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Half Time Executive Director - Watertown Community Foundation

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Susan Musinsky
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Watertown Ma
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Category:Nonprofit / Social Services
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Part Time
Company:Watertown Community Foundation

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As a small, active, seven year old organization with a strong and growing board of directors, WCF seeks a self-starting, dynamic person with an unusual set of skills to serve as our sole, part-time staff person.

The Watertown Community Foundation’s mission is to promote a strong, close-knit community by fostering connections, mutual respect, and support for those in need among Watertown’s diverse residents.

A private not-for-profit organization, WCF was founded in 2003. WCF is a collection of charitable funds established by people who want to strengthen their community by supporting local institutions and programs. We seek to increase the scope and impact of philanthropic activity in Watertown, while providing donors with practical support, information, networking, and ways of giving that offer significant financial advantages. We also sponsor community events, including an annual series of Block Parties to promote community connections and philanthropic activity.

In its short grantmaking life, WCF has awarded over $100,000 in grants to over forty community organizations. In 2010, it plans to give over $50,000. WCF has assets of just over a million dollars; its endowment is managed to maximize benefits to future generations. WCF’s robust fundraising program attracts increasing support from individuals and institutions, and is designed to generate a larger overall base of funding for worthy enterprises throughout the town.

A board of twelve volunteer directors – local leaders and residents with long experience in philanthropy, investment, and community-building – elects a President, two Vice Presidents and a Treasurer; a small number of standing committees drive the program, grantmaking, development and nominating work of the organization.

Position Description
The Executive Director of the Watertown Community Foundation works in close collaboration with the Board of Directors in carrying out all functions of WCF. This includes balanced attention to the three primary activities of WCF: grantmaking and grantee services; asset development and donor services; and community leadership. The Executive Director also builds administrative and governance capacity in the WCF.

This is a part-time position that both requires and offers flexibility. WCF seeks a commitment of between 12 and 15 hours per week for between 40 and 45 weeks per year. The Executive Director is supervised by the Board President and reviewed annually by a subcommittee of the Board.


Marketing and Communications

* Represent WCF with community leaders and organizations, donors and prospective donors, the media, and with prospective, current and past grantees
* Design and manage public relations and communications efforts

Grantmaking and grantee services

* Manage annual grantmaking program, coordinating the active participation of Board of Directors in all aspects of the grantmaking process
* Work with Board leaders to facilitate ongoing communication and coordination among other, partner institutional grantmakers in Watertown
* Explore avenues for strengthening local nonprofit capacity

Fund development and donor services

* Coordinate an annual appeal with a goal of increasing funds raised 15-25% per year in each of the coming three years
* Staff the WCF Development Committee, a standing committee focused on generating increasing individual and institutional contributions to WCF
* Initiate and cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors in Watertown, in partnership with the Board of Directors
* Launch the WCF planned giving program, with the goal of securing the first series of WCF bequests and other planned gifts

Community leadership and development

* Help a Board leader to supervise and support “block parties for philanthropy” program in 2010 and to develop community leadership for future years
* Provide staff support for Board initiatives to convene community conversations on key issues such as library re-use; emergency assistance; and civic communications capacity-building

Management, administration, and governance

* Lead administrative capacity-building in the maintenance of a vital and current website, creation of databases for mailing and email lists, production of basic marketing materials, and other functions necessary to a well-functioning community foundation
* Support ongoing Board Development activities, in partnership with the President and the Nominating Committee


* Self-starter who will take initiative and foster an entrepreneurial culture
* Strong strategic planning, leadership and interpersonal skills
* Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a diversity of people, including Board, donors, supporters and community members
* Excellent fund raising skills, including demonstrated leadership development responsibilities in a highly successful fundraising enterprise
* Excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong organizational and administrative skills; excellent attention to detail
* Computer proficiency (MS Office Suite), email and Internet usage, and willingness to learn customized foundation software
* Energy, integrity, judgment, discretion, maturity and flexibility
* Minimum three years leadership experience
* Demonstrated knowledge of the nonprofit sector
* Demonstrated understanding of philanthropy
* Passion for the mission of Watertown Community Foundation
* Community or board service experience
* A highly ethical approach to fund raising
* Familiarity with Watertown, Massachusetts preferred

This is a part-time position. The precise level of hourly compensation and hours worked are negotiable, based on the interests, capacity and requirements of the selected candidate. Maximum annual compensation in the first year is $22,000, including any payroll-related costs.

Candidates should send a resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in this job, and helps us understand why you would be a strong and good fit for WCF. Please email these documents, clearly labeled, to the community foundation. E-mail address is located on our website. No phone calls, please.

This job is open until April 21, at which time we will begin a selection process. The position posting will remain up until a candidate is chosen and accepts the job; later inquiries are welcome.

Additional Information
For more information on the position please contact Bob Shay, WCF Vice-President.

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