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WTS Seeks Chapter Development Director

March 16, 2012 09:24 AM

Chapter Development Director, WTS International

About WTS International

WTS International is an association whose mission is to advance women in the transportation industry. WTS currently has 48 chapters in the United States, 1 in London and has an aggressive plan to expand internationally. Operating under the WTS International umbrella is a 501 c 3, WTS Foundation, whose mission is to educate through its Transportation YOU initiative, conduct research, and award scholarships. It currently employs 5 staff members and operates a combined budget of 2 million.

·         http://wtsinternational.org

·         http://transportationyou.org

Position summary

The Chapter Development Director is responsible for coordinating the association’s relationships with the mission-aligned, but organizationally-independent, chapters around the world, enabling them to successfully build the capacity to serve their function within the global organization on a sustainable basis. A core role of the Director will be to support the formation of new chapters, sustain existing chapters and expand WTS globally. The Director will be successful if there are effective chapters operating in all geographies where a chapter is viable and the relationship between WTS International and Chapters are mutually supporting.

Position responsibilities

A. Chapter support:

  • Manage the WTS Foundation's chapter grant program, including grant solicitation, approval, monitoring and reporting.
  • Support volunteer groups in geographies without chapters to form and launch chapters successfully.
  • Support chapters to create plans for organizational development, initiate grant requests, and serve as a ready resource for chapters on organizational development questions.
  • Work with chapters to design Transportation YOU initiatives that can be implemented easily and are effective at expanding the WTS Foundation mission to bring awareness of transportation career opportunities to young women.
  • Create support resources and seminars that help chapters build core skills including volunteer recruiting, event organizing, fund-raising, communications, financial management and governance.
  • Create opportunities and support professional development of key leaders within the chapters.
  • Build an open and transparent knowledge sharing information base that helps chapters learn from the successes and failures of others; encourage candid review of failures for learning benefits.
  • Work with chapters and Global Research team to rigorously assess initiatives on the ground to evaluate success and failures for the benefit of learning across the chapter network.
  • Be supportive of cross-chapter collaboration to work together on initiatives across multiple countries or share resources.
  • Support the chapters to plan regional activities.

B. Chapter-Association relationship:

  • Manage the process of developing, revising and monitoring agreements between the chapters and Association.
  • Work with chapters to establish performance metrics and evaluation tools that enable chapters to assess and report on their activities to the WTS President/CEO.
  • Work with chapters and Association staff to create meaningful systems of reporting and information sharing that supports transparency and accountability.
  • Serve as an informed voice within the Association for chapter needs helping to surface issues that have implications for chapters or help solve problems between the Association and chapters.

Reports to

WTS President/CEO

Candidate characteristics

  • High energy, drive and commitment to the mission: deeply believes in the value of WTS, exudes enthusiasm for the mission, and can powerfully embody and communicate the mission.
  • Intellectual curiosity and flexibility: Enjoy tackling difficult, ambiguous problems and able to incorporate new knowledge into how one approaches situations and generates solutions; loves learning from others and expanding intellectual horizons.
  • Strong cultural competency: Ability to bridge cultures and geographic differences; Able to navigate in a truly global movement.
  • Open and transparent: Comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback, proactive candid communicator who wants people to know what she/he is doing and isn't afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when you need help.
  • Organizational builder: Essential that the leader see her/himself as a “servant leader,” supporting the growth and health of the WTS chapter community; able to get things done through quality of interaction and persuasion rather than through hierarchical power.
  • Proficient manager and facilitator: Able to design and execute on a range of initiatives; build, organize and support volunteer-leaders of chapters to create and implement initiatives; responsible use of resources (financial and human).
  • Effective organizer: Creates a range of opportunities/approaches/events that bring people together to strengthen the WTS chapters; willing to experiment with new ideas.
  • Data-driven: Is on top of the data about the chapters and their activities; subjects her/his own approaches and activities as well as those of the team to rigorous analysis; willing to stop doing things that prove to be ineffective based on the data.
  • Willing to flex schedule to accommodate scheduling requirements of a role in which it is important to communicate regularly with chapters around the world.
  • Willing to travel: Periodic travel to engage WTS chapters and attend global meetings.

Candidate background

  • At least 7 years of professional experience with a strong track record of success in organizational development, knowledge management and community/volunteer organizing.
  • Candidate should ideally have experience as a member of a non-profit board or be familiar with volunteer boards/governance systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a global, multi-cultural team; Experience working outside of your home country environment preferred.
  • Experience as a leader or organizer in a collaborative community setting, ideally within the transportation industry.
  • WTS members are strongly encouraged to apply.


Washington, D.C.  (Remote locations considered on a case-by-case basis.)


Please send a CV and cover letter with salary requirements to mferranto@wtsinternational.org before April 15, 2012. Put the position title (Chapter Development Director) in your subject line. Applications that do not include a cover letter and salary requirements will not be considered.  Please copy and paste the text of your CV into the e-mail, in addition to attaching the file.  Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



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