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ULA Begins Search for Next Executive Director

There are many attributes that will help the Ulster Literacy Association Board of Directors identify the next Executive Director beyond the qualifications and experience that an applicant may bring to the job. ULA eagerly anticipates your willingness to become part of this close knit team, to inspire and help shape ULA’s future, and to find satisfaction and joy empowering people in our community who look to ULA for help with literacy goals as well as affirmation of their self-worth. We will welcome the new Executive Director and offer support for strong leadership that embraces diverse perspectives and a deep commitment to ULA’s mission. 

The Position 

ULA seeks an experienced, dynamic, and passionate executive director to lead the organization in Ulster County and build on its strengths. The Executive Director must have leadership and nonprofit management experience; work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and board to develop annual planning and help shape ULA’s strategic direction in the coming years; assist the board in maximizing their engagement; strengthen and diversify the donor base; organize recruitment campaigns; be responsive to the community’s evolving needs by designing impactful programs; and establish solid stakeholder relationships necessary to support the organization long term.

The job requires a multilayered set of skills for successfully executing multiple duties and responsibilities to ensure ULA’s growth and sustainability.

Deadline for Applications: August 1, 2021

Expected Start Date: October 1, 2021

About The Organization

Ulster Literacy Association is a 501(c)(3) organization with a long-established commitment to empower families through literacy and volunteer support. For more than 40 years, ULA has welcomed adult learners from all walks of life who want to learn basic reading skills as well as English as a new language in a safe, confidential setting. Working with trained volunteer tutors, our learners achieve goals they set for themselves, such as obtaining a driver’s license, participating in parent/teacher conferences, obtaining US citizenship, or finding and keeping a fulfilling job.

ULA is a financially sound and accredited organization, operating with an annual budget of approximately $250,000-$300,000. With a loyal donor base of institutions and individuals, an engaged governing board, a dedicated staff, and about 200 volunteer tutors, ULA today serves roughly 400 adult learners through a range of literacy programs offered free of charge. Programs have included one-to-one tutoring; English for Parents; English for Farm Families; writing and life skills at the Ulster Correctional Facility; classroom support at the Ulster BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services); and other off-site workplace programs. Since 2017, ULA has been the sole administering agency for Americorps’ Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Ulster County. We strive to engage experienced older adults with our mission and keep them involved in community activities.

The ULA community is diverse and peopled with life-long learners and mentors who have something special to give—love of language, caring for others, and motivation to strengthen the community. Our volunteer tutors are certified through a 20-hour, nationally recognized training course offered online, in person, or as a hybrid. 

Current Priorities

  • Create a smooth transition of all programs, reimagined for the post-pandemic times. 
  • Assist in expanding, developing and engaging the board. 
  • Oversee the expansion and management of ULA’s website and social media presence.
  • Plan for grant expansion to secure ULA’s financial position in the coming years. 

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • 4-year academic degree
  • Three years of experience in a nonprofit organization 
  • Human resources management (staff and volunteers)
  • Nonprofit financial management (e.g. basic accounting, budget, funding cycles)
  • Experience working with a governing board 
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Proficiency in computer skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in adult literacy or other related experience in education
  • Experience in program evaluation and design
  • Knowledge of social media and web marketing
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Chinese


Annual Salary: $55,000 (exempt status) 

Benefits include agency contribution to healthcare coverage and generous paid time off.

To Apply


Qualified candidates may send a letter of interest that will serve as a writing sample, along with a résumé. Applications will be electronically acknowledged. Interviews will be scheduled until the position is filled. 

Equal Opportunity Employer 

It is the policy of Ulster Literacy Association to provide equal employment opportunities to all persons, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, economic circumstance, or disability, in accordance with its diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.

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