President/Executive Director – Women In International Security (WIIS), Washington D.C.

We seek a dynamic and dedicated individual to lead the premier global network dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of national and international peace and security. Women In International Security (WIIS) operates at the intersection of the policy and academic communities. WIIS (pronounced ‘wise’) engages in academic research and policy engagement initiatives on critical national and international security issues, with a particular focus on the nexus between gender and security. WIIS supports leadership training, capacity building, mentoring and networking programs for young scholars and professionals seeking to advance their careers in the national and international security field. It is a membership organization with over 35 chapters and affiliates in the United States and around the world. As a 501(c)3 organization WIIS is non-partisan and engages in education and not political advocacy or lobbying.

WIIS is looking for an entrepreneurial individual who has the vision to promote the WIIS mission effectively. We seek someone who can develop new programs to consolidate and grow the position of WIIS as a leader in advancing women as security professionals and developing the gender and security agenda in the US and globally. We are particularly interested in developing our global network and working to strengthen and develop relations with eleven chapters in the US and twenty-five international affiliates. In addition, we seek to develop our policy relevant research and outreach programs. The new WIIS President/Executive Director will have the main responsibility for developing a strategic vison for the organization and raise funds to implement that vision.

Position Description

The President/Executive Director is responsible for developing a strategic vison for the organization, the overall management and development of the organization, maintaining and expanding membership and the global network of affiliate organizations, establishing research priorities, and fundraising for operational and project support. The
President/Executive Director leads the organization, overseeing day-to-day activities ensuring that WIIS accomplishes its mission. With the advice of the Board of Directors, they will set priorities, implement programs, and evaluate policies in support of the mission. The President/ Executive Director oversees hiring and supervision of staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop a Strategic Plan for the organization for the next five years.
  • Oversee development, prioritization, implementation and evaluation of annual work plans for WIIS goals and objectives.
  • Establish annual communications goals, serve as the spokesperson for WIIS, respond to requests from media, and write articles for publication.
  • Oversee and ensure appropriate staffing of projects supporting WIIS strategic goals.
  • Establish and cultivate synergistic relationships with affiliates, chapters and partner organizations furthering our shared goals.
  • Cultivate and expand WIIS membership.

Fund Development

  • Initiate and oversee all fundraising efforts.
  • Cultivate individual donors and institutional relationships including grant proposals to finance operational and project activities.

Fiscal Management

  • Serve as the main point of contact for financial management services including accounting and auditing
  • Create and execute an annual budget.
  • Provide financial oversight including review of financial reports and presentations to the Board of Directors

Board of Directors Relationship

  • Build and maintain an effective working relationship with the Board.
  • Work with the Board Treasurer to ensure proper financial oversight.
  • Regularly report to the board on all organizational activities and initiatives.
  • Attend all board meetings on an ex-officio basis.

Operations and Human Resources Management

  • Provide oversight of day-to-day operations.
  • Work closely with staff to develop processes and procedures to implement programs and consider appropriate delegation of tasks
  • Oversee contracts with consultants and vendors.
  • Solicit pro bono resources where needed and maintain relationships with pro bono vendors (law firms, law school, partner organizations, etc.).
  • Oversee organizational risk management efforts including insurance coverage and legal liability

Position Requirements

  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in international security or related fields
  • Dedication to women's leadership and professional development in the field of international security broadly defined
  • Strong track record in fundraising and grants development
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting research and writing for a policy audience
  • Effective communication skills
  • Experience in managing a non-profit organization and/ or relevant program experience

Salary Range

  • The position has an annual base salary of $70,000.00 with opportunities for increases based on fundraising success.

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, click here to submit a complete application.

Applications must include:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Resume
  3. Three references, including email and telephone contact information

We will start considering applications March 1, 2021.

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