Executive Director Position Profile
Location: Winchester, Massachusetts
The Winchester Multicultural Network (Network) is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and visionary thought leader who will guide this grassroots, activist, volunteer-driven organization to its next level of development and growth. The new full time Executive Director will provide leadership for a nonprofit which is positioned to grow its capacity and deepen its impact. The new Executive Director will be joining the organization in a very exciting time. After 27 years of addressing a range of “isms” and human rights issues through many events and activities in Winchester and the surrounding communities, the Network recently decided to expand its educational strategies to directly address systemic and structural racism and other “isms, and prioritize collective action and organizing campaigns. Additionally, the Network will now take political positions on specific issues aligned with its mission. It will build upon its current regional work, and focus both in Winchester and beyond, partnering with other nonprofits and campaigns on a regional, state-wide and/or national level for greater impact.
As part of this transition, the Network will be rebranding and changing its name this fall. As part of that rebranding, its newly revised mission as: The Network’s mission is to advance equity and inclusion. We create learning opportunities to raise personal awareness and to deepen understanding of historical and current injustices and privilege. We build welcoming and inclusive community with widespread civic participation and advocate for institutional and systemic change that leads to equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.
Given the current political climate and the organization’s highly visible and respected reputation, the Network is uniquely positioned to grow its organizational capacity, and scope. The Network is looking for the right Executive Director to take the organization to this next level – to expand its mission to include campaign organizing, expand its active base of volunteers, members, budget, staffing, and campaigns, and deepen its impact for the future.
For additional information about the Network, please visit: http://www.wmcn.org
Organizational Overview and History
Founded in 1991, the Network has been uniquely grounded in a set of shared principles and a political philosophy, based on the VISIONS model of inclusion and social justice. (The Network also has recently adopted a shared governance model, in which key strategic direction/planning decisions are made jointly by the nine-member Board of Directors and a 15-member Steering Committee, comprised of active volunteers. The two groups meet together several times a year for joint strategic planning decision-making and self-education. As a grassroots organization, the various standing and ad hoc committees, in partnership with the staff, design and implement the organizing campaigns, programs, and events. The Steering Committee, led by the Executive Director, serves as the coordinating body for the programmatic work of the Network. In addition to a full-time Executive Director, there are two part-time staff: A Development and Communications Manager and Office Manager, and an hourly-based bookkeeper.
The Network has a budget of about $160,000, with funds deriving from foundation and individual donors. Over the next few years, the Network plans to prioritize the expansion of its budget and overall capacity through more active engagement in individual donor cultivation and foundation support.
Highlights of the Network’s Programs, Campaigns, and Accomplishments
Strategic Directions, Opportunities and Challenges
The Network recently completed a strategic visioning process where some important strategic direction and identity decisions were made.
Profile of the Ideal Candidate
Desired Skills and Experience
Leadership Style and Personal Attributes
Organizing Campaign and Program Strategy Development/Coordination, Strategic Planning, and Evaluation
Coordination of Steering Committee and Active Committees: Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Stakeholder Relationship Building and Engagement; Public Face of the Organization
Overall Day-to-Day Operations and Staff Management
Work with the Board of Directors
Communications, Public Outreach, and Social Media
On-going Self-education in Racial Equity, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Diversity
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation package is commensurate with experience and is competitive with nonprofit organizations with similar annual budgets in the region. Heath insurance is provided. This is a 40-hour, full-time position, with some schedule flexibility to allow for evening meetings and weekend programs.
Applications and Nominations
The search is being conducted by the Network’s Search Committee with the assistance of consultant, Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates.
Only complete electronic submissions will be considered. Please include a MS Word Document cover letterdescribing your interest and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, where you learned of the position, three work references with contact information, and a description of how your qualifications and experience match the Network’s needs. Please no cover letters embedded in emails. Also include a work-related writing sample. Applications will be reviewed at regular interviews prior to the deadline. The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2018 at 5 PM.
Interested candidates should submit electronic application materials to: Shawn Macannuco, Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates may address questions to Judy Freiwirth, at Judy@NonprofitSA.com.
Winchester Multicultural Network is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.