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Maine Women's Lobby Seeks Executive Director

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Maine Women’s Lobby (MWL) is seeking a movement-building, feminist leader committed to building on our past policy and advocacy successes and growing our power to advance policy reform.

For 40 years, Maine Women’s Lobby (MWL) has been Maine’s only advocacy organization focused on the broad range of issues affecting the lives of Maine women and girls. We work to create a future that is free from violence,
free from discrimination, with access to health care, and real economic security.

Ideal Candidate

Maine Women’s Lobby is seeking a movement building leader who brings feminist values and a social justice analysis of power to the role of the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will build on our past policy and advocacy successes and grow our power to advance policy reform.

The ideal candidate is experienced in working with grassroots organizing models and has developed and managed boards of directors and staff to support organizing for policy change. A strong communicator and connector, they are able to challenge people’s thinking while bringing them along in a shared vision. They have achieved sustainable organizational change through thoughtful engagement of diverse stakeholders, great listening skills, and genuine curiosity.

A personable leader who will enthusiastically nurture relationships, they are passionate about their role as “Chief Fundraising Officer” and truly enjoy engaging donors of all levels in supporting the work of the organization.

The ideal candidate understands the political landscape of a rural state, brings an informed political analysis and understands how government works, and can translate their relationship-building skills to lobbying and policy development.

They are a strong external bridge between the organization and strategic partners and coalitions as well as between board and staff. They are known for their skill at consistent and thoughtful communication of information.

An experienced manager in a nonprofit environment, the ideal candidate willingly steps into the day-to-day work of running an organization. They are team oriented (versus hierarchical) and an effective delegator. They listen, listen, listen. They have grown organizations through building on people’s strengths. They are skilled at developing and managing budgets, institutionalizing the policies and procedures of a small nonprofit, and ensuring plans are well executed. They are expert at prioritizing at all levels of an organization, sometimes very quickly given sudden and emerging issues, and are willing to say no to lower priorities.

Tolerant of risk and the messiness of both political advocacy and organizational change, they are able to see beyond perceived scarcity and constraints. They experience challenges as opportunities for learning and growth.

The ideal candidate can move seamlessly from a staff meeting to a funder meeting, to facilitating a conversation among legislators and strategic partners, to meeting with Maine’s legislative leadership, to being a face of the organization with the media. They are able to assume a regional or national leadership role.

They are optimistic, have a direct and transparent communications style, and can handle the soup-to-nuts nature of the work with grace and good humor. Adaptable and self-aware, they practice self-care and create systems to support professional growth, health and wellness across the organization. They infuse energy and joy into the work and culture of the organization.

Primary Characteristics & Experience

  • Demonstrated feminist values and a social justice analysis of power
  • 5-10 years of leadership and management experience, preferably in organizing and advocacy organizations
  • Successful experience diplomatically managing strategic and cultural change and charting a pathway for organizational transition and growth
  • Successful track record in fundraising/development and experience engaging donors of all levels
  • Experience cultivating strong board engagement, recruitment, and development, gained as a staff person or board member
  • Experienced in growing strategic partnerships and working in coalitions, effectively stewarding relationships and building new connections
  • An effective communicator with proven experience coaching, managing, and developing high-performing teams of staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated business savvy, financial and budgeting skills, and ability to communicate financial information across different audiences
  • Knowledge of lobbying and policy development

Approximate annual salary range for this position is $75,000 - $85,000 with benefits.

How to Apply

Read the full position description here.

This search is being conducted by transition consultant Cathy Kidman in partnership with Jodi Dowling, Executive Search and Recruitment Manager for TSNE MissionWorks. Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful letter of interest via this link:  APPLY.

Electronic submissions sent through this link are preferred. All submissions are confidential.

Please include in your cover letter where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience specifically match Maine Women’s Lobby strategic priorities.

Because of the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Review of materials and interviews of appropriate candidates will begin immediately. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

Maine Women’s Lobby is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. People from historically and currently under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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