Director of MBDA - Enterprising Women of Color

Sep 28 2020
YWCA Oahu |Honolulu|Full Time, $75,000 - $85,000 / year
Job Description

PRIMARY PURPOSE:  The MBDA Director will manage the day to day operations of the MBDA Business Center to gain confidence of members, provide areas of real opportunities to assist with finding good MBE candidates and other management duties. The MBDA Director will be responsible for ensuring performance goals are achieved, for supervising staff, preparing reports for MBDA in a timely manner, and conducting reviews and analysis of MBDA portal reports. Other duties include consulting, public speaking, networking, representing and promoting the center, advocating for MBEs, and serving as the local contact person with MBDA HQ.





  • Ensure grant metrics are met
  • Handle documentation obtained and recorded in federal data base
  • Understand federal resources and network appropriately with various public and private constituents
  • find good federal programs to assist clients with diversifying their portfolio
  • Continue to develop relationships with foreign entities to find joint venture opportunities
  • Find quality programs to develop MBEs
  • Analytical skills; synthesizes complex or diverse information
  • Collect and research data
  • Design workflows and procedures



  • Provides leadership and direction in the preparation and presentation of written and oral reports for the CEO and Board
  • Ensures consistent, quality member relations at all times as a representative of the YWCA.
  • Various other job-related tasks as needed



  • Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and weekends.
  • Ability to work under stress during peak workload periods
  • Work is performed in typical office setting and requires travel to other locations



  • Ability to design, implement and direct multiple projects, setting deadlines and ensuring accountability
  • Ability to think strategically, creating competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans organization-wide
  • Ability to make strategic decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement.
  • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose.  Ability to inspire, motivate and marshal resources throughout the entire organization.
  • Maintains confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.
  • Maximum opportunity to act independently.



  • Broad management and leadership responsibility for administrative, professional and volunteer staff and department, including training and professional development.  Establish clear directions, set stretch objectives, evaluate results and develop corrective strategies as needed.
  • Broad financial responsibility includes setting, administering and meeting financial, mission, and membership objectives, evaluating results and developing corrective strategies as needed, including major donors, corporate executives, board members and others who are critical to the organization’s overall prosperity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with influential people.  Commands attention, can change tactics midstream, and manage group processes during presentations or discussions.
  • Leverages constructive and effective relationships with development team and leaders within the organization.
  • Ability to diffuse high-tension situations carefully and maintains composure under pressure



Skills/Knowledge:  Mature and proactive, with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to the chief executive of a multi-center and member-based entity. Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model.  Skills also needed include organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning; demonstrated success developing and monitoring systems to manage both operational and programmatic work that involve high levels of collaboration


Education/Training:  Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Non-Profit Management.  MBA preferred.


Experience:  At least 10 years senior level professional experience. If coming from the for-profit world, nonprofit board experience preferred.  Proven leadership experience, including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance of staff.  Commitment to the YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism and desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment.