Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) builds worker-owned, green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women. Founded in 1995, WAGES addresses both income and asset inequities for low-income, immigrant Latinas through an array of programs, trainings and other services that help them create and sustain stable, thriving businesses ultimately achieving financial stability and family economic success. The success of our model relies upon intensive training and support for worker-owners, business development programs to encourage the co-ops’ growth and job creation, and a client-centered model for economic empowerment of low-income women.
WAGES incubates housecleaning cooperatives that use eco-friendly cleaning products and techniques. These profitable businesses generate high-quality jobs, providing financial stability and asset accumulation for low-income new immigrant women and their families, and protect the health of workers and their business clients. To date, WAGES has created four successful green-cleaning cooperatives, beginning our fifth project in 2011.
The Executive Director of WAGES will provide overall leadership and direction for all WAGES’ activities and ensure a healthy organizational infrastructure to support program growth and stability. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in managing a nonprofit organization and will have entrepreneurial expertise and spirit to continue to build and support successful cooperatives to serve the Latina immigrant socias that participate in our program.
- A minimum of five years service as a high-level administrator in a nonprofit organization.
- Private sector business experience.
- Prior experience working with immigrant populations or familiarity with the immigrant experience.
- Bilingual Spanish/English.
- Previous experience as an Executive Director of a nonprofit 501 c3 organization.