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Nashville Adult Literacy Council

Board Member

Nashville Adult Literacy Council


Job Summary

Literacy is how we all understand and are understood in the world. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are essential – and remarkable – acts of human connection. For more than 40 years, the Nashville Adult Literacy Council (NALC) has been helping adults with the literacy skills they need for the life they want. Learners set their own goals and define their own success, whether it’s a new job, helping a child with homework, or writing a love letter for the first time. We provide learners with a safe place to learn through online classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring with volunteers.

At NALC, we believe that we are all lifelong learners. Using data, we enthusiastically and continuously question what we know and how we do things so we can grow our impact. We are seeking a creative, curious, and collaborative new member to join our dynamic team.

Job Responsibilities

Lead NALC to fulfill its mission through planning, policymaking, development of financial and community support, and monitoring of results.


  • Participate regularly by attending scheduled board meetings, committees, and special meetings, as appropriate.
  • Understand and stay updated on NALC – its mission, goals, objectives, programs, and operations.
  • Be informed, prepared for discussion, and vote on board decisions around issues, policies, goals, and objectives based on careful consideration of all relevant data.
  • Adopt and monitor the organization’s operating budget, financial development plan, and insurance program.
  • Protect the assets of the organization.
  • Participate fully and openly in meetings – sharing insights, ideas, and suggestions.
  • Commit to serve on at least one standing committee, ad-hoc committee, or special assignment.
  • Support the resolutions and actions of the Board of Directors.
  • Assure a process is in place to select, employ, and regularly evaluate the performance of the CEO.
  • Provide counsel, expertise, advice, and encouragement to staff, when requested.
  • Be an ambassador of NALC by promoting its mission, goals, and objectives to increase public awareness, understanding, and support of the organization.
  • Make a personal financial contribution at a level that demonstrates commitment and sets a standard for others and is willing to ask others to give.
  • Ensure the effectiveness of the board.
  • Election to a three-year term (except when filling a partial term). May serve a secondary three-year term, subject to approval vote from the Board.


  • Expertise preferred: finance, CPA, legal, governance, strategy, scalability, and project management.
  • Promote the mission, goals, and objectives of NALC.
  • Possesses professional expertise and influence needed by NALC and/or represents one or more constituencies needed to provide balance to the Board’s membership.
  • Make a personal financial contribution at a level that demonstrates commitment and sets a standard for others and is willing to ask others to give.
  • Serve effectively as a public representative of the organization and involve others in the work of NALC.

Additional Information



How to Apply

Email kkaresh@nashvilleliteracy.org


  • Date Posted: October 18, 2023
  • Type: Board Member
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Board Leadership
  • Start Date: 07/01/2024
  • Salary Range: N/A
  • Working Hours: Meetings are every other third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., usually over Zoom