For more than 43 years, Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) has served as the nation’s premier public-interest law firm and policy center. WLF’s mission is to protect and preserve America’s free-enterprise system by litigating, publishing, and advocating for limited government, individual and business civil liberties, and the rule of law.
To date, WLF has litigated over 1,500 cases in state and federal courts, has participated in more than 860 administrative and regulatory proceedings, and has produced and distributed over 2,700 publications. Our amicus briefs and publications are key resources relied upon by our nation’s decision makers. Members of the judiciary, government leaders, policy officials, attorneys, academicians, and the media look to WLF for accurate and reliable guidance.
WLF’s culture is that of a small, close-knit family. The organization has an open-door policy and staff members all work together to advance WLF’s mission.
WLF’s President and CEO Connie Larcher is retiring at the end of 2020 after a 43-year career at WLF. Ms. Larcher occupied the Executive Director role prior to the passing away of WLF’s Chairman Daniel J. Popeo. Subsequent to that, Ms. Larcher’s responsibilities expanded considerably. Since that time, WLF senior staff has obtained experience and autonomy to a sufficient degree that what WLF will need most upon Ms. Larcher’s retirement is a person to manage the business and oversee development. There will be overlap between the hiring of an Executive Director and Ms. Larcher’s remaining tenure as President and CEO so that Ms. Larcher can offer guidance and mentoring.
The Executive Director will provide leadership to advance WLF and demonstrate a strong personal commitment to the core principles that frame our work.
Reporting directly to the WLF Board of Directors and overseeing a team of dynamic attorneys and professionals, the Executive Director will be responsible for implementing the Foundation’s programs and strategic vision. Duties include supervising the WLF team in the administration of their respective functions, as well as leading the Foundation’s fundraising, marketing, and donor outreach efforts.
The Executive Director must demonstrate the ability to combine strategic thinking with strong execution skills for the advancement of liberty and the preservation of the rule of law. The incumbent is responsible for defining and implementing policies and procedures that strengthen the operation and effectiveness of the Foundation.
The Executive Director will also be responsible for daily administrative management functions including human resources, finance and budgeting, and managing daily operations.
Compensation package includes salary, health insurance, and paid vacation leave.
The Executive Director will work in WLF’s Washington, DC office. This is not a virtual position.
- Ability to convey WLF’s mission statement and core principles to a diverse donor base
- Ten+ years of operational leadership experience
- Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited college or university required; Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Juris Doctor, or similar academic credential(s) preferred
- Skilled in writing and public speaking
- Experience in fundraising, including strategic planning, grant writing, and donor relations and resource alignment with mission and goals
- Proficiency with donor-database software (Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred) and comfort with social media marketing
- Ability to lead, oversee, and collaborate with teams
- Track record of integrity, collegiality, and collaboration in working with colleagues
- Skilled in managing competing assignments within designated time frames
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Leadership, Organization Mission, and Strategy
- Supervise, collaborate, and work closely with the WLF team to ensure that goals of the WLF Board are achieved through implementation of programs, strategic planning, and donor outreach.
- Program Development and Administration
- Maintain working knowledge of significant developments and trends impacting WLF; provide leadership in developing and executing organizational programs and policies authorized by the Board of Directors.
- Lead WLF in a manner that supports and guides the Foundation’s mission as defined by its Board of Directors.
- Provide support to WLF Board of Directors to achieve the Foundation’s mission.
- Maintain consistent and open lines of communication with the WLF Board of Directors to provide timely updates of information required for the Board to fulfill its duties and make informed decisions.
- Report to, and work closely with, the WLF Board of Directors to seek its involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, fiscal responsibility, and other mission-critical features.
- Provide response to the Board of Directors’ annual growth plan.
- Assist the Board of Directors in its development and growth as an effective entity.
WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- An up-to-date resume
- A cover letter outlining your background, experience, and interest in the position, including why you think WLF’s mission is critical
- A writing sample formatted as an Executive Summary for a potential grant proposal for Washington Legal Foundation
- List of 3-5 professional references
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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