The Program Director is a new position with the opportunity to help grow the organization by working alongside the Executive Director and Core Leadership Team in shaping the ongoing implementation of the overall WON vision, programmatic planning and network development.
Facilitate and manage the WON Leadership Circles
This program supports the leadership of women organizers and builds their power as intersectional gender justice advocates within their own organizations. The six month program uses methods from feminist consciousness-raising and peer coaching. Participants learn from research, theory and each other’s experiences on topics of unconscious gender and racial bias in the workplace, evidence-based practices for overcoming the effects of bias, and intersectional gender analysis related to issue campaigns. We value an inclusive definition of organizing that values the non-professionalized organizing of grassroots women and the historical contributions of Black, radical and queer women to both feminist theory and to community organizing. Participants also carry out organizational action projects to bring change into their organizations.
- Manage and execute all aspects of the WON Leadership Circle, based on the existing curriculum and the track record of success in this program.
- Facilitate the program, using an existing curriculum, making some changes and additions as needed, in close collaboration with the Executive Director. (Over time, there will be opportunity to make deeper changes and improvements to the curriculum.)
- Develop a plan to adapt the WON Leadership Circle to be exclusively online or a combination of online and in-person activities, in close collaboration with the Executive Director. Consult with leaders of other programs, research new methods for online convenings and bring creative ideas into this process.
- Candidate may need to be particularly resourceful, and innovative, in order to adapt the program in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Foster relationship building and peer coaching among participants, and provide limited coaching support to participants.
- Carry out any necessary logistics for smooth operation of the program.
- Monitor progress and evaluate the program based on existing indicators of success.
- Lead recruitment for the next WON Leadership Circle.
- Identify and nurture potential WON member leaders from the cohort of participants.
Membership / Alumnae engagement
- Design and implement a ladder of engagement for alumnae of the WON Leadership Circle program.
- Plan and carry out membership activities such as networking events, in collaboration with member leaders.
Consulting work and tool development
- Assist the Executive Director in carrying out occasional workshops and consulting activities with other organizations focused on the leadership of women and non-binary staff and members or intersectional gender analysis.
- Help refine and disseminate relevant tools for this work.
Support communications work with social media updates
Applicants who identify as women (cis-gender and trans), gender non-conforming or non-binary, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are highly encouraged to apply.
- At least two years of grassroots community or union organizing experience in working-class BIPOC communities.
- Deep commitment to intersectional gender justice, women’s leadership and racial justice.
- Experience in dealing with issues of workplace equity, leadership development programs or an academic background in women and gender studies or experience organizing on this topic is a plus.
- Pre-existing relationships with organizers (community or union) in NYC is a plus.
- Adaptability and openness to learning new principles and methods used in WON spaces, including highly participatory processes, experience-based sharing, appreciation of vulnerability and openness to emotional expression.
- Open to highly collaborative and deliberative work styles on the team.
Desired Skills and Qualities
- Ability to build deep relationships and trust, and move people to action, particularly peers in the community organizing field.
- Ability to engage volunteer leaders and build group accountability to commitments.
- Participatory, anti-oppressive group facilitation and training skills.
- Strong reading skills.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects.
- Ability to represent the Women’s Organizing Network with strong and passionate communication, inspiring trust and interest from current and potential members, supporters and foundation contacts.
Professional development opportunities will be made available specifically to deepen knowledge around gender analysis, feminism, anti-racism and network theory as needed.
Note: This is a part-time, temporary position, with a renewable contract for one year. Work will be mostly remote throughout the duration of the pandemic, however being based in or near NYC may be required for occasional in-person events and general relationship building.