Shadhika Shadhika

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“If a girl is educated then a whole family will be educated and society will be supported.”

–Sneha, young woman of Shadhika

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Shadhika Executive Director

Ideal Candidate Profile

The Organization

Shadhika partners with women-led NGOs in India to empower young women from marginalized communities to realize their full potential, and become leaders in their communities. We envision growing our impact to reach 10,000 young women annually by 2030 and supporting a national network of change agents working in every state in India. With more than 20% of all adolescent girls in the world living in India, we know this local approach can create a groundswell of global change.

Addressing gender inequality and ensuring young women – in particular those at high risk of trafficking, child marriage, and other exploitations – have equal access to opportunities is not just a social justice issue, but also an economic, health, and political issue. Investing in better outcomes for young women not only helps to lift them out of poverty, but has been shown to have a profound ripple effect on their families, communities, countries – and ultimately, our world.

Shadhika provides grants to effective NGOs to support their programs, as well as scholarships to high-achieving young women to pursue college and vocational training. With this support, young women can find jobs in the formal economy and achieve true economic independence, thereby changing the course of their lives and that of their families and communities.

When she leads, change follows.


The Opportunity

As Shadhika has evolved and grown, we are now seeking the next Executive Director to lead the organization into its next chapter. The Executive Director will build upon a solid foundation, with a new strategic plan providing a pathway for the next three years, a completed rebranding process, a passionate group of donors and Board members, and a dynamic staff in India and the US.

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate looking to bring their expertise and energy to an organization on the rise, with proven results and key systems in place, and the opportunity to significantly expand impact.

The ideal candidate for this position:

  • Knows how to turn vision into action. You can see the trajectory over the long term, strategize about improving upon existing processes and identifying effective means to scale the impact – and know how to bring partners along in your vision. You might have led a small nonprofit organization, or been a significant player in its
  • growth. You are not just a visionary, but someone who translates lofty ideas into exciting action plans.
  • Shares a firm belief in a human rights-based focus (development, not charity), a commitment to local empowerment, and a feminist approach. You have worked in another international setting, ideally focused on women or girls.
  • Is a strong fundraiser who 1) builds meaningful, long-term relationships, 2) is fearless in making asks, and 3) has the persistence to follow through until the gift is closed. You are eager to build authentic connections through 1-on-1 meetings, and understand that philanthropy is about having the chance to make an impact.
  • Has strong intercultural communication skills, and can adapt to very different cultures and environments, and have an understanding of privilege and political/historical dynamics at play in international development.
  • Has a “roll up your sleeves” attitude. You thoughtfully move to action and integrate learnings, and empower others to do the same. You thrive in small teams and are used to doing your own administrative tasks.
  • Is an empowering leader. You have a background in leading and supporting junior staff and helping them stretch and grow. Experience working with remote and internationally-based staff is a huge plus. Additionally, you have excelled with meaningful Board or partner engagement, and know how to maximize their participation.


The Responsibilities

The Executive Director will lead the organization to implement our moonshot goal to provide support, scholarships, and leadership opportunities to 10,000 girls and young women a year in India by 2030. He or she will be responsible for consistent achievement of the organization’s mission and financial objectives, overseeing staff and operations to meet these goals, and working closely with the Board on organizational strategy and vision.

With a dynamic staff leading the bulk of the day-to-day operations, the Executive Director will primarily focus in these three areas:

Vision, Strategy, and Leadership

  • Implement and update the long-range strategy to achieve our mission.
  • Lead and support work that delivers programmatic and financial results outlined in the strategic plan, including partnering with the Board to develop the annual budget and goals.
  • As the organization grows, identify and meet needs for Board engagement, culture, and growth.
  • Lead and empower the team of staff (2 in Denver, 3 in India), contractors (in Denver and Toronto), and interns (1 in Denver, 5 in India in 2020). Create and implement the long-term strategy to build team and culture.
  • • Identify and strengthen internal systems and processes to support growth and scale.
  • Position and represent Shadhika as a leader in international grant making that empowers women and girls, and maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.


  • Build upon the existing fundraising strategy to meet an initial annual goal of $500k-$750k for each of the first two years, with further growth thereafter.
  • Lead efforts to engage with current and prospective donors to share the impact and make asks to support the long-term goals.
  • Support the ongoing work led by the remote development contractor, including grant proposals and reports, and occasional fundraising events.
  • Share the impact of Shadhika as chief spokesperson and ambassador for the organization in a wide range of settings.
  • • Broaden the donor base by identifying and engaging with key networks in the US.
  • Oversee the marketing and communications efforts to spread the word about our work.

Partnership Engagement and Growth

  • Develop relationships with, learn from, and follow the lead of our expert grantee partners.
  • Support the team in India in strengthening existing partnership with grantees, and identifying and building new grantee partnerships.
  • • Collaborate with the team to build an effective programmatic growth plan.

Location and Travel: This US-based position can be remote or located in the Denver office. Regular travel (30-40%) will be required within the US to meet with current and potential donors; in addition, the role will require 1-2 trips to India each year.

Salary and Benefits: $75,000-$85,000, depending on experience level. Benefits include health and dental insurance and a generous vacation package.

To Apply:

If this description calls out to you, please email our partners at Gemm Consulting (jessica@gemmconsulting.com) your résumé, along with a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains 1) why this mission excites you; and 2) why this particular role is a fit for you.


Read the announcement from Kim Burnett here.

Read the announcement from Shadhika’s Board Chair here.

Making HERstory Interns

Applications for our 2020 Making HERstory Interns are open!

*These positions are for current Shadhika participants only.

Internship Description

Each year, college-age young women participating in Shadhika grantee partner sites across India are invited to apply for a ten-month, paid Making HERstory internship. Through a competitive interview process, interns are selected and receive stipends of up to $100 per month to receive content development training and in turn, provide blogs, videos, photography, and poetry about their lives and the key issues faced by young women in India. Their content is published across Shadhika platforms, reaching an international audience. While interns are contributing content, they also receive skill-based training and mentoring from Shadhika’s India-and US- based staff, as well as female media professionals working both in and outside India. Over the course of the year, interns engage with topics such as blog writing, social media, photography, videography, and storytelling. In conjunction with Shadhika’s Leadership for Change Summit, Making HERstory interns meet face-to-face to share their experiences and gain new skills from their mentors.


-Works directly with Marketing Manager

-Responsible for providing one post per week/four posts per month ­– submitted to the Marketing Manager weekly on Tuesday.

-Prompts for each post will be outlined in a Content Calendar provided by the Marketing Manager at the beginning of each month.

-Posts may include stories, photo essays, short videos, blogs, etc.

-Content and images will be utilized for Shadhika’s digital channels including the website, social media, and email.

-Other duties as assigned.


-Current Shadhika Scholar, or Shadhika participant

-Bachelor’s Degree in process, in Journalism, Marketing or related field

-Commitment to and interest in Women’s Empowerment and International Development

-Proficiency in English research, reading, and writing skills

-Interest or experience in journalism, marketing, or communications fields

-Experience creating content for social media

-Experience creating high-quality photos

-Organized, efficient, and detail-oriented

-Motivated and self-directed

-Willingness to learn

-Strong and proven work ethic

Job Description

Download the full job description here.

To Apply

Interested Shadhika Scholars may apply using this Google Form.

Applications close January 19, 2019.

Email Gillian Ford with questions.