The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education ('PAGE') seeks a visionary and passionate Executive Director to lead an educational nonprofit into an exciting chapter of growth, impact, and national visibility. PAGE was founded in 2010 and became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2020. Its mission is to empower and inspire girls and young women in Appalachia through world-class education, giving them tools they need to achieve their desired futures and the future they envision for the region.


The Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education (‘PAGE’) seeks a visionary and passionate Executive Director to lead an educational nonprofit into an exciting chapter of growth, impact, and national visibility.

PAGE was founded in 2010 and became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2020. Its mission is to empower and inspire girls and young women in Appalachia through transformative education, giving them the tools they need to envision a bright future for themselves and the region.

From its beginnings in Madison County, North Carolina, PAGE is positioned to grow new programming for adolescent girls (grades 6-12) in diverse Appalachian communities. Through a new MobilePage strategy for collaborative programs and partnership building, PAGE currently serves girls in Asheville and other parts of Western North Carolina. Our goal is to honor and reflect the voices and stories of diverse girls across Southern Appalachia.

PAGE is well positioned to catalyze new collaborations and partnerships in neighboring parts of Appalachia. PAGE has a strong team of passionate educators, a fifteen-year history of fundraising success, and an innovative approach to education. We seek an executive leader who can help us imagine and lead this exciting next chapter at PAGE.


The Executive Director of PAGE is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management to achieve PAGE’s mission and goals. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees PAGE’s fundraising and development, budget management, staff leadership, strategic planning and external relations. PAGE’s Executive Director is deeply committed to Appalachian communities and is based within driving distance of Marshall, NC.

Key Responsibilities:
Fundraising and Development

  • ○  Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies to sustain the organization's budget, with a focus on securing foundation grants and individual donations.

  • ○  Collaborate with staff members to ensure comprehensive consultation and input in the design and submission of grant proposals, fostering a team-oriented approach towards securing funding opportunities.

  • ○  Cultivate and steward relationships with funding partners to support long-term organizational sustainability.

  • ○  Lead grant writing and management efforts, ensuring timely submission of proposals.

    Budget Management

  • ○  With support of PAGE’s back office support provider, manage fiscal responsibilities including budgetary, legal, and financial obligations as well as grant reporting requirements.

  • ○  Develop and monitor annual budgets for approval by Board of Directors.

  • ○  Lead budget conversations at staff and board meetings.

    Staff Leadership and Development

  • ○  Recruit and hire core program staff.

  • ○  Support PAGE’s core program staff in their hiring and training of seasonal

    instructors and volunteers as needed.

  • ○  Provide strategic guidance and support to staff members on communication initiatives, ensuring alignment with the organization's priorities and messaging.

  • ○  Provide ongoing supervision, coaching, and professional development opportunities to support staff growth and effectiveness.

  • ○  Foster a culture of teamwork, accountability, and innovation among the organization's staff and volunteers. Lead by example, demonstrating integrity, resilience, and a commitment to the organization's mission and values.

Strategic Planning and Organizational Leadership

  • ○  Work with the Board to set the strategic direction for the organization.

  • ○  Collaborate with staff to implement plans and goals.

  • ○  Monitor best practices and emerging issues to inform strategic planning,

    decision-making and programmatic direction.

  • ○  Oversee the evaluation of all PAGE programs, ensuring alignment with

    organizational mission and strategic priorities.

    Board Development

  • ●  Support new Board member recruitment.

  • ●  Partner with Board members to develop policy changes, create meeting agendas

    and facilitate meetings.

  • ●  Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to develop strategic plans and organizational goals.

    External Relations and Advocacy

  • ●  Represent the organization to external stakeholders, including government officials, community leaders, funders and the media.

  • ●  Build strategic partnerships and collaborations with other organizations and institutions to amplify impact and scale efforts.

    Required Qualifications:

  • ●  Commitment to equity and inclusion, with the ability to foster a welcoming environment.

  • ●  Five years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector (or its equivalent in university

    or for-profit sectors), ideally in positions of executive responsibility.

  • ●  Demonstrated success in fundraising, program administration, and staff supervision.

  • ●  Proven track record of securing foundation grants and individual gifts to support

    organizational growth and sustainability. Strong record stewarding multi-year

    relationships with program officers and donors.

  • ●  Experience managing organizational budget and multi-year grant awards. Comfortable with budget communications.

  • ●  Experience building collaboration-centered program partnerships with diverse community partners.

  • ●  Strong understanding of youth education principles and program development.

  • ●  Excellent oral and written communication skills. The Executive Director must articulate

    the organization's mission and impact to diverse audiences via live conversations and in a

    wide range of written materials (i.e., grant applications, digital outreach).

  • ●  Creative thinker with a passion for network-building in the nonprofit sector.

  • ●  Demonstrated competency establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

    with staff, community groups, Boards of Directors and other related agencies.

  • ●  Proficient with digital tools like Microsoft Outlook and Google Drive.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ●  Eight years of relevant professional experience.

  • ●  Proven track record managing an organizational budget of at least $400K.

  • ●  Some experience with digital communications tools (i.e,. Mailchimp, website

    maintenance) or digital development tools (Classy, Instrumentl).

  • ●  Familiarity with interdisciplinary curriculum design.

  • ●  Prior experience advising or implementing program evaluation.

  • ●  Relevant graduate degree and/or equivalent professional experience in administration,

    nonprofit management, education or relevant fields.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply for the position of Executive Director at PAGE, please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Applications will be accepted through June 10, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. Expected start date is early Fall, 2024.

    In addition to addressing how your skills fit the requirements of our Executive Director role, please ensure your cover letter addresses the following:

    1. What motivates you to work with PAGE?

    2. Please describe your connection and commitment to the Appalachian region.

    This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with the following salary and benefits:

  • ●  $65,000-$75,000; compensation will be commensurate with experience

  • ●  Blue Cross Blue Shield medical and dental insurance

  • ●  IRA contribution after one-year vesting period

  • ●  Paid holidays (10 days annually); Paid vacation days (15 days annually, 10 hours accrued

    monthly); Discretionary days (3 days annually), and Sick days (12 days annually)

    PAGE’s Executive Director must be located within driving distance of our office in downtown Marshall, North Carolina. The Executive Director role requires regular in-person meetings around Madison and surrounding counties. The position includes occasional overnight travel (2-4x/annually) for relevant conferences, presentations and/or partner visits.

    PAGE is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment where all employees can thrive.

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