Managing Director & Chief of Staff

Washington, DC
Vice President

One of the nation’s leading gender equity advocacy organizations is seeking a Managing Director & Chief of Staff 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 Managing Director & Chief of Staff will advance this effort by serving as the primary architect of AAUW’s systems and strategies, ensuring that internal operations are optimized to support the organization’s mission and staff. The Managing Director and Chief of Staff is a partner to the CEO in AAUW’s strategic planning processes and Board relations; advises the organization’s senior leadership team on departmental initiatives; oversees all aspects of administration, including finance, information technologies, and database management; and supervises a robust team, including the Chief Administrative Officer.

The Managing Director & Chief of Staff’s specific qualifications include:

  • At least 10 years of experience in senior management roles in a national non- or for-profit organization.
  • Record of designing, implementing, and continuously improving internal systems within a complex organization.
  • Track record of establishing internal policies and procedures that allocate resources fairly and transparently and support informed long-term planning within all departments.
  • Experience effectively managing a full range of financial activities for large organization-wide budgets, including forecasting, budgeting, tracking, and reporting.
  • General knowledge of and commitment to professional and ethical financial stewardship.
  • Sophisticated experience in using technological systems to facilitate organization-wide communication and collaboration and support decision-making, partnership development, and program execution.
  • Sensitive and nuanced understanding of team dynamics and morale within a large organization.
  • Proven ability to inspire, lead, and manage a multigenerational workforce and to cultivate an inclusive environment among staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred.