Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives

Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives

Women Donors Network

San Francisco, CA   |   June 12, 2020

Who We Are

At Women Donors Network, we believe in a world where all people enjoy basic human rights and freedom from discrimination, violence, and oppression; where we are able to use environmental resources sustainably; and where all communities have equal access to economic opportunity.

United by a shared vision of justice and equity for all, our members boldly invest their wealth, time, and talents together. We listen deeply to leaders and movements fighting injustice, move funds quickly, and foster creative strategies that advance systemic change.

Our programs provide a range of opportunities for progressive women philanthropists to learn new skills, connect with other WDN members, and leverage funding for greater collective impact.

Within our collective grantmaking, we fund movements, leaders, and activists within several key initiatives:

The Reflective Democracy Campaign uses groundbreaking research and grantmaking to disrupt the historical imbalance of political power. Our data challenges the myth that women and people of color can’t win elected office. And our analysis is identifying the barriers to getting on the ballot. We’re mapping the gatekeeper systems that keep power in the hands of the few. And we’re investing in community organizations that are developing leaders to run for office.

The Jean Hardisty Initiative supports grassroots movements pushing for change outside the traditional halls of power. Through the Hardisty Initiative, we’re resourcing the movement for racial justice, trusting Black women and supporting Black-led power building.

The Emergent Fund is the rapid response vehicle we founded with partner networks to move quick resources to communities under attack, at the moment they need them. With an activist-led Advisory Council, the Emergent Fund has provided more than $4.7 million to over 300 groups and activists on the frontlines since 2017.

WDN’s Impact Collectives bring members together to learn in community and lean into innovative work that is yet to be or is just becoming. From community-led work in the climate justice movement and women’s safety from violence in the workplace, to full voter participation, the Impact Collectives are where WDN members share expertise and learn from one another – incubating new ideas and giving collectively to fund projects that advance systemic social change.

The WDN team also supports the work of WDN Action, our c4 sister organization. Through WDN Action, we invest in advocacy and electoral strategies that center the leadership, vision, and long-term organizing of women, people of color, young people, and underrepresented communities.

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Our Values

At WDN, our strategies for change are multi-faceted and our work together is bold, unapologetic, collaborative, and joyful.

  • We ask the hard questions that help to imagine a better future.
  • We unapologetically name that which needs to be changed and why.
  • We support transformational movements and seek action.
  • We collaborate with partners who have shared values and a commitment to make change.
  • We nurture a network and community that uses our collective power to create a world that is equitable and just for all.
Who You Are

You believe in systemic change anchored in grassroots movements and want to shift power and resources to those most affected by injustice. You are excited to create strategies that disrupt traditional philanthropic giving — and have the tactical and project management experience to make this a reality. You have at least 7-10 years of relevant experience and are eager to enter a role that focuses on developing collaborative relationships, stewarding innovative grantmaking, and building and nurturing collaborative relationships.

You pride yourself in being:


  • As a leader you are comfortable bringing new and innovative ideas to the table. In working with senior executives, you’re able to provide strategic counsel, clearly articulate ideas, and successfully navigate differing points of view and you welcome opportunities to challenge the status quo and push people to see things in a new way, with a new perspective.


  • You are an adaptable and adaptive leader who brings both creativity and determination to your work– you are not daunted by the opportunity to course-correct when ideas or priorities shift and see this as a chance to grow and evolve your work. As a leader and partner you view flexibility, personal resilience, and the ability to see the big picture as critical to being a high performer and demonstrate the accountability and team-orientation needed to succeed in a small organization.


  • You thrive by engaging with individuals from a diverse range of lived experiences. You understand the multifaceted nature of communities and have a track record of success in building diverse coalitions through successful planning and deep-relationship development.
Our Work Together

As the Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at WDN, you will lead our work to:

  • Build strong relationships with grassroots leaders and activists in the field; identifying key opportunities for catalytic grantmaking and centering the experience of our grantees in this process.
  • Lead strategy and implementation of WDN’s Initiatives – identifying leverage points across initiatives and managing our member steering committees and grantmaking processes.
  • Develop member engagement opportunities that help inspire and inform our network about the impact of our collective grantmaking.
  • Interface with the Director of Communications to ensure collective impact stories are communicated and shared with WDN members and external partners appropriately and with an authentic voice.

You will report to the Vice President of Strategy and Impact and be part of a dynamic and collaborative team focused on grantmaking and member stewardship, supported by a Strategy and Impact Associate.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Katie Bouton, Miecha Ranea Forbes, and Turner Delano are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Women Donors Network is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

The salary range for this opportunity is $110-$140K, commensurate with qualifications and experience. WDN also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) retirement plan, and generous paid vacation, personal and sick leave, along with paid parental leave.

One of the many benefits for WDN team members is a beautiful office space including private offices for each team member. While WDN is currently on a remote work schedule, when restrictions are lifted to allow for in-person office work, team members can take comfort in their ability to work in a safe manner while maintaining levels of social distancing as necessary or preferred.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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