Executive Director

Job Title:  Executive Director

Classification: Full Time/Management

Reports To: Board of Directors (Supervised by President, Board of Directors)

General Description:

YWCA Duluth is a social justice-minded organization, focused on empowerment, community collaboration, inclusivity, and racial justice.  For over 125 years, YWCA has proudly provided much needed programs in Duluth, ever evolving to respond to community needs and voices.  

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA and works in concert with YWCA Leadership Council. The Executive Director’s primary objective is to support, hold accountable, and coordinate with the rest of the Leadership Team  effectively to optimize YWCA’s role and mission in the community.  

YWCA Duluth Leadership Team  is currently comprised of a Finance Director, Young Mothers Program Director, Early Childhood Center Director, and Administrative Director.  The leadership model at YWCA Duluth is intentionally more egalitarian than in other organizations. The Executive Director works as a key member of the Leadership Council to forward the mission of YWCA. Although the Executive Director works in coordination with the Leadership Council, it is the Executive Director’s ultimate responsibility to ensure the organization is meeting goals and is financially sound.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred
  • 5-10 years of professional experience in social justice, non-profit management, or closely related fields
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with some experience in public speaking 
  • Fundraising experience, including grant-writing
  • Alignment with YWCA Duluth’s Mission
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team atmosphere



  • Collaborate with Finance Director and other Directors to manage budget implementation and ensure compliance
  • Submit a balanced yearly budget to the Finance Committee and Board
  • Make calls and personal appearances as necessary to promote fundraising efforts
  • Ensure compliance with donor restricted funding
  • Work with the Board and staff on fundraising activities, including facilitating trainings to help develop staff skill in these areas
  • Supervise and coordinate funding and implementation of capital projects 


  • Working in conjunction with staff and consultants, develop and implement annual development plan to meet organizational budget targets.
  • Write grant and sponsorship proposals to support general operations, programs, and events.
  • Work with program leads to manage grant requirements, budgets, and reporting.
  • Work closely with staff to develop individual donor relationships, including ensuring that campaigns are implemented, donor database is kept up to date, and events are well-managed and engaging.

Staff Development: 

  • Work with Leadership Team  to create individualized professional development plans, and recommend opportunities for further training/education
  • Facilitate regular meetings with Leadership Team  to guarantee organizational objectives are met
  • Work with Administrative Director to ensure all union-related policies are followed and participate in negotiations/other activities as needed
  • Monitor activities of Program Directors to ensure goals and objectives of each program are being implemented

Board Relations:

  • Work with the Board of Directors to hire, train, supervise and evaluate Leadership Council staff including delegation of tasks and provision of appropriate authority
  • Work with Leadership Team  to prepare timely, accurate, useful reports for the Board of Directors
  • Participate in Board of Directors meetings as a resource person and ex officio member
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors
  • Coordinate and prepare for all board and committee activities, and distribution of materials.

Organization Mission/Strategy:

  • Monitor and provide direction for the development of mission based programs
  • Review, evaluate, and provide oversight for existing programs
  • Monitor all contractual and legal requirements of the Association
  • Evaluate the results of each program to ensure delivery of quality services to clients and to the goals and objectives of YWCA
  • Assess community needs for on-going programs and for new programs, and see to their establishment and funding
  • Implement long range strategic plans and short range operational plans
  • Periodically review policies, rules, procedures of YWCA and recommend alternatives to appropriate committees of the Board of Directors

Human Resources:

  • Support performance review program to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within organization.
  • Review Employee Handbook and job descriptions on an annual basis and make recommendations as needed to comply with all State and Federal guidelines. 
  • Serve as resource for policies included in the Employee Handbook (as well as the Union Contract)
  • Identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources and ensure that policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance.
  • Serve on the Safety Committee as convener and work with the site managers to make sure that all required trainings and drills happen such as tornado and fire drills, MDS, Bloodborne Pathogens, and other OSHA-required trainings.
  • Work with Safety Committee on Risk Management issues.
  • Develop and maintain a supervisor’s policy and procedure manual for the YWCA’s intranet
  • Participate in union contract negotiations 
  • Develop and maintain administrative files and records for a central filing system; permits, licenses, inspection reports, marketing materials, etc.


  • Serve as one of the official spokespersons for YWCA 
  • Help to create a positive public image of the YWCA
  • Participate in local community, regional, state or national activities which further the overall mission and objectives of YWCA
  • Market YWCA and its programs along with the Board Marketing Committee and yearly plan
  • Participate in professional growth activities
  • Abide by current YWCA safety regulations as defined by OSHA, Fire Department and other regulatory agencies. Arrange training for program staff to maintain the safety of all clients and staff.


  • Justice – Believe, and work to create, an equitable community that values the worth of all women and girls
  • Social Change – Participate in efforts that make a significant impact on societal attitudes, behaviors, policies and laws to advance economic, political and gender equity
  • Empowerment/Freedom – Believe all women and girls have the right to define themselves and their own lives as they see fit.
  • Inclusion 
  • Work towards the full participation of ALL women and girls in every level of our organization and community.
  • Collaboration – Believe that by working together we can accomplish more and have greater results.

Pay Range:

$66,000-70,000/year based on experience


Medical/dental insurance, life Insurance, YWCA USA contributes to retirement plans, paid time-off, child care discount, paid holidays

If you are interested or have any questions about the position please contact Christopher at 218-722-7425 x113. To apply download the application packet and email along with a resume to:


Applications accepted through March 18, 2022

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