We Are Hiring an Executive Director!

Title: Executive Director

Status: Part Time 20 hours Per week

Salary: $20 - $25 per hour - no benefits

Background and Need

Woman Led is a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit organization founded in 2016 that serves scalable women led companies by convening peer-to-peer mastermind groups. This community of support allows female entrepreneurs to troubleshoot in real-time, share vetted resources, pool networks and connect with high-caliber CEOs.

We are passionate about cultivating a community of women leaders who are building profitable and sustainable businesses that will positively impact the economy, all while creating a world where women have equitable access to opportunities, support and success.

Sustained peer-to-peer mentoring is an invaluable asset for women who want to launch and grow their businesses. Our Woman Led Mastermind groups are intimate selections of 8-10 women founders who meet weekly, focusing on support, resource sharing, and accountability.

The Executive Director role will be the first paid staff position and will work closely with our dedicated  6-person board of directors Our strategic initiatives for the next year include stabilizing and increasing our funding, expanding our membership, strengthening our community.

The Position

We are seeking an Executive Director with a passion for entrepreneurship and a demonstrable history of advocating for women's economic empowerment.  The Executive Director will have the ability and experience to inspire and motivate community members, corporations and foundations to to grow our membership and  to expand our reach. The Executive Director will use their experience in the business and nonprofit sector to help strengthen our internal systems. You must have an asset-based perspective on the importance of women in leadership and a belief in the importance of intersectional pro-woman spaces.

To be clear, this is not a position for an aspiring entrepreneur to learn their trade; rather, it is an opportunity for a skillful nonprofit leader to bring strategic direction and operational excellence to a young organization poised to grow.

The ideal candidate is a successful leader with a passion for the mission of Woman Led and the skills to convey that passion effectively to a diverse set of stakeholders.

The new Executive Director will also:

  • Be a visionary leader with a track record of inspiring others—building and rallying a team around a shared vision and strategic direction.

  • Have a background in successful nonprofit fundraising and community engagement.

  • Have experience in administration or management of a small organization and the capacity to organize programs and create systems that improve efficiency.

  • Be tech savvy

  • Have experience working collaboratively with teams. Expetiance working with a nonprofit board of directors is helpful.

  • Be familiar with budgets and nonprofit financial oversight.

  • Have experience both applying for and reporting on nonprofit grants.

  • Be an excellent written and oral communicator.


  1. Program Recruitment:

    • Manage application process for mastermind groups

    • Manage Slack administration.

  2. Marketing:

    • Manage website

    • Build Social media audience and engagement.

    • Manage: Newsletter, Facebook, linkedin, Instagram and Twitter

    • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, including but not limited to web presence, social media presence, and other external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

    • Engage in community outreach, with the target of broadening and diversifying the organizational network, and raising awareness of organizational events to increase engagement and attendance in events

  3. Event Planning:

    • Build budget and financial goals for events

    • Lead event planning with assistance of programs committee for four events and two conferences per year.

    • Promote events in collaboration with our event partners, as well as promoting our sponsors for these events.

  4. Fundraising:

    • Work with fundraising committee to grow operation budget to $100,000 in Year 1.

    • Develop grant strategy; apply for grants and state funding

    • Build partnerships in new markets, including relationships with funders, political and community leaders, and the entrepreneurial community.

    • Arrange funding meetings in partnership with fundraising committee.

  5. Administration:

    • Manage budgets and nonprofit financial oversight

    • Manage all general emails

    • Provide monthly financial reports to the Board.

  6. Systems Building:

    • Document the process of our community led model for the purpose of expansion.

    • Develop evaluation systems to ensure and measure ongoing local programmatic excellence.

    • Evaluate and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the organization’s strategic goals.  

    • Create effective systems and processes to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

If you are able to demonstrate your capacity to meet the above needs, thrive in an entrepreneurial environment with limited oversight, and share our commitment to supporting and empowering women leaders, we invite you to apply. We welcome and encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds, gender identities and cultures.

To apply, please include:

  1. A compelling cover letter showing why you would be a good fit for this position, including examples of fundraising achievements.

  2. A complete chronological resume, including employment, volunteer work, board membership, education and relevant life experience.

  3. Writing samples and list of professional social media accounts.

  4. The names and contact information of three references.

  5. How you heard about this position.

Email a PDF of materials womanlededsearch@gmail.com. Applications accepted through October 31, 2018.