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Director of Membership and Constituency Engagement

Application Closing Date: 14 August 2022 at 23:00 ET
Location: Flexible / Remote (candidates in the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply)
Term: full time - 35 hours a week 
Organization: Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
Salary: The annual salary for this tier role is USD $85,000.
Benefits: Group medical and life insurances. Paid time off (20 vacation days, 15 sick days, 5 personal days and up to 12 paid holidays). Contribution to retirement savings. Remote work and flexible work arrangements. 

Overview of the organization:

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is a global, feminist, membership, movement-support organisation.  We currently have 35 staff members based in 19 different countries. Our mission is to support feminist, women’s rights and gender justice movements to thrive, to be a driving force in challenging systems of oppression, and to co-create feminist realities. AWID envisions a world where feminist realities flourish, where resources and power are shared in ways that enable everyone, and future generations, to thrive and realize their full potential with dignity, love and respect, and where Earth nurtures life in all its diversity.

In 2022, AWID celebrates a number of milestones. After a successful internal search, AWID will be welcoming new Co-Executive Directors in September 2022, who will be leading AWID into its next strategy and a new phase of evolving, pushing boundaries, and supporting feminist movements worldwide. AWID also celebrates its 40th anniversary since its founding where for four decades AWID has been a part of an incredible ecosystem of feminist movements working to achieve gender justice and women’s human rights worldwide. AWID is also in the process of developing its next strategic plan spanning 2023-2027. All of these convergences make it a unique and exciting moment in the life of the organisation.

The position and profile:

This MCE Director is a new role within the organization, intended to increase our capacity to strategically and proactively build and sustain relationships with and among our members and priority constituencies. The MCE Director is a member of AWID’s senior management team and leads AWID’s membership and constituency engagement work and works collaboratively with the Directors Team to support a strong and resilient organization. This includes strategizing, planning, and managing major offerings to feminist movements --such as our International AWID Forum--that provide value to members and promote membership growth. Our work strives to center groups led by women, trans and gender-diverse people directly affected by compounding oppressions and at the forefront of challenging these oppressions. The MCE Director will have the exciting opportunity to shape AWID’s bold and visionary work with members and feminist movements for the next strategic period while simultaneously contributing to the building of the Directors Team.. 

The MCE Director is responsible and accountable to see that:

  • AWID is experienced as a responsive, relevant global feminist community; members proactively seek to engage AWID, and in turn mobilize in response to AWID’s offerings and opportunities for mutual support and solidarity;
  • A range of feminist constituencies from historically marginalised communities and movements identify with and are reflected in AWID’s mission and programmatic agendas; 
  • AWID grows and deepens individual and institutional membership and constituency engagement, in line with the aspirations set out in the strategic plan;
  • Oversee strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for AWID’s Forum.

As the right candidate, you will be understanding of AWID’s values, and be sensitive to upholding them in the way you take up the responsibilities of the role.  

Successful applicants will have significant experience in a similar role, in a non-profit feminist, social justice, or human rights organization(s), ideally, a membership organization.  You are someone who understands different ways and strategies feminists use to make impact in the world (from grassroots activism, to international advocacy) and can apply that understanding to assess opportunities for AWID to play our movement support role most meaningfully.  You should have excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills to build strong alliances with diverse constituencies and manage complex politics, positioning and relationships.  Being a part of successful membership campaigns, and being comfortable in using new tools and technologies, including new apps and extensions to achieve membership strategy outcomes would be ideal.  You are someone who can thrive in a virtual environment working with diverse communities and movements across the globe, motivated to take on challenges and collaboratively find innovative and creative solutions. You are self-reflective and passionate about multi-directional accountability.

How to apply:

Please submit in English, a current CV, along with a cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, why you want to work for an international feminist organization and how you would further AWID's goal of building a more vibrant global feminist membership organization. Please include “Membership and Constituency Engagement Director" in the subject line of the email and submit to jobs@awid.org by 14 August 2022 at 23:00 ET.

Please see the detailed Job Description by clicking here.

We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls/emails please. To learn more about AWID and our programs, please visit our website at www.awid.org.

People from and based in the Global South; women, trans, non binary and intersex persons; Black and Indigenous people; persons with disabilities and other candidates from historically oppressed groups, of all ages, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

AWID is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at AWID are based on organisational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise AWID of the accommodation measures, if required, which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner.  All information received in relation to accommodation measures will be treated in confidence.

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