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Executive Director


Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga Executive Director 

The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga (WFGC) seeks a high impact leader in social justice and collective philanthropy to lead the non-partisan advocacy work of this 11-year old organization. With support from a board of 22 Chattanooga leaders, the WFGC is a local expert on issues relating to women and girls and expects its Executive Director (ED) to lead the organization to a new level of professional capacity with energized vision, leadership, and strategic growth. Embodying the characteristics of a social entrepreneur, the WFGC’s ED will engage Chattanoogans through advocacy and philanthropy to shift local and state legislation to improve the lives of women and children. As the face of the WFGC and with the support of two additional staff members, a $250,000 annual budget, and assets of approximately $500,000, the ED works with the board and staff to create an annual advocacy agenda, coordinates various partnerships, and raises philanthropic funds to move Tennessee from 49th for the status of women in the United States to number one. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides vision and direction for all operational, financial, fundraising, and relationship management aspects of the organization to realize the organization’s current strategic plan and continue to grow the WFGC’s work. 

  • Fundraises for the organization which includes grants, events, and individual/corporate solicitations. Leads all identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities associated with securing philanthropic support for the annual operating budget and endowment. 

  • Works with the Board of Directors and related sub-committees to develop policies for the organization and implement strategic direction and communicates regularly on the current status of internal and external issues affecting the Women’s Fund. 

  • Represents the organization throughout the community in areas such as grassroots activists, coalitions, the philanthropic community, elected and appointed officials, and the nonprofit sector. This includes the creation and strategic leveraging of media relationships, social media, speaking engagements, and meetings for the director, staff, and board members. 

  • Manages the organization’s day-to-day activities and operations, including advocacy; fund development and donor engagement; communications; finance; administration and supervision of staff; consultants, and interns. Utilization of best practices, current WFGC policies, and all laws and legal statutes related to employment and non-profit management are expected. 

  • Identifies and develops strategic opportunities for partnerships regarding advocacy issues for the Women’s Fund and leads in the development and implementation of new campaigns, partnerships, programs, and activities. 

  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the officers of the Board of Directors and developed as the strategy and mission grow 

Expected Experience and Education: 

  • Bachelor’s degree expected, advanced degree preferred 

  • Expect five years of related volunteer or professional experience leading a mission-focused nonprofit, for-profit, or government agency advancing women and girls 

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including written and spoken via digital, video, and traditional mediums 

  • Ability to multi-task with various projects and relationships with efficiency and effectiveness 

  • Experience successfully managing and leverage a portfolio of resources - human, financial, and social/reputational capital 

  • Proven track record of securing philanthropic funds to meet and exceed fundraising goals 

  • Experience with creating dynamic and collaborative relationships with diverse communities and organizations - both grassroots and established 

  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, the Google Suite, and Donor Snap 

Compensation package (salary and paid time off) is commensurate with experience. 

AAP/EEO Statement WFGC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, WFGC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

All employees of the WFGC are required to stand; walk; lift up to 25 pounds. 

To Apply: Please submit the following documents in one PDF (naming convention - Candidate’s last name and first name) by August 1 for priority screening to wfgcedsearch@gmail.com

1. Cover Letter, detailing how your experience and skills will move WFGC to realize and exceed its mission and strategic goals

2. Complete resume, including quantitative data points (budgets, number of people supervised, dollars raised)

3. Contact information (name, phone number, email address) for five references who can speak to your relevant professional and volunteer experience. 

An in-depth background check (criminal and credit), including a drug screen, will be conducted on top candidates. 

Jeannine Carpenter