to secure employment. The Family Literacy Program in partnership with Henderson County Public Schools, helps Latino families prepare preschool children for kindergarten. The Youth Literacy Program helps adjudicated teens succeed in school. Medical and digital literacy programs are designed to help seniors navigate Medicare and access medical information on-line.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most programs have been adapted to remote learning. There is a need for volunteer tutors who are comfortable using computers and able to do virtual tutoring. Training is provided. To sign up for the next volunteer orientation session, call (828) 696-3811.
Position Announcement – October 2020
The Blue Ridge Literacy Council Hendersonville, North Carolina
A stronger community because literacy is highly valued.
We cultivate literacy skills that promote economic and social success.
The Blue Ridge Literacy Council (BRLC) is seeking an experienced and passionate candidate to lead the organization as executive director (ED) and add to its exceptional 30-year history as an incorporated nonprofit.
The Blue Ridge Literacy Council teaches Adult Basic Education and English Language Acquisition in the context of student goals including familial, professional, HSE, and citizenship through individual and small group instruction provided by trained volunteers. In addition, BRLC offers programming to at-risk youth, families, and Seniors. Students gain self-confidence and develop self-sufficiency to transform their lives as individuals, parents, students, workers, and citizens.
BRLC, an incorporated non-profit organization serving Henderson and Transylvania Counties, provides highly individualized tutoring to fit the needs of over 300 students through the skilled talents of over 120 volunteers annually. It is governed by a 15-member board of directors and is staffed by five, including the ED, highly skilled professionals. Its current annual budget is $250,000.
The new ED must have proven and successful senior management experience, preferably as a leader in non-profit organizational development and fundraising, with the ability to oversee day- to-day operations, and the skill to work collaboratively with the board to guide the organization. The ED must also be a skilled communicator, with marketing and branding skills, and preferably have established relationships in Henderson and Transylvania Counties including government officials and community leaders.
The highest priorities for the new executive director, the board, and the staff over the next 12 to 18 months are:
1. Vision, Mission, and Strategies
Work closely with the board and staff to translate the Literacy Council’s mission and vision into clear strategic directions, goals, and initiatives.
2. Accomplishment of Management and Programmatic Objectives
Oversee operational and program objectives that support the organization’s strategic goals and lead the staff in their successful implementation.
3. Fundraising and Resource Development
In partnership with the board, develop and implement appropriate and diversified fundraising and financial development strategies.
4. Fiscal Management
Create and manage a balanced budget, and various financial and fiscal reports. Ensure that income is managed wisely and that BRLC’s goals serve as the basis for sound financial planning. Ensure that systems and staff are in place to accurately monitor, assess, and manage the financial health of the organization.
5. Human Resources Management
Foster and maintain a strong staff built on teamwork and collaborative decision-making in a positive and empowering environment. Oversee staff development activities that build leadership skills and motivate performance. Ensure adherence to the personnel policies in all hiring and employment practices. Continue the training, support, and recognition of BRLC’s tutors, volunteers, and students.
6. External Liaison and Public Image
Serve as primary spokesperson and public face for BRLC, representing it locally and regionally. Continue BRLC’s marketing and branding efforts. Develop dynamic working relationships with diverse constituencies, including government, education and non-profit groups that support the work of the Literacy Council.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2020.
For more information about The Blue Ridge Literacy Council, please visit www.litcouncil.org.
BRLC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
*Winner will be notified on 10/3/19.
Alphabetta Bear was painted by Wendy Brusick in memory of Theodore and Lillian Brusick, lovers of literacy and life-long learning. Alphabetta says, “Never stop learning!”
Be sure to come to the Bear Auction on October 19, 2019 at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street.
Bidder registration and live music begins at 3:00 pm. Live Auction beginning at 5:00 pm.
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EmployED transforms lives through improved literacy and English language acquisition by providing individuals with the skills needed to be independent adults and/or acquire self-sustaining employment. Each student is provided free tutoring by a compassionate volunteer in a one-on-one or small group environment. Here is a student's story in his own words.
Students' goals could include, but are not limited to:
The following technology tools and programs are available through Blue Ridge Literacy Council:
The Blue Ridge Literacy Council 2018- 2021 Strategic Plan was approved on July 23, 2018 by its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is recognized for their hard work during this process.
Melinda Whitmire, Board President
Keith Johnson, Vice President
Vincent Pizzo, Treasurer
Nancy Keswani, Secretary
Autumn Weil, Ex-Officio
The following past Board members, volunteers, and staff are also recognized for their involvement in this important process:
2017-2018 Board Members:
Rickey Parker, Immediate Past-President
Autumn Weil, Executive Director
Jan Lanier, Lead Program Coordinator
Amber Hollinger, Adult Basic Education Coordinator
Sarah Staggs, Part-time Administrative Assistant
Kyra Kinnaman, AmeriCorps Member
Lastly, we could not have completed this thorough multi-year planning process without the consulting and financial support of WNC Nonprofit Pathways and the Community Foundation of WNC.