Executive Director
Tradeswomen Inc.

Organizational Overview

Tradeswomen Inc. seeks a new Executive Director passionate about and committed to increasing access to nontraditional blue collar careers for women. The position is currently part-time with the expectation that the position will become full-time in the future. Tradeswomen, Inc. (TWI) is a non-profit organization established in 1979 for the support and advocacy of women in the trades, located in Oakland, California. TWI’s primary mission is to increase the number of women working in the building trades and to ensure that they can thrive in their construction careers. TWI concentrates on three key approaches to achieving this goal:

  • Recruitment: Inform women and girls about building trades apprenticeships and other non-traditional blue-collar career opportunities, targeting women in low-income communities;
  • Retention: Provide support services needed to enable women to stay in the trades — especially mentoring, child care, support networks, and eliminating sexual harassment and discrimination;
  • Leadership Development: Provide women with the skills to advance on the job and in their unions; create tradeswomen forums to enact policy reforms that will enhance recruitment and retention.

The organization’s current programmatic initiatives focus on outreach, direct recruitment, advocacy, and volunteer coordination.

Position Overview

The Executive Director will be the lead officer of Tradeswomen, Inc. and will be directly responsible for the major policy and programmatic initiatives of the organization. The Executive Director will also have the major responsibility for fundraising and will work in concert with TWI’s strategic partners as well as the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will have a passion for TWI’s mission, have strong leadership capabilities, have fundraising experience, be able to manage staff and volunteers, and be comfortable interacting with people of diverse backgrounds.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Promoting TWI’s mission and commitment to excellence in the labor and workforce community.
  • Maintaining and expanding TWI’s current sources of funding without compromising the organization’s mission and commitment to excellence.
  • Maintaining and expanding partnerships, relationships and strategic alliances with
    unions, apprenticeship programs, pre-apprenticeship programs, community groups, government agencies, schools, and others offering recruitment and retention opportunities for women in the trades.
  • Working closely and effectively with TWI’s Board of Directors to develop short-
    and long-term strategic plans. Implementing TWI’s strategic plan with the support of the Board.
  • Strengthening and expanding TWI’s support and advocacy for women in the trades.
  • Developing, maintaining and communicating sound financial and reporting practices aligned with Board expectations and managing the organization in keeping with budgetary constraints.
  • Providing leadership, inspiration and guidance to the staff in an environment of open communication and transparency.
  • Providing information, advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and Board Committees in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic directions.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

  • Commitment to increasing women’s opportunities in construction
  • Experience with construction, unions and/or apprenticeship programs
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising
  • Leadership and management experience
  • Capacity to build strong organizational partnerships
  • Experience in policy development, program development and advocacy
  • Self-directed, self-motivated
  • Strong communication skills—oral and written
  • Proficiency with contemporary office software
  • Willingness to travel on occasion, primarily in Northern California
  • Skills in event management a plus

Salary: Initial salary offering at $45,000. Increases and benefits dependent on future funding.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to personnel@tradeswomen.org:

  1. A cover letter expressing the nature of your interest in the position and outlining your potential contribution to the organization.
  2. A current resume.
  3. The names and contact information for three references.

Application deadline is June 30, 2009 or until position filled.

All applications will be kept confidential

TWI is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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