Vacancy: Co-Executive Director at Mama Cash
The co-Executive Director role at Mama Cash is a unique opportunity for two individuals with a deep commitment to feminist social change to engage in shared leadership. Appointed by, and reporting to, the Supervisory Board, the co-Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for executing Mama Cash’s vision
Hours of work
July 8, 2022
About Mama Cash
Mama Cash is the oldest international women’s fund in the world. It was founded in 1983 by a group of feminist activists using the money from one woman’s inheritance.
Mama Cash works to ensure that feminist collective action led by women, girls, and trans and intersex people is resourced, supported and connected within and across social movements. They use their role as a feminist funder, their experience supporting feminist activism, and their geopolitical location in the Netherlands to mobilise and move funding to feminist initiatives and groups. They do this work in partnership with other feminist organisations, women’s funds and social justice grant makers and donors.
Two co-Executive Director (co-ED) positions are being created in 2022 to coincide with a leadership transition, as the current Executive Director, is leaving Mama Cash by the end of 2022. The co-Executive Director role at Mama Cash is a unique opportunity for two individuals with a deep commitment to feminist social change to engage in shared leadership. Appointed by, and reporting to, the Supervisory Board, the co-Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for executing Mama Cash’s vision. One position is located in the Global South and one in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There is already a co-ED for the Global South, so the recruitment for this role is for the one based in Amsterdam. This position will focus on a match between both co-ED’s and preference will be given to a Dutch speaking candidate.
The Mama Cash co-Executive Director will build on the growth and opportunities that Mama Cash has accessed to date and ensure the organisation continues in strength to meet future challenges and opportunities. The candidate will represent Mama Cash to current and potential partners and ensure that Mama Cash plays an active role in all relevant spheres as a funder and as a leader in the feminist movement.
Leadership and Strategic Visioning
- Act as an advisor on the board of directors and collaborate with the supervisory board in deepening Mama Cash’s vision and strategic plan to guide the organisation and ensure effective implementation of both.
- Demonstrate, and lead the organisation to maintain and uphold, a strong commitment to inclusive and intersectional feminist movement building and feminist values, internally and externally.
- Identify strategic opportunities for feminist movement building that align with Mama Cash’s roles. Identify global developments that could affect the position and situation of women, girls and trans and intersex people and ensure that Mama Cash’s responses remain just, current and relevant.
- Build enduring relationships, strategic partnerships and alliances across feminist and other movements. Promote Mama Cash as a leader for, supporter to and builder of women’s, girls’ and trans and intersex people’s rights movements.
- Provide strategic oversight and support in the design and implementation of Mama Cash’s programmes in coordination with the Director of Programmes.
- Identify and monitor internal and external risks to the organisation’s people, finances, goodwill, relationships (with grantee-partners and donors), and reputation, and implement mitigation strategies if, and where necessary.
Organisational Development and Operational Oversight
- Ensure structural alignment and build a shared-leadership model that is consistent with Mama Cash’s mission and identity as a feminist organisation.
- Ensure that the partnerships, alliances, programmes and services offered by the organisation contribute to the organisation’s mission, reflect the priorities of the Strategic Plan, are of high quality and are led by feminist principles. Ensure effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Mama Cash’s programmes.
- Ensure that the infrastructure, systems and operations of the organisation are fit for purpose and meet the highest expectations of stakeholders, including grantee-partners, staff, donors, and peer organisations.
- Promote overall organisational resilience and integrity, and support decision making to ensure that Mama Cash thrives in the long run.
- Secure adequate resources and a diverse funding base for Mama Cash’s operations and financial sustainability.
- Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the organisation and its financial health.
- Oversee the preparation of a comprehensive annual income and expenses budget by the Finance Director and outside independent accountants and ensure financial and legislative compliance.
- Oversee the development of fundraising plans and participate in identifying and pursuing new funding resources.
- Work with the Board and the Director of Fundraising and Communications to access adequate resources for the work and sustainability of the organisation, including ensuring the funding base is diverse and secure, including adequate reserves.
- Maintain contact with key donors, ensure proper accountability and relationship building with all donors.
Human Resources Planning and Management
- Determine staffing requirements, up-skilling and training to meet Mama Cash’s growth, strategic goals and activities and ensure appropriate staff are in place.
- Enable a vibrant feminist organisational culture and work environment within which an agile, skilled, and diverse team, located around the world, can learn, grow, excel, be well and be safe, in accordance with all appropriate legislative and regulatory requirements.
- Ensure Mama Cash is a just and inclusive organisation, where pluralism and diversity are valued, respected and built upon, equity is a right, with a Supervisory Board, Managing Board and staff body that are representative of the feminist movements they work with.
- Motivate, inspire, coach and mentor staff as relevant and needed.
- Cultivate a leaderful environment and establish mechanisms for shared leadership and appropriate delegation of authority throughout Mama Cash.
Public Image and Positioning
- Maintain the public image, reputation and political positioning of Mama Cash.
- Act as a spokesperson for Mama Cash; represent Mama Cash. Coach and enable Mama Cash staff and Board to represent the organisation to enhance its positioning and profile within women’s rights and allied movements.
- Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with funders, activists, politicians, allies, partners and others to help achieve the goals of the organisation. Build open and collaborative communication with all key stakeholders.
- Vision: is ambitious for Mama Cash and the change they seek. Able to think a generation or several ahead, focus others on the big(ger) picture, and inspire and guide alignment towards it.
- Leadership in the global feminist movement, legitimate and credible relationships with diverse actors across feminist movements, and demonstrable commitment to Mama Cash’s vision, mission and values.
- At least ten years’ experience, preferably at the senior or executive management level, in a social change oriented organisation. Experience strengthening organisations through a period of growth and change.
- Experience of working directly with a diverse and international Supervisory Board/Board of Trustees. Demonstrable understanding of board development, feminist governance and decision-making.
- Demonstrated capacity to think strategically, systemically and analytically, and expertise in complex problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills. Able to manage complexity and risk on multiple levels simultaneously.
- Demonstrates a drive for results, through a track record in human rights or social justice arenas, ideally in fundraising organisations.
- Financial acumen and the ability to oversee and manage budgets in the range of 30 million euro.
- An outstanding people management, coaching and leadership skillset in line with intersectional feminist approaches. The ability to motivate, focus and provide clear direction to staff. Proven success building strong and effective teams and creating cultures defined by transparency, accountability, trust and respect. Acts with integrity.
- Strong resource mobilisation skills, demonstrated passion for and experience in meeting with donors and raising large sums.
- Experience in philanthropy, in particular oriented towards social change and human rights.
- In-depth knowledge and analysis of, and involvement in, international women’s rights and women’s funding movements (and flows of money) and demonstrated commitment to supporting the collective action of women, girls and trans and intersex people.
- Partnership building: excellent relational skills with a deep commitment to advancing collaborative approaches, joint strategising and alliance-building inside and outside the feminist movement. The ability to confidently navigate and manage diverse constituencies and complex politics and relationships. Can build and broker partnerships with a variety of actors, stakeholders and donors.
- Constructive, hopeful, trustworthy and able to build consensus.
- Agility: embraces change, prepared to jump into uncertainty, bold and creative thinker, innovative and flexible.
- Resilience: having personal resiliency, and has experience building organisational resilience.
- Excellent communication and listening skills, including for public speaking. Exceptional ability to understand, interpret and effectively present complex information. Gravitas and the ability to engage at any level with credibility and impact.
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, the ability to demonstrate diplomatic finesse and agility across cultures and world views, including negotiation skills to advance Mama Cash’s strategic mission, programmes and position.
- Ability to travel internationally (approx. 10 weeks per year) in line with pandemic possibilities and measures.
- A Master’s degree, ideally in the field of women’s rights, international human rights and/or philanthropy, or alternatively, equivalent relevant professional and lived experience.
- Strong proficiency in English, and ideally Dutch.
More details regarding this role can be found here.