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Executive Director, Northeast

Executive Director, Northeast

For almost three decades, pediatricians and other pediatric primary care practitioners across the United States have been partnering with Reach Out and Read (ROR) to advance the healthy development of the children (birth aged through five years old) who visit their offices. Our simple model of “prescribing books” brings more than 4.7 million children in contact with rich opportunities to learn and grow each year. By partnering with doctors’ offices, we connect with children and families early to stimulate brain development and foster the foundations needed for long-term success. We aim to support all families and children but because we are serving nearly one-quarter of children living in poverty, our work can help combat the effects of income inequality and close the opportunity gap.


As Reach Out and Read's Executive Director, Northeast, you will lead the continued development of our well-established programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, upstate New York and Vermont.

A results-oriented, experienced, and entrepreneurial professional, you will be the face of Reach Out and Read across the region, with a targeted primary focus on ensuring that our model is implemented with impact on the families and children we serve, and on fundraising for sustainability and program growth.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will be a valued strategic partner for Reach Out and Read nationally, and actively cultivate and maintain local public and private partnerships. As a leader in our organization, you will create and demonstrate passion for Reach Out and Read, enhance our name recognition, expand our presence within CT, MA, NH, upstate NY, VT, and consistently demonstrate excellence and leadership.


  • Leadership, Strategy, Management, and Operations:  
    • Lead the team with a strategic, outcomes-driven approach to achieve the mission, ensuring that our intervention is conducted with fidelity to the proven model and produces the intended impacts on the children and families we serve.
    • Direct and oversee the work of the team, including recruitment, hiring, day-to-day supervision, and performance evaluation. Maintain an organizational climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a quality, diverse staff.
    • Develop and administer the region’s annual budget and manage and oversee monthly finances to ensure sufficient operating reserves and cash flow to meet financial obligations. Partner with the national finance team to optimize planning and implementation of fiscal operations.
    • Develop and engage a Regional Advisory Board comprised of individuals committed to serving their community and providing actionable services to Reach Out and Read.
    • Maintain official records and documents and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of early learning, as well as issues and trends affecting nonprofits.
  • Fundraising:
    • Oversee all fundraising and philanthropic aspects of the Reach Out and Read program in the region, including foundation, corporation, government, and individual support. Set and achieve assertive development goals by identifying opportunities for long-term sustainability and growth within the region.
    • Write and review accurate and timely grant proposals and reports, and cultivate, establish, and maintain positive relations with funders.
    • Explore other sources of revenue that are consistent with the mission.
    • Cultivate organizational understanding that fund development and philanthropy are critical to our mission and organizational health.
  • Program Services, Support, and Growth:  
    • Effectively supervise the region’s Program Director, who is responsible for ensuring that site providers and coordinators are engaged and trained and have the information and tools required to implement our intervention with fidelity and impact on the children and families we serve.
    • Oversee the apportionment of books to program sites, balancing the many factors involved including grant funds, program needs, site functioning, and local site fundraising.
    • Partner with the Program Director and Medical Directors to strategize and implement the continuous quality improvement systems and processes that enable programs to be of high-quality, and that best support and effectively engage medical providers.
    • Support the design and implementation of ongoing evaluation and research opportunities as they arise.
  • Fiscal Management:
    • Assume fiscal responsibility for the management of donor funds and grants. Comply with grant deliverables and manage spending within budget parameters.
    • Develop Reach Out and Read CT, MA, NH, upstate NY and VT’s annual budget and manage and oversee implementation of the budget.
    • Establish budgets for grants, initiatives, and departments that are prudent, realizable, and in keeping with sound business practices.
    • Work with the National Center Finance Team to provide required backup and input that will expedite the flow of financial transaction processing, controls, and reconciliations.
  • State and Local Advocacy:  
    • Represent Reach Out and Read to elected officials and their staff, members of the Administration, and other stakeholders in demonstrating Reach Out and Read’s effectiveness in early childhood development and pediatric primary care.
    • Stay informed of the legislative budgeting process and Reach Out and Read’s status within it.
    • Assess other opportunities within state and local governments to ensure Reach Out and Read is integrated into early childhood and/or pediatric primary care efforts.
  • Communications, Community Relations, and Partnerships:  
    • Work collaboratively and strategically to represent the organization locally, regionally and nationally, as well as cultivates key partnerships.  Develop and implement strategies to increase visibility and brand awareness of Reach Out and Read.
    • Serve as the primary spokesperson and champion for the efficacy of Reach Out and Read’s model and services in communications locally, and throughout the region. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
    • Develop and implement a communications and media strategy. Work with the national Marketing Manager and regional Program Director to support local public relations and participate in high priority national public relations initiatives.
    • Network with and establish/maintain local, regional, and statewide partnerships to help Reach Out and Read programs throughout the region become integrated within early learning and family support systems.


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring the work. we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below. 


The ideal candidate is a passionate, professional, results-oriented, and entrepreneurial individual capable of building and growing resources for an organization with tremendous partnership and expansion potential.

  • 10+ years of nonprofit/business management and fundraising experience.
  • Background in, or familiarity with, early childhood development or pediatrics a plus, as is experience working in or with community health centers and/or physicians.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including excellent organization, project management, and time-management skills, with attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Strong interpersonal and public communications skills, including effective public speaking experience and excellent writing ability.
  • Self-motivated and inspirational problem solver with demonstrated ability to coach, manage, and develop high performing, diverse teams to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Proven fundraising experience with demonstrated success at donor cultivation and stewardship, and grants procurement and management.
  • Demonstrated success cultivating and sustaining partnerships and collaborative relationships among diverse organizations and groups at the statewide or community level.
  • Experience with advocacy, political strategy, relevant public policy, and systems efforts. 


Salary will be competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of a comparable size, and you will also receive a robust benefits package. We offer medical and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with match, paid vacation, professional development stipend, and more.


Our Mission: To give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  

  • Reach Out and Read program sites are located in more than 6,000 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, and Washington, D.C.
  • Reach Out and Read serves more than 4.7 million children and their families annually.
  • More than 7 million new, developmentally appropriate books are given to children annually.
  • More than 30,000 medical providers currently participate in Reach Out and Read.
  • Sixteen independent studies demonstrate that Reach Out and Read parents are four times more likely to read regularly to their children and, as a result, children’s language development is enhanced.

To learn more about Reach Out and Read, visit www.reachoutandread.org.



Reach Out and Read is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Reach out and Read is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please notify jsmerkers@positivelypartners.org and we will work to accommodate your needs.

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