The year-round position is approximately 20 hours a week at $35.00/hour with no additional benefits included. Hours can be flexible but may occasionally include some evenings or weekend hours. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the organization and the day-to-day execution of functions designed to achieve the organizational mission. The ED reports to and works closely with the President of the Board of Directors (the Board) and the Board. 

A postsecondary Degree (Associate’s or Bachelor’s) is preferred, but not required. A minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising in a not-for-profit is a plus. The final candidate will be highly organized, demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, have effective inter-personal skills and exhibit a commitment to the values that underpin ODWC’s mission. ODWC is looking for someone who is passionate about early childhood literacy and understands its value and importance as the foundation for development of a child into adolescence and adulthood. The ED is the face and spokesperson for the organization and the right candidate will be someone to bring ODWC to the next level. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

Fundraising – Develop and implement fundraising strategies including but not limited to mail solicitations, Books on the Beach and other events, one-on-one relationship development and submission of grants. Oversee donor recognition and volunteer appreciation programs. Developing and fostering relationships with donors is one key to our success. The ED will be required to not only fundraise to meet financial goals of programs approved by the Board, but also to fulfill the annual operational budget. 

Communications – Work with the Communications Committee to produce effective and engaging letters, press releases, social media presence (such as Facebook and Instagram), website articles and KEY (the annual newsletter) articles. The ED shall guide the Board in most effective tools to communicate between digital and print media and live events. One of the goals of ODWC is to better market and publicize ODWC community-wide, engaging varying demographics, including individuals, businesses, government, and other organizations. Assist the Board in identifying organizations with which collaboration and partnerships would be appropriate and beneficial to the ODWC mission. 

Management - Supervise the activities of and work closely with the Development Assistant hired in May of 2017. ODWC became an independent 501(c)3 June 1 of 2017. ODWC has relied on a key group of Board volunteers and the Developmental Assistant to accomplish the goals to date and wish to continue that success with our current assistant as she has been an integral part of that success. The ED shall oversee all operations to ensure cohesive and integrated organizational functioning and guarantee successful annual outcomes in meeting and exceeding set goals. 

Board – Work with and support the activities of the President and the Board related to meetings, committees, Board recruitment and training, and communication. Work with Committee Chairs and Development Assistant to develop and implement an annual Plan of Work and a Calendar/Schedule for all events, submissions, orders, meetings, volunteer activities, etc. Communication will largely be between President and the Executive Committee (comprising of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and founder), but regular communication to the entire Board is appropriate and acceptable for certain communications. 

Finance – Oversee fundraising proceeds and monitor financial recording and reporting. Submit regular reports to the Board. Work with the finance committee and external auditor/accountant to review and prepare annual budgets, accounting, and IRS filings to assure that ODWC is meeting its goals and remaining financially stable, healthy, and responsible. Accountability to our donors is paramount and transparency of funding and tracking of its allocation is of the utmost importance. Although it is not the sole measurement of the efficiency and effectiveness of a non-profit organization, the ED should evaluate overhead ratios to make sure that the level of operating expenses vs. program expenses remain in a balance that yields the highest performance of the organization. 

Volunteer & Recruitment – Prepare and execute a plan for bolstering the volunteer program. Work with current volunteer coordinator to find effective ways of recruiting and connecting volunteers to existing programs that ODWC works with on regular basis. Work with the Board and designated committee for recruitment of quality candidates as required for positions to be filled that will work towards the diversity of the Board and committees while targeting specific skills. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume including three current and relevant references to: 

Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children 
P.O. Box 2955, Westerly, RI 02891 

Or complete the form on this page.

Questions, please contact Sergio Cherenzia at 860-629-6500