Executive Director

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Executive Director 

Job Description

Women & Family Life Center (W&FLC) empowers women and families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with strength and confidence. Our Center offers women and families access to a strong network of support, education and community to make life transitions a time of positive change during a time of isolation, fear, and financial distress.

The Executive Director provides leadership in creating and maintaining a vibrant vision for the Center. The Executive Director must maintain a clear understanding of the mission and strategy of the organization and play a leadership role in translating that mission into a realistic action. She/he manages the organization’s resources in an effective and efficient manner to successfully meet organizational goals. The Executive Director is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors.

Essential Responsibilities: 

Overall leadership, vision, and strategy

  1. In partnership with the Board of Directors, develop vision and long-term goals to meet the mission.
  2. Ensure highly efficient and cost-effective operations.
  3. Ensure prudent and ethical management of the Center's resources.
  4. Ensure W&FL programs meet mission & goals.

Financial operations and controls

  1. Develop & monitor the annual budget.
  2. Work with the Treasurer to report to the Board.
  3. Oversee external bookkeepers and accountants.
  4. Report to grantors, funders and other stakeholders as necessary.
  5. Ensure the Center has adequate and efficient operational policies and procedures.
  6. Provide direct supervision of the Operations Manager.
  7. Ensure the facility is properly maintained and systems are in place to forecast and schedule maintenance and repairs.


  1. Provide direct supervision of the Development Director.
  2. Manage grant applications & foundation relations.

Work closely with the Development Director to:

  1. Create and oversee strategy for all income areas, ensuring a healthy diversity of income from earned income, donations, grants, fundraising events and major gifts.
  2. Conduct prospect research.
  3. Cultivate donor relationships and conduct major gift asks.


  1. Stay abreast of community needs and identify opportunities and obstacles in meeting program goals and organizational mission.
  2. Provide direct supervision of the Program Director.
  3. Ensure programs meet the goals set forth in the strategic plan.

Outreach & Networking

  1. Develop and nurture effective relationships with public officials, constituents, consumers, partner organizations, and donors and funders.
  2. Represent W&FL on local, regional, and statewide committees and coalitions to maintain vibrant partnerships and provide visibility for the Center as a leader in women and family issues.
  • Act as the primary contact for press for organizational inquiries.

Board of Directors

  1. Work in partnership with the Board Chair to address strategic issues. 
  2. With the Board Chair, develop Board meeting agendas and materials, and help to manage meetings.
  3. Cultivate board members as donors and support them in their role as ambassadors and fundraisers.
  4. Work closely with the Board and the Governance Committee to recruit and interview potential board members and to develop the Center’s Board as a strong governing board of directors.
  5. Collaborate with the Board Chair and the Governance Committee to conduct board member orientation and ongoing training.

Human Resources

  1. Develop a qualified staff team – identify skill gaps and address the gaps through training and other means of development.
  2. Build morale among staff and nurture a healthy workplace culture.
  3. Develop job descriptions, hire/fire/evaluate and manage all staff members.
  4. Hire and oversee all third-party contractors.


  1. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years working in non-profits or related fields or equivalent combination of education and related experience. 
  2. Experience fundraising. 
  3. Ability to develop and build positive relationships with people of all ages, as well as of diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
  4. Deep understanding of financials and budgeting and strategic planning. 
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  6. Strong attention to detail.
  7. Ability to multitask.
  8. Collaborative, visionary. 
  9. Experience with staff management. 
  10. Experience with crisis management and intervention preferred. 
  11. Flexibility and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.
  12. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications, Google Apps for Work, and ability to quickly learn database systems.
  13. Proactive, with an aptitude for solving problems with creativity and resourcefulness; ability to stay calm under pressure of deadlines. 
  14. Passion for working on behalf of women and families in need. 

Working Conditions

  • Primary work takes place in an office environment, though some activities (such as donor cultivation meetings) take place in non-standard workplaces.
  • Regular evenings and weekends are required to participate in meetings and attend events.
  • Flexible work schedule is offered to accommodate evening and weekend outreach responsibilities.

Executive Director 

Job Description

Women & Family Life Center (W&FLC) empowers women and families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with strength and confidence. Our Center offers women and families access to a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 13, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 9, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$90,000 - $110,000


Vacation time, paid holidays, IRA retirement.

Vacation time, paid holidays, IRA retirement.


96 Fair St, Guilford, CT 06437, USA

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