Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights: Executive Director

Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!) is seeking a collaborative and dynamic Executive Director to strengthen a small but growing nonprofit organization working intergenerationally to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice on a rapidly increasing national scale.  

We believe we are stronger when we are united across generations by our shared vision for abortion justice. The right candidate for this role will be excited to work closely with grandmothers and other elders, aiming to harness their extensive wisdom, insight, and knowledge for a broader movement that values intergenerational connections. Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights are committed to learning and growing alongside younger activists, evolving our shared understanding of our current moment.

Organizational Overview

GRR! works through education and advocacy to secure access to sexual & reproductive health, rights, and justice for present and future generations. GRR! envisions a world where all people have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. We embrace a bold vision for a society where abortions are affordable, available, and supported for everyone who needs them.

We are grandmothers in the traditional sense, and also elders of all identities who are committed to “grandmothering” a more just society into being for present and future generations. To learn more about our mission, vision, and history, please visit grandmothersforreproductiverights.org.

Executive Director Roles and Responsibilities

We are seeking a leader who is excited to continue expanding GRR! from its roots as a Maine-based organization into one that reaches activists across the nation, and engages communities and partners who reflect the diversity of the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements.

Key strategic priorities for the Executive Director include:

Organizational Leadership

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan, including identifying opportunities for organizational growth, strengthening coalition building, and diversifying revenue streams.
  • Provide direct supervision of a small all-remote team, including implementing and streamlining communications systems,  performance management, and developing and tracking key performance indicators
  • Actively collaborate with and continue to expand a mission-driven Board of Directors and diverse base of volunteers 
  • Lead and implement initiatives that support our values and center diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Provide leadership through innovative and actionable insights, guidance, and expertise.

Fundraising and Finance

  • Oversee the organization’s budgeting and fundraising responsibilities, including creating long-term financial plans and strategies to ensure the organization’s financial sustainability and growth.
  • Lead the staff and Board in developing and stewarding a robust and diversified fundraising strategy . 
  • Solicit individual donations, oversee a robust grassroots online campaign, and pursue potential funding from foundations and philanthropic organizations. 
  • Identify and pursue potential grant opportunities from government and private foundation sources; prepare grant applications, manage grant funds, and ensure compliance with requirements and reporting.
  • Collaborate closely with GRR!’s accountant, bookkeepers, and legal team to ensure organization’s compliance with all financial regulations, accounting standards, and reporting requirements.

Growing and Leveraging Partnerships 

  • Support national advocacy for reproductive and sexual health, including abortion care, through coalition work with other sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice organizations. 
  • Foster mutually beneficial and generative connections with a diverse cross-section of movement allies, focusing on intentionally building trust and identifying shared values across lines of difference. 
  • Support a coalition of grandmothers and older people of all racial, gendered, cultural, and economic backgrounds in sharpening their skills to give voice and strength to their stories, histories and lived experiences.
  • Build and nurture relationships with donors, funders, volunteers, and partners through effective communication, collaboration, stewardship, and recognition.

Application info:

Please tell us more about your interest in the Executive Director position with GRR! and include a brief cover letter outlining why you think you’d be a good fit for this role along with your resume submission.

Work In Progress is a consulting firm carrying out the process forGRR! If you require accommodations for either applying or interviewing for this role, please contact Work in Progress at ginny@workinprogressconsulting.net

We will begin reviewing applications on July 12, 2024. Candidates must be available for interviews in August. The projected start date for this position is for October 2024.

Note to Potential Applicants:

At GRR, we believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more creative, and more resilient organization.  Studies have shown that applicants who are  women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, or people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. Our selected candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. If you think you’d be a good fit, we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications and competencies described.

Requirements

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience 
  • A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit management experience, including budgeting, financial management responsibilities. 
  • Demonstrated experience with leading teams and building culture
  • Demonstrated experience with, and connection to, reproductive rights and/or justice and racial justice movements.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills, with the passion and presence to articulate a vision and serve as GRR!’s primary spokesperson and ambassador.
  • Fundraising experience, including the documented ability to create and meet fundraising goals and to cultivate and sustain relationships with individual donors and other funders.
  • Ability to implement principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Experience working with a multi-state, multi-chapter, and/or volunteer-based organization is preferred.

Desired Competencies, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Fundraising and Stewardship
  • Justice-Oriented Approach
  • Reproductive Rights Advocacy
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership and/or Coalition Building
  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication

Benefits

Compensation and Work Environment

  • Position Type: Exempt, Full-time (40 hours per week), All remote position
  • Travel Requirement: Required annual travel estimated at 1-3 times a year to meet staff and board in person in Maine
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with relevant experience, within the organization’s annual operating budget, approximately $95,000 – $110,000
  • Benefits:
    • Fully remote work model, Flexible scheduling
    • Health Savings Account Program ($4,150 for self-only coverage and $8,300 for family coverage)
    • 20 Paid Time Off Days, 1-week paid Summer Break, 1-week paid Winter Break, paid federal holidays.