One of the largest nonsectarian, community-based organizations with nearly 6,000 chapters and almost a quarter of a million members, the International Chapter of the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood has brought together over its history more than a half a million women in the U.S. and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them.
More than 109,000 women have benefited from the organization's educational grants, loans, and awards providing almost $348 million in educational assistance, as well as the advancement of thousands of women through the stewardship of Cottey College, a liberal arts and sciences college for women offering baccalaureate and associate degrees, leadership opportunities, and arts and athletic programs.
P.E.O. seeks a proven executive-level leader whose career in a similar-size or larger organization has been noted by their vision in charting a path forward, exceptional communication abilities, and servant leadership style. This person must exhibit success in collaborating with and convening diverse stakeholders sharing common interests and values so that the aspirations and goals of the organization are pursued in a collegial, transparent, and highly participatory manner. Direct experience in an international organization is not required, but general knowledge of the profession and of the current association/membership driven organizational landscape would be highly advantageous.
A savvy leader who possesses the ability to serve the volunteer leadership structure of P.E.O. with professionalism and collaboration, while also creating a strong internal management structure to build the resources and infrastructure within P.E.O. to meet strategic objectives is paramount. P.E.O. seeks a leader who can develop and support high-producing teams of professional employees through effective delegation, professional development, and confident decision making. A background that demonstrates the execution of strategic objectives and the monitoring of such goals through the use of a balanced scorecard approach or similar metrics method would be ideal. The qualified candidate will be a relational leader with excellent communication skills.
This person should demonstrate an ability to both raise awareness of the mission of P.E.O. and to support the best interests of members. Experience working with stakeholders to build philanthropic and business relationships would be desirable. Along with these skills, some of the important personal attributes of the successful candidate include integrity, trustworthiness, approachability, authenticity, adaptability, optimism, humility, emotional intelligence, good listening skills, and a sense of humor.
Membership in the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood is highly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. Demonstration of continuing professional education, accreditation in a professional field and board leadership in a state or national nonprofit, professional or trade association would be highly desirable.