Literacy Now Cowichan Society is searching for an Executive Director. Please see the job description for the responsibilities and competencies necessary for the role.

 A cover letter and resume should be sent to Barb de Groot ( no later than 4pm on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

 This is a part-time position of 20 hours per week

Salary: $25,000/yr

Expected start date: Monday, November 2, 2020

 Position: Executive Director

 Reports to the Board of Directors 


Core Function

The Executive Director is primarily responsible to provide leadership to enhance literacy in the Cowichan Region across all ages, cultures and communities, building networks and partnerships to support current initiatives and create new programs and services to enhance literacy.

In addition, the Executive Director will be responsible for supervision and coordination of literacy research, staff, office management, and general administration. All operations and activities must be within Board approved direction and must be managed in an ethical, prudent and professional manner.



The Executive Director reports directly to the Chair of Literacy Now Cowichan.


Areas of Responsibility:


Relationship/partnership building

    • Build and maintain local partnerships and positive relationships with community groups, local government, educational institutions, businesses and non-profit groups
    • Undertake consultation and community development to confirm literacy needs, build local resources, and provide relevant information, tools, and ongoing support
    • Participate in relevant community, regional and provincial committees, meetings, professional development events and conferences


Public awareness/Information sharing

    • Make local presentations about literacy
    • Promote and support literacy and life-long learning throughout the community
    • Share information around activities, initiates, programs, professional development, funding, resource opportunities
    • Provide information to Decoda Literacy Solutions, and related government agencies when required


Management/Financial/Strategic planning

    • Prepare monthly activity report and work plan progress reports
    • Seek local partnerships and funding opportunities
    • Write literacy grant applications and support the Board in fund raising activities
    • Work with partners (Decoda Literacy Solutions, local educational institutions and other community-based organizations) to develop literacy networks and to build capacity in Cowichan.
    •  Prepare Board agendas and packages along with the board chair; attend Board meetings, follow up on actions, including drafting correspondence and reports.
    • Oversee the Board’s website and communication strategies, including technological
    • Provide office management functions, including supervision of staff
    • Oversee the implementation of the strategic plan, including operating and marketing plans


Required Skills and Experience

  • Relevant post-secondary degree or diploma or equivalent experience
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with the issue of literacy (particularly as it relates to policy, program delivery, and awareness) and/or with community development; 3-5 years related experience will be considered an asset
  • Proven ability to organize events, manage projects, develop partnerships; strong consultation, facilitation, and team-building skills
  • Proven ability to seek grant funds to enhance programs and operations



  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and presentation skills – particularly with individuals and groups of diverse interests and backgrounds
  • Ability and enthusiasm around funds development, including proposal and budget preparation, and case-making presentations
  • Knowledge of financial and administrative practices
  • Strong time-management and priority-setting skills
  • Experience or skills with research and/or evaluation; critical thinking skills and good judgment
  • Computer software competence, including Word, Excel, Power Point and online communication and research



  • Entrepreneurial, courageous, adaptable, constructive, and creative approach to the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic work environment
  • High degree of self-initiative to maintain progress and momentum; ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Inclusive, sensitive and respectful approach to collaboration amidst diversity – accommodating community uniqueness, different points of view, cross-cultural contexts, etc.