Women's Foundation of Colorado
Job posted on:
13 Sep 2014
Job starts on:
01 Dec 2014
na, Denver, Colorado 11111
Desired Skills & Experience:
The Women's Foundation of Colorado is boldly leading essential, long-term, systemic change to advance economic opportunities for women and girls.
Why is Change Needed?
• In Colorado more than half a million women are living at or near poverty.
• More than 5,000 girls drop out of high school each year, resulting in a lifetime of challenges that are difficult, if not impossible to overcome. One in four high school dropouts live in poverty.
• Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) offer higher salaries and earning potential during a woman's lifetime; however Colorado high school girls are less prepared than boys for college-level math and science - coursework needed to enter STEM careers and higher education programs for these careers. Many women are discouraged from pursuing their scientific interests.
• Colorado families headed by single mothers have the lowest median annual income of all family types at $26,705, and the cost of child care can be nearly half their income.
Through research, education, public policy, and strategic philanthropy, the Women's Foundation of Colorado works with the community to ensure women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential. We support women and girls by identifying needs and ensuring those needs are addressed through strategic collaboration with investors, volunteers, and community partners.
Since 1987 the Women's Foundation of Colorado has invested more than $12 million in strategic partners in communities across Colorado to create change for women and girls.
The Board of Trustees of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado now seeks a Chief Executive Officer who has a passionate sense of mission, who is a natural connector, and who is committed to transparency in operations and relationships.
If you are a social entrepreneur, an authentic and engaged listener, collegial, courageous, creative, and have a high degree of integrity and credibility, we want to hear from you. Tell us how you would put your passion and talents to lead the Women’s Foundation to new levels of growth, development, and impact.
CEO Position Overview & Priorities
The Chief Executive Officer leads, plans, and manages the operations and activities of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado:
1. The CEO works with the Board of Trustees to establish the strategic direction of the organization and fulfill its mission.
2. The CEO identifies and implements the optimal methods to leverage the Foundation’s financial and human resources with a wide variety of partners across Colorado to make collective impact.
3. The CEO generates and manages sufficient financial and human resources to meet intended outcomes.
4. The CEO presents the Foundation’s purpose and programs to community partners, policy makers, grantees, outside organizations, and to the public.
5. The CEO directs policy and research efforts to fulfill the Foundation’s objectives and desired outcomes.
6. The CEO leads and engages with the staff to administer programs and operations to implement the agreed strategy.
The incoming CEO will focus attention on two primary strategic priorities:
• Lead the Foundation to becoming the ‘go-to’ organization for all issues surrounding women and girls in Colorado; leverage the resources of the Foundation with organizational partners to make systemic change and collective impact.
• Enhance and strengthen resources needed to achieve mission
Qualified candidates for the CEO position will be passionate about our mission and enthusiastic about leading efforts to bring the Foundation to the next level of leadership and impact.
We seek a visionary leader who values building long term strategic partnerships in the community, who can represent the Foundation in forums with many different stakeholders in a variety of diverse communities, and who knows how to grow and capitalize on the myriad financial and human resources of the Foundation in the most effective ways to achieve our mission.
Specific skills and experience we seek include the following:
1. Strategic Leadership
• Significant experience as a strategic leader in a complex organization in the private, public, or nonprofit sector.
• Strategic thinker who has experience in bringing together necessary resources, financial and human, to drive results towards the measurable achievement of our mission.
• Experience in leading the development and implementation of a strategic plan.
• Has good business knowledge coupled with a deep understanding of or experience in the nonprofit sector.
2. Community Engagement & Partnering
• Strategic and inspiring communicator who can inspire and convene wide variety of stakeholders and community members to further systemic change.
• Strong ability to build effective partnerships with and connections to disparate communities including local and national foundations, corporate entities, nonprofit service delivery organizations, and government agencies and officials to achieve systemic change.
• Has deep cultural competency and a proven commitment to inclusion and diversity.
• Proven ability to connect and convene disparate nonprofit communities and initiatives to achieve broader objectives.
• Appreciation for and commitment to current strategic programs and the achievement of their objectives; some experience in or specific knowledge of these areas including STEM education and job opportunities for women and girls, girls’ drop out prevention, economic opportunity for low income single mothers, and girls’ leadership development preferred.
3. Resource Generation & Management
• Proven success in fundraising and working with corporations, foundations, and major donors; experience in executing large campaigns highly preferred.
• Proven ability to build, motivate, and develop a diverse, highly qualified staff, empowering them to use their individual strengths optimally to advance the work of the Foundation.
• Proven success in effective delegation techniques and constructive methods to enhance staff performance and accountability.
• Knowledge of how to build and work effectively with a diverse governing board; ability to leverage their talents, skills, and connections across the community.
4. Policy Making & Research
• Politically savvy and astute; appreciation of how public policy decisions affect women and girls in Colorado; some direct experience in legislative advocacy and public policy development preferred.
• Can represent Women’s Foundation positions on issues with credibility, consistency, and strength.
• Understands value of primary research undertaken by the Foundation and can provide leadership guidance for investment in research to advance strategic programmatic efforts.
Candidates should be willing to live in the metro Denver area and travel around Colorado as needed. An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this leadership position by submitting a cover letter, resume, and salary history to our recruitment consultant, Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. All applications are to be submitted electronically. To learn more about this position and the work of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, please visit our website at www.wfco.org.
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of diverse backgrounds, sex, race, religion, and sexual orientation. WFCO encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. WFCO is an EEO/AA employer.
General Job Description:
The Chief Executive Officer leads, plans, and manages the operations and activities of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.