About Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) is an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers. Our mission is to improve the daily lives of professional restaurant workers by building a deeper sense of community and self-efficacy. RWCF engages in grant making, impact investing, issue advocacy, and community building efforts to influence industry practices, public policies, and public perceptions.
Our focus areas are:
Wage fairness and career ladders: to ensure that every restaurant worker is paid a reliable wage that is enough to pay the costs of living in their community and save for the future; and to provide workers with the skills and opportunities they need to climb career ladders in the hospitality industry
Gender equity and sexual violence: to increase gender representation and equitable treatment in all jobs at all levels of the hospitality industry, especially those with the greatest prestige and compensation; and to create greater awareness of what constitutes consent and the ways employers can prevent sexual assault and harassment by owners, employees, and guests
Racial equity and support for immigrant communities: to increase representation and equitable treatment of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and immigrants in all jobs at all levels of the hospitality industry, especially those with the greatest prestige and compensation; and to ensure that restaurants do not take advantage of, or discriminate against, vulnerable immigrant workers, regardless of their documentation status
Mental health and substance use disorders: to help restaurant businesses create more caring, accommodating, and healthy workplaces; and to provide access to programs that support restaurant workers struggling with substance use disorders and mental health challenges
Additionally, RWCF has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with our Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund.
Organized in 2018, RWCF is in its early stages of development. RWCF has a 20-member board, roughly half with deep expertise in the restaurant industry and the other half with nonprofit/foundation experience, that is currently responsible for oversight of RWCF’s strategy and operations as well as strategy implementation.
The Opportunity – Role of Executive Director
RWCF is now seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader to help refine and drive the organization’s strategy, further develop its core communications and programming, build out critical systems and operations, and lead its fundraising and development efforts across all current and potential sources. This creative leader would also build RWCF’s capacity to support and sustain RWCF’s work and operations, leading a team of consultants, vendors, and, over time, part-time and full-time employees.
This opportunity is ideal for someone who thrives on building and innovating and is comfortable with both designing and leading an organization – its goals, priorities, operations, capacity, and structuring – based primarily upon a proven framework and board conversations amidst a tremendous amount of unknown. The inaugural Executive Director will have the support of a deeply engaged, all-volunteer board of directors that is organized around seven distinct volunteer committees: Audit/Finance/Investments; Communications/Marketing; Development/Fundraising; Events/Community Engagement; Governance; Grantmaking/Nonprofit Partnerships; and Public Policy.
The Executive Director will step into an organization that has experienced extraordinarily positive fundraising success and enters the 2021 fiscal year in a strong financial position with a fast-growing donor base. However, in an operating environment with many unknowns and a short organizational history, the inaugural Executive Director will be challenged to solidify the organization’s reputation and fundraising to grow this innovative community foundation to long-term financial sustainability.
Finally, this leader must be able to embrace and lead within a flat leadership structure while ensuring that RWCF incorporates an equity and justice lens throughout its work and operations.
Programmatic Leadership and Execution
Governance and Board Relationship
Communications Leadership and External Relations
This position will be remote. Compensation package, including benefits, is competitive. The salary for this role starts at $125,000. The Executive Director’s performance and salary will be reviewed during the first year of employment with a potential for an increase in salary, based on management, communications, and fundraising successes.
RWCF welcomes applicants from historically underserved and marginalized communities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
About Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) is an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers. Our mission is to improve the daily lives of professional…