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About the Washington Area Women’s Foundation 
Washington Area Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) is a community-supported foundation that invests in the power of women, girls, and gender-expansive youth of color in the Washington, DC, region. We open doors to opportunity, safety, and security through grantmaking and advocacy. Since 1998, we have awarded more than $15 million in grants to more than 200 community-based organizations in the Washington, D.C., region. Learn more at The Foundation's website:

Position Summary
The Foundation seeks a dynamic and visionary leader with a demonstrated commitment to our mission and proven experience generating awareness and funding for a mission-driven organization. The CEO is responsible for building a robust fundraising strategy with new philanthropic sources, developing and implementing a clearly defined strategic plan, increasing community and stakeholder partnership opportunities, leading and managing a growing team, and expanding The Foundation’s programs with and for diverse stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will bring experience overseeing an organization or team's day-to-day operations and finances. They will possess strong emotional intelligence, empathy, humility, creativity, and resourcefulness. As the primary representative of The Foundation, the CEO also will be a public advocate for The Foundation’s mission, engaging with policymakers and the media.


    Vision and strategy: Lead The Foundation's strategic direction; collaborate with staff, Board, and key stakeholders to set clear goals and achieve The Women's Foundation’s mission

    Fundraising/ Resource development: Manage existing funder relationships and generate new revenue from diverse sources, including giving circles and individual philanthropists

    Program strategy and implementation:  In collaboration with staff and partners, strengthen and expand The Women’s Foundation's programs to increase attention to the most critical issues impacting women and girls of color

    Relationship management:  Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including funders, nonprofits, community members, grantees, local and state policymakers, and Board members; listen to and learn from residents, local businesses, and community groups most impacted by the initiatives and programs we are working to shape

    Operations and financial management: Oversee the successful execution of The Women's Foundation’s day-to-day operations, including adequate financial management, reporting, and compliance

    External communications: Serve as the principal spokesperson and passionate advocate for The Foundation; leverage traditional and social media platforms to increase awareness of The Foundation and its mission

    Team leadership and culture: Ensure The Foundation’s culture is collaborative and inclusive; provide professional development opportunities to individuals and teams

    Research, Policy, and Advocacy: Commission research to inform The Foundation's policy agenda; advocate for policies that support women and girls of color at the local and national level

Ideal Qualifications

    Proven ability to build on and execute an organization’s strategic vision and successfully achieve its mission

    Excellent strategic thinking and planning skills

    Significant experience in a leadership role, including oversight of an organization or department’s human capital, operations, and finances

    Demonstrated commitment to The Women's Foundation’s mission; improving the lives of women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals; in the Washington, DC, region a plus and racial and gender equity as evidenced through related professional or volunteer experience

    Demonstrated aptitude for building and cultivating solid relationships with key stakeholders

    Exceptional public speaking and written communication skills, including communicating effectively with various audiences, including stakeholders, community organizers, and community partners

    Successful record of initiating relationships with and cultivating new funding sources, including proven ability to engage corporate funders

    Experience leading a team and its work through a DEI lens; and working with diverse communities across race, gender, class, ethnic, political, and geographic boundaries 

    Experience overseeing program design, implementation, and evaluation

Compensation and Benefits

The Women’s Foundation offers a comprehensive compensation package that includes a competitive salary, paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement contribution plan, federal holidays, and paid time off. The salary range is $180,000 - $200,000.
  Expected Time Commitment

This position is full-time. The Women’s Foundation staff is currently working remotely. However, the CEO will be expected to meet frequently and regularly in-person with staff throughout the week and attend evening and weekend events as needed. Therefore, the CEO must be based full-time in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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