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Executive Director

Womanshelter/Compañeras is a highly regarded nonprofit organization in Western Massachusetts dedicated to assisting, supporting and empowering those whose lives are affected by battering and abuse. Founded in 1980 as a grassroots collective, the organization has sheltered more than 2,000 women and children and served 30,000 others through community-­‐ based support and education programs. Womanshelter’s philosophy is based on the understanding that victims and survivors of domestic violence deserve respect and can make their own choices. Everyone deserves to live without fear of abuse – physical, verbal, mental, sexual and emotional.

Title: Executive Director                         

Reports To: Board of Directors                       

Status: Exempt

The Board of Directors for Womanshelter/Compañeras is seeking a dynamic, seasoned, collaborative and visionary Executive Director to lead the organization through our next phases of development and continued growth. S/he will provide vision and leadership for our dedicated staff, partners, and those in the community concerned about domestic violence. S/he will also oversee and sustain all aspects of Womanshelter/Compañeras including direct services, fundraising, finance, education and outreach, human resources, media, community and government relations, communications and marketing.

Oversee Direct Services
● Provide direct supervision to eight staff leaders -­‐ Shelter Manager, Executive Manager, Business Manager, Policy Development Coordinator, Community Educator, Court Advocate, Maintenance Manager, Russian Speaking Outreach Advocate, Youth & Community Outreach Advocate
● Develop and implement best practice programs and policies to meet community needs, including those of disenfranchised populations
● Meet weekly with the Shelter Manager to provide support, guidance and to receive updates on current services and staff-­‐related issues; have a presence in the Shelter
● Interact frequently with direct service staff, seeking their input in the decision-­‐making process, when appropriate
● Attend and advocate at related workshops, conferences and community meetings
● Attend key meetings organized by Womanshelter’s financial providers. (i.e. DPH, VAWA Stop Grant, VAWA Safeplan, VOCA, Chicopee & Holyoke CDBGs)
● Assure that shelter is maintained, updated and remodeled as needed in collaboration with the Shelter Manager Finance & Fundraising

● Oversee  the prudent,  effective use and  allocation of W/C assets  

● Responsibility  for preparation and  oversight of the annual  operating budget

● Analyze  Monthly Income  Statements with the  Business Manager

● Review  and approve  all invoices,  non-­‐routine purchases  and requests for payment   processed by the Business Manager,  ensuring purchases are from competitive  vendors

● With  the Business  Manager, ensure  the accuracy of weekly  payroll, compliance with staff   reimbursement policies monthly and  modify policies as needed

● Oversee  contract funding,  compliance and impact  with the Business Manager  

● Assist  the Development  Director in identifying  grant opportunities and revenue  streams

● Assist  the Development  Director in writing  and tracking grant proposals    

● Assist  the Development  Director in cultivating  and stewarding existing donors  and identifying potential new donors      Education and Outreach (E&O)

● Deepen  partnerships  and collaborations  across the region

● Identify  organizational  E&O goals and maintain  the annual E&O plan

● Monitor  monthly E&O  activity and suggest  ways to maximize the effectiveness  of E&O

● Conduct  presentations  about W/C and  oversee the planning  of special E&O events  

● Assist  Community Educator  in identifying appropriate  staff trainings, including those  on self-­‐care and vicarious trauma      Media, Community and Government Relations

● Strategic  media relations  -­‐ print, TV, and  electronic regarding our  issue areas

● Regularly  appear on camera  or designate an appropriate  spokesperson to discuss intimate  partner violence and promote W/C and  its services

● Assist  in the creation  of organizational marketing  and event materials

● Attend  events, meetings,  conferences to increase  W/C visibility and establish/enhance   relationships that benefit the organization  and its program participants

● Serve  on appropriate  boards of directors  (ex. Jane Doe)

● Establish  and maintain  close working relationships  with elected and appointed officials     to advocate on behalf of W/C and the welfare  of all victims of Intimate Partner Violence Human  Resources

● Hire,  supervise,  and conduct  annual performance  evaluations with staff  leaders

● Make  all reasonable  attempts to ensure  W/C staff reflects the  diversity of the communities  we serve

● Evaluate  staffing needs,  job descriptions,  and restructure assignments  as necessary

● Serve  as primary  management representative  in union-­‐related activities  and assure compliance with the  Union contract and personnel policies  

● Inform  and consult  with the Board  President on non-­‐routine  personnel issues Board Communication  

● Foster  a good working  relationship with  the Board of Directors  (BOD), including regular  updates and notification of unusual  organizational issues

● Provide  timely, comprehensive  information and documents  to members of BOD

● Prepare Executive Director report for and attend bi-­‐monthly BOD meetings and committee meetings Required Qualifications & Experience
● Five years of management experience with increasing responsibility in a non-­‐profit agency, community based organization or other human service setting
● Bachelors Degree; Masters Degree preferred. (Additional management experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.)
● Demonstrated success with human service program management and development
● Demonstrated expertise in nonprofit finance and fundraising, including grant writing and donor solicitation
● Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
● Exceptional organizational and leadership skills
● Knowledge of principles and practices of effective personnel development including experience supervising paid professional and volunteer staff
● Strong ability, presence and confidence in public speaking and community relations
● Knowledge of the dynamics and issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault and its impact on women, children, families and communities
● Demonstrated creative problem solving skills
● Experience and knowledge of victim services and advocacy
● Possess a valid Driver’s License
● Flexibility to travel as needed, including occasional out-­‐of-­‐town trips
● English/Spanish bilingual a strong plus

Compensation: The position is compensated at $65,000 to $75,000 per year, depending on experience and education. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, paid vacation and holidays.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

To Apply: The application packet must include a cover letter, resume including fundraising history, grant writing sample, and three professional references in PDF format in one file to ensure they remain together throughout the selection process.

Interested candidates should submit their application packet via email to Beth Spong at [email protected] by December 31, 2018.