President and CEO

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW)
June 10, 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Job Type
1915 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr, Milwaukee


KEES has been exclusively retained by YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW) in its search for a new President and CEO.

The CEO serves as the chief executive focused on stewarding resources to implement the vision, brand, mission and strategy of YWCA SEW. The CEO oversees organizational finances, compliance and reporting, and is responsible for working with the board and senior leadership to develop the agency budget and revenue streams. As the chief spokesperson and ambassador for the organization, the CEO will build innovative alliances with stakeholders in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors to solve community issues of racial, economic and gender inequality. CEO provides direct supervision to six leaders: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Program Officer, Racial Justice Director, IT Director, and Operations Director.

Qualifications Include:
• Lead senior management in strategic development of new and existing services, ensuring that programs and services are updated, relevant and serving the needs of the community.
• Maintain overall responsibility for all aspects of fiscal management, including assuring adequate financing for current operating needs and long-term goals.
• Develop an annual operating budget with the Chief Financial Officer and ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
• Develop and maintain working relationships and communications with the YWCA USA, Great Lakes GEO Network and Wisconsin local associations.
• With YWCA board members, the Chief Development Officer and other staff, establish aggressive fundraising goals – both collective and individual – that challenge and motivate all participants to excel.
• Identify and cultivate major prospective donors and maintain positive relations with current and past contributors of significant gifts.
• Nurture and expand the donor base as a foundation for both greater unrestricted support and effective advocacy support.
• A minimum of 5 to 8 years of successful experience with considerable knowledge of the nonprofit sector.
• Track record in financial management, stewardship and developing strategies to successfully increase revenue.
• Proven success in building strong and productive work teams with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development.
• Demonstrated ability to operate a complex organization, combining the functions of a national and international women's membership movement and a women's community service agency.
• Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.
• Experience with accountability systems and reporting to government agencies, United Way and other philanthropic funders.
• Business and financial acumen verified through past contributions to the programmatic and fiscal stability of nonprofit organizations.
• Ability and willingness to step up to difficult issues; saying what needs to be said; and champion ideas and principles with candor and authenticity
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desired.

This position offers a competitive salary with strong benefits. Relocation assistance is negotiable. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.


To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and CEO; Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant; and Megan DeVoe, Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to

KEES is a retained executive search and consulting firm that builds transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit sector. KEES was founded in 2013 as an expansion of Alford Executive Search. For more information, please visit

The YWCA is the oldest, autonomous women's membership organization in the world, having actively worked to eliminate racism and empower women since 1858. YWCA Southeast Wisconsin has been a resource for women and their families for more than 100 years. From the first auto mechanics training for women in the 1920s, to the first racially integrated cafeteria in the Midwest, to today’s innovative economic development initiatives, YWCA SEW has been at the forefront of positive social change. For more information, please visit

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