Hiring Interim Executive Director

Interim Executive Director Position Description

Organization Background

The WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 2011 whose mission is to educate, empower and end domestic violence. Built on the idea that strengthening women helps to combat domestic violence, The WAVE Foundation (TWF) raises funds to give hope for those experiencing abuse and raises awareness to promote the social welfare for all individuals and their communities.

Currently, The WAVE Foundation (TWF) hosts 3 annual events:

  1. Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride,
  2. Raise Your Glass, a wine tasting event, and
  3. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a men’s march hosted in partnership with the University of Washington Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

Collectively, these events are the financial pillars of the organization, and they also serve as a platform for the WAVE Foundation to spread awareness and visibility to the issue of domestic violence. These events attract 2,000 participants each year and provide funding support for programs serving victims of domestic violence or those at risk of domestic violence and advocating for safer, more peaceful communities. To date, TWF’s granting program has distributed the net proceeds from these events (totaling nearly $700,000) to programs serving those who experience abuse in Washington State.

The WAVE Foundation is governed by a 7 member Board of Directors including 1 Emeritus and 2 Advisory Members. Although it began as a 100% volunteer-led organization, in 2015 TWF hired a professional Event Director who coordinates a 20 + person Cycle the WAVE Event Team and a cadre of approximately 300 volunteers, sponsors and partners.

Now in its 5th year, the events and programs of TWF have expanded awareness and community advocacy for fighting domestic violence across local and national organizations. TWF is well-positioned for growth.

Fundraising Events and Programs

Cycle the WAVE, an annual cycling event that tours the Eastside of Seattle, is the signature event and largest fundraiser of TWF. This unique all-women event celebrates fitness, offers personal challenges and unites women and community to take a stand against domestic violence. This event is a proven and sustainable vehicle to raise awareness and funds and since its inception in 2008, total gross proceeds have surpassed $1,000,000. Over the years, the community of women pedaling with purpose has grown from over 200 to over 1,200. Women of all ages from a variety of regions participate in the event. For example, in 2015, riders ranged in age from 6-82 and represented 95 Washington cities.

In 2013, a wildly successful Cycle the WAVE garnering much support and enthusiasm took place in Massachusetts. We have begun taking steps to bring Cycle the WAVE to other areas outside of Washington State, most notably Portland, Oregon. This growth would give us a much larger footprint and potential greater impact.

Raise Your Glass is a wine tasting and silent auction event which allows The WAVE Foundation to expand its reach to donors beyond women on bicycles. 2015 marks the 3rd year of this event where approximately 150 guests raised $12,000. Raise Your Glass provides a forum to introduce guests to TWF’s work and partnerships with other organizations to spread awareness and education about domestic violence. For example, the last two years have featured Seattle Pacific Nursing Students who introduced their “Stall Talk” poster project targeted to college campus restrooms and an educational video on domestic violence they created especially for medical professionals.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a men’s march held annually on the University of Washington campus in partnership with the University of Washington’s Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) sorority. This walk brings awareness to college age men and women, and it also raises money as AXO donates the net proceeds raised to TWF. Our third event in 2015 had approximately 500 participants with AXO donating the net proceeds to TWF. This WAVE Foundation collaboration with the AXO unites both organizations in a common philanthropic goal of ending domestic violence, expands each organization’s target group and blends the two communities together.

Braking the Cycle refers to a broad set of initiatives focused on educating and raising awareness about domestic violence among youth. Begun in 2012, the program empowers high school and college students through healthy relationship education. Student groups from eleven King County High Schools have participated as well as the University of Washington Seattle AXO sorority, Seattle Pacific University (SPU) nursing students and University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) undergraduate students. Student groups from the high school and college campuses serve as volunteers at CtW, adding a youth component to the event. And service learning classroom projects conducted by faculty at SPU and UWT have produced educational materials for the medical community and informational poster signage. Braking the Cycle continues to expand its outreach through the introduction of the “I Promise” project which engages community members and participants at TWF events to end domestic violence with a personal promise through exposure to resources, tools and conversations.

Position Summary

This is an opportunity to be a stakeholder with a legacy impact as the Executive Director of a young non-profit organization with a compelling mission. You will join a passionate group of people who are empowered by their purpose to end domestic violence.

We are looking for an interim Executive Director who can devote 15-20 hours a week for 6-12 months.

Areas of focus to include:

  1. Work with the Board of Directors to implement organization’s strategic vision
  2. Improve sustainability and funding opportunities to include individual, corporate and major donor support
  3. Develop a professional Board (moving away from the existing volunteer model) and capitalize on opportunities to strengthen organization
  4. Enhance collaboration and education opportunities with youth
  5. Establish strategies for expansion (i.e., Cycle the WAVE, alliances beyond Washington State)
  6. Manage and lead the Event Director
  7. Work with Board to ensure financial responsibility, create and oversee budget. Maintain official records to be regulation compliant
  8. Develop new programs (expansion to Portland) and steward the existing programs

Qualifications

  • Passion for the cause
  • Accomplished leader
  • Experience with managing employees
  • Experience with managing volunteers
  • Experience with board development/leveraging the board
  • Connections/networker
  • Fundraising experience

Salary

Salary is dependent upon experience and is commensurate with other Executive Directors for similar sized organizations in the non-profit sector.

Application

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a relevant writing sample (no more than two pages long) all in a single PDF document to resume@thewavefoundation.org.

TWF is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age.