Executive Director - Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College & State University
Georgia College & State University is the state's designated public liberal arts university. As a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Georgia College is committed to fostering a liberal arts environment that values interdisciplinary inquiry, diversity and inclusion, and academic excellence. The College enrolls approximately 7,000 students -5,800 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students-- and is prominently cited for excellence in teaching, undergraduate research, nursing education, and high impact practices outside the classroom in a number of leading publications.
The university's beautiful and historic campus is located downtown in Milledgeville, Georgia, a charming, diverse college town of approximately 19,000 residents in Central Georgia, approximately 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. Milledgeville is also the home of noted American author and alumna, Flannery O'Connor, and the college community enjoys many exciting literary arts programs at O'Connor's former home, Andalusia, now owned by the College. Milledgeville is also located on the banks of beautiful Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, allowing faculty, staff, and students to take full advantage of the environmental and recreational benefits of being part of a lake community. For cultural, educational, and leisure opportunities beyond Milledgeville, Macon and Atlanta are located within easy driving distances.
Georgia College takes great pride in combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of a public university. The university's main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high-impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship, and we value diversity and inclusion in all of its forms.
Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission, who are committed to respecting and fostering diversity and inclusion inside and outside of the classroom, and who are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship, and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to provide a first-class learning experience for our students, one that will prepare them to be competent, thoughtful, and well-rounded leaders who make transformative contributions to their communities and to the world.
The Executive Director will be responsible for advancing the statewide mission and executing the overall strategic vision and management of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy. The vision, Propelling Every Georgia Child to Read Proficiently and Beyond, will guide the Executive Director in building on the firm foundation of the center and to advance the collaborative work of improving the reading achievement of students by third grade. The Executive Director works closely with leaders throughout the state of Georgia, the Deal Center Governing Board, Georgia College's Office of Academic Affairs and the John H. Lounsbury College of Education. The Executive Director leads operational objectives and provides inspiring and compelling strategic leadership to the Deal Center. The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the Deal Center's work in support of key research and policy drivers to address factors that impact early language and literacy development. This includes developing and supporting statewide professional development programs for educators of children ages birth to age eight, building a strong early language and literacy research agenda to support statewide strategies to improve literacy outcomes and supporting community efforts to enhance literacy. This also includes communicating directly with national and state audiences and media, formulating strategic alliances with non-profit organizations, initiating key partnerships with state and private universities, as well as the state's technical college system; overseeing evaluation and research as it relates to Deal Center programs; and maintaining enthusiasm for the enhancement of early language and literacy in children from birth to age 8 in Georgia. The ideal candidate is a collegial, consensus-building, visionary leader who is comfortable with providing the strategic direction for a unique Center that provides statewide, early language and literacy leadership.Responsibilities
Leadership - 25
* Lead all aspects of the Deal Center and its goal to be the research and training language and literacy hub for the state of Georgia.
* Contribute to shaping early language and literacy policy making by engaging legislators, government officials, non-profit leaders, and other relevant constituents.
* Communicate directly with national and state audiences and media, formulating strategic alliances with non-profit organizations, and initiating key partnerships with state and private universities, as well as the state's technical college system, to position the Deal Center as the leader in early childhood literacy programming and research.
* When relevant and necessary, engage externally across the southeast and beyond to inform discussions about policies related to early childhood and literacy.
* Oversee evaluation and research as it relates to Deal Center programs, and the advancement of early language and literacy in Georgia.
* Monitor, support, and evaluate the progress of the Center's funded activities, and seek grant-funding, when appropriate, to support the work of the center.
* Provide leadership and oversight of the major areas of work for the organization (policy, research, professional development, and communications).
* Serve on the Academic Leadership Team and will serve on other committees as requested.
Management and Supervision - 25
Hire, lead, develop, and evaluate the Deal Center team to develop and implement the mission of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy.
Strategic Planning - 15
* Create and revisit a comprehensive strategic plan.
* Develop performance metrics consistent with organizational goals and objectives for the Deal Center's management team.
* Create and implement support mechanisms to enable team members to achieve these goals.
* Encourage, support, and develop evaluation metrics that determine success on outcomes to monitor the Center's effectiveness.
* Utilize research, specifically the framework of implementation science, to strengthen early language and literacy policy and support as appropriate.
Budget - 15
* Ensure that appropriate fiscal controls and procedures are in place and that key resources are available to properly fund and manage the Center, in conjunction with Georgia College's fiscal office.
* Identify and secure new sources and streams of income for the Center to meet short and long-term goals.
* Align budgeting and financial procedures with the mission and vision of the Center.
* Complete all budgeting and financial reports as required.
Communication - 20
* Communicate regularly with all internal and external stakeholders.
* Regularly communicate, via website, marketing material, social media and other forms of communication, the mission, work, and impact of the Deal Center.
Master's degree in early language, literacy, K-12 school administration or equivalent education
Other Required Qualifications
- Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, including a well-developed sense of equity and integrity.
- Knowledge of the research in the area of early language and literacy and evidence-based strategies to support and enhance language and literacy development in young children birth to age 8.
- A strong commitment to the statewide mission of the Deal Center.
- Experience in communications and/or marketing to external audiences and constituents.
- A strong commitment to the university and academic community.
- Experience that includes significant administrative and budget experience.
- A strong track record working with multiple stakeholders.
- Extensive knowledge of a balanced literacy framework.
- Ten (10) years of leadership experience in early language and literacy, higher education, foundations, or related nonprofit organizations of similar size to the Deal Center.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
- Considerable knowledge of the development of children birth to 8 years old, pre-school, and school culture.
- Experience providing evidence-based professional development for teachers and administrators at the local, state, and national level.
- Experience in or around developing educational policy.
Preferred Educational Qualifications
An earned doctorate (PhD or EdD) in relevant area.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Supervision and leadership of employees in an efficient and effective manner
- Budget planning, control and administration
- Provide support and advice to the organization's Governing Board and senior management in leading the center to achieve its organizational objectives.
- Knowledge of Implementation Science research to support all strategies provided through professional development
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Marketing - including social media
- Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously
- Sound judgment
Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Georgia College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.
- This is a supervisory position.
- This position has financial responsibilities.
- This position will be required to drive.
- This role is considered a position of trust.
- This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
- This position will travel on occasion.
- This position does not require security clearance.
- Criminal Background Check
- Education Verification
GC&SU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action institution, with a commitment to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment. For more information, please visit our web page at www.gcsu.edu.