Executive Director

Women's Opportunity and Resource Development | Missoula, Montana


Women's Opportunity and Resource Development, Inc. (WORD) is one of Missoula's longest established and most experienced non-profit organizations. Since it's founding in 1986, WORD has spearheaded, supported and participated with organizations, agencies and individuals who are committed to building community in Missoula. WORD is a feminist organization committed to women’s empowerment through education, outreach, public policy and political advocacy. WORD's mission is to Strengthen community by creating opportunities that support and inspire women

Job Summary

WORD seeks to hire a strong Executive Director to lead the organization forward in its commitment to feminist values and a socially just world. The director will be able to articulate WORD’s vision and goals to the community, oversee the day-to-day management of the organization, and identify fundraising and grant opportunities which allow WORD to fulfill its goals. The Director’s responsibilities will include fundraising and grant writing, fiscal management, strategic planning, promoting a cooperative team environment within the organization, and promoting collaboration in the community. The Director works closely with the Program Directors, the Fiscal Director and the WORD Board of Directors. The Director oversees day-to-day management, agency budgets, and regularly reports on current operations to the Board. 

A qualified candidate must demonstrate experience with non-profit and fiscal management; grant-writing and grant management, developing innovative fundraising campaigns, identifying and cultivating donors; supervision and staff training; and possess strong communication skills. 

Reports To

Board of Directors


Executive Administration, Strategic vision & Community Involvement

  • Collaborate with the Board to implement and update long-term strategic plan that clearly articulates the vision and mission.
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing an annual operations plan that ensures WORD is working toward achieving the goals of its long-term strategic plan.
  • Serve as an ex-officio board member and assist in maintaining and supporting and further developing a strong Board of Directors.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of administration.
  • Serve as an advocate and representative for WORD and its mission by actively engaging and energizing volunteers, board members, committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Promote positive Public Relations through presentations, press releases, as appropriate in coordination with the Development & Outreach Intern.
  • Raise awareness and visibility, improve the reputation, and build support for WORD and its mission. 
  • Build partnerships statewide with other organizations.
  • In collaboration with the Development & Outreach Intern, initiate, cultivate, and strengthen donor relationships to solicit, build and secure increased Planned Giving, Annual Giving, and provide increased opportunities for programmatic contracts and funded projects.
  • Identify and apply for grants and other funding to achieve the goals of the strategic plan.

Financial Development & Management

  • Provide ultimate responsibility and oversight for the strong fiscal health of organization.
  • Oversee annual budget preparation for core operations and programs, including supportive information for all expenses and revenues. Present and explain updated budget to Board of Directors for approval.
  • Approve and authorize organizational and program expenditures and payments within approved budget.
  • Prepare all supporting information for the annual audit and liaise with the Board's Finance Committee and the external auditors as necessary.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that personnel and financial information is secure and stored in compliance with current legislation.
  • Prepare annual 990 in a timely manner as appropriate.
  • Manage the cash flow and prepare cash flow forecasts.
  • Prepare monthly fiscal reports for organization and for grant reporting.
  • Monitor program and individual grant budgets ensure compliance with grant requirements.
  • Oversee the management of all leases, contracts and other financial commitments.
  • Ensure that accurate and timely financial statements are prepared in accordance with contract agreements with funders.
  • Implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.

Program Development & Management

  • Oversee WORD’s established and new programs including vision, systems, protocols and implementation.
  • Form collaborative relationships with educational entities, state and local governmental agencies, CBOs and the community at large to promote responsive programming for low-income families, women and other identified groups.
  • Participate on coalitions and community groups to represent the needs and contributions of women and low-income families: develop and promote policies and initiatives to that end.
  • Plan and implement effective program evaluation.
  • Communicate with funders, policy makers and constituents.
  • Lead and support staff in program vision, program development, and implementation of all program elements; model participatory processes that include program participants.
  • Negotiate program contracts and compliance.
  • Grant research, grant writing, and grant management

Team Development & Leadership

  • Model feminist, empowering, participatory leadership.
  • Provide staff leadership along with Program Coordinators to support a positive and empowering work environment.
  • Provide ongoing, regular supervision to staff, promote staff development through appropriate training, and provide opportunity for growth.
  • Develop an evaluation schedule and oversee regular staff evaluations per WORD policy.
  • Oversee personnel documentation for personnel records.
  • Ensure policy manual is complete and updated.
  • Develop job descriptions and coordinate agency hiring

General responsibilities

  • Adhere to WORD policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Act as a responsible team member.
  • Project a positive image of WORD, using effective public relations skills.
  • Exhibit friendliness toward and consideration of clients, employees, volunteers and the general public.
  • Display a neat appearance and competent manner.


Demonstrated experience in leadership and fundraising. 

Degree in relevant field. Master's degree preferred or equivalent relevant experience.


$40,000 to $50,000 per year, depending on experience.

How to Apply

Submit applications via email or postal mail.  Application package must include a Letter of Interest, resume, three professional references, and a statement regarding your personal philosophy and its relationship to WORD’s mission.

Women's Opportunity and Resource Development


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations