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Executive Director


Generation West Virginia (GWV) is looking for an Executive Director to lead our organization in attracting, retaining, and advancing young people in West Virginia.

The most recent Census showed that West Virginia has the highest rate of population decline in the country—we lost 3.2% of our population from 2010–2020. We work each day toward a vision of West Virginia where young people don’t feel like they have to choose between their home state and the life they want and deserve. We’re proud of the last decade of our work as we’ve transitioned from a true startup nonprofit to an established statewide organization whose impact and perspective is recognized and respected as a leader in community and economic development. GWV has grown quickly from a budget of $75,000 to $1.2 million. Having been a fully volunteer-run organization ten years ago, we’re now a dedicated team of eleven full-time staff members carrying out programs that make it possible for more young people to stay, move to, or come home to West Virginia after having left, including:

  • Impact Fellowship
  • NewForce
  • Local Generations Network
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Locally-Driven Broadband Solutions Initiative
  • Beacon Awards

Our programs address population decline both on an individual and macro scale. We connect people with the jobs, skills, and communities of support they need to stay in West Virginia through NewForce, the Impact Fellowship, and our statewide network of local Generation groups. We also know there are larger systems at work that make it harder for young people to choose West Virginia, which is why we also lead a community-based effort to expand foundational broadband infrastructure and use the lessons we learn through all our work to advocate for the policy solutions needed to advance our mission.

We are known as an organization that leans in on a complex mission to achieve real results. We are looking for a visionary leader for this next phase of our organizational life cycle: sustaining our momentum, deepening our impact, and supporting our growing team in carrying out our mission.


You’d be great for this role if you:

  • Thrive in sustaining and growing nonprofit management systems and have experience leading organizations—preferably at the executive level—and managing an operational budget of at least $1 million
  • Are excited by leadership development and organizational management, rather than program management
  • Have enthusiasm and a proven track record for fund development
  • Want to build deep relationships with policy makers and are willing to walk the halls of the Capitol to make policy change happen
  • Are excited to build the long-term roots of our growing organization, to continue and deepen our current partnerships, and identify and develop new ones
  • Understand and deeply care about West Virginia—you are honest about the challenges we face and at the same time you know a future that reaches beyond “we’ve always done it this way” or “it’s good enough” is not only possible, but already happening
  • You’re committed to building an economy in West Virginia that works for everyone, no matter their background
  • You’re ready to empower a team to tackle challenges that don’t have easy answers, experiment with innovative solutions, mess up, and try again
  • You understand that our work is only as good as our organization’s internal culture, that building the world we want to see starts with us, and that the way we work should model best practices as a workplace that attracts, retains, advances, and supports young people

You Would Be Responsible for:

  • Vision and Strategic Leadership
  • Executing the organization’s vision, articulating this vision confidently, and inspiring others to achieve it
  • Leading the organization with a mission focus and keeping the mission in line with the evolving needs of young West Virginians
  • Providing leadership to and engaging stakeholders in the organization’s strategic planning process and communicating that plan to stakeholders
  • With input from board and staff, overseeing a strategic plan that continues and builds on GWV’s track record for high-impact programming
  • Partnership and Board Development
  • Communicating regularly with stakeholders to identify issues and needs facing young West Virginians
  • Providing leadership, management, and support to our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers
  • Ensuring the organization is visible and respected in West Virginia and the Appalachian region
  • Creating trust-based partnerships to expand the organization’s ability to achieve its mission and vision
  • Organizational and Change Management
  • Understanding and communicating the organization’s culture, and as needed, working with the Operations Director to oversee the process for changing the culture
  • Defining and modeling work-life balance and ensuring this value is an organizational and personal priority
  • Prioritizing professional development and serving as a role model to staff and Board for their professional development
  • Developing organization and program benchmarks and working with the Operations Director to manage evaluation and review processes
  • Leading internal change processes as needed to keep the organization vital and thriving
  • Maintaining an awareness of internal and external changes required to best accomplish the mission and vision
  • Advocacy
  • Identifying and developing policy solutions as needed to address barriers facing young West Virginians
  • Serving as the chief spokesperson for and public face of GWV, including working with the GWV staff to cultivate messaging and relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders including media, elected officials, and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Presenting community and organization needs to policymakers, funders, and partners
  • Strategic Financial Management and Fund Development
  • Overseeing the financial health and sustainability of the organization, including creating and managing an annual development plan to meet identified financial goals
  • Reviewing, understanding, and communicating the organization’s financial condition to the Board of Directors and key stakeholders
  • Working with the Operations Director and accountant to prepare audits, tax reports, and other public filings, and overseeing and managing the financial health of the organization
  • Working with GWV staff to develop and lead strong, team-based fund development strategies and revenue-generating programming, including meeting and cultivating relationships with foundation, individual, and corporate donors at all levels, and identifying opportunities for fee-for-service models to sustain the organization
  • Manage and oversee all grant applications, deadlines, and reporting, including engaging program staff as needed


Salary, Benefits and Where You’ll Work

The current budgeted salary range for this position is $60,000–$70,000 per year and will be determined based on experience. GWV provides a great benefits package including, but not limited to, 100% of dental, vision, and health insurance, paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave, and flexible paid time off. GWV’s primary office is located in the Power Park Building in Charleston, West Virginia. However, as a statewide organization, we have staff located all across the state and our day-to-day operations run remotely. While access to Charleston is important, this position can be done remotely, anywhere in West Virginia.

Interested? Let’s Talk!

If this job sounds interesting to you, we’d love to talk. We’re committed to building an economy in West Virginia that works for everyone, and that starts with our team. We know that as West Virginia’s economy has declined, marginalized folks are most impacted—including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ people. We want to center these people in our work. If you belong to one of these communities, or a marginalized community that we didn’t list, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Please apply via Workable [1] and submit your resume with a cover letter no later than July 5, 2021. Our tentative hiring timeline for this position includes reviewing applications in early July and conducting interviews and making final decisions in late July, with a goal start date of mid-August.


  1. https://apply.workable.com/generationwv/j/E960635D4F

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