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Womanshelter/Compañeras

HOLYOKE, MA 01040
Website:womanshelter.org

Company Description:
Womanshelter/Compañeras is a highly regarded nonprofit organization in Western Massachusetts dedicated to assisting, supporting and empowering those whose lives are affected by battering and abuse. Founded in 1980 as a grassroots collective, the organization has sheltered more than 2,000 women and children and served 30,000 others through community-based support and education programs. Womanshelter’s philosophy is based on the understanding that victims and survivors of domestic violence deserve respect and can make their own choices. Everyone deserves to live without fear of abuse – physical, verbal, mental, sexual and emotional.
Salary Range:Location:
Per Year HOLYOKE MA
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeExecutive
Education Level:Work Experience:
Bachelor's Degree
Preference: Required
5+
Preference: Required
Description:
The Board of Directors is seeking a dynamic, seasoned, collaborative and visionary Executive Director to lead the organization through our next phases of development and continued growth. S/he will provide vision and leadership for our dedicated staff, partners, and those in the community concerned about domestic violence. S/he will also oversee and sustain all aspects of Womanshelter/Compañeras including direct services, fundraising, finance, education and outreach, human resources, media, community and government relations, communications and marketing.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Oversee Direct Services
- Provide direct supervision to eight staff leaders - Shelter Manager, Executive Manager, Business
Manager, Policy Development Coordinator, Community Educator, Court Advocate, Maintenance
Manager, Russian Speaking Outreach Advocate, Youth & Community Outreach Advocate
- Develop and implement best practice programs and policies to meet community needs, including
those of disenfranchised populations
- Meet weekly with the Shelter Manager to provide support, guidance and to receive updates on
current services and staff-related issues; have a presence in the Shelter
- Interact frequently with direct service staff, seeking their input in the decision-making process, when
appropriate
- Attend and advocate at related workshops, conferences and community meetings
- Attend key meetings organized by Womanshelter’s financial providers. (i.e. DPH, VAWA Stop Grant,
VAWA Safeplan, VOCA, Chicopee & Holyoke CDBGs)
- Assure that shelter is maintained, updated and remodeled as needed in collaboration with the Shelter Manager

Finance & Fundraising
- Oversee the prudent, effective use and allocation of W/C assets
- Responsibility for preparation and oversight of the annual operating budget
- Analyze Monthly Income Statements with the Business Manager
- Review and approve all invoices, non-routine purchases and requests for payment processed by the - - Business Manager, ensuring purchases are from competitive vendors
- With the Business Manager, ensure the accuracy of weekly payroll, compliance with staff reimbursement policies monthly and modify policies as needed
- Oversee contract funding, compliance and impact with the Business Manager
- Assist the Development Director in identifying grant opportunities and revenue streams
- Assist the Development Director in writing and tracking grant proposals
- Assist the Development Director in cultivating and stewarding existing donors and identifying potential new donors

Education and Outreach (E&O)
- Deepen partnerships and collaborations across the region
- Identify organizational E&O goals and maintain the annual E&O plan
- Monitor monthly E&O activity and suggest ways to maximize the effectiveness of E&O
- Conduct presentations about W/C and oversee the planning of special E&O events
- Assist Community Educator in identifying appropriate staff trainings, including those on self-care and vicarious trauma

Media, Community and Government Relations
- Strategic media relations - print, TV, and electronic regarding our issue areas
- Regularly appear on camera or designate an appropriate spokesperson to discuss intimate partner violence and promote W/C and its services
- Assist in the creation of organizational marketing and event materials
- Attend events, meetings, conferences to increase W/C visibility and establish/enhance relationships that benefit the organization and its program participants
- Serve on appropriate boards of directors (ex. Jane Doe)
- Establish and maintain close working relationships with elected and appointed officials
to advocate on behalf of W/C and the welfare of all victims of Intimate Partner Violence

Human Resources
- Hire, supervise, and conduct annual performance evaluations with staff leaders
- Make all reasonable attempts to ensure W/C staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve
- Evaluate staffing needs, job descriptions, and restructure assignments as necessary
- Serve as primary management representative in union-related activities and
assure compliance with the Union contract and personnel policies
- Inform and consult with the Board President on non-routine personnel issues

Board Communication
- Foster a good working relationship with the Board of Directors (BOD), including
regular updates and notification of unusual organizational issues
- Provide timely, comprehensive information and documents to members of BOD
- Prepare Executive Director report for and attend bi-monthly BOD meetings and committee meetings
Requirements:
Required Qualifications & Experience
- Five years of management experience with increasing responsibility in a non-profit
agency, community based organization or other human service setting
- Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree preferred. (Additional management experience
may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.)
- Demonstrated success with human service program management and development
- Demonstrated expertise in nonprofit finance and fundraising, including grant writing
and donor solicitation
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
- Exceptional organizational and leadership skills
- Knowledge of principles and practices of effective personnel development including
experience supervising paid professional and volunteer staff
- Strong ability, presence and confidence in public speaking and community relations
- Knowledge of the dynamics and issues related to domestic violence and sexual
assault and its impact on women, children, families and communities
- Demonstrated creative problem solving skills
- Experience and knowledge of victim services and advocacy
- Possess a valid Driver’s License
- Flexibility to travel as needed, including occasional out-of-town trips
- English/Spanish bilingual a strong plus


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