Executive Director, Women Enabled International
Women Enabled International (WEI) seeks a strategic, forward-thinking leader and skilled nonprofit strategist to be our next Executive Director (ED). The new ED will build on more than a decade of global leadership advancing the rights of women, girls, and nonbinary people with disabilities at an exciting time for the organization and the field.
The new ED will work to deepen the reach and impact of WEI’s work at the global, regional, and national levels following the founding ED’s retirement. Responsible for both long-term planning and day-to-day operations, the ED will lead organizational development and strategy, fundraising, Board relations, employee management, and provide program oversight. The ED will have the skills to manage a rapidly growing organization. With a current staff of eleven and an operational budget of $1.8 million, WEI has doubled in size over the past three years.
In addition, the next ED will bring strong knowledge of disability rights and justice, international human rights, and intersectional feminism. As the primary spokesperson for WEI, the ED will be responsible for cultivating a broad network of partners, funders, and supporters and catalyzing partnerships within the disability justice and feminist movements.
As a tireless champion of our mission, vision, and values, the next ED will bring the humility, self-awareness, and bravery to uproot oppressive power structures and fuel disabled feminist leadership inside and outside WEI.
Women Enabled International (WEI) is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit feminist organization incorporated in Washington, DC. WEI works at the intersection of gender and disability to advance the rights of women and girls and nonbinary people with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI strengthens international and regional human rights standards on issues such as sexual and reproductive health and rights; gender-based and sexual violence; sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics; equality, stigma and stereotyping; accountability and access to justice; and participation and inclusion.
Working in collaboration with activists and organizations advancing disability and gender rights and justice nationally, regionally, and internationally, WEI fosters collaboration across global movements to improve understanding and develop cross-cutting advocacy strategies to realize the rights of all women and girls and nonbinary people through three programmatic strategies: norm building and thought leadership, capacity development, and movement and cross-movement building.
Key Responsibilities of the Executive Director:
Organizational Development and Strategy: Establish a clear roadmap for the continued growth, expansion, and success of WEI, providing direction to programs, strategic communications, and operations in alignment with WEI’s mission and vision. Build on and deepen WEI’s leadership as the preeminent international legal advocacy organization advancing the rights of women, girls and nonbinary people with disabilities and a key player within the broader feminist movement and other marginalized movements.
Communications and Community Relations: Serve as the organization’s thought leader and spokesperson to funders, partners, the media, and other constituents and allies. Engage in coalitions, panels, consultations and public speaking. Develop, strengthen, and maintain relationships with external organizations, including feminist and disability rights organizations, to foster and promote network-building for collective action.
Fundraising and Donor Relations: Maintain and expand on WEI’s strong fundraising track record to grow the budget and deepen its programmatic impact. Manage and nurture strong relationships with current and potential institutional and foundation donors, working closely with development staff. Cultivate relationships with new donors to expand and diversify revenue sources.
Financial Management: Ensure the long-term financial health and stability of WEI through strong financial management systems and policies. Working closely with staff, develop the annual budget and operating plan, oversee internal operations, and ensure legal and financial compliance through proper fiscal accounting and controls.
Board Governance: In close collaboration with the Board, utilize the knowledge, skills and experience of Board members to advance WEI’s mission. Expand and facilitate engagement by WEI’s global Board of Directors to support a growing organization. Collaborate with board members to implement and refine WEI’s strategic direction, financial and operational strength, and leadership in the field.
Staff Management: Manage and support staff to build and nurture a feminist leadership culture that cultivates a thriving, collaborative, trust-based team. Inspire, energize, coach, and develop a diverse international team with multiple perspectives and talents, actively seeking input from all staff and fostering recognition of leadership and expertise at all levels.
Note: We recognize that each candidate brings particular strengths and may lack experience in others. Please don’t let that stop you from applying!
- Demonstrated passion for WEI’s vision, mission, and values with the ability to communicate that passion in diverse ways to diverse audiences.
- Lived experience with disability.
- Experience in or familiarity with the global disability rights movement. Knowledge and understanding of UN human rights systems. Understanding of disability justice, a plus.
- Bridge builder with the experience to cultivate strong connections across movements and within coalitions, from small women with disabilities-led organizations to multilateral UN agencies. Experience working in multiple cultural, social and political contexts, cross-disability solidarity, and the ability to work with diverse global stakeholders.
- Strong organizational and management skills, with experience managing staff, Board members, and programs across multiple time zones in multiple countries.
- Demonstrated track record of fundraising and establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with funders and supporters.
- Financial acumen in creating and managing budgets.
- Previous Executive Director or senior organization management experience preferred.
- Strong written English. Compelling presentation and speaking skills with experience engaging diverse audiences around complex issues. Proficiency or fluency in other UN languages is a plus.
- Ability to travel 15%-20% of the time with a mix of domestic and global travel (dependent on COVID and/or other public health restrictions).
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and file sharing services, such as Dropbox and Google Docs.
WEI is offering an annual salary of $150,000 for this position along with a benefits package that includes health insurance and a 403b retirement plan.
Flexible, with the ability to primarily work during core U.S. business hours (9/10 am EST to 5/6 pm EST) and travel occasionally to Washington, DC and New York, NY.
Please send the following information to [email protected]:
- Cover letter
- A recent writing sample within the last five years (no more than five pages).
- Contact information for three references to speak to: 1) Management and leadership style; 2) Fiscal management and fundraising; and/or 3) Human rights, gender, and/or disability rights advocacy.
We encourage applicants to apply no later than June 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is open until filled. Please reference “Executive Director” in the subject line of your email.
No telephone inquiries please. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
WEI is a disability-inclusive workplace. If you require disability-related accommodations to participate in this application process, please let us know at [email protected]
WEI is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, indigenous status, sexual orientation and gender identity, or age. WEI encourages candidates of all races, genders and gender identities, ages, disabilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply.
WEI is committed to hiring individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations needed due to disability to perform the essential functions of this position.
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