The YWCA Princeton Board of Directors is looking for a seasoned and charismatic leader with the vision to guide and oversee this first class non-profit institution that is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leading the organization and all efforts around planning, organizing and developing organizational programming, overseeing the financial integrity of the organization and ensuring the proper maintenance of its facilities. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and participates in the Board’s formulation of the mission and strategic goals of the YWCA Princeton.
The ED leads the Senior Management Team and works closely with the team on all efforts to maximize resources, human, financial and facilities, to raise the profile and to constantly re-energize the Community around the YWCA’s mission and to always find the appropriate balance between fee-for-service and outreach programs. The ED maintains positive working relationships with all constituents, board members, staff and public. The ED has the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to achieve the strategic goals of the organization and its mission.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
General and Operational Management
Through effective and accessible management and leadership, ensures that day-to-day operations and programs are effectively administered and fosters a culture of professionalism throughout the organization.
Reviews periodically and revises as necessary, the management structure to ensure that responsibilities and accountabilities are appropriately allocated.
Recruits, retains and motivates staff regarding the mission and vision of the YWCA Princeton and builds a strong advocacy capacity.
Mobilizes staff and volunteers, encourages leadership potential and training to enhance skills to advance the organizations advocacy priorities.
Is responsible for the financial health, integrity, stability, capacity and planned growth of the YWCA Princeton to ensure efficient and cost-effective operational and facility management.
Fundraising Activities and Donor Relations
Is actively involved in all development activities, especially building and maintaining foundation and corporate support and cultivating major gifts from individual donors.
Serves as the lead for all capital campaign related efforts and initiatives.
Programs & Services
In consultation with the Board, develops short and long-term strategies to continue growth. Ensures maximum impact and expands the YWCA Princeton’s capabilities and reputation for providing integrated services for women and families.
Works closely and collaboratively with the Board to set strategic and advocacy goals, establish policy and enhance human/financial resources.
Assesses and ensures the financial feasibility of current programs and services as well as all new initiatives being considered in response to changing community needs and priorities.
Monitors key trends and issues in the field of women’s economic empowerment and racial justice and communicates their implications to the Board and staff and provides recommended actions.
In collaboration with the Board, develops and implements an advocacy plan in alignment with the YWCA USA.
Serves as a persuasive and effective spokesperson in raising visibility for the organization to the external Community (locally and nationally) and to build the YWCA’s position in the Community as a leader in advancing the economic empowerment of women and racial justice.
Seeks strategic alliances and partnerships for programs and joint ventures.
Reinforces and strengthens a positive perception for the YWCA Princeton’s reputation and is the “voice’ of the YWCA Princeton.
Represents the YWCA Princeton and works closely with the regional and national leadership of the YWCA USA to build strong relationships.
Serves as the advisor to the Board in support of its leadership role through ongoing education around the organizational program and mission efforts to assist its ability to make informed decisions.
Assists the Board in its ongoing recruitment of new members and retention of existing members ensuring Board representatives have the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide oversight of the organization’s operations and future development.
Works closely and collaboratively with the Board of Directors and, in particular, the Chair/President, to set strategic goals, establish policy, and enhance human and financial resources to assure the continued growth and success of the organization.
Develops and recommends to the Board specific strategies and project implementation plans to meet short and long-term programmatic, budgetary, public relations, fundraising and advocacy goals.
Participates in Board meetings and Board Committees and provides regular and up to date reporting including insight regarding all internal operations and relevant local, regional, national and legislative issues. The ED ensures appropriate staff support to the Board and its Committees.
Bachelor’s degree in the field of business, leadership, education, human services, or related field.
Experience in non-profit service, fiscal, grant, contract, public relations and human resources management, or community leadership.
Demonstrated success in leadership, communication, and financial management.
Seven to ten years of increasingly responsible administrative experience, at least five years having been at an executive level in a management and fundraising capacity
Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds , all levels of staff, children, volunteers, communities and Board members.
Demonstrated knowledge of and belief in the YWCA mission.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software.
Successful completion of a background check.
Master’s degree in same field/s as noted above.
Experience in a non-profit organization with focus on racial justice, women’s rights or childcare operations, a plus.
Demonstrated leadership/track record in fundraising and capacity building, facility renovation or new building programs, a plus.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience. benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement fund
About YWCA Princeton
The YWCA Princeton works toward a future free from racism and sexism, in support of the mission to eliminate racism and empower women. This is accomplished through the delivery of programs such as affordable childcare, U.S. citizenship classes, English literacy classes, a bilingual nursery school, job readiness, advocacy efforts and more. The YWCA Princeton has been at the forefront of important and critical social justice movements for nearly 100 years including desegregation, women’s rights, educational equity, reducing gender-based pay discrimination and more.