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Executive Position Specification
THE WOMEN’S CENTER
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”)
The Women’s Center is seeking a dynamic CEO and Executive Director (CEO) with an informed passion for improving mental health. This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to leverage their experience to further The Center’s critical work of providing affordable mental health and victim services in Washington, DC, and Virginia.
For forty-five years, The Women’s Center has provided affordable mental health counseling, support, and education to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to help people live healthy, stable and productive lives. Founded in 1974, The Women’s Center has grown to include services to women, men, families, young adults, and children, serving over 4,500 people annually with locations in Virginia and Washington, DC. Also functioning as a teaching institution for mental health professionals, The Center provides one of the largest and most prestigious training programs in the region.
The mission of The Women’s Center is to significantly improve the mental health and well-being of all members of the community through counseling, education, support, and victim advocacy.
The Women’s Center will continue to be synonymous with mental well-being, and all members of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can turn to The Center for counseling or advocacy support when facing life’s challenges and transitions or are seeking personal or professional development.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will provide comprehensive leadership, operating management, strategic vision, and community leadership and engagement that increases the awareness of The Center’s mission, services, and sustainability/funding needs.
The CEO is expected to widely promote The Center’s position as a leading community organization supporting women, men, and families in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The CEO will provide policy guidance and oversee the organization’s daily operations, establishing internal administrative, programmatic and financial priorities and policies to ensure effective operations.
The CEO will provide the hands-on leadership to ensure the development and execution of The Center’s strategies, mission, and vision. The CEO is expected to provide motivational leadership across the organization and its constituents as both the internal leader and public face to the community. A foundational element of the CEO’s role is creating visibility and playing a pivotal leadership role in donor relationships and ongoing funding initiatives.
It is expected that the CEO will immediately focus on the following key responsibilities:
- Quickly immerse themselves into the organization developing a robust understanding of The Center’s business model and a comprehensive understanding of its financial position and supporting details.
- Establish working relationships with The Center’s management to create a strong, cohesive team while identifying strengths, gaps, and potential key position hiring needs.
- Meet with key financial supporters (grantors, corporate contributors, Board, and others) to gain a firsthand understanding of their interests, priorities, and commitments to The Center.
- Assess all aspects of The Center’s services and operations, and its Strategic Roadmap/Plan and incorporate the plans necessary to maximize the organization’s performance in meeting current and future needs and opportunities.
- Establish rapport, cadences and measures for meetings with Staff, Board and standing Committees.
- Establish lines of communications (“talking relationships”) to gain the trust and confidence of the Board and key partner stakeholders, to seek their input and to understand both historical perspective as well as forward-looking vision, ideas and strategies held by these key individuals and groups.
- Work with the leadership in the development of achievable organizational goals and objectives and turning those goals and objectives into effective programs and projects.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of volunteer resources, capabilities and limitations.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/PUBLIC RELATIONS
- Actively represent The Center in the community and among philanthropic colleagues through personal involvement in civic and community groups.
- Build connections with the media; ensure that The Center is visible in the community.
- Nurture relationships with leaders in the diverse communities in the metropolitan area, effectively expressing the values and mission of The Center.
- Promote and support the Mission of The Center.
- Develop and maintain solid, collaborative working relations with Board members and provide them the information and guidance necessary to make informed decisions.
- Collaborate with the Board to effectively promote the concepts and value of service to women and their families with the goal of increasing both individual and institutional investment from the community.
- Formulate with the Board the strategic vision of The Center, communicating the vision and the mission to The Center’s staff and to the public.
- Present the annual operating plan and budget to the Board and report regularly on performance against metrics.
- Lead The Center and the Board in fund-raising activities.
- Leverage connections to help the Board connect with diverse candidates for Board positions.
- Build a culture and team continuity, make necessary change happen, fulfill financial obligations.
- Ensure staff and contractors adhere to the highest ethical standards in their performance of all official duties.
- Provide guidance and direction to staff, including opportunities for their professional development and growth, and succession planning.
- Ensure all fiscal matters are conducted in accordance with accepted standards set by accounting regulatory agencies and the policies established by the Board.
- Ensure adherence to other regulatory and legal requirements for a nonprofit organization.
QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES:
- Significant (10-15+ years) executive leadership experience in corporate and/or nonprofit organizations is most desirable.
- Experience in leading organizational change is a plus.
- Fund-raising and/or business development experience in volunteer or professional capacity.
- Experience applying technology to business solutions and managing administrative, financial and programmatic functions within a nonprofit environment is desirable.
- Experience and/or familiarity with mental health in volunteer or professional organizations is desirable.
- A masterful relationship-building skill set with a track record of building collaborative teams and strategic relationships.
- Experience in organizations with significant volunteer participation is a plus.
An undergraduate degree is required. Additional credentials such as masters level studies in nonprofit management, healthcare, or business are desirable.
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.