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Transitions at Generation West Virginia

We have some bittersweet—but exciting!—news to share. Natalie will be transitioning out of her role as Executive Director and leaving Generation West Virginia in August.

A Note from Natalie:

One thing I’ve learned in this job is that our mission to attract, retain, and advance young people in West Virginia can’t be accomplished by one single person, or program, or organization. This is a mission that takes all of us. I’ve been inspired every day by your love of and commitment to this state. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together to make sure that every young person can build the life they want—right here at home—and I know there are many exciting opportunities on the horizon for this organization. I’m leaving this organization in the incredible hands of our board, our staff, and our community. That includes you. 

I‘ve had the time of my life working with you all, and I’m so excited to pass the torch and watch Generation West Virginia grow and thrive under new leadership. In reflecting on my past seven years here at GWV, sharing our mission with you has been one of the most rewarding parts of the job. I really look forward to the day I get to introduce you to the next leader of GWV!

— Natalie

We hope you’ll help us in our search for the next Executive Director. 

You’d be great for this role if you:

  • Thrive in sustaining and growing nonprofit management systems and have experience leading organizations—preferably at the executive level—and managing an operational budget of at least $1 million
    Are excited by leadership development and organizational management, rather than program management
  • Have enthusiasm and a proven track record for fund development
    Want to build deep relationships with policy makers and are willing to walk the halls of the Capitol to make policy change happen
  • Are excited to build the long-term roots of our growing organization, to continue and deepen our current partnerships, and to identify and develop new ones
  • Understand and deeply care about West Virginia—you are honest about the challenges we face, and at the same time, you know a future that reaches beyond “we’ve always done it this way” or “it’s good enough” is not only possible, but already happening
  • You’re committed to building an economy in West Virginia that works for everyone, no matter their background 
  • You’re ready to empower a team to tackle challenges that don’t have easy answers, experiment with innovative solutions, mess up, and try again
  • You understand that our work is only as good as our organization’s internal culture, that building the world we want to see starts with us, and that the way we work should model best practices as a workplace that attracts, retains, advances, and supports young people

Sound like you? Or someone you know? Please check out the full job posting and help us spread the word! 

Oh and one more thing! This transition isn’t slowing us down—we’re also hiring for an Employer Partnerships Manager position to support NewForce, our six-month, tuition-free software development training program in West Virginia. Make sure to check out that job description, too, and apply!