Girls Inc. DC inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls and address the systemic barriers that impede girls’ success, particularly girls in low-income communities and girls of color.
Girls Inc. DC of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (Girls Inc. DC) seeks an experienced leader with a passion for our mission, vision and work; and has exclusively retained Impact Search Advisors by Nonprofit HR to assist in the recruitment efforts for its next Executive Director. Girls Inc. DC is relaunching this year after a two-year pause and a recruitment of a new board of directors. Our long-term aspirational vision is, “Empowered Girls and an Equitable Washington, DC Metropolitan Community.” Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, starting with girls in underresourced communities. We will partner with DC public schools to provide afterschool and other programming to girls ages 11-15.
The position of Executive Director is a critical and visible position requiring strong business (financial, operations) and development experience. Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director provides inspiring leadership to support and achieve the mission and vision of Girls Inc. DC within the boundaries, prudence and principles established by the Board.
The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization and oversight of all Girls Inc. DC programming; and is responsible for managing staff, program administration and interfacing with the National Girls Inc. DC organization. S/he/they partners with the board of directors to ensure long-term planning; strong fund development success; and representation of Girls Inc. DC in the community – all leading to continuous and healthy growth. As the organization’s chief spokesperson, s/he has primary responsibility for building partnerships with schools, government and community organizations, foundation officers, corporate and individual donors.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience coordinating new strategic partnerships and business development, fundraising and diversifying revenue generating opportunities, developing powerful branding strategy and experience effectively integrating the organization’s communications and fund development efforts. The Executive Director must be a visionary leader and be able to guide and facilitate resource development, access to capital, and other initiatives to enhance and sustain the organization’s financial goals and mission-driven opportunities.
The ideal candidate is a dynamic leader who can build and execute thoughtful and ambitious strategies while ensuring operational excellence. S/he/they will have exceptional interpersonal and people management skills, with the ability to build and manage high-performing, cohesive teams. The Executive Director will be a results-oriented motivator with high standards for excellence. S/he/they will be a clear, consistent and empathetic communicator, someone who excels at relationship building, who is constantly innovating and has entrepreneurial instincts, who naturally absorbs new information, and who has a contagious drive for excellence and accountability. It will also be the Executive Director’s responsibility to establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.
The Executive Director must have broad management experience in a non-profit, government or business setting, including program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; short- and long-term strategic planning; and budgetary oversight. The ideal candidate will have exceptional leadership presence and experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization, with demonstrated ability to increase and leverage organizational visibility, credibility and brand recognition through the media and other public relations sources.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: i.e. Human Services, Business Management, Organizational Development, or related field, and a minimum of 10 years of relevant programmatic and leadership experience of which at least five years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit organization at a strategic and leadership level or leading a business that has demonstrated growth and profitability. Experience working with or advising a start-up desired. Familiarity with Washington, D.C. educational and non-profit landscape preferred. The Executive Director must also have passion for our Mission, Vision, and work. The Executive Director must have experience creating and maintaining an organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff to blend skill sets, meet objectives, and provide efficient program execution.
Note, all staff will need to pass a background clearance.
For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.girlsincdc.org for more information.
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