Executive Director (ED), Fair Pay Workplace Alliance

Location: Seattle, WA or remote

Do you want to dismantle unlawful pay disparities based on gender, race and ethnicity, and empower companies to create sustained fair pay in the workplace? The Fair Pay Workplace Alliance (FPWA) is a 501(c)6 organization committed to filling a vital gap in the industry—a transparent and trusted standard to differentiate organizations dedicated to achieving true pay equity.

We are seeking an experienced and mission-driven executive director who will take up the mantle of our established plan and begin building the organization with a sustainable funding model.

Note: Organizations seeking certification may opt to use Syndio’s PayEQ software for their pay equity analysis (Syndio is a technology partner of the Fair Pay Workplace Alliance.) Gender Equity Now, an independent third-party partner of the FPWA, also uses Syndio’s PayEQ to review organizations seeking certification.

About the role 

The Executive Director will drive meaningful change around the critical issue of pay equity and leave a lasting mark on the future of workplace fairness. The ideal candidate is excited for the challenge of building an organization from this early stage, while also feeling supported by ample resources to hire a dedicated staff. In this role, you will create and lead the Fair Pay Workplace Alliance with support from an experienced, committed, and enthusiastic Board. You will be responsible for strategic planning, resource development, and communications; directly manage finances, human resources, and operations; and represent the organization externally—all with the goal of helping companies determine the right methodology and achieve certification to support sustainable fair pay practices.

Core responsibilities

  • Identify and pursue a wide range of donors—including individuals, institutions, and family foundations—and grants to establish a pipeline of fundraising targets.  
  • Refine the membership model, including benefit levels and fees and membership services, and establish priorities to inspire member support and satisfaction.
  • Develop active relationships with members and third-party stakeholders.
  • Develop, document, and oversee a certification process and timeline that supports our goal of guiding and recognizing organizations that follow a principled and sustainable approach to pay equity.
  • Set up a financial plan, build the infrastructure to support product and service delivery, and begin hiring a stellar team.
  • Establish the organizational structure, including finalizing the short-term strategic plan for staffing, committee governance, performance metrics, and technology investments (ERP, CRM, fundraising stacks.)
  • Develop and execute on a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy (e.g. PR, events, content development) to engage leaders on workforce pay equity.
  • Encourage Alliance members to participate actively and work to ensure an effective committee structure.
  • Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage FPWA’s resources within those budget guidelines.

Role progression

  • Within the first month, you will complete the logistical structure and begin building Board, donor, and stakeholder relationships that will be the foundation for FPWA success.
  • Within 3 months, you’ll begin to hire staff and refine certification and messaging that positions FPWA as the industry leader in pay equity certification and recognition.
  • Within 6 months, you’ll begin to launch certification and programs to attract and support new alliance members.
  • Within 12 months, you’ll focus on scaling the organization, review strategic achievements, assess results, and begin to launch additional member benefits. 

About you

  • You are an energetic leader with the ability to build collaborative relationships in complex organizations with multiple stakeholders.
  • You have a strong sense of ownership, autonomy, and entrepreneurial instincts alongside the ability to drive consensus in a dynamic startup environment.
  • You have outstanding communication and listening skills, comfortable engaging with Board and senior executive leaders, as well as a wide range of donors. 
  • You are mission-oriented with a fierce dedication to the work of equity, advocacy, and community building.
  • You value a culture that rewards collaboration, accountability, and initiative, and are motivated to mentor a dedicated staff.
  • You have the business and financial acumen to recognize and implement new and innovative approaches to revenues, financial management, and operations.
  • Your creative mindset makes you adept at developing new ideas and approaches to partnerships and relationships that advance the mission.
  • You enjoy the challenge of building and expanding an organization’s presence and reputation. 
  • You are confident, with a “can do” attitude to motivate all stakeholders and roll up your sleeves to meet and exceed the strategic objectives.
  • Employees joining the Syndio team at this early stage of growth will impact this critical social issue and support a growing customer base to take tangible action on workplace fairness. 

Your compensation package will be a function of fundraising for this role, but will be competitive and fair.  All your information will be kept confidential in accordance with EEO guidelines.

The FPWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are building an inclusive and collaborative workplace as we grow, and we welcome team members regardless of gender/identity, sexual orientation, race or cultural background, religion, physical disability and age.