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Opening: Executive Director

Publication date: 
July, 2019

Position: Executive Director
Organization: Funders for Reproductive Equity
Location: Remote

Organization Summary

Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) strengthen the impact and effectiveness of philanthropy supporting reproductive health, rights and justice in the United States and around the globe. At a pivotal moment when reproductive rights are being challenged at an unprecedented rate both domestically and globally, and the field of philanthropy evolves strategically to view reproductive rights and justice within a broader intersectional equity lens, FRE seeks an experienced and visionary Executive Director who will usher in an exciting new era of leadership. With appreciation for the diversity of missions and imperatives of funders in the field, FRE celebrates those differences and seeks to create spaces that promote effective collaboration, coordination, and alignment. To support its membership base, FRE offers a range of initiatives, resources, meetings, and learning opportunities on the most pressing issues in the field, introducing its members to emerging areas of interest and innovations in grantmaking and philanthropy, encouraging collaborations among members and producing the most comprehensive source of data about foundation giving in the field. Additionally, FRE nurtures collaboration by convening working groups of funders with shared interests, including: International Funders, Women of Color, Youth Leadership and Engagement, and State-Level. FRE has a talented, remote staff team of three and an annual operating budget of $1.2 million.

Position Description

The new Executive Director will advance FRE’s vision and role in shaping the conversation in the field of reproductive equity, rights, health, and justice and in philanthropy as a whole. S/he/they will be a dynamic, visionary leader with a deep commitment to FRE’s mission, with insight into the intersectionality of reproductive equity across social justice and international issues; a sophisticated understanding of the role that philanthropy can play in supporting and advancing reproductive equity; and proven experience developing innovative programs and initiatives that advance shared values and goals.

Responsibilities

At a pivotal moment in its history, FRE is now poised to welcome a new Executive Director who will usher in an exciting new era and build on its success and expertise. The new Executive Director will engage the following opportunities and challenges:

Vision and Leadership. The Executive Director will advance FRE’s vision and role in shaping the conversation in the field of reproductive equity, rights, health, and justice and in philanthropy as a whole. S/he/they will grow and nurture the space for funders to come together through connectivity, engagement, learning, and strategy development that centers racial and gender justice. Additionally, s/he/they will serve as an enthusiastic ambassador and representative of the network and movement within the broader field of philanthropy, building creative partnerships with aligned groups.

Learning, Convening, and Collaboration. The Executive Director will develop innovative programming and opportunities for member engagement that advance the movement and support member organizations’ field knowledge and goals. The Executive Director will create a collaborative space for learning and discussion, strategy coordination, and momentum for shared funding opportunities. S/he/they will seek opportunities to continue to deepen the org

Fundraising and Member Engagement. The new Executive Director will build strong relationships with existing members while identifying and engaging new potential member/funders to expand and grow its impact. S/he/they will continue to refine FRE’s value proposition to engage new funding support.

Organizational and Team Management. The new Executive Director will manage a small, but talented staff in a virtual environment and foster a culture of connectivity, passion, and enthusiasm for the work. S/he/they will mentor and empower FRE’s staff through the continued support of a culture of ongoing professional development, teamwork, mutual accountability, and commitment to the mission. S/he/they will continually improve services and internal systems and monitor their effectiveness in meeting the organization’s mission balanced by responsible fiscal management.

Board and Governance. The new Executive Director will work in partnership with the board to bring to life the work of the visioning process and align organizational resources to advance those goals. Finally, the Executive Director will maintain a strong, positive, and transparent working relationship with the board and identify opportunities for strengthened governance and broader diversity on the board.

Qualifications

The new Executive Director will possess a deep and demonstrated commitment to advance reproductive equity and knowledge of the related funder landscape. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Deep commitment to the field of reproductive equity, rights, health, and justice, with insight into the intersectionality of reproductive equity across racial, gender, economic, LGBTQ, human rights, environmental justice, and international issues. www.nonprofitprofessionals.com
  • A sophisticated understanding of the role that philanthropy can play in supporting and advancing reproductive equity.
  • Demonstrated experience building deep and lasting relationships across stakeholder groups, including membership, staff, board members, and external partners.
  • At least ten years of progressive leadership experience in a philanthropic or nonprofit organization.
  • Keen understanding of current trends in philanthropy with a demonstrated learning orientation to the work and ability to adapt and innovate; familiarity with the structure and function of membership organizations and ability to foster leadership among the membership.
  • Proven experience developing innovative programs and initiatives that advance shared values and goals; vision and drive to support an idea from concept to reality and a commitment to developing timely, responsive, and field relevant initiatives.
  • Experience creating a dynamic space that invites others in for learning and collaboration; ability to identify areas of common interest and bring compelling ideas to meaningful action.
  • Demonstrated success raising funds and increasing investment from a range of funders that may include international, domestic, and state/regional foundations, as well as private and public foundations; sophisticated understanding of the reproductive equity funding landscape and experience nurturing and expanding funder relationships.
  • Organizational management experience including financial and budget oversight; demonstrated success managing a remote team preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in convening and engaging a diverse group of stakeholders, furthering efforts to build an inclusive dialogue that advances equity and honors a range of perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Maturity and wisdom to engage and leverage a board’s diverse knowledge and expertise to shape the organization’s strategic direction; a proven track record in developing and executing a strategic plan and moving from concept to implementation.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills paired with a relational style and high emotional intelligence.
  • A leadership style that embodies respect, transparency, teamwork and accountability; flexibility and humility, with the ability to share credit and spotlight others’ contributions.
  • Exceptional personal initiative and follow-through required to support a broad network of members.
  • Passion, flexibility, deep commitment to equity, and sense of humor necessary for important mission-driven work in a dynamic and rapidly evolving field.

Apply

FRE is partnering with Carolyn Ho and Cara Pearsall of NPAG on this search. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: fre-ed@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

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