Chief Administrative Officer

Washington, DC

One of the nation’s leading gender equity advocacy organizations is seeking a Chief Administrative Officer to help take advantage of a pivotal opportunity to expand its impact.

AAUW is a pioneering organization dedicated to advancing equity and education for women and girls and empowering them to reach their highest potential. What began in 1881 as a group of 17 like-minded women has grown into a powerful grassroots network with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and more than 800 college and university partners across the United States. AAUW recently completed a CEO transition designed to steer the organization in new directions as its demographics and the public policy challenges it confronts continue to evolve.

CEO Kimberly Churches has begun a robust strategic planning process that will weave all of AAUW’s initiatives into a clear and compelling voice that advances non-partisan engagement with members and other stakeholders in an increasingly polarized and still inequitable political and socio-economic environment. The Chief Administrative Officer will advance this effort by ensuring that all administrative activities are strategically aligned with AAUW’s mission. Reporting to AAUW’s Managing Director & Chief of Staff, the CAO plays a key leadership role in the organization. In collaboration with the Managing Director and CEO, s/he contributes to the development of AAUW’s strategic goals by providing advice, analysis, direction, and hands-on implementation for staff management and communication and coordination of all administrative matters. The CAO is responsible, in all activities, for contributing to a culture rooted in equity and inclusion for all staff members.

The Chief Administrative Officer’s specific qualifications include:

  • At least 10 years of experience in a leadership role in staffing; experience in non-profit organization is preferred.
  • Experience facilitating an organizational change management process, including changes to a workforce and to organizational structure and culture.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and reinforcing human capital processes and tools to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
  • Knowledge of traditional human resources functions, including employee relations, benefits administration, payroll, and compliance with labor and employment laws.
  • Significant experience successfully leading, coaching, and developing team members as a manager.
  • Experience reporting to and building successful relationships with a Board of Directors.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred.