Romance Writers of America, Inc. (located near Houston, in northwest Harris County), a professional association whose mission is to advance the interests of romance writers, is seeking a new Executive Director. RWA has more than 9,000 members, a staff of ten, and an annual budget of more than two million dollars. RWA’s annual conference is the largest gathering of authors and industry professionals worldwide. RWA’s current Executive Director will be retiring before the end of 2019. The organization has an excellent staff, a balanced budget and generous reserves. RWA owns its own building in the greater Houston area, from which the Executive Director will work. Applicants are required to apply no later than July 20, 2019.
Romance Writers of America is an equal employment employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
Under the general direction of RWA’s board of directors, and in accordance with RWA’s bylaws mission, values, policies, procedures and strategic goals, the Executive Director (ED) provides leadership and direction for all RWA activities. The ED is responsible for ensuring the long-term success of RWA by minimizing risks related to legal, regulator, and other liabilities, developing organizational policies, procedures, programs, compensation plans, benefits, and other organizational initiatives. The ED is responsible to the board of directors for the execution of RWA’s strategic plan in accordance with budgets, policies, and programs approved by the board.
Serves as the principal professional resource to the board of directors and key committees, assisting them in matters of policy formulation and interpretation.
Communicates regularly and openly with the board.
Creates a culture of partnership between board and staff based on genuine trust and respect for each other’s contributions of time, talent and resources.
Implements the policies established by the board of directors through the administration of the organization and its activities.
Participates in board meetings, (i.e., providing input, information and feedback as the organization’s chief staff officer).
Manages the operation of the organization, including staff, programs and physical plant.
Directs professional staff by delegating responsibilities as necessary to effectively serve the organization’s members and accomplish its goals.
Charged with hiring, evaluating, administering employee benefits, and handling other personnel matters.
Develops, establishes and utilizes organizational performance measurement standards; reports results to board and staff; and, makes necessary changes based upon results.
Provides oversight for the financial affairs of the organization. This includes, but is not limited to, preparation of the budget, contract and cash management, statements of financial position, and profit and loss statements. Ensures financial policies and procedures are followed.
Serves as primary staff support to the finance committee.
Ensures ongoing financial strength of the organization.
Works closely with the board on the development and implementation of strategic plans.
Represents the organization to the industry and membership, maintains good relationships with key stakeholders and presents a professional image for the organization.
Travel required—4 to 6 trips per year.
RWA Executive Director Requirements
The ideal candidate for Executive Director will have demonstrated strengths in not-for-profit management as well as program planning and evaluation specifically geared to entrepreneurial members. Additionally, the Executive Director will be mission-focused, relationship-oriented, collaborative, results-driven, and an effective and engaging communicator.
Not-for-profit managerial experience is required.
A proven commitment to improving opportunities and outcomes for creative entrepreneurs required. In addition, candidates should have:
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree. CAE or certification or degree in not-for-profit management preferred.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with diverse groups of people.
Skills and experience in strategic/program planning, evaluation, and/or coalition work, communications, marketing, and financial management.
Skills and experience in motivating and managing staff.
Excellent detail orientation and organizational skills, including the ability to develop a comprehensive project plan and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
Proven ability to work well under pressure.
Knowledge of the romance genre and connections within the publishing industry are pluses.
Additional Salary Information: Other paid benefits include group medical, dental, and life insurance and a retirement plan.
About Romance Writers of America Inc
Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.