YWCA of WNY, Inc. - Buffalo, NY

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Organization Description:

The YWCA of Western New York, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA of WNY opened its doors in Buffalo in 1870 to seek out and provide for the needs of the poor and to furnish a boarding home for young girls and women. Today, we provide services in the areas of child care, youth programs, senior housing, racial justice, and community development all within the organization’s annual operating budget of approximately $1 million, employing over 20 dedicated staff.

The Board of Directors of the YWCA of WNY, Inc. is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will build on successes of the past and engage the community in carrying out the organization’s powerful mission for years to come.

Candidate Profile:

We are searching for someone that embodies the following characteristics:

  • A kind and gracious leader who is passionate about and dedicated to the elimination of racism, empowering women, promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all; is a model of authenticity, integrity and ethical conduct; has experience working with diverse communities and is committed to community awareness and understanding of the intersectionality of gender, race and poverty.
  • A community leader and coalition builder who inspires and mobilizes key stakeholders, advocates for policy and systemic change, and remains positive in the face of adversity.
  • A credible communicator who has a respectful and accessible leadership style. The CEO must be comfortable interacting with all levels of staff, board members, clients, community and business partners, funders, volunteers, government officials and their constituencies.
  • A skilled leader in financial planning, budgeting, fund development, grant writing and the cultivation of innovative programs and services.

The Chief Executive Officer provides the executive/administrative leadership necessary to enable YWCA of WNY to fulfill its goals and priorities as set by its Board of Directors and as part of a national and international membership movement.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Organizational Management

  • Effectively oversees management of resources to assure over-all achievement of goals and objectives as set by Board of Directors.
  • Leads team of managers representing all aspects of organization including finance, fund development, administrative, facilities, human resources and all operating programs.
  • Mobilizes staff to make significant changes in operations and strategy where needed.

Human Resource Management

  • Directly recruits, hires/terminates, supervises, and monitors activities of all director level positions for administration, finance, facilities, IT and human resources.
  • Serves as role model for staff through leading by example; creates “team spirit”.

Financial Management

  • Accomplishes fiscal management at all levels by maintaining a balanced budget.
  • Understands and is able to interpret and communicate financials and audits.
  • Approves and presents annual budget to Board of Directors.


  • Works with Board of Directors to develop strategic plan; responsible for successful implementation and management of plan.

Fund Development

  • Develops and solicits individual and corporate donors as a collaborative effort with the Fund Development Committee.

Facilities Management

  • Oversees facilities management including security, maintenance and upkeep of owned and rented premises; participates in long range facilities planning with Facilities Committee.

Board of Directors

  • Works effectively with Board of Directors by providing guidance and information needed for planning, program development, and policy adoption; assists Board Governance Committee with the recruitment, orientation and development of new directors.

Public Relations

  • Serves as YWCA of WNY, Inc. spokesperson for media.
  • Networks and builds coalitions, collaborations, and partnerships with other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
  • Represents the YWCA brand and mission which includes ensuring a positive visible community image.

Works in a similar capacity above with Management Corporation and Affiliate Board of Directors for the YWCA Housing Development Fund Corporation, an affiliate entity which solely owns and manages the School House Commons facility.

Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 7-10 years management experience required; Graduate degree in related field (public or business administration, health and human services, education, etc.) preferred with 5-7 years management experience; Non-profit management experience is preferred. Proven success in leadership of an organization of comparable size and complexity preferred. EOE

Interested candidates can email resume and cover letter or submit via USPS as follows: CEO Search Committee, YWCA of WNY, Inc., School House Commons, 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14207