The Executive Director (ED), working in conjunction with and reporting to the Board of
Directors, provides leadership, vision and overall management to AWS. The ED is
instrumental in establishing and implementing the long-term planning and direction of the
organization. This position holds responsibility for fundraising, financial integrity, and
strategic planning for AWS. The ED oversees and supervises the Associate Director, Finance
Director, and Grants, Reporting, and Fundraising and Finance Team (GRAFF). Together
with the Associate Director, the Executive Director also oversees and supervises other
Program Coordinators to ensure organizational stability and effectiveness.
An overview of the position, including the breakdown of the Executive Director’s primary
responsibilities and approximation of allocation of time, follows. This is a generalist
management position that is directly involved in all of the key areas of running the
40% Fundraising and Development. The ED is a strong leader in AWS fund development
efforts and takes particular responsibility for AWS’s larger federal and state grants. The ED
works closely with key staff and the Board to design and implement a comprehensive
development program that secures government and foundation support and cultivates
donor stewardship and engagement. The ED secures grant funding, and manages, develops
and maintains relationships with major donors and funders.
30% Management, Operations and Fiscal Oversight. The ED is responsible for the day-
to-day general and fiscal management of the organization and its operations. This work
includes developing and managing the annual budget and overseeing all financial
operations and audits. Supervisory responsibilities include supervising the staff, setting
salaries, and overseeing human resources. While the ED and Associate Director work
closely together on human resources and organizational development, the ED holds the
bottom line for hiring, evaluation, and personnel action. The ED holds responsibility for
grants management and implementation of all contracts; and ensures compliance with
20% Leadership and Board Relations. This includes carrying out AWS’s mission and
philosophy; setting the operational and cultural tone for the organization; ongoing
collaboration with the Board of Directors, including active participation on several board
committees; strategically planning and contributing to the success of AWS’ mission, goals,
and fundraising; and preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the Board of
10% Communications and Program. The ED supports the Associate Director and
program teams to develop and maintain quality programs, evaluation and information
systems. The ED is responsible for communicating strategically about the organization to
We are seeking candidates with any combination of experience and education to
successfully perform the responsibilities of this important position. Candidates must
possess thorough knowledge of domestic violence and/or violence against women, and
feminist, LGBTQ, social justice, and immigrant/refugee issues; the principles of modern
management, including fiscal and budget management; public relations; sound fiscal and
fundraising practices; and supervision. Candidates must possess the skills and abilities to
successfully support and interact with a Board of Directors, lead a vital and innovative
domestic violence shelter, and interact with a complex set of stakeholders. Candidates must
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be computer literate and highly skilled at verbal and written communication. Outstanding
interpersonal skills are necessary.
A typical way to gain the necessary experience, skills and knowledge for this position is:
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in non-profit management as an executive
director, development director, senior manager of equivalent, including a working
knowledge of the laws governing charitable organizations;
• Knowledge of domestic violence, violence against women, womens’, LGBTQ,
trafficking, social justice, and immigrant/refugee issues. Strong interest in and
commitment to working with marginalized populations. Ability to network and
speak about these issues to a wide range of stakeholders.
• Substantial record of leading successful fundraising and grants management from
public and private sources to support nonprofit agency programs.
• Strong experience managing a senior team; knowledge of budgets and finance,
administration, program management, evaluation, and strategic planning strongly
preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Office required.
• Exemplary communication skills including public speaking and writing, and an
ability to network with mainstream and underserved communities, community
partners, government representatives, business executives, foundation officials,
donors, and the media.
• Possess integrity, strong work ethic, and demonstrated commitment to upholding
AWS mission, values, philosophy and practice in areas of survivor-centeredness,
anti-oppression, anti-homophobia, and non-violence.
SPECIAL ADA REQUIREMENTS
Asian Women’s Shelter is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will
make reasonable accommodation when necessary.
Ø For the purposes of ADA, the “Responsibilities” and “Qualifications” are essential job
Ø The work environment includes settings of the shelter home, community places and
office environments. The noise level in these settings is moderate.
Ø Both standing and sitting are required, the majority of each day of the job time is spent
sitting and using a computer keyboard.
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Ø Various types of equipment/supplies are used to accomplish the job requirements and
include, but are not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone,
Ø Required to drive personal auto to provide services and to travel to other sites for
meetings, conferences, etc.
Competitive salary range based on experience. Generous benefits and vacation package.
We hope to fill this position in early May. Interested candidates should submit via email to
EDsearch@sfaws.org their resume, a two-page or less cover letter that provides
information on why you are interested in the position and a brief overview of your
experience that you believe most directly relates to the duties of this position as you
understand them, and three professional references. Application material will be accepted
until a sufficient number of qualified individuals have applied for interviewing purposes.
Prompt response is recommended to ensure that your application is timely and eligible for
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