Executive Director

Job Type: 
Jane Doe Inc.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Position:  Scope of Work

The executive director will work collaboratively with the board of directors to lead Jane Doe Inc. The executive director will promote JDI as a statewide membership organization committed to social justice, inclusivity and the promotion of best practices in the field. S/He will provide a public voice for the JDI membership, stakeholders and the general public to expand the response to and prevention of sexual and domestic violence.  


Strategic vision and leadership
• Collaborate with the board of directors, member programs, and other external stakeholders to create and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are aligned with JDI’s core mission.
• Provide positive, inspirational leadership and direction to staff to ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization; establish effective decision-making processes that will enable JDI to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives.
• Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
State and National Leadership
• Promote the expertise of JDI members on the state and national level.
• Participate in federal budget and policy advocacy with national partners.
• Represent JDI at the national level, informed by the statewide and local program perspectives to ensure that domestic and sexual violence issues in MA are integrated into national policy whenever appropriate.
• Ensure that the flow of funds permits JDI to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.
• Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization and enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
• Advocate for funding for JDI and its member programs with state and federal agencies.
Strengthening infrastructure and operations
• Ensure the delivery of high quality services while managing for current and future growth.
• Support and motivate the organization's staff.
• Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization; create and promote a positive, multicultural and inclusive work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization's strategy, operational methods, and data collection and reporting needs.
• Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; set financial priorities accurately to ensure organizational stability.
Program Development
• Knowledgeable about statewide coalitions: policy and systems advocacy, membership engagement and support, public awareness, prevention work and movement building.
• Work collaboratively with the JDI Deputy Director and staff on program development.


• Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA, MPA or related advanced degree;
• At least 15 to 20 years of overall professional experience;
• Minimum  4 years experience in legislative advocacy related to sexual and domestic violence as well as an in-depth knowledge of both federal and state government funding and policy analysis;
• Prior nonprofit experience;
• Significant board development, fundraising, marketing/branding and fiscal management experience;
• Knowledge of sexual and domestic violence; a demonstrated commitment to anti-oppression work and ending violence against women;
• Strong financial knowledge and political leadership with the ability to set clear priorities,  to guide investment in people and systems; must possess analytic, organizational and problem solving skills to support and enable sound decision making;
• Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a  skillful negotiator able to achieve consensus among differing opinions;
• Outstanding presentation and communication skills with the experience to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser;
• Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse and skilled organizational team;
• Ability and commitment to work within a team model to achieve organizational goals; provide leadership with integrity and respect;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Excellent group facilitation skills.

The ideal candidate will be a progressive non-profit professional with a keen sense of political and strategic acumen. S/he will be a consensus builder, thought leader and committed to a healthy and respectful work place. S/he will exhibit grace under pressure, have a sense of humor, welcome diverse perspectives and foster a strong and vibrant commitment to coalition building.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and competitive in the field. Generous benefits package.
Jane Doe Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds. AA/EOE/ADA.

To Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter by July 1, 2014.

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