Illinois Women in Cannabis (IWC) is capitalizing on Illinois' regulated cannabis industry’s growth and the excitement it creates by hiring its first Executive Director. This leadership position will build on the organization’s herstory of exciting events, and increase membership in order to lead the organization through its next stage of growth and service.
IWC’s Board of Directors is excited to partner with its first-ever Executive Director to help manage and administer the rapidly growing organization, further expand its bandwidth, increase the number of members and annual revenue, expand member engagement, and plan both large and intimate networking and educational events and conferences. The position will start as a part-time (20 hour a week) flexible opportunity, including regular early morning, weekend and evening commitments (largely to accommodate Board meetings and events), with the potential to grow to a full-time position as membership growth and increased revenue is achieved. The Executive Director will build on IWC’s knowledge, visibility and strong financial foundation to grow the organization's capacity and strength in Illinois’ blooming regulated cannabis industry.
Goals and Objectives
Priority 1: Collaborate with the IWC Board to further define and execute a multi?year membership growth and revenue generation strategy, monitor accomplishments, and encourage engagement from the Board, members, and sponsors.
Much of the Executive Director’s time will be focused on membership recruitment and engagement, and planning of events, conferences, and activities. Specifically, the Executive Director will partner with the Board to grow membership, revenue and overall impact by:
Planning large and intimate events in Chicago and throughout the State.
Growing and engaging the IWC community through committees and other membership activities.
Networking including maintaining and building relationships with partner organizations, sponsors, and others.
Reaching out throughout the regulated cannabis, hemp, and related industries.
Increasing IWC visibility - in the regulated cannabis industry as well as connected sectors and industries.
Developing and implementing a communications and social media plan.
Identifying and building revenue streams, which may include IWC’s website and sales of branded merchandise.
The remainder of the Executive Director’s time will be concentrated on organization management and administration, addressing staffing needs, and Board cultivation and development. Subject to the discretion and oversight of the Board, these tasks will compromise day to day management and administration of the organization, including:
Monitoring and updating the website (content and functionality);
Monitoring and coordinating appropriate response re: IWC email accounts and communications;
Maintaining and updating membership data;
Creating and maintaining/updating contact lists (including members, sponsors, and other regular IWC contacts);
Managing IWC's books and accounts (in partnership with a part-time bookkeeper);
Other activities include:
Liaison with the Board to grow and diversify the Board. This will include recruiting diverse applicants, leading the interview process, and assisting with onboarding.
Develop meeting agenda, notetaking, and related preparations for:
Biweekly morning Board conference calls.
Quarterly Board meetings.
Hire and supervise administrative assistants (independent contractors) for social media, events, and other tasks as needed.
Be aware of trends in the regulated cannabis, hemp, and related sectors ensuring that IWC remains responsive to changing community needs.
As IWC’s first Executive Director, you will need to be an entrepreneurial self-starter with a can-do attitude to build on the current opportunity and increase the organization’s impact. You should have a passion for promoting opportunities for women who are exploring, connected to, and/or employed in the regulated cannabis industry.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience reporting to a not-for-profit Board of Directors and prior experience leading an association, and will have relevant experience with core aspects of IWC’s activities, including event planning (large-scale events and smaller events), volunteer engagement, expanding paid memberships and managing member communications, and building revenue streams (through sponsorships, website, merchandise sales, and other). We will give strong consideration to candidates with demonstrated success in Strategy, Operations, and/or Development in the non-profit sector, who have the vision, leadership, and work ethic to lead our organization to its next stage.
The ideal candidate will also have strong communication and computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite products; strong writing skills; social media proficiency; and the ability to work professionally and effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders and personalities in a fast paced, often non-traditional work environment. The ideal candidate has experience setting long- and short-term strategy to guide the growth of an organization. IWC encourages applicants with knowledge of trade associations and not-for-profit administration and fundraising. Experience implementing or utilizing donor/customer relationship management software (CRM) a plus.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: IWC has raised the revenue to hire the new Executive Director. The Executive Director opportunity is a part-time position (20 hours/week) with a salary commensurate with experience, which is expected to range from $30,000-$40,000 annually. There will be potential to increase the salary and the hours in line with revenue growth achieved by the Executive Director and IWC as a whole. IWC does not offer benefits. IWC does not have an office so the Executive Director will work from home or a place of their choosing and use their own computer and phone.
About Illinois Women in Cannabis
Illinois Women in Cannabis (IWC) is the leading cannabis industry networking organization in Illinois. IWC was created in 2014 to serve, support, and advance women connected to Illinois’ regulated cannabis industry. Organized as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, the organization currently has a Board of six professionals working in or connected to the greater regulated cannabis and hemp industry. IWC hosts multiple networking and educational opportunities for women, men, and organizations annually, including large-scale networking events in Chicago with 400-650 attendees, as well as more intimate satellite events throughout the state.