Organization: Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

Location: Washington, DC, Arlington, MA, or Atlanta, GA, US

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Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a national non-profit organization. WAND was founded in 1982 as Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the cold war, the organization became Women’s Action for New Directions, which seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and to redirect excessive Pentagon spending toward unmet human and environmental needs. WAND has offices in Arlington, MA, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA.

WAND operates two non-profit organizations with one united vision. WAND Education Fund is a 501 C-3 organization that conducts educational programming through its Women, Peace, and Security efforts and creates educational materials for training and briefing individuals, elected leaders, and the media. WAND, Inc. is a 501 C-4organization focused on advocacy and consists of an Action Center, members, and chapters. The WAND PAC, a part of WAND Inc. and comprised of WAND members, endorses qualified women candidates running for Congress who demonstrate a commitment to WAND’s issues. Additionally, Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), a program of WAND, Inc., is a national non-partisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

For more information on WAND, please visit

Candidate Profile:

WAND is seeking a dynamic and well-respected Executive Director who brings strong knowledge of the current political landscape and is deeply committed to the mission of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the organizational vision through strong leadership of WAND, Inc., the WAND Education Fund, and the WAND Political Action Committee (PAC). Working closely with the Board and staff, s/he will have overall strategic, fiscal, and operational responsibility for the organizations. This position presents an exciting opportunity to lead this successful, unique organization into the future.

The Executive Director of WAND will have the following responsibilities:

Leadership, Management, and Vision

  • Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of high quality talent.
  • Oversee and ensure accountability and transparency in finance, HR, operations, communications, policy, field membership, and legislative activities.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality in all areas including finance and administration, fundraising, communications, policy and legislative activities, field membership, and chapter activities.
  • Actively engage and energize WAND volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.


  • Develop and sustain a diverse funding base to expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations while simultaneously building up investment dollars. Emphasis is on foundations, individuals, corporate sponsors, and increasing membership.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

Board Development

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each board committee.
  • Seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.

Coalition Building

  • Build and strengthen strategic alliances on a local, regional, statewide, and federal/national scale.
  • Serve as a thought leader and external voice for WAND’s legislative and advocacy efforts within its core mission.
  • Work closely with media and external stakeholders and demonstrate the ability to pivot strategically within a 24-hour news cycle.


  • A connection to WAND’s national agenda and vision for its future.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience leading fundraising efforts and managing a budget.
  • 5-10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading a staff.
  • Experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Ability to navigate shared power with partners and political leaders.
  • Experience as a coalition builder on a local, regional, and national level.
  • Leadership that will elevate and amplify WAND.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Collaborative management style with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performing teams.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors and the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking and presentation experience and the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positivity, a mission-driven orientation, self-direction, and a sense of humor.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.

Compensations and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Women’s Action for New Directions has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Erin Reedy here.

WAND is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit