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READ is currently hiring for the positions listed below:

Asia Regional Director

Location: Bhutan, India, or Nepal

About the Position:

This position is part of READ Global’s senior management team which includes the Executive Director (ED) and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives (DSPI) based in the READ Global headquarters in San Francisco, USA. The Asia Regional Director will provide both leadership and support to three country teams engaged in all aspects of READ’s operations including program planning and budgeting; ongoing project implementation and monitoring; and the finance and accounting, human resources, compliance and administrative functions. This position will also provide some support READ Global’s fundraising and program partner development in Asia. The position reports directly to the Executive Director in the Global Office in San Francisco and supervises three Country Directors in Bhutan, India, and Nepal. The Asia Regional Director will be expected to have regular interactions with the READ Global Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors and trustees for the Bhutan, India and Nepal READ operations, and other key READ Global external stakeholders or funders. This position is based in South Asia (in Bhutan, India or Nepal), requiring frequent travel throughout the region.


Global Program Operations

  • Participate on the management team to develop and implement strategy for READ Global’s growth in general and provide leadership in implementation, evaluation and overall management of programs.
  • Communicate regularly with the Executive Director and other relevant Global Office staff on important issues and events related to country operations - including program implementation; legal, financial and human resource issues; donor, local government and external relations; and new program opportunities, including local fundraising
  • Oversee Nepal, India and Bhutan Country Directors to ensure day-to-day management and oversight of all of READ Global’s programs and operations in Asia. The Regional Director is expected to be well acquainted with the issues and local context of offices and regularly lead regional meetings to discuss key themes, priorities, issues and challenge.
  • Oversee the development of annual work plans and corresponding budgets by the Country Offices and work closely with the Country Directors and Global Office to set and finalize the annual strategic direction for the Country Offices.
  • Ensure timely implementation of programs across all countries according to annual plans and budgets in order to ensure that countries achieve their annual and strategic goals.
  • Provide guidance/oversight to Country Directors in their initiatives to improve and ensure viability of sustaining enterprises.
  • Ensure Country Office reporting is conducted timely and accurately; work closely with the Executive Director and READ Global finance team to monitor annual budgets to ensure costs do not exceed budgetary constraints and to project future budgetary needs for each country office.
  • In conjunction with Global Office and Country Directors, define and oversee key HR-related policies and procedures, including performance management systems, employee manuals, new hires and HR growth plan, and policies around salaries and benefits. Participate in the hiring of key READ employees in the Asia region.
  • Together with Country Directors and Global Office, define and oversee cross-organizational development efforts (i.e. staff trainings, staff conferences, development programs).
  • Ensure that Country Offices properly develop and utilize critical tools used to track program implementation and spending, such as Implementation Calendars and budgets/spending forecasts.
  • Review and provide feedback on Country Office reports, including Monthly Implementation Updates and Quarterly Reports.
  • Make recommendations for program and process improvements to Executive Director and other relevant Global Office staff and, in collaboration with other team members, help support their implementation.
  • Assist Country Directors with development of annual performance plans, provide regular feedback on performance, and undertake formal performance reviews when desirable/required.
  • Identify Regional and key Country Office staff capacity-building and assist with sourcing of support to address the needs.
  • Implement and monitor compliance with organization-wide operating policies; ensure region has adequate internal financial and program controls, and recommend additional controls as necessary
  • Work with country team to codify best practices for each element of the READ model, so that they can be shared across existing countries of operation
  • Work with Country Directors, ED and outside counsel and accountants to manage all legal and compliance issues related to READ’s legal registrations and reporting requirements

Fundraising/Awareness building and Partnerships

  • Provide program oversight and guidance related to new funding opportunities, including insight on prioritization of programs and staff capacity
  • Support Global Office fundraising efforts by helping to connect and steward key fundraising opportunities across Asia (primarily India, Singapore and Hong Kong) and with various institutional relationships that may not be managed at the country level
  • Support Country Teams with their fundraising efforts by providing senior guidance and presence where needed on in-country fundraising opportunities
  • In collaboration with Country Directors, drive strategy for developing key NGO partnerships.
  • Network with other stakeholders, governments, non-profits running similar programs to find areas of collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Represent READ Global’s work across all three countries by attending and speaking at different strategic forums and advocating the importance of our work


Education / Experience

  • Postgraduate degree in Arts, Social Sciences, Management, Public Administration or relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years in a senior management capacity and 5 years in an international development or operations role.

Must have:

  • Experience managing staff in multiple offices
  • Excellent relationship management skills and proven ability to network with and establish strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders both within the organization and outside - government, donors, civil society members across geographies, staff and board of directors.
  • Ability to effectively lead, motivate, mentor and manage a high caliber team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people from different environments, sectors, and society
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English along with superior presentation skills.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, budget processes and PowerPoint and at least one project management software.
  • Ability to be effective in a non-profit organization focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead.


  • Experience of working in South Asia and providing leadership to a multicultural team.
  • Experience in leading fund-raising efforts including strategizing, writing grant proposals, guiding teams and establishing key relationships with donors - corporate, foundation, bilateral and multilateral and individual.
  • Prior experience working in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization with a proven track record of handling multiple priorities simultaneously and achieving results
  • Passion and commitment for READ’s mission
  • Resourceful and well-organized

To be successful as a member of the READ Global team, the candidate would have to:

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Travel: Ability and willingness to travel frequently (approximately 25-30% of time) to READ countries and other parts of Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, etc.) as needed. At least one trip to the US will be required annually.

Compensation: READ Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with a candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Location: The position will be based in India, Nepal or Bhutan.

How to Apply: Submit a CV, cover letter, and list of references with the subject line “Asia Regional Director Application” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by August 25, 2014.

Office Manager, San Francisco Headquarters

About the Position:

READ is currently looking for a part-time office / administrative manager to handle the following responsibilities in its San Francisco office in the Presidio:

About the Position:

Open for: Individuals who already have a visa allowing them to work in the United States

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

  • Filing and record-keeping.
  • Entering and updating donor information in Salesforce.
  • Weekly processing of tax receipts to donors.
  • Managing incoming and outgoing mail and deposits of funds received.
  • Some light word processing and spreadsheet creation.
  • Handling a variety of HR matters, including administration of 401K plan, new employee processing, employee health benefit plan, etc.
  • Managing office logistics, including management of the server, Internet service, telephone systems, office lease, etc.
  • Assisting with infrequent mailings, such as fundraising appeals to donors.
  • Creating monthly expense reports for the ED for submission to the READ Global board of directors and finance team.
  • Occasional help making travel arrangements for READ Global staff, especially for the ED who travels domestically and internationally several times a year.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Bachelors degree (although we will consider students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Experience with Powerpoint, Salesforce and/or Quickbooks is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a leanly-staffed organization with a start-up environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people from different environments, sectors, and society.
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment.
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction.
  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization.

Compensation: The position will involve 10-20 hours of work per week and be paid on an hourly basis, commensurate with a candidate’s experience and qualifications.

Location: San Francisco, CA (Presidio)

How to Apply: Please submit resumes by July 25th via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Office Manager".

Communications Intern / Blogger, San Francisco Headquarters

About the Position:

READ Global is looking for a creative individual interested in gaining experience in nonprofits, international development, blogging, communications, and online content management (current undergraduate or graduate students encouraged to apply). The position is a four month internship, roughly September 1 – January 1, or coinciding with a student’s fall semester. The unpaid internship is primarily focused on curating content for the READ Global “Library Log” Blog and social media channels, with some light marketing and/or fundraising support. The intern will report to the Manager of Communications and Sustainability, and work with READ field staff in Bhutan, India, and Nepal to curate content.

Open for: Individuals who already have a visa allowing them to work in the United States

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA


  • Research topics for blog posts to be written by the intern as well as READ staff, board members and guest bloggers. Blog topics focus on the following themes:
    • Global Libraries
    • South Asia
    • International rural development
    • Literacy / education
    • Women's empowerment
    • Sustainable enterprise and livelihood skills
    • Information communications technology
  • Write at least one blog post per week (350-700 words)
  • Format and publish posts via basic HTML
  • Publish regular content to READ’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Assist with the creation and release of regular e-newsletters
  • Occasionally help create marketing collateral
  • Occasional support of fundraising appeals and other donor communications.

The following trainings will be provided as needed:

  • Basic HTML and website content management system training (we use Joomla, an open source software)
  • Social media channel strategy, execution and analytics
  • Basic Photoshop
  • Introduction to search engine optimization (SEO)

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Major or minor focus, or interest in English, Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Gender Studies, or related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word required.
  • Familiarity with and interest in READ’s thematic areas.
  • Strong creative writing skills.
  • Solid knowledge of social media channels.
  • Independent worker and self-starter.
  • Experience with blogging and/or content management systems a plus.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop a plus.
  • Self-starter / independent worker requiring minimal supervision.

Compensation: The position will involve 10-20 hours of work per week, from roughly September – January. It is an unpaid internship. Transportation costs can be reimbursed depending on the applicant's location.

Location: San Francisco, CA (Presidio). The intern should be able to work out of our global HQ during regular business hours for at least 1 day per week. The remainder may be spent working offsite if desired.

How to Apply: Please submit resumes by August 15th via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Communications Intern".