To provide bold and strategic leadership for Bernie’s Book Bank to facilitate the sourcing, processing and distribution of quality children’s books to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland; while looking towards national expansion.
Maintain the integrity of Bernie’s Book Bank’s mission, culture and goals at all times; while focusing on effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and scalability.
Reports to Board of Directors.
Strategy and Planning
Develops and leads the strategy of the organization within the broad context of the Chicagoland landscape by using performance measurements to guide strategic and operational decision-making; while looking towards national expansion.
Takes a leadership role in driving a collaborative process with the Board of Directors and team which result in the development of goals, objectives and operational plans for the organization.
Oversees preparation of the annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Provides information and justifications for BOD in its budgetary review and approval process.
Cultivates a strong partnership with the BOD in setting policies consistent with the mission of the Bernie’s Book Bank. Works, as needed, with all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board.
Seeks innovative approaches to achieving organizational goals.
Oversees and ensures operational excellence for the following business functions and/or Departments:
· Fund Development
· Human Resources
· Information Technology; data/analytics driven
· Programming/Special Events
· Risk Management/Legal
· Volunteer Management
Leads, motivates and develops team and Board so they are passionate about what Bernie’s Book Bank has achieved and are committed to working effectively toward continual improvement.
Ensures the organization has diverse team members with skills appropriate to the needs of the position through people management activities including hiring, separation of employment, ongoing team development, performance management, compensation and benefits.
Ascertains that employment policies are adhered to in all employment practices and partners with the Board to implement changes.
Ensures that organization has the appropriate systems, physical space, and technology to operate efficiently and effectively.
Collaborates with Chief Development Officer to set forth a fund development strategy.
Leads organization's financial growth in order to maintain healthy cash flow, provide full services to our constituents and maintain adequate reserves to support board-approved investments and risk-taking.
Program Development and Implementation
Oversees and supports the development, design and delivery of program initiatives, assuring that the goals and objectives are aligned with Bernie’s Book Bank’s overall strategic plan; effective, efficient, sustainable and scalable.
Provides for quality assurance monitoring of all facets of Bernie’s Book Bank operations (Administration, Communications and Operations) assuring correction of any deficiencies in program services.
Working Conditions/ Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent will typically be working in an office environment. At times, may be required to travel to speak on behalf of Bernie’s Book Bank.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential job duties.
Candidates MUST have and exude the qualities represented by Bernie's Book Bank Team Pillars: Relationships, Energy, Edge, Limitless and Simplicity.
Demonstrated knowledge of literacy challenges facing at-risk communities; fully believes accomplishing our mission is a MUST and critical to the improvement of our communities; locally and nationally.
Candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree.
A minimum of 10 years of professional work experience, that includes the movement of items throughout an entire distribution channel.
At least 5 years of demonstrated success of team leadership, management, fundraising, partnership development and financial planning; including experience in program replication.
At least 5 years of demonstrated success of working with a Board of Directors.
Demonstrated success of organizational growth through strategic planning.
Demonstrated value of and focus on data/analytics-driven operations.
Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
Personal qualities that include focus on relationships (gratitude and stewardship); driven; entrepreneurial; detail-oriented; process based; appreciation of culture; appetite for continual improvement, innovation and differentiation; smart risk taker, cutting edge approach; integrity; commitment to Bernie’s Book Bank’s mission; respect for diversity; the ability to inspire and motivate.
Working knowledge of CRMs, all Google Applications, Constant Contact, Wordpress, Social Media.
Easy to approach and talk to; seen as a direct, truthful, authentic individual; keeps confidences, admits mistakes, builds constructive and effective relationships; practices attentive and generous listening.
Builds constructive and effective relationships internally and externally; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network.
Stays calm when others are not, able to be the voice of reason, offers other points of view that have not been explored and has empathy for others.
Mission driven and socially-oriented. Conscientious about how communities impacted by the mission of Bernie’s Book Bank. Anticipate and react to key needs.
About Bernie's Book Bank
Bernie’s Book Bank is the leading provider of quality books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area.
Bernie’s Book Bank is named for Dr. Bernard P. Floriani, the father of Founder and Executive Director, Brian Floriani, Bernie Floriani, Jr. and Lindsey Floriani Arterburn. Bernie was a self-made man – the son of a coal miner who grew up in a house without running water until he went to college on a basketball scholarship. He may not have had much, but he did have access to books and the opportunity for a good education.
Big Bernie achieved a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate degree in reading education. He spent his entire professional life promoting literacy. In 2005, Brian was a lead instructor for Golf Digest Schools in Lake Tahoe and West Palm Beach. The sudden death of his father, Bernie, inspired him to do something different with his life.
Brian began working as a reading paraprofessional for Shiloh Park Elementary in Zion, Illinois. He spent every day tutoring struggling readers. It wasn’t long before Brian realized that, while he could help each child individually at the elementary school level, his efforts and those of thousands of other reading paraprof...essionals across America wouldn’t do anything to stop the influx of new struggling readers from entering the school system every year.
He now understood the importance of what his father knew — that reading is the single most important skill a child needs in order to contribute and function competently within our society. Furthermore, he realized that all of these children probably could have been “reading ready” if they had been provided access to books at home before entering Kindergarten.
In December 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank was founded in Brian’s garage as this was where he began sourcing and distributing quality books to at-risk children. In its first 12 months, Bernie’s Book Bank sourced, processed, and distributed 140,000 children’s books. In its second year, Bernie’s Book Bank expanded its operation and reach, and distributed 350,000 books to more than 35,000 children. By the end of 2012, the number of children’s books Bernie’s Book Bank had sourced, processed and distributed reached 1 MILLION. In 2017, we reached 10 MILLION!
We are on target to distribute 3.5 MILLION books ANNUALLY to more than 300,000 at-risk children in Chicagoland, with a goal to serve every qualifying child with 12 quality books per year. Bernie’s Book Bank is building a scalable model to replicate in every major city across the country.
We do this by sourcing millions of new and gently used books from our generous donors. We level them into age-appropriate groups, place an identifying sticker on them, and select a variety of 6 new and gently used titles to be placed into a bag for distribution. We then deliver each bag of books directly to the children we serve via the school districts and WIC partners in the Chicagoland area. Each child we serve, ages birth through sixth grade, will receive a total of 12 quality children’s books to take home and call their own each year.
As a non-profit organization funded entirely by generous individuals, foundations and caring companies, Bernie’s Book Bank cannot succeed without the support of many book donors, volunteers, and investors. Working together, we are transforming the educational journey of thousands of at-risk children by providing them the tools they need to read their way to a better life.