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Wellesley Centers for Women
The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), an influential research institute with the goal of generating knowledge that can lead to positive social change, seeks an Executive Director. With an operating budget of over $7 million, an endowment of $32.7 million and a staff of 75, the Centers are recognized internationally for groundbreaking, rigorous research and scholarship that places women’s perspectives at the center of inquiry. Located at Wellesley College, one of the nation’s leading women’s colleges, the Centers benefit from a unique relationship with the College including student internship and employment opportunities, some collaborative teaching and research with Wellesley faculty, and financial support.
This is an exciting opportunity to direct a highly motivated and committed community of researchers, and to ensure that WCW continues to push the boundaries of understanding and have significant impact in the public sphere. A successful Executive Director will build on the strong leadership of Susan McGee Bailey and chart a course for the future that will heighten the Centers’ visibility; increase revenues through new and existing donor networks, research grants and contracts; and attract and retain top-notch researchers. The Executive Director will also spark innovative thinking about how to create fresh synergies between WCW and Wellesley College, two world-class entities that share a commitment to research, education and the empowerment of women.
The position calls for a creative, deft, consultative leader with excellent strategic, communication and fundraising skills. Distinguished scholarship and a terminal degree in a relevant discipline are expected, as is experience in an organizational leadership role. Demonstrated passion for women’s issues is essential. The Executive Director reports to the Provost of Wellesley College and is guided by a 27 member advisory board, the Wellesley Centers for Women Board of Overseers. The Board of Overseers includes two members of the Wellesley College Board of Trustees, which has final authority over the Centers. For more information on the Centers, please view this website.