Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Employment Opportunity
Women of Color Resource Center

Job Title: Executive Director
Location: Oakland
FT Regular

Job Description:
The Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) is looking for a skilled, energetic and resourceful manager and leader strongly rooted in cutting edge feminist analysis, economic and racial justice politics and social transformation at both the national and international levels. The ED will bring leadership to an important organization providing education, strategy and resources on key issues facing women of color.

Agency Background
Founded in 1990, the Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to promote the political, economic, social and cultural well being of women and girls of color in the United States. Informed by a social justice perspective that takes into account the status of women internationally, WCRC is committed to organizing and educating women of color across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, class, sexual orientation, physical ability and age.

WCRC has four main program areas: Economic Justice and Human Rights, Peace and Solidarity, Research and Social Analysis, and Popular Education and Leadership Development. With our strong track record, we envision that WCRC will continue to play a critical role in the social justice movement. In the next year, the Board of Directors, in collaboration with staff, is planning to map out our future strategic direction. Our next Executive Director will be an important partner in this exciting exploration. For more information go to

Job Profile
The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and management that ensures the consistent achievement of the organization's mission, strategic goals and financial objectives. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works collaboratively with staff and the board to develop and implement programmatic, administrative and resource development objectives as well as manage the annual budget of approximately $600K.

The Executive Director supervises a small staff that currently consists of five full-time staff members. The ED must have a deep commitment to staff involvement, participatory decision-making, and leadership development among staff. It is anticipated that the ED will travel moderately to represent the organization.

Our ideal candidate has a history of engagement in social justice movements and will be able to speak to diverse communities. She is passionate about providing mentorship and has a successful track record in fundraising and program development.

Specific responsibilities include:

Program Development and Management
1. Ensures that WCRC's programs are in alignment with the agency's strategic plan and vision and are achieving identifiable goals and outcomes through consistent program evaluation. Supervision and Management
2. Provides oversight, guidance and direction to program staff. Supervises staff to ensure that management, leadership, personnel policies and decision-making models are in alignment with WCRC values and principles. Attracts, hires, and develops talented and diverse staff. Fundraising/External relations
3. Develops and implements fundraising plan with staff and board. Expand and diversify WCRC’s relationships with individual donors, public and family foundations, and community leaders. Provides oversight for donor communication, grant writing, proposal submission and grant management. Publicizes the programs, goals and activities of the organization. Builds and maintain partnerships, and alliances with other organizations. Financial Management
4. Develops annual budget for Board approval and manages organization's resources within guidelines. Ensures implementation of sound fiscal management and accounting procedures including regular financial reports to Board of Directors Board Development and Strategy
5. Works with the Board of Directors to lead the organization in the development and implementation of strategic plan. Supports national board strengthening capacity for organizational oversight and fundraising, including board recruitment. Provides board with timely and accurate reporting on the organization’s financial status, programmatic initiatives, staff and organizational relations.

1. Writes and edits social and political analysis on a broad range of issues. Works closely with the program directors to represent WCRC to funders, peer agencies, academic organizations, media, and the general public.

WCRC seeks a candidate who possesses a broad range of talents, attributes and experiences, including: Highest priorities:

· Rooted in cutting edge feminist analysis, economic, social and racial justice.
· Proven track record in raising funds from sources similar to those of WCRC.
· Ability to write and speak to local and national audiences and organize across generational lines. Strong interpersonal skills.
· Management experience with similar staff size and budget.
· Deep commitment to staff involvement and developing a participatory organizational culture
· Other priorities:
· Strong progressive community experience in developing leadership and constituencies among low-income women of color.
· Policy advocacy and campaign experience to advance programmatic goals
· Ability to use technology to strategically communicate WCRC’s mission and goals
· Computer skills, Mac and Microsoft Office.
· Visionary, collaborative, charismatic, energetic, and balanced.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications and experience (2 pages max) with a current resume via email to

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