Co-Executive Director

Washington D.C.
16500 to start, part-time
Jun 18, 2018
Jul 23, 2018
Education, Nonprofit
Part Time

About GR!DC With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary youth and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, identities and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, rise up and rock out!

Following in the footsteps of Girls Rock! camps across the United States, Girls Rock! DC was founded in October 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists and community organizers.

We build upon our diverse musical backgrounds, connections to local youth and approaches to grassroots organizing to create a music education and power-building week-long day camp and afterschool programs for Washington, D.C. area girls and non-binary and trans youth ages 8-18. Every year, Girls Rock! DC serves approximately 100 youths and 20+ adults through our programs, carried out by some 150 stipended volunteers at 3-6 sites.

The Position Description GR!DC is seeking two Co-Executive Directors - our first paid year-round leaders - to grow our organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Co-Executive Directors (Co-EDs), one responsible for Programming and Development; one for Operations, Communications, and Outreach, will provide the overall strategic direction for all internal operations and programming activities for executing the mission of GR!DC. They will work collaboratively to oversee GR!DC’s existing core programs and lead expansion efforts while managing development, communications/external relations and administrative roles. They will develop and manage a team of paid staff and volunteers.

As Co-Executive Directors, you will be taking on non-traditional, part-time (15-20 hours per week) roles that have the potential to grow into a full-time opportunity pending budgetary and programmatic expansion under your leadership.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Spearhead the transition of GR!DC from an all-volunteer leadership structure to a paid staffing model
  • Report to the GR!DC Board of Directors
  • Develop a strategic plan to support the overall functioning and longevity of GR!DC
  • Manage the daily duties and tasks of GR!DC staff and volunteers


Co-Executive Director: Programming & Development

  • Ensure high-quality summer camp and after-school programs
  • Recruit, lead, develop and retain GR!DC’s stipended coordinators and volunteer base
  • Actively engage and energize GR!DC’s volunteers, paid staff, Board of Directors, Youth Board members, partnering organizations and funders
  • Organize, oversee and design curriculum for the Girls Rock! After School Program (GR!ASP), We Rock! Camp for adults and the GR!DC annual youth summer camp and identify areas of possible expansion for the long-term growth of the organization
  • Develop pre- and post-evaluation metrics to measure programming outcomes and implement changes as necessary


Oversee fundraising strategy and donor relations

  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan
  • Identify and submit applications for corporate and foundation grant opportunities and ensure compliance with grant reporting and requirements, developing standardized templates and resources using a unified, GR!DC voice for all proposals
  • Expand and diversify individual donor base and cultivate donor relationships
  • Maintain a donor database to support strategic fundraising and IRS compliance
  • Partner with the Board of Directors as they take on an active fundraising role

Co-Executive Director: Operations, Communications, & Outreach Manage all internal operations of GR!DC

  • Manage the human resources function, including timely and compliant payroll processing, recruiting, hiring, training and evaluation of staff and volunteers and establishing compensation structure and benefits plans
  • Establish an efficient information technology infrastructure and document management system
  • Prepare and manage annual operating budget, supervise bookkeeping, establish and follow effective cash management strategies and report monthly to the Board of Directors on financial standing
  • Establish effective music equipment management process for all GR!DC programming.
  • Oversee daily general communication and inquiries submitted to the organization (check mail,  general email, etc).
  • Maintain GR!DC office space.
  • Cultivate community relationships and grow GR!DC’s brand
  • Develop and implement an integrated communications strategy to increase the visibility of GR!DC programs across key stakeholder audiences
  • Manage web and social media presence and develop strong, GR!DC voice that leads to measurable action
  • Schedule, implement, attend and periodically suggest new community-based programs, partnerships and other engagement initiatives
  • Work with Board and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them

Grounded in GR!DC’s history of collective decision making, the Co-EDs will work closely and collaboratively. Based on the skills and interests of the individuals hired as Co-EDs, responsibilities may be reallocated between the two positions.

Overall Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to GR!DC’s mission.
  • A proven track record of leadership, people development and relationship management experience, preferably in a youth education or music education setting.

Specific requirements include:

  • 4-6 years of management experience at a nonprofit.
  • Strong track record of and unwavering commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion and accessibility in both organizational operations and programs.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff and volunteers.
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting, especially in a nonprofit setting
  • Marketing, public relations (social media) and fundraising experience


We strongly encourage applications from individuals holding one or more of the following identities or experiences: people of color (especially but not limited to black, brown, Latinx, and indigenous folks), trans, two-spirit, non-binary, queer, poor and/or working class, immigrant, non-native English speaker, woman, femme and/or feminine, visibly and/or invisibly disabled, neurodiverse, as well as any other historically marginalized identity or experience.

Submit your resume and cover letter to Please indicate which Co-Executive Director role you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Starting salary is $16,500/year paid on a contractor basis plus a stipend for benefits. Salary increases will be dependent on future fundraising. Applicants are also encouraged to attend the Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp showcase on the morning of July 14, see GR!DC website for location details.

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