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Job Opening: Managing Director


The TLAN Managing Director will be a 20 hours per week hourly job reporting to one contact on the governing Council. The primary responsibilities of this position are 1) Council support and development; 2) marketing and outreach; 3) fundraising support; and 4) operations which include administration of the annual conference, online classes, certification programs, finances, and record-keeping.

The Managing Director is the only paid employee and will work remotely, though must be available for in-person council meetings and for the annual conference.

The ideal candidate will have entrepreneurial and administrative skills that include experience and expertise in board/council support and development; event management; marketing and outreach; administration of education and certification programs; excellent written and oral communication skills; and financial and administrative experience relevant to a small not-for-profit organization. The ideal candidate will be committed to the values of the Transformative Language Arts Network and understands the necessity of arts across all areas of life and work.


  • Council Support and Development - 20%: As a non-profit organization, the Council (Board of Directors) is the central governing body.

    • Coordinate with and implement council initiatives to grow and strengthen the council, including recruiting and training new council members and filling essential leadership positions;

    • Assist with arranging and participate in appropriate board development and training to strengthen the council's leadership capacity;

    • Provide technical, logistical, and strategic support and guidance to council chairs and committees as needed, including helping coordinate monthly and annual meetings.

  • Marketing and Outreach - 20%: Substantial marketing efforts are required for the annual Power of Words conference, 10-15 online community classes, 2-4 online self-paced classes, the TLA Foundations certifications, the Your Right Livelihood certification, and the forthcoming Teaching TLA certification.

    • Maintain and update the organizational website as needed;

    • Schedule and post event and class-specific social media, advertisements, emails, etc.;

    • Design and create appropriate graphics for online and in-print materials;

    • Assist the council with organization-wide social media marketing on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and others;

    • Survey and report back to council best practices for keeping in contact with and building the organization's membership and followers; and

    • Provide technical support for volunteers writing or editing TLA Blog or Chrysalis: A Journal of TLA, and doing organizational promotion through podcasts or video-conferences.

  • Fundraising - 10%: The Managing Director will assist the Council with fundraising initiatives.

    • Write and/or edit fundraising materials;

    • Research appropriate funders the council may consider approaching; and

    • Support council members in donor cultivation.

  • Operations - 50%: Operations include conference, educational and training, and financial and office administration:

    • Conference Administration - 20%: The Managing Director will work closely with the conference chair and committee as well as the council in event management for the organization's annual conference.

      • Assist the conference chair with strategic and technical support for the conference committee and integration of other volunteers;

      • Update the organization website and assist with social media updates and promotions as needed;

      • Process conference registrations and scholarships;

      • Assist the conference committee with soliciting organizational, business, and institutional sponsors and underwriters;

      • Coordinate venue and event logistics and other on-site operations;

      • Create conference programs and other handouts;

      • Process conference evaluations and communicate the results to the council.

    • Education & Training Administration - 15%: The Managing Director will provide administrative support for multiple online classes (both community-based and self-paced) and certifications:

      • Process registrations and maintain enrollment records, and in certifications, progress records;

      • Maintain online class software;

      • Consult with classes chair to plan for future classes;

      • Provide teachers and students with appropriate technical and logistical support;

      • Create and distribute certificates to those who complete certifications.

    • Financial & Office Administration - 15%: The Managing Director will work closely with the council leadership.

      • Maintain financial records, assist council with annual budgeting and reporting;

      • File required tax documents;

      • Track payroll and other expenses and income; 

      • Oversee risk management and legal activities: letters of agreement, contracts, leases and other legal documents and agreements; and

      • Ensure ongoing maintenance and updating of information systems, including the website, project management and team software, online classes, cloud-based records and documents, email newsletters, and other online and office resources.


  • Bachelor's degree required with experience in nonprofit management and transformational language arts preferred;

  • Strong operational experience, particularly in not-for-profit organizations as staff member and/or board member;

  • Proficiency in and advanced ability to learn online software including Google Apps; Wild Apricot; Wave; Wordpress; Basecamp; Mailchimp; and others as needed.

  • Experience with online marketing tools and platforms;financial record-keeping, website maintenance, Google Drive and related record-keeping;

  • Event management experience;

  • Creative problem-solving skills, including balancing demands of a diverse job;

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills in writing and editing;

  • Demonstrated graphic design skills for online and in-print promotions;

  • Capable of independently managing time and the tasks associated with a small but ambitious organization, including flexibility to switch between tasks easily;

  • Ability to work collaboratively with volunteers and governing board;

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills; and

  • Willingness to travel to the annual conference.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference given to candidates with experience in Transformative Language Arts and non-profit organizations.

Timing & Compensation:

Job begins in July 2019 (exact date to be determined) with training tools and consultation from previous director.

The position starts at $22/hour for 20 hours/week with potential to grow in the future. The position includes five paid vacation days (billed at eight hours per day) and up to ten unpaid vacation days annually, as arranged with Council contact in advance, and limited paid sick leave.


Resume with complete employment history and education background plus a relevant writing sample or publication should be emailed to jobs@tlanetwork.org. Please include a cover email that notes any relevant experience in transformative language arts; experience with remote work; what specifically interests you about this position; and anything else that you believe we should know. Applications will be accepted through June 11, 2019. No solicitations please.

The Transformative Language Arts Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kansas, P.O. Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044

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