Executive Director

Updated July 25, 2017

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is proud to announce that we are recruiting an Executive Director to join our team! We’ve spent the past year working to establish both a strategic plan and operational plan, all with the goal of ensuring we are constantly growing, learning and improving each aspect of the organization and our programs. Hiring our first Executive Director is another significant and vital step toward elevating the Foundation’s programs, development and professionalism.

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The B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s mission champions the educational and professional development of women for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women through scholarships, mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development workshops. The Foundation currently provides three scholarships covering living expenses for unpaid or underpaid summer interns in public service and STEM fields, as well as an endowment at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service for an annual full academic scholarship. Thus far, 57 women have been awarded over $225,000. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is the only non-academic organization supporting young women in this manner.

In 2016, a Sponsorships and Grants program was created to fund projects or programs that benefit women. Awards have contributed to college tuition for five high-achieving first-generation college students, and have helped three high school seniors, soon to be first-generation college students, attend out-of-state college visits they otherwise could not have attended.

The Foundation is currently in a period of exciting growth of programs, advocacy, research, outreach and support of women, requiring increased focus on organizational development and fundraising. The hiring of the first Executive Director is an integral part of this development strategy. An Executive Director is desired to lead the Foundation as we elevate the organization to the “next level” of program maturity and professionalism.

Currently, the Foundation employs a full-time professional Program Director, in addition to two of the three founding Board Members serving in staff positions as the Development and Communications Directors. We are working toward transitioning the Board Members from staff to traditional Board Member roles. Therefore, a full-time Executive Director will take on the Executive Director roles as well as the responsibilities of Development Director, with a plan to hire a professional Development Director in the near future. The Foundation is excited to offer this unique opportunity to a dedicated, energetic and ambitious Executive Director who can play an integral role in shaping the organization as it evolves into an authority on equality in women’s professional opportunities and development.

Job Description

The Executive Director will lead the execution of the Foundation’s strategic and operational plan, through programs, advocacy, research, development campaigns, and staff oversight.

As Executive Director:

  • Leadership and Management
    • Oversee programs, ensuring success and constant measurement and evaluation.
    • Oversee financial stability of organization, including budget creation and administration, and fundraising initiatives.
    • Oversee communications strategy, in collaboration with Communications Director, and integrate within programs and development goals.
    • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
    • Actively engage and energize board, alumni, partner organizations and donors.
    • Lead, coach, develop, and retain senior management team.
    • Ensure effective systems are in place to track scaling progress and evaluate programs.
    • Communicate  successes and failures to the board, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Fundraising & Communications:
    • Expand fundraising activities to support existing programs and new initiatives.
    • Increase and diversify revenue streams, working toward the goal of reducing reliance on endowment.
    • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
    • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
  • Planning & New Business:
    • Design and execute the strategic plan for current program expansion and new program creation.
    • Identify and cultivate partnerships with organizations with similar missions.
    • Establish relationships with current and potential supporters.
    • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates organization mission and program results, with an emphasis on increasing support of the issue and organization locally and nationally.

Expanded Development Responsibilities, until Development Director is hired:

  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan.
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations, including grants, as appropriate.
  • Manage the implementation of fundraising database and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Oversee organization of special events
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising

(The above  job description was adapted from The Bridgespan Group’s sample job description.)

Position Details:

  • Full time
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Office Space: No office space provided at this time
  • Salary: commensurate with experience  
  • Benefits: Health benefits negotiable, no other benefits provided.
  • Vacation time: 15 days per year
  • Sick Days: 10 days per year


  1. 5+ years of relevant work experience
  2. Resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
  3. Prior experience as an executive director or similar leadership position
  4. Prior experience as a development director, specifically strong fundraising experience

Strong candidates will:

  • Master’s degree or greater
  • Be dedicated to the mission and values of the Foundation
  • Be excited to work with a young and growing organization
  • Have ambitious goals for the organization
  • Be excited to take on dual responsibilities of both Executive Director and Development Director, and prepare organization for further hiring as appropriate
  • Have strong communication and leadership skills
  • Have work history and a professional network in Washington, D.C.
  • Have experience with accounting software, databases, and websites like QuickBooks, Salesforce, and WordPress

To apply, please complete the application form, and submit both a resume and cover letter.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Strong applicants will be asked to submit a writing sample and be invited to participate in a phone interview with the Program Director and at least one Board Member. Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview.

Questions should be directed to Jobs@barudolphfoundation.org. 


Anticipated Timeline

July 20: Application opens

August 17, 11:59 pm, EST: Application closes*

*Application review and phone interview notifications will be conducted on a rolling basis.

September 12: In-person interview invitations extended

September 18-22: Interviews

October 1: Offer extended

January 1: Start date