The Shader Croft School

Turning Student Selected Real World Adventures into Stronger Reading, Writing, and Communication Skills.

Shader Croft School Executive Director Duties and Responsibiities

The ideal candidate will have:

Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in education, organizational leadership, human services or a related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership in an educational setting.
  • Experience working with middle-school students utilizing experiential learning methods.
  • Experience with a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated ability as a big-picture thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.

Programmatic Experience

  • Experience planning and managing all aspects of a multi-week, multi-site program.
  • Experience collaborating with partner organizations to implement a mutually beneficial program.
  • Experience recruiting, hiring, coordinating, and supporting approximately 16 staff members each year.
  • Experience developing a culture among staff of inquiry and innovation based on current research in literacy and experiential education.
  • Experience fostering a culture of community and personal development among our students and staff.

Organizational Administration

  • Solid organizational abilities, including program development, and the planning and carrying out of delegated program tasks.
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills including the ability to envision and convey to staff, volunteers, donors and the Board of Directors, the Shader Croft mission.
  • Prior success in establishing and developing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Success in fundraising and a familiarity with our funding community.
  • Solid financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills including public speaking.
  • An ability to work independently with a high degree of energy.


Primary duties and responsibilities will include:

Organizational Operations

  • Overseeing and managing program resources to ensure integrity and efficacy.
  • Serving as Shader Croft’s spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the public.
  • Overseeing marketing and other communications efforts with an emphasis on building awareness and support for our organization.
  • Ensuring compliance with Shader Croft School’s federal and state non-profit tax requirements.
  • Managing all aspects of summer program operation including
  • Working with partner schools for student and family recruitment and program logistics.
  • Recruiting, hiring, supervising and supporting summer teaching staff.
  • Developing curriculum.
  • Managing program transportation needs.
  • Managing all budgeting and finances.
  • Overseeing annual program evaluation.
  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all positions, functions, and day-to-day operations.
  • Reviewing and approving contracts for services.

Board Governance, Mission, and Strategy

  • Responsible for implementation of Shader Croft School’s unique program and mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing in a timely manner, all information necessary for the Board to function effectively and make informed decisions.
  • Responsible for involving and supporting the board in strategic planning, policymaking, and revenue development.
  • Responsible for representing Shader Croft School by being active and visible in the community as well as initiating and building relationships with professional, civic and private organizations.
  • Facilitate Board committee meetings, and guide planning and decision making.

Financial Performance and Viability

  • Responsible for developing diverse revenue streams necessary to support Shader Croft School’s mission.
  • Responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual budget.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization.
  • Submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

Shader Croft is strongly committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all employment actions without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, or disabling condition. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture.  What matters to us is that you feel respected and appreciated and feel support and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.