Posted on 17 April 23 by Joelle Allen

  • St. Paul, MN
  • $ - $

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POSITION PROFILE: Chief Executive Officer- YWCA St. Paul

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next CEO for YWCA, St. Paul. This is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic and collaborative leader as well as inspirational spokesperson. The CEO provides the strategy for the organization in alignment with its mission. They will provide the overall vision, leadership and inspiration to the Board, staff, and constituents of YWCASP including donors, community leaders, partners and those receiving direct services. They will oversee administration, programs, and operations through a staff of 46 employees.



YWCA St. Paul was started by a group of forward-thinking St. Paul women 13 years before women had the right to vote! Founded to provide refuge and support for the young women who moved to St. Paul to pursue work in the factories and mills, our programs have continued to evolve to meet changing community needs. Today we change minds, bodies, and lives by providing programs and services for women, men, children, and families.

Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and providing peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, the YWCA Saint Paul, Minnesota (YWCASP) has been a community force for over 100 years. The Chief Executive Officer/President will build on past successes, expand upon future opportunities, and continue to engage the community in conducting YWCASP’s mission for years to come.



The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YWCA St. Paul will ensure the implementation of the recently adopted strategic plan, while envisioning the future of the organization. The CEO will be an inspirational external spokesperson and a collaborative internal leader, passionately committed to YWCA St. Paul’s mission. They will provide overall vision, leadership, and inspiration to the Board, staff, and constituents of YWCA St. Paul, including donors, community leaders, partners, and those receiving direct services. Reporting to the Board, the CEO will oversee all YWCA St. Paul staff and operations, proactively leading the organization into the future through mobilizing solid relationships with other local and national organizations, expanding the brand and standing of YWCA St. Paul throughout the community, and enhancing YWCA St. Paul’s visibility as a catalyst and advocate for societal change in eliminating racism and empowering women.



  • Visionary strategist with experience developing and implementing strategic plans aligned with an organization's mission.
  • Courageous authentic leader committed to social justice with a demonstrated understanding of institutional barriers based on race, gender, and poverty that face women and families.
  • Collaborative partner to the Board with a history of building consensus among key stakeholders within the Board and community.
  • Team-empowering steward of culture with a focus on creating a positive, rewarding culture that supports open, constructive communications.
  • Astute operations leader with experience managing budgets, financial planning and forecasting, and fundraising activities.
  • Skilled communicator with the ability to work effectively with diverse types of people.
  • External influencer focusing on building partnerships and mobilizing people to take action to advance an organization's goals, including at the legislative level.
  • Agile, adaptable learner with a resilient, curious, and optimistic point of view.
  • Experience overseeing successful capital campaigns.



  • Ensure effective management of human resources, including staff and volunteers, to attract, train, and motivate high-quality individuals in compliance with EEOC and ADA requirements.
  • Oversee fiscal management, including financial planning and forecasting, budget preparation and implementation, and monitoring budgets across department lines to ensure achievement of the organizations’ goals.
  • Function as an Officer of the Board of Directors, keeping the Board and Board Chair fully informed of the condition of the YWCA St. Paul and all-important factors influencing the Association.
  • Lead agency-wide fundraising activities to enhance program viability, support capital improvements, and sustain overall operations.
  • Serve as YWCA St. Paul's primary spokesperson with the community, building external partnerships that ensure the success of YWCA St. Paul in meeting its goals and objectives.
  • Create and sustain a collaborative culture internally that exemplifies and promotes YWCA St. Paul's mission and vision.
  • Develop a unified leadership team that collaborates effectively with the Board and cross-organizationally to get results.
  • Possess the required technical, operational, and financial skills to manage operations and projects associated with services and related staff, with a focus on meeting organizational goals and outcomes.



• Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in related field. Equivalent experience accepted in lieu of a degree/formal education.

• Seven (7) or more years of non-profit management experience; experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors.

• Strong fundraising track record, including work on capital improvement campaigns.

• Demonstrated success in budget preparation, analysis, and reporting.

• Demonstrated public speaking and donor relation expertise.

• Experience creating strategies through an equity lens and collaborating with multicultural communities.



Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations. Position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to those who apply prior to May 3, 2023. You can apply in the following ways:

  • Apply via email Joelle Allen at joelle@kpcompanies.com.
  • Apply by mail: YWCA CEO Search c/o kpCompanies, ATTN: Joelle Allen 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.
  • Apply on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/ 3567269073 /?capColoOverride=true

All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and YWCA St. Paul are equal opportunity employers.


Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity. We freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who have historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, do not self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggest. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the compensation may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases, the total compensation, including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc. may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role, salary, and compensation - give us a call, and we would be happy to discuss.

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