Employment Opportunities



Berkeley, California


The Board of Directors of the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader with a demonstrated commitment to serving homeless women and children. This leader will build WDDC’s delivery of high-quality programs and services, manage and motivate staff, develop a refreshed vision and strategic plan for the organization, and cultivate strong, thriving relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


WDDC has an excellent reputation for addressing the critical needs of homeless and very low-income women and children.   Our mission is to empower women and children to move from the streets into homes by providing them with comprehensive support services.

WDDC was started in 1987 and is the first daytime program for women and children in Berkeley.   The organization was founded by a core group of women who started a two week program during school vacation with volunteers offering coffee, snacks and a warm, safe place for homeless women and children during those two weeks.

Today, WDDC has four core programs:

  • Drop-In Center provides week day breakfast and lunch, one-on-one case management, housing referrals, daily groups, free hygiene and other products, and general support.
  • Shelter Plus Care provides case management and other support services to women participating in the City of Berkeley’s Shelter Plus Care Program.
  • Children’s Program provides mothers with individual and group case management, and offers activities and screening services for children.
  • Bridget House is a safe home for four women and their children who have experienced domestic violence and are in need of support and referrals.

WDDC has an operating budget of approximately $550,000 with 10 full-time and part-time staff and several volunteers. The Board of Directors consists of 8 individuals who meet monthly.  WDDC serves an average of 150 women and children each month in a nurturing, home like environment.


The incoming Executive Director will be charged with leading the Board and staff in setting specific strategies to reach the following objectives.

  • Expand on WDDC’s delivery of high-quality programs and services
  • Develop a refreshed mission, vision and a 3-5 year strategic plan for the organization
  • Increase staff retention through strong leadership, human resource best practices, and improved benefits
  • Continue to build Board capacity to grow and fulfill its governance role, diversify its membership, strengthen its role in fundraising and grow its understanding of the challenges faced by WDDC participants and the services needed in the community it serves
  • Anticipate and strategically position WDDC for the changes and opportunities occurring in providing services to homeless women and children in Berkeley and Alameda County
  • Through an aggressive fundraising strategy, further diversify WDDC revenue streams to allow for greater flexibility in programming, provide for infrastructure capacity building needs, and continue to build reserves
  • Strengthen WDDC’s position with peer organizations, partners, funders, and community members


The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive Officer responsible to the Board of Directors for the effective conduct of all affairs of the organization. The Executive Director:

  • Engages with Board and staff in creating a strategic vision and plan for WDDC.
  • Recommends to the Board an annual budget and an annual work plan in line with WDDC’s strategic vision.
  • Serves as the public face and lead voice for the organization.
  • Assures that the organization’s programs, products and services are consistently of the highest quality.
  • Supports the work of the Board of Directors, and is involved in the planning of its meetings and achievement of its priorities.
  • Ensures sound fiscal and programmatic operations of the organization.
  • Supervises staff, who are, in turn, responsible for overseeing WDDC programs
  • Leads and participates in active fundraising to secure contracts and grants and to generate sponsors, donors and foundation funding.
  • Develops and maintains strong, well-grounded relationships with WDDC staff, clients, funders and sponsors, and other collaborating organizations.


Required Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated commitment to serving homeless women and children and families; knowledge of the challenges faced by those who have been traditionally underserved as well as issues unique to homelessness
  2. Knowledge and understanding of community mental health and prevention services and the delivery systems targeted to vulnerable women and children; the role of government funding and the local, state, and federal policies related to services WDDC provides
  3. Previous success in building a culture of teamwork and cross-departmental communication that fosters excellent employee morale and retention
  4. A minimum of 3-5 years experience in upper-level organizational management with proven executive level leadership skills, including strong experience and success in strategic planning, human resources, operational, fiscal, and program oversight and developing and supporting high-performing diverse work teams
  5. A strong track record in raising funds from diverse sources for nonprofit organizations; keen awareness of funding opportunities; and understanding and ability to foresee and project government and other funding
  6. Strategic networking skills; ability to build and maintain strong relationships and position WDDC successfully with funders and other providers as a leader in the field
  7. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking and use of electronic media; ability to represent WDDC to the public and advocate on its behalf
  8. Experience developing excellent working relationships with the Board of Directors and staff; ability to engage and motivate them to achieve organizational goals
  9. Culturally sensitive and aware; commitment to multicultural learning environments and culturally-informed service delivery
  10. Masters degree or equivalent in social work, psychology, public administration/policy or related fields


This is a part-time, 25 hour per week position based in Berkeley.  The salary is commensurate with experience.   Medical benefits and paid time off are included with the position.


Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to staff@womensdropin.org  The application deadline is March 19, 2017.  Please note that first round interviews will take place the week of March 19th.  Early application submission is encouraged.