Since its inception in 2003, Women’s Impact Fund has grown from a special initiative of the Foundation for the Carolinas into an influential nonprofit with more than 500 members. The organization provides significant resources, both financially and in thought leadership, to help address emerging issues and meet critical needs in the local community. Women’s Impact Fund is part of a significant philanthropic movement known as collective giving. The concept is simple and powerful – leverage your charitable dollars and join others in making high-impact grants in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. To-date, Women’s Impact Fund has awarded over $5.5 million dollars in grants to 70 programs across Mecklenburg County.
The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and activities of the organization. The successful applicant will also be responsible for implementing the strategic plan and engaging Board members, committee chairs and members in developing the operational model for committees going forward so that there are standard processes in place. Having just completed a member survey and member focus groups, the new Executive Director will also have the opportunity to participate in the refresh of the organization’s Strategic Plan. The Executive Director will be the primary support staff to the Board Chair and its officers and a consistent presence and communications focal point for outreach. That said, the Executive Director will need to work with and through the organization’s membership, knowing when to take the lead and when to tee-up others.
Leadership and management
• Partners with the Board Chair on the implementation of the strategic plan.
• Works closely with the Board of Directors and provides professional advice and accurate updates on activities of the organization.
• Oversees all aspects of operations, including vendor and supplier relationships, ensuring that programs and services are consistent with the mission, policies and goals established by the Board.
• Plans, develops, oversees, maintains and evaluates operational systems (e.g. data, financial, workflow) required to manage the business of the organization.
• Supervises staff and contractors, building staff capacity and development, overseeing staff performance, hiring and termination.
• Works with the Board and Finance Committee to prepare comprehensive annual budget and multi-year projections, anticipating changing needs and ensuring sufficient revenues.
• Ensures nonprofit compliance and reporting requirements are met.
• Works with the Board and Development Committee to secure adequate funding and revenue streams for the operation and sustainability, including individual giving, corporate sponsorships and grant funding.
• Oversees short-term and long-term financial health, surfacing financial issues to be addressed by the Board, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls and reporting systems are in place.
• Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies for member recruitment, retention, stewardship and engagement.
• Ensures the delivery of high-quality educational experiences for members.
• Works closely with the Board, staff and Membership Committee to meet membership goals, including strategies for recruitment, onboarding and retention.
• Oversees membership databases, tracking and management, providing management oversight of Part-time Membership Coordinator.
• Ensures ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation.
• Increases efficiencies and consistencies in program development and delivery, creating and executing standardized grant making and educational programs.
• Works with the Board and committee leaders to recruit subject matter experts to deliver curriculum for organizational programming.
• Collaborates with the Board to set program attendance goals for each event each year.
• Maintains events calendars with reoccurring events to include ongoing membership engagement opportunities.
Communications and community relations
• Creates and implements a year-round communications plan and content editorial calendar to engage and inform members, community partners and the public.
• Works with the Board, staff and contractors/volunteers as needed to produce press releases, invitations to media, membership information and updates to corporate and donor sponsors.
• Along with Board Chair and other officers, acts as consistent, primary spokesperson, representing the organization at events and with the media.
• Develops and maintains key community relationships to further the goals and increase public awareness of Women’s Impact Fund.
• Manages the Women’s Impact Fund website and social media presence, keeping information updated and relevant (this can be through the efforts of volunteers or the staff position of Membership Coordinator).
The ideal candidate would have the following capabilities and qualities:
• Bachelor’s Degree required.
• Minimum 3-7 years of nonprofit leadership experience or related field.
• Knowledge of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County nonprofit and philanthropic landscape, with established connections and a profile in the community or demonstrated ability to quickly build such a network.
• Strong communications experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
• Knowledge of best practices in grantmaking.
• Strong, demonstrated skill in partnering and enabling others to be successful.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Customer Relationship Management software.
• Ability to work extended hours, including nights and weekends, as needed.
• Knowledge of and experience with membership organizations, strongly preferred.
• The salary range for this role is $75,000-$80,000.
• A health stipend is offered.
All inquiries, nominations and applications are to be directed via email to Next Stage at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must include a cover letter and CV. Please indicate in the subject line of your email the position and organization to which you are applying and where you learned of the opportunity. No phone calls please. Note that only those candidates invited for screening will be contacted.
Women’s Impact Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Women’s Impact Fund encourages candidates of all groups and communities to apply for this position.