Monday, July 28, 2008

Girl with... Job?

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and welcome to the second week of Girl with Pen sans your usual Girl with Pen (Deborah Siegel), who is away on her honeymoon (felicitations!). But don't worry, she'll be back next week and we'll all hold down the fort until then. There are few organizations that work to bridge the gaps between "feminist research, popular reality, and the public" as surely as Our Bodies Ourselves, and so I wanted to bring you this announcement: they are seeking a new Associate Director. Forward it on to anyone who might be interested-- or apply yourself! And thanks to Virginia Rutter for sending this over!

New Position of Associate Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

Our Bodies Ourselves (also known as the Boston Women's Health Book
Collective, Inc.), a nonprofit women's health education, advocacy, and
consulting organization, is seeking an Associate Director. This person
would work closely with the current Executive Director, other senior
staff, and selected Board members to assume key leadership
responsibilities as the organization approaches its 40th year.

Our Bodies Ourselves provides accessible, research-based information
about women's health and sexuality and advances health and human rights
within a framework of values shaped by women's voices and a commitment
to self-determination and equality. For some time, the organization has
maintained a consistent profile, both in terms of visibility and
financial size. A focus for the next few years is to grow the
organization's annual revenues and budget while stabilizing its
fundraising capabilities and diversifying its funding sources.

Responsibilities (to be phased in over a period of time):


* Supervise the day-to-day operations of the organization
* Ensure accuracy & compliance of routine financial operations,
working with financial consultants and/or staff, including:
- Review financial management system and make recommendations
for strengthening, as appropriate
- Oversee preparation of annual audit and review monthly
financial statements
- Develop and monitor annual and quarterly budgets for the
organization and its specific programs
- Ensure timely and accurate completion of necessary state
and federal government filings
* Lead strategic planning for the organization, in collaboration
with the Board and other senior staff, and monitor/oversee
implementation of strategic plans
* Principal staff liaison with the Board of Directors; attend all
Board meetings
* Manage the human resources function and supervise staff
* Prepare annual report


* Provide overall program leadership
* Increase visibility of the organization through various modes
and media
- Act as spokesperson for OBOS
- Write op eds and other advocacy pieces
* Conduct policy/advocacy campaigns
* Develop and maintain relationships with other community-oriented


* Supervise research, writing, and submission of grant proposals
and grant reports
* Lead donor relations
* Develop and implement short and long-term fundraising plans,
created in collaboration with the Board and staff

Required Skills/Qualifications

* Nonprofit management/administrative experience, including direct
supervision and management of employees.
* Knowledge of, skills, and proven experience in financial
management of an organization with an annual operating budget of over
$500,000 (including experience with budget management and financial
* Familiarity with and commitment to the content and philosophy of
OBOS (the book)
* Good knowledge base and experience with women's health,
including reproductive health and gender equity issues
* Excellent oral and written communications skills
* Experience interacting with the media
* Some fundraising experience
* Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to
organize resources, manage multiple projects, and establish priorities
* Demonstrated relevant experience of 8-10 years, including
expertise gained in a growing nonprofit (or other relevant setting)
* Expertise and experience working with diverse communities
* Ability to think strategically and to develop and implement
strategic plans
* Experience/comfort with a collegial model of management
(participatory leadership style that recognizes people's skills and
fosters leadership in others)


* Self-starter (dynamic, highly motivated)
* Entrepreneurial and forward thinking

To apply, please submit preferably VIA EMAIL a resume and cover letter,
to: The organization mailing address is OBOS, 34
Plympton St, Boston, MA 02118. Fax: 617 451 3664.

Deadline: AUGUST 20, 2008

OBOS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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