Senior Vice President of Fellowships & Programs

Washington, DC

One of the nation’s leading gender equity advocacy organizations is seeking a Senior Vice President of Fellowships & Programs 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 SVP of Fellowships & Programs will advance this effort by designing and significantly expanding a comprehensive set of data-driven initiatives that expand women’s and girls’ opportunities in non-traditional spaces. The SVP will lead the fellowships & programs team in a broad portfolio of national and international programmatic activities, including fellowships and grants; programs that reshape girls’ and women’s experiences in educational and career settings; and programmatic collaborations with universities, student organizations, and allied non-profits.

The SVP’s specific qualifications include:

  • At least 10 years of experience in senior management roles in a national non-profit organization.
  • Record of orchestrating a systematic, goal-oriented, and highly strategic approach to comprehensive program development that achieves both department-level and organizational goals.
  • Significant program management experience, including a record of taking programs from pilot to model to high-impact institutionalization.
  • Demonstrated ability to design programs that enhance an organizational brand and competitive position.
  • Track record of significantly increasing program size and scope for national and international impact.
  • Some experience developing equity, diversity, and inclusion programs is preferred.
  • Experience serving as an ambassador to a diverse range of high-level institutional partners, including colleges and universities, national corporations, and allied non-profit organizations.
  • 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.