Employment Opportunities

Executive Director, Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

Position Description

The ED works closely with the Board of Directors to implement the mission of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR).  The ED provides the strategic leadership necessary to sustain, elevate, and manage all activities of the fund.


Fund Development/Donor Management

  • Provide leadership, direction and coordination for development for the WFBR. Implement strategies to raise funds and develop relationships with donors, prospective donors, and local partners. Aspects of leading fund development include:
  • Enhance the public image of the WFBR by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.
  • Maintain awareness of the work of other collect giving organizations and non profits looking for areas to collaborate.
  • Diligently pursue major gifts for the WFBR .
  • Research, develop and create funding requests to foundations and corporations.
  • Oversee and develop quarterly fundraising campaigns.
  • Pursue continuing education of best practices regarding fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
  • Utilize technology when appropriate to enhance services and maximize revenue opportunities.
  • Work with the board and committees to develop strategies for recruitment of new donors, maintain positive relationships with current donors and pursue growth goals.
  • Ensure a positive donor experience through engaging communications and creative donor recognition.
  • Work with board and committees to create positive, engaging events.
  • Oversee updates to donor database.


Marketing & Communications

  • Envision, create, and maintain a positive brand for Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge.
  • Convey brand to members, businesses, donors, and the general public.
  • Create engaging, brand-positive content for newsletters, social media, brochures, press releases, and other publications.
  • Act as primary spokesperson and communicator for organization.
  • Create and oversee content for website.
  • Represent the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge through public presentations.
  • Raise community awareness about issues affecting women and their families through written and oral communications.

Grant Allocation Process

  • Review, revise, and distribute grant guidelines and requests for proposals.
  • Provide technical assistance to prospective applicants.
  • Provide technical assistance to Grants Committee, and assist in overseeing the grant review and monitoring process.
  • Maintain working knowledge of needs in the counties served by WFBR.


  • Implement effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate and revise systems, so as to improve ability of organization to pursue our mission, and to measure success that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Supervise Operations Manager and interns, creating a positive work atmosphere emphasizing efficiency, professional growth, positive thinking, and creative problem-solving.
  • Establish sound working relationships with community groups and organizations
  • Manage finances of the Women’s Fund by creating proposed budget for board approval and operating within approved budget.
  • Attend board meetings, and committee meetings as necessary.
  • Sign agreements and contracts on behalf of the organization.
  • Ensure the successful implementation of WFBR events.


  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of the WFBR
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher and excellent work experience with a positive track record of upward mobility and successful results.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail is a must.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and donor relations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and research skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and priorities.
  • Understanding of women’s issues, the nonprofit landscape in northwestern NC, and philanthropy.
  • Ability to take initiative and work as a responsible, self-managed leader, acting without day-to-day supervision.
  • Ability to function as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.
  • Experience in an external leadership role where interaction with a Board of Directors and/or external stakeholders is a key component.
  • Fluency in GiftWorks, Mailchimp, Facebook for Business, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and Publisher) and Google Drive applications (Word, Sheets, Calendar).

If you are interested in the Executive Director position, please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@womensfundoftheblueridge.org.