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Executive Director job description

JRF | Apr 06 2015 |  · · · 

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The Executive Director is the key leader of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, and is responsible for strategic implementation of the organization’s programs, administration, resource development, marketing and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.


Founded in 1976, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund is named to honor the legacy of the first woman elected to U.S. Congress, a proponent of women’s and children’s rights. The mission is to provide scholarships and support for low-income women age 35 and older through college completion. To date, 1,202 scholarships have been awarded with a total of more than $2 Million to women across the country. The scholarship program has developed over 39 years to help women build brighter futures. They are succeeding, with 95.2% reporting they had earned degrees since receiving their Jeannette Rankin awards. The program was cited for excellence with the 2014 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award, and HBO host John Oliver recommended the organization to his viewers for their support.  As a rare program focusing on older women students, this is a leadership opportunity for the right candidate to launch this cause to a new level.


The organization seeks a visionary leader who can build on this history of success to increase the Fund’s national presence and recognition, and mobilize new resources to serve many more women.



1) Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through implementation of the strategic plan, program delivery and expanded stakeholder outreach and engagement.

2) Financial Performance and Viability:  Retains existing financial supporters and aggressively develops additional resources to ensure the health and growing impact of the organization; oversees budgeting process and compliance, financial systems and accountability, and financial statements/reporting.

3)  Operations: Oversees the organization’s operations including hiring and retaining qualified staff.


Professional Qualifications:


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher

  • High integrity leadership

  • Five or more years senior management experience

  • Ability to convey a vision of Jeannette Rankin Fund’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors; a track record of strategically growing an organization’s reach and impact

  • Knowledge of fundraising and other revenue-generating strategies, and commitment to effective donor relations for the nonprofit sector, with a track record of successful fundraising

  • Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, task facilitation and accountability

  • Effective program development and delivery, with commitment to programming excellence, industry best practices and rigorous program review and improvement

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers, to engage diverse volunteer and donor groups and to oversee and collaborate with staff

  • Strong public speaking ability


Job Responsibilities:


  1. 1. Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission.  Seek board involvement in decisions, fundraising and to increase the organization’s overall visibility across the U.S.

  2. 2. Serve as Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.

  3. 3. Establish and maintain relationships with national organizations, corporations and foundations to strategically grow Jeannette Rankin Fund.

  4. 4. Plan and monitor annual budget.

  5. 5. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

  6. 6. Strategic planning and implementation. 

  7. 7. Provide staff support to coordinate board and committee meetings.

  8. 8. Oversee marketing and other communications.

  9. 9. Maintain official records and documents, policies and procedures for operations, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

  10. 10. Review and approve contracts for services.

  11. 11. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in higher education, women’s issues and poverty as they impact and influence the organization’s program.

  12. 12. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


More information:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


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New Video!

JRF | Mar 04 2015 |  · · · 

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2015 Retreat

JRF | Feb 26 2015 |  · · · 

This Saturday, board members, staff and scholars will gather to map the future for Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund.

A generous board member is sponsoring travel for Jeannette Rankin scholars Julie, Angela and Barb from Oregon, Missouri, and Minnesota. Current Georgia scholars Shea, Maria, and Khadijah, plus recent graduate LaTrena will also be there. They'll be sharing their personal stories of challenges and triumphs as they journeyed back to school to build a brighter future.

We're grateful to all of the amazing people coming together this weekend who are dedicated to helping women conquer poverty through education.


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Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

JRF | Dec 05 2014 |  · · · 

ZoomWorks Photography, an Athens based studio, takes on a creative project annually and this year the focus was the celebration of women.  The company, owned by Shannah Montgomery and Marisu Wehrenberg, has many specialties.  One of them is Boudoir. In the spirit of how they have seen that photography genre boost self esteem, Marisu and Shannah came up with the idea of a feminine Zodiac Calendar, showcasing the beauty and power they find in all women. 

The launch party for the 2015 calendar will be Thursday, December 11th, from 7-9pm at Hendershot's on Prince Avenue. Calendars are $20 each and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jeannette Rankin Fund, a non-profit that helps women fulfill their dreams of higher education.  Come meet the beautiful women in front of and behind the camera for this project, get a jump on your holiday shopping and support a great cause.

ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party - No cover
December 11 - Hendershots on Prince Avenue - 7-9pm
Jeannette Rankin Foundation benefit

If you can’t come to the party, but would like to order a calendar, simply call or write ZoomWorks and they’ll gladly get one out to you.  We take most major credit cards.  Shipping not included.   For delivery in time for Christmas, orders must be placed by December 16th.      706-227-3777


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Make a Difference with End-of-Year Gifts

JRF | Nov 24 2014 |  · · · 

No checkbook needed! Here are two easy ways to make gifts that don't involve cash, but give needed help to women conquering poverty:

Appreciated Stock

A Jeannette Rankin Fund supporter is donating appreciated stock worth $5,000 as an end-of-year gift. Not only is that a great help for the scholarship program, but also for the donor's taxes -- plus the gift is doubled. Donations through Dec. 31 are matched 1:1, so this gift doubles to $10,000!

Read more about donating appreciated stock here -- Gifting Appreciated Securities: A Win-Win-Win Scenario



Have an older car and don't want to go through the hassle of selling it? We've got an easy way for you to donate your automobile. Fill out the online form by clicking the link below or give a call. The process is quick, and they'll arrange for your vehicle to be picked up and auctioned off -- whether it's running or not. Proceeds will benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund and you can write-off what it sold for!

Click here to learn more.


Bonus: Holiday Gift Idea

Giving in Honor of Someone Special

You'll likely be pulling out that credit card to buy gifts for family and friends for the holidays, but there's an alternative. Why not make a donation in their honor that will be matched 1:1 during our $100,000 Challenge? Your gift will make a difference for women and families across the country, and we'll send a card letting the honoree know about your thoughtful donation.

Our online donation form is simple. After you enter your donation information, tell us the honoree's name and address and we'll handle the rest. Click here to get started!

Gift photo by asenat29/Flickr.


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