Executive Director

Women's Opportunity & Resource Development | Missoula, Montana


WORD creates opportunities, programs and policies that inspire and support women’s development, leadership and choice, for the benefit of our entire community.

The WORD Executive Director should be inextricably and passionately connected to the mission of WORD Inc. They should communicate effectively within and outside of the organization, and be bold and confident yet thoughtful and reasonable in their leadership and actions. They should be held accountable, and hold the staff accountable for the highest quality, most admirable work possible.

Job Summary

The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for the management and oversight of all aspects of WORD including: day-to-day operations of the organization, program development and oversight, budgeting and financial management, staff hiring and management, human resources, board development; and serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization’s mission and goals. The Executive Director will ensure that all activities are conducted in a financially responsible and legal manner. The Executive Director establishes and maintains an environment that allows the staff to do their best work while also providing guidance and support. The Executive Director will be a highly visible advocate and exhibit enthusiasm and appreciation for the mission. The Executive Director reports to and works with the Board of Directors.

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 Director.
  • 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 Director, Initiate, cultivate, and strengthen the 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 and 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 and 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 and 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


Candidate must demonstrate experience with non-profit and fiscal management; grant-writing and grant management; supervision and staff training; and strong communication skills. Candidates must demonstrate experience with developing innovative fundraising campaigns and identifying and cultivating donors.

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.


For information visit www.wordinc.org or call Suzin J. Kratina at (406) 543-3550, ext. 222.

How to Apply

Please send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References to: Sindie Kennedy at sindie.kennedy@gmail.com.

Women's Opportunity & Resource Development


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations