Better Basics has the following position available:

Executive Director

The mission of Better Basics is to make a positive difference for children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. John Glasser founded Better Basics in 1993 based on the strong link between poverty and illiteracy.  He transformed this truth into action and the results of his effort were, and continue to be, astounding.  After 23 years of operations, the organization has grown along with the communities it serves and has developed strong relationships with supportive schools, individuals and organizations in Central Alabama.  Through a streamlined system of service provision, a dedicated staff, and over one thousand volunteers, Better Basics served over 26,000 children through our ten programs during the 2015/2016 school year.  Despite the large number, our core belief has stood the test of time; illiteracy will be diminished one child at a time.

Better Basics serves children living in high poverty areas where the illiteracy rates are as high as the poverty rates.  Eighty-nine percent of the students we serve qualify for free or reduced priced lunches. Our literacy intervention and enrichment programs are provided to students in Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Monroe, Shelby, and Talladega counties in Alabama. Our programs empower students to learn to read, comprehend, retain and, ultimately, learn.  Better Basics programs are research-based in order to provide the most effective services possible.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the agency, its programs, personnel, development, evaluation and growth in cooperation with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director directly supervises the Directors of Development, Operations, Volunteers and Program Services.

  • Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of programs that support the mission
  • Oversees development efforts, including fundraising events, relationships, junior board activity and board engagement
  • Monitors implementation of the annual development plan and ensures development department is engaged in long-term development activities
  • Builds positive relationships with stakeholders, including partner organizations, government officials, donors and school officials
  • Evaluates current research/best practices regularly and modifies programming in cooperation with the Director of Program Services
  • Ensures staffing/volunteer infrastructure is adequate for operational support and programmatic delivery
  • Hires and supports staff, including implementation of personnel policies in cooperation of the Director of Operations
  • Monitors financial health through monthly reviews of income and expenses, development of realistic annual budget and proper internal controls
  • Reviews and signs all grants, reports and other development documents
  • Represents the agency as chief spokesperson for P.R. activities, crisis management, public events and by participating in key professional associations and organizations or serving on advisory boards, etc.
  • Updates the Board of Directors regularly on conditions, opportunities and issues for the agency so that the Board can carry out its governance, financial oversight and leadership roles
  • Assesses the needs of the board and assists the board development committee in identifying and cultivating candidates
  • Attends all meetings of the executive and board development committees and attends other committee meetings as needed
  • Prepares agendas and documents needed for effective/efficient board and committee meetings and assists Board President during meetings
  • Ensures compliance with all local, state and federal regulations
  • Leads staff and board in striving for programmatic excellence and personal integrity to achieve mission
  • Implements discipline process as needed
  • Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as needed


Full-time, Regular:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday

*Some nights and weekends required



If you are interested in joining the Better Basics team, please send a cover letter, resume and completed employment application to jobs@betterbasics.org.  A full job description and the application for employment are available on our website (www.betterbasics.org/employment).


Better Basics is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director for HOPE 21st Century Programming and Summer Learning

The Director is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing all HOPE 21st Century afterschool sites and ensuring that they are functioning effectively and without interruption. The Program Director directs and supervises all Program Coordinators, collects data, maintains files, evaluates progress and prepares reports to ensure that all sites are in compliance with 21st Century grant requirements.

The Director is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing all Summer Learning sites and ensuring that they are functioning effectively without interruption.  The Program Director directs and supervises all Program Coordinators, collects data, maintains files, evaluates progress and prepares reports.

Workweek: 40 hours, Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 5:30 p.m.



Better Basics is an Equal Opportunity Employer.