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Executive Director


Madison, WI, USA

Girls on the Run Mission and Vision:

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Position Summary

The Executive Director is a highly skilled nonprofit professional that provides leadership, vision and direction to the South Central WI (SCWI) council and the broader Girls on the Run organization. The Executive Director represents the council to the public, leads organizational development and strategic planning, optimizes financial performance, oversees program delivery in the designated territory, builds donor relationships and oversees personnel. The Executive Director works closely with the council Board of Directors, Girls on the Run International, and is responsible for expanding systems and ensuring procedures to accomplish the Girls on the Run mission, and reach the strategic goals set forth by the board.

The Executive Director develops organizational strategy, sound practices, and supportive relationships, both internally and externally, resulting in cooperative and effective collaborations that further the mission of Girls on the Run International.

Position Profile

The Girls on the Run Executive Director must possess a passion for, and commitment to, improving the lives of and opportunities for pre-adolescent girls. The Girls on the Run program provides a safe and interactive way to learn about healthy living, which includes an introduction to and education on important topics such as goal setting, cooperation, healthy decision-making and self-respect, while giving back to the community and training for a 5K event. The psychology based, innovative curriculum teaches girls to listen and share, to support their team, to commit to a healthy lifestyle, and to harness the inner strength that they possess. We accomplish our important mission by providing girls the tools needed to make positive choices for healthy body and mind, while reducing the many risks facing adolescent girls.

The Executive Director reports to the Girls on the Run SCWI Board of Directors, and is responsible for the overall implementation of the Girls on the Run mission. Responsibilities include developing and implementing the overall strategy and vision for the Girls on the Run program and all organizational and operational aspects of Girls on the Run, including its administration, financial operations, revenue generation, program development and delivery, personnel management and strategic planning. Some of the key responsibilities within these areas include:

Program and Staff Management

  • Attract, develop and retain a quality staff. Current council staff: 4 
  • Develop and foster a strong relationship and an open dialogue with the Board of Directors and Girls on the Run International 
  • Maintain appropriate staffing structure; oversee recruiting, training, development, and evaluation of staff

Program Development and Strategic Planning

  • Plan, in partnership with the Board and staff, the direction and growth of the council 
  • Cultivate relationships with coaches, donors, corporate partners, parents, participants, sponsors and volunteers 
  • Serve as a community ambassador, representing the Girls on the Run mission, vision and programs throughout South Central Wisconsin

Organizational Administration

Ensure that the organization complies with all laws and guidelines governing nonprofit organizations and the Girls on the Run International Membership Agreement, Policies and Guidelines. 

  • Develop and implement necessary policies and procedures 
  • In coordination with the Board, identify and plan for infrastructure growth to parallel council and program growth 
  • Develop relationships with various local media channels and serve as the Girls on the Run primary contact to market the program and build additional community support 
  • Effectively develop business systems and strategies and ensure appropriate implementation 
  • Maintain ethical standards and accountability, manage risk, perform due diligence, and implement operational best practices

Fund Development – with appropriate staff, committees and board

  • Develop diverse funding streams and long-term plans to best support the mission and goals of the organization 
  • Oversee fundraising efforts including sponsorship, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, grants, special events 
  • Actively participate in donor cultivation and solicitation 
  • Develop collaborative projects/partnerships with other community providers  Collaborate with Girls on the Run International to maximize GOTR national partnerships on the local level

Finance – with Treasurer, Internal Affairs committee

  • Ensure optimal financial performance of the council 
  • Maintain processes for proper record keeping and internal financial controls 
  • Develop and manage the council’s annual budget. Current annual budget ~$500,000 
  • With the Treasurer, review and report council financial activities to the board 
  • Review analysis of financial activities (income and expense) to discern trends, identify areas of improvement, address problems and develop forecasts
  • Strong connections to the local community


The ideal candidate will be comfortable engaging in both strategic activities, as well as taking a hands-on role regarding program execution and the oversight of administrative issues.

Required Qualifications

  • BA, BS degree, or equivalent 
  • Minimum of three to five years of demonstrated experience with organizational management 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead teams 
  • Passion for the Girls on the Run mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, positive body image and wholeperson health 
  • Outstanding communication skills in multiple environments and with a range of internal and external audiences 
  • Demonstrated experience setting and managing budgets and financial forecasting
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and make efficient decisions 
  • Flexible and adaptable Preferred Qualifications 
  • Advanced degree in related field 
  • Strategic planning experience 
  • Experience with Girls on the Run or other similar youth development program  Non-profit management experience 
  • Fundraising experience 
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors  

Girls on the Run of South Central WI is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including paid time off, health, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as participation in a company matched 401(k) plan.


Interested and qualified candidates may apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements electronically to:, or by mail to: Girls on the Run SCWI, 901 Deming Way, Suite 11, Madison WI 53717, no later than 11/1/2018

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