Executive Director

International Association of Women Judges
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 11

Position description

The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) is searching for an Executive Director to be the key management leader of the organization and its programs internationally, and to direct its day-to-day operations.


The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political organization of over 6,000 members at all levels of the judiciary in more than 100 countries and territories. There are 48 active affiliated national/regional membership associations of women judges. Since its founding in 1991, IAWJ has created a vital and growing network of judges from diverse legal systems to share knowledge and exchange insights through grant funded activities, conferences, and webinars on a range of topics such as human trafficking, judging with a gender perspective and human rights. IAWJ promotes gender inclusive judiciaries where women participate at all levels and in leadership positions to advance the rule of law, gender equality and access to justice.

Mission Statement: The IAWJ supports and empowers its global network of women judges to advance gender equality and human rights. 

IAWJ is an NGO with Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is a nonprofit membership corporation qualified as tax-exempt under Sec 501 (c)(3) of the US tax code.  

For more information, please visit www.iawj.org


The Executive Director (ED) manages the administrative operations of the IAWJ as well as develops and oversees its grant funded programs. In addition, the ED is responsible for liaising with the two governing boards, fundraising, and ensuring fiscal integrity and compliance. Overall, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring IAWJ’s consistent achievement of its mission, organizational and financial stability, legal compliance and function. The ED reports to the IAWJ President and to the Chair of the Board of Managerial Trustees.   


(a)   Administrative & Financial Management 

·        Manage human resources for organization, including hiring and evaluating staff, consultants, and interns. Approve timesheets and payroll; 

·        Maintain information technology, handle procurements, and oversee all general office needs to ensure smooth operations; 

·        Work closely with the Financial Consultant and Finance & Audit Committee to develop and maintain operating budget. Maintain IAWJ’s operating bank accounts. Prepare monthly operating expense reports; 

·        Develop and implement financial and administrative policies; 

·        Track and acknowledge financial donations; and 

·        Ensure compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements and oversee timely filing of all required documents and any other reporting. 

(b)   Grants Development & Management 

·        Identify grant opportunities and liaison with funders; 

·        Oversee the proposal development process and prepare proposal documents including project budgets and budget narratives; 

·        Ensure project activities and expenditures comply with the grant agreement; 

·        Review and approve quarterly grant reports; and

·        Troubleshoot grant implementation issues. 

(c)   Board Management 

·        Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors (BOD), the policy-setting authority with international representation, and Board of Managerial Trustees (BMT), charged with financial and management oversight and support; 

·        Schedule BOD and BMT meetings and prepare meeting agendas; 

·        Prepare documents for board meetings; 

·        Maintain governing documents; and 

·        Identify policy needs and make recommendations. 

(d)   Fundraising

·        Identify potential donors; 

·        Maintain donor lists and generate donation requests; 

·        Develop fundraising materials; 

·        Update fundraising strategy; and 

·        Work with Resource Development Committee to execute fundraising efforts. 

(e)   Strategic Planning & Organizational Development 

·        Develop yearly operational work plans to ensure execution of strategic plan; 

·        Create new programs and member opportunities and identify funding sources; and 

·        Identify and execute ways to improve and streamline the association’s operations.

(f)    External & Membership Outreach 

·        Work with the Communications & Program Associate on external and internal outreach efforts; 

·        Review and approve communication products; and 

·        Develop new ways to promote the IAWJ and attract new members.


  • Bachelor’s Degree; 
  • Two or more years of non-profit management experience; 
  • Fluency in English; 
  • Ability to work across cultures and languages; 
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, communication, and organizational skills; 
  • Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions; 
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the IAWJ; and
  • Authorization to reside and work full-time in the United States.


  • Knowledge of USG, specifically USAID and Department of State, grants process; 
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising, from design to implementation, from a variety of sources: government donors, foundations and charitable organizations, international institutions, individuals, corporations and other entities; 
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or French; 
  • Experience in producing large conferences and smaller educational programs, with international experience; and 
  • Association management experience. 



The salary range is between $100,000 and $120,000, commensurate with experience and skills. The IAWJ offers a generous benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance as well as 401K contribution. 

Application instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a written vision statement of no more than 500 words describing the skills, perspective and experience you would bring to IAWJ, and a list of at least three references with email addresses. The proposed start date for this position would be sometime in January, 2021 and applicants are asked to identify their potential start date in their cover letter. References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.

Submissions should be sent to: [email protected]

No phone calls, please.

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