ESLC is Hiring an Executive Director

Program Overview

The East Side Learning Center (ESLC) is one of the premier tutoring organizations for beginning reading. When contacted in 1998 by the East Side Neighborhood Development Company to help lift the East Side of Saint Paul, forever home to immigrant and migrant citizens, the School Sisters of Notre Dame responded with a rigorous, free reading program that began in 2001.

ESLC is moving from an intervention-based reading program to more of a prevention-based program as it strives toward its mission – to be a major force in “unlocking each child’s potential through the foundation of reading.”

Primary Duties

The Executive Director will honor the community-based heritage of East Side Learning Center and safeguard those values and mission while leading the organization into a successful future. The Executive Director will be accountable for the successful general and fiscal leadership and management of ESLC under the direction of the Board of Directors and in partnership with stakeholders.


Fundraising and Fiscal Responsibility. Fundraising is a significant responsibility of the Executive Director.

· Drive fundraising strategies, plans, and campaigns that will diversify revenue sources and lead to future growth of the organization.

· Work with staff, the Finance Committee, and the Board to prepare the annual budget.

· Manage the budget to strategically grow revenue for the organization and implement growth plans in line with the strategic plan.


Management. Be responsible for the overall performance of the organization – its operational efficiency, effectiveness, and excellence.

· Work with the ESLC Board to make critical decisions and meet challenges in order to shape, transform, and grow the organization.

· Provide critical priority-setting and mentoring, set standards of performance for staff, and maintain an organizational climate that attracts and retains employees and volunteers.

· Manage competing priorities and complex projects and streamline processes to maximize organizational operating efficiencies.

· Develop and lead the organization in achievement of appropriate annual and long-term operational goals and objectives.

Leadership. Display a participatory leadership approach which is both visionary and creative.

· Articulate a strategic vision for the organization.

· Inspire and build collaborative relationships that will empower the board, staff, and volunteers.

· Foster a workplace environment that embraces creative and compassionate solutions to problems to ensure organizational effectiveness.


Communications. Be a confident communicator with both internal and external stakeholders.

· Serve as the primary external spokesperson or storyteller for the organization.

· Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills.

· Initiate and maintain partnerships with the various stakeholders of the ESLC.

· Communicate in many mediums and types of settings, including social media and the agency’s web presence.

· Build upon ESLC’s strong reputation for being responsive to serving the unique needs of the students as well as the stakeholders.

· Increase community and parental involvement through creative networking and collaboration activities that demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity.


· Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in nonprofit leadership, elementary school administration, or a human services related field

· Minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit management/administration, fundraising or comparable work experience

How To Apply

Submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements via email at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and will be considered until the position is filled. The search will be conducted with respect to the confidentiality of candidates. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidate. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.