Request for Proposals:
Instructor, Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI)
Mission: The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) is a public foundation serving Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties by investing in the lives of local women and girls through grantmaking and leadership programs.
Scope of Consulting Services:
Entering its 9th year, LIPPI is a key part of the WFWM mission, providing adult women an opportunity to become civically engaged and grow their professional and personal leadership. The program meets 12 times from September-June on Saturdays, generally from 9:30-3:30 and typically about every 4 weeks. It is expected that roughly 100 hours will be spent on this project over the course of the program. Through an innovative partnership with Bay Path University, students may choose to earn academic credit for the course by paying the required course fees and completing additional assignments.
WFWM is seeking a seasoned consultant with experience instructing and facilitating a leadership program to administer the 2018-2019 LIPPI Cohort.
The successful consultant will be an entrepreneur and teacher with the experience and skills to lead a dynamic leadership development program targeting women in western Massachusetts and the skills to amplify the program. As the instructor of record for Bay Path University, the consultant must have a master’s degree or higher. The consultant must complete all required application materials and application requirement, including training in relevant portals, to be considered an adjunct faculty member of Bay Path in order to utilize Bay Path portals for student communications and grading.
Core expectations of Consultant Facilitator:
- Coordinate the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), including:
- Implement the existing leadership curriculum and recommend revisions as needed
- Coordinate session logistics, including identifying, contracting, and confirming instructors who meet WFWM requirements and coordinating refreshments, as well as A/V requirements for all speakers
- Act as main point of contact with LIPPI participants, whether they are taking the class for Bay Path credit or not, ensuring that students understand the course requirements and any pre-work required for individual sessions
- Partner with Bay Path University as detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding and as directed by WFWM CEO
- Coordinate annual application selection process (including working with LIPPI Advisory Board and other volunteer application reviewers) and June graduation processional event
- Distribute and collect feedback from students regarding each LIPPI session
- Collect and analyze student and alumnae data
- Work with WFWM office manager to ensure all session speakers are properly treated as WFWM vendors subject to all WFWM policies regarding finance and administration
- Work with the WFWM development team to foster alumnae giving
- Identify potential community partners for extracurricular networking and learning events for LIPPI participants and alumnae to expand their learning
Consultant Minimum Qualifications:
- Three to five years of professional experience facilitating a leadership program. Experience in public policy, campaigns and social justice initiatives preferred
- Master’s degree or higher required; graduate work and/or graduate degree in public policy, communications, journalism or related fields a plus
- Experience teaching and grading at the college level for a minimum of one semester
- Familiarity with issues and challenges facing women and girls in western Massachusetts and nationally, and the ability to articulate current trends and strategies
- Excellent facilitation, organizing, and oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of leadership facilitation and communications methods and proficiency in data analysis
- Demonstrated time and project management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines, respond to multiple constituents, and set priorities
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and pay attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy in all work products
- Able to take initiative, and to work both independently and collaboratively
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations
- Motivated and results oriented
Interested consultants should send a proposal with detailed budget requirements. Please also include a resume (or resumes if two consultants are proposed to jointly share this project), cover letter and contact information for three prior clients via email to Julie Holt, Office Manager at email@example.com.
Timeline for RFP Process:
Proposals Accepted: May 15, 2018- June 15, 2018
Q & A Session: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6pm, WFWM Offices, 1350 Main Street, Suite 1006
Selected Interviews: Week of June 18th
Final Interviews: Week of June 25th
Consultant Selected and Contract Signed: June 29, 2018
LIPPI Participants for 2018/2019 Selected: July 2-July 31st