Position Open: CEO
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) was established in 1997 by three local women, inspired by their experiences at the 4th International Women’s Conference in Beijing. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and has several committees of volunteers, as well as staff who work to carry out its work. The Women’s Fund’s mission is to fuel progress toward gender equity by funding the most promising solutions and collaborating with results-oriented partners, elevating the collective power of local women to take charge and lead with purpose. We provide access and opportunities for girls and women, especially amplifying their voices in order to lessen gender discrimination. The Women’s Fund sponsors research to bring the best ideas forward and celebrate solutions while promoting civic engagement as an important way to expand our political power and create long-term change. Our endowment helps to ensure the sustainability of our long-term mission as we strive to uphold our reputation as a trusted and purposeful convener with a history of effective partnership and inclusion. The WFWM is committed to anti-racism and diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility.
Summary of Position
The CEO of the Women’s Fund works in conjunction with the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, strategic plan, and financial objectives, while providing creative, energetic, transformational mission-driven leadership to ensure the long-term viability and financial security of the Fund. We seek CEO candidates that have innovative program and management ideas, as well as a vision for race and gender justice philanthropy and a deep connection to grassroots organizing with young Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). The successful candidate will be a financially savvy and politically astute leader who has personal alignment with the Women’s Fund mission and values, who will ensure that fiscal, operational, fundraising, marketing, human resource, and technology strategies are effectively implemented
Key Functions, Tasks and Responsibilities
The CEO ensures the creation and implementation of comprehensive fundraising plans that enables the organization to fulfill its mission, including annual and multi-year goals and budgets. The CEO provides leadership to the Board and staff in identifying innovative fundraising strategies, including identifying and securing grants. The CEO develops and ensures ongoing individual donor and philanthropic foundation relationships, as well as corporate sponsorships. All fund development activities are expected to encompass the four western counties of Massachusetts, along with sustaining and cultivating statewide and national funders.
Board of Director Relationships
The CEO provides leadership, direction, support, and updates to the Board, committees, volunteers, and constituent groups. The CEO implements and monitors short- and long-term strategic development plans with the Board of Director’s input and approval. The CEO works with the Board to formulate and ensure implementation of policies that support the effective and economical operation of the Women’s Fund.
Community Investments and Program Development
The CEO provides leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives that are aligned with the mission of the Women’s Fund. In doing this, the CEO cultivates nonpartisan strategic partnerships with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and concerned community members.
Communications, Coalition Building, and Community Relations
The CEO effectively communicates the Women’s Fund’s mission and relevancy to community groups, legislative representatives, the general public, businesses, and other national and state organizations ensuring the organization’s visibility. The CEO builds and maintains partnerships with national, state, and local governments, and allied organizations and agencies that support the Fund’s mission. The CEO serves as an effective spokesperson for the Women’s Fund and oversees the annual marketing/public relations plans in conjunction with staff and volunteers.
Organizational and Operational Oversight
The CEO provides leadership with regard to the strategic plan and Women’s Fund operations consistent with established goals and policies. The CEO keeps abreast of significant trends in the field of philanthropy, especially feminist philanthropy and not-for-profit management. The CEO hires, evaluates, mentors, and supports the growth and development of a diverse staff. The CEO promotes active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the Women’s Fund work. The CEO ensures efficiency and compliance with respect to grants, contracts and sponsorships. The CEO promotes a collaborative team environment with a commitment to work/life balance.
The CEO assumes responsibility for developing and maintaining sound financial practices to ensure compliance with the annual budget. The CEO assumes oversight and management of all operational needs such as investments, bookkeeping, insurance, human resources, budgeting and cash flow. These include but are not limited to monthly, quarterly and annual evaluation of financial, legal, insurance, and human resource issues.
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent degree and discipline preferred, including lived experiences, such as equitable career/life/alternative experiences that bring transferable skills.
- Minimum of five years senior level experience in managing organizations and coordinating volunteer efforts for budgets exceeding $500,000+ in annual operating expenses.
- Minimum of two years of experience supervising staff and contractors to achieve objectives, and providing essential personnel functions.
- Proven fundraising skills with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
- Demonstrated experience in successfully working with collective bodies such as boards and committees.
- Demonstrated experience in managing an office, staff, and volunteers in a hybrid environment (both virtual and in-person).
- Demonstrated ability to form relationships with non-profit, for-profit leaders, and legislators.
- An in-depth understanding of social change, the status of women and girls, and a familiarity with not-for-profit organizations that serve women.
- Experience with or strong connections to movements led by-and-for young Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).
- Demonstrated commitment to gender, racial, economic, disability, and healing justice and dismantling all systems of oppression.
- Experience in grantmaking (preferred), ideally in social justice philanthropy.
- Demonstrated track record of effective public speaking.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize, create manageable workloads, and be accountable for meeting deadlines and deliverables.
- Solid general and financial management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to relate to and communicate with diverse audiences and communities in private and public settings.
- Experience managing collaborative teams with shared leadership.
- Solid computer and technology skills.
- Ease with social media.
- Ability and willingness to regularly attend meetings and functions in our four-county region outside of normal work hours, as well as regional and national events.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to travel regionally throughout Massachusetts and nationally.
Qualified individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder height, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the workday. Proper lifting techniques required. Sustained concentration and prolonged commitment to job tasks. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Background checks will be completed for the final candidate.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range: $125,000 – $140,000, based on experience. The Women’s Fund’s leader will be individually compensated in accordance with our equitable hiring practices that strive for internal parity. The Women’s Fund offers excellent health benefits, robust retirement contributions, and a generous paid time off package.
At present, the WFWM is predominantly a virtual organization. However, the CEO must be prepared to move the staff to a hybrid (virtual and in-person) workplace, at which time travel to the office will be required for this position. Travel throughout the region and beyond is required for this position. The CEO must live in or be willing to relocate to the four County area (Hamden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties).
Commitment to Equity
The Women’s Fund is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) organization and an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having a diverse staff is fundamental to the principles of the Women’s Fund, and that communities most impacted by gender oppression must be centered in the work we do. WFWM invites applicants from all races and ethnicities, religions, countries of origin, sexes, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ages to apply; and strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and women of color (BIPOC); trans, non-binary, and gender diverse, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities to apply. Qualifications will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
Applications should email the components listed below to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2024. We will work to meet the access needs of all applicants. If you have questions, please send them to email@example.com.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter of no more than two pages;
- A resume; and
- Three references including name, pronouns, affiliation, relationship to you, email address and phone number. (Note: References will not be contacted until the final stage of the search and candidates will be given an opportunity to notify their references in advance.)