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Executive Director

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection
Waunakee, WI 53597
Hybrid work
$70,000 - $75,000 a year - Full-time


Waunakee, WI 53597

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Full job description

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is a local social service agency that provides programs and resources for low-income households within the Waunakee school district and community of Dane through the engagement of volunteers and the greater community.

The Executive Director will apply a strategic mindset, along with a heart for building community, to drive the future success of Waunakee Neighborhood Connection. Being a small, grassroots organization, the ideal candidate will be a generalist in nonprofit administration with successful experience in fund development, fiscal management, programs and operations, marketing, community relations, and volunteer and staff supervision. Working collaboratively with the board, the executive director will ensure that the mission and community impact plan are being carried out effectively. A commitment to and advocacy for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, as well as to community engagement, is essential.

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

I. Oversee Organizations Strategy

  • Actively engage and support Neighborhood Connection’s clients, volunteers, program coordinators, board members, event committees, staff, community partners, and donors.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of Neighborhood Connection’s services and programming.
  • Execute Neighborhood Connection’s community impact plan in collaboration with staff, key volunteers, and Board of Directors; track progress and provide updates to Board.
  • Support the Fund Development Manager’s implementation of fund development strategies.

II.Manage day-to-day operations

  • Actively engage and support Neighborhood Connection’s clients, volunteers, program coordinators, board members, event committees, staff, community partners, and donors.
  • Ensure ongoing operational excellence, with consistent execution of finance and administration, communications, facility, management, technology, and systems.
  • Manage the financial affairs of the organization including annual budget development, maintaining financial records, overseeing monthly financial statements and timely budget reviews, and regular reporting to the Board.
  • Recruit, hire, train, lead, develop, and evaluate staff.
  • Work with Board Chair and all committees in the development of meeting agendas, meeting facilitation, and board operations.
  • Manage Neighborhood Connection’s facility and building operations.

III. Represent Neighborhood Connection in the Community

  • Build relationships to develop community presence and engagement.
  • Develop and implement a marketing communication strategy to enhance the understanding about Neighborhood Connection and distinguish it from other nonprofit organizations.
  • Serve as the key spokesperson for Neighborhood Connection with media (press, TV, etc.), and in the community; represent Neighborhood Connection at key meetings and community gatherings.
  • Foster relationships with donors, other local non-profit organizations, and community leaders.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree is preferred. Preferable academic focus: nonprofit management, public administration, business, health/social sciences, education, OR a combination of training, education and/or experience that can be demonstrated to result in possession of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position.
  • Two years of senior leadership experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and QuickBooks software systems; mastery of a CRM system such as eTapestry.
  • Commitment to the mission of Waunakee Neighborhood Connection.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Commitment to and advocacy for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Strong verbal and written skills, with the ability to be a persuasive and passionate communicator.
  • Working knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management including accounting, grants management, budgeting, and financial reporting.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set, and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and carrying out fund development activities and grant writing.
  • Strong management skills with ability to set priorities, multi-task, monitor progress toward goals, track details and use data to make informed decisions and problem-solve.

Additional Requirements:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to understand legal issues and maintain confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of available community resources.

Working Conditions:

Physical Requirements: Light work that includes exerting up to 25 lbs. of force occasionally or a negligible amount frequently.

Physical Activity: Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one workspace to another. May remain in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time with occasional standing, walking, stooping, crouching, and kneeling; frequent reaching, carrying lifting, pushing, pulling, fingering, grasping, typing, talking-speaking clearly, hearing-conversation, and seeking-near.

Work/Environment: Moderate noise level consistent with an office environment with occasional higher noise level and frequent interruptions.

Personal/Physiological: Interaction with people, working around people, planning of activities, making judgements in emergency situations, frequent changes in duties and volume of work, intra-organizational communication.

Note: The purpose of this document is to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel so classified; it is not intended to serve as an inclusive list of all responsibilities associated with this position.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Waunakee, WI 53597