Executive Director


About the organization

GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution. GirlForward supports girls in grades 9-12 who are refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers through three core programs: Mentoring, Tutoring, and Safe Spaces.


The ED will be based in our Chicago office and can expect to travel to Austin several times
a year. An Austin-based ED candidate will also be considered. Across cities, the ED will
lead a growing team of 10 staff members, partnering with the programming and
fundraising leads, as well as the board to foster a community of engagement and support
around the girls served, their families, mentors, and tutors. We are searching for an experienced leader with demonstrated skills in fundraising, communication, operations, and people leadership. Our leader must be able to
demonstrate strategic decision making that is grounded in a deep belief in fostering and
engaging in the deep wisdom found in others, including and especially young people.
Teamwork and relationship-building are critical to GirlForward’s work. Our team is
passionate, dynamic, collaborative, and eager to learn. In addition to these characteristics,
we are looking for an ED who is dedicated to supporting staff in their professional
development and possesses a roll-up-your-sleeves/can-do attitude. It is essential that our
ED be able to lead a diverse team and build a supportive and inclusive organizational
culture. Further role details here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGIU_s0C-9aoQ_1H8WQG_Fqhe0wX2LHK/view


GirlForward is looking for our next Executive Director to bring experience in many of the
above areas and to bring the following background and experience:
● A minimum of five years of experience in a senior leadership role, preferably in a
non-profit organization.
● Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary international equivalent.
● Educational studies or equivalent experience in refugee resettlement, youth
development, social work, or a related area is desired.
● Excellent English written and oral communication skills.
● Excellent organizational skills and ability to focus on the big picture and details.
● Ability to make and stand by difficult decisions.
● Ability to travel and work some evening hours to be present for after school


$73-95K range

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Priority will be given to applications submitted by April 1st, though applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Full job posting and application details here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGIU_s0C-9aoQ_1H8WQG_Fqhe0wX2LHK/view

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