Work for WILPF

The Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom is a 90-year-old international women's organization with sections in 37 countries and 80 groups and branches in the United States. WILPF works for the equality of all people in a world free of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and all other oppression; for world disarmament and peaceful resolution of conflicts; and for an end to all forms of violence.

The following work and intern opportunities are currently available at the US Section of WILPF:

Program and Development Director

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The Program and Development Director is a public face of WILPF-US and – in collaboration with the Board and relevant Board committees –  promotes the development and implementation of WILPF's program and fundraising plans and proposals.

This is a shared leadership position. The Program and Development Director and the Director of Operations together facilitate the effective operations of WILPF-US, reporting to the national board monthly and at the semi-annual board meeting.

Job Responsibilities

1.     Provide WILPF-US with political/program leadership, in consultation and cooperation with our issue committees, the Board Program Committee and WILPF branches.

  • Serve on national Program Committee, including the Mini-grants subcommittee, and support effective programmatic work by issue committees and branches through WILPF's internal funding.
  • Oversee and ensure integrity of internal grant process, evaluation, and follow through.
  • Facilitate the inclusion into US program work of the activities of International WILPF and the International WILPF UN Office.

2.     In cooperation with the Development Committee and Director of Operations, develop and put into effect an annual fundraising plan to meet stated financial goals. With the Director of Operations, implement a strategy for a large sustained base of all individual annual donors (regular and online).

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Oversee and direct all WILPF-US grant-writing activity.  Establish dialogue with the WILPF UN Office and WILPF-US issue committees and Branches in order to coordinate potential grant applications, thus ensuring cooperation, and preventing redundancy and competition.
  • Identify grant opportunities for WILPF-US; responsible for grant-writing and establishment of ongoing relationship with funders.
  • Involve Board members in fundraising.

3.     Serve on the Development and Program Committees.  Committee work may involve after-hour evening conference calls (monthly, for each committee) to accommodate nationally dispersed committee members.

4.  Recruit, supervise and evaluate program- and development-related interns, staff, volunteers and relevant contractors.

5. In collaboration with the Director of Operations, ensure effective communication of WILPF policies, procedures and opportunities to committees, Branches, and at-large members. Oversee the maintenance of regular phone and written communication with Branches, individually and collectively, regarding program issues, financial development (major donors, planned giving, fund raising, etc.), and training opportunities.

6.  Provide International and US WILPF political and programmatic information for action alerts, petitions, eNews, Branch mailings, Peace & Freedom magazine, website and Facebook as appropriate. Work in collaboration with Peace and Freedom editor to identify theme, solicit articles, proofread, and ensure timely publication. Confer with the ad hoc Communications Committee to devise strategies for effective use of print and online communications to our members, potential members and the public.

7.   Speak at events to support WILPF's financial and political goals.

8.  Participate in the International WILPF Congress when feasible, and at all WILPF-US Congresses, speaking and designing/facilitating workshops, as appropriate.

9.  Sign on to coalition statements/political actions, with input from the board president, program and issue committee chairs, and – in cases of controversy – the board, as appropriate.  Ensure representation of WILPF in coalitions (e.g. UFPJ) through delegation to board members, issue committee members or other WILPF volunteers or staff.

10. Plan, coordinate and provide, in collaboration with the Director of Operations and Board president, training for Board members to enhance efficiency and governance skills of the Board.

Centennial Coordinator

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This is a contract position beginning immediately and ending on May 31, 2015. We are interested in qualified candidates able to make a commitment to completing the contract term. 

The Centennial Coordinator will serve as the focal point in building U.S. support for and interest in the “Women’s Power to End War” campaign. The campaign involves social movement building, planning for a WILPF international congress and centennial celebrations around the world, culminating in an international conference of major proportions where women will create a new agenda for world peace. As U.S. focal point, the Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Initiating and maintaining partnerships with organizations and networks interested in supporting WILPF’s work;
  • Organizing events, both large and small, in diverse areas of the United States (i.e., Chicago, Boston, Idaho, Colorado, etc.);
  • Raising funds both to support this campaign and WILPF’s mission-driven work post-2015;
  • Engaging celebrity spokespeople and local leaders in the campaign, as organizational sponsors, speakers, and attendees;
  • Collaborating with WILPF staff and volunteers in the United States and around the world to ensure consistency of messaging and efforts;
  • Developing a calendar of events in the U.S. and a communications plan to promote them;
  • Documenting all aspects of campaign work.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate: 

  • a deep understanding of WILPF’s history and traditions;
  • enthusiasm for WILPF’s current and ongoing work in the U.S. and internationally;
  • a personal history of honoring and following through on long term commitments; 
  • significant experience in community engagement, public relations and social media;
  • proven experience with fundraising, both online and through traditional channels
  • strong informal negotiating skills resulting in positive outcomes satisfying to all parties;
  • skills in writing and reading partnership agreements with an eye to understanding and weeding out ambiguities before problems arise;
  • willing and able to collaborate via Skype, Dropbox and Google docs.
  • willing and able to travel internationally

This is a work-from-home consultancy position requiring an estimated time commitment of 20-40 hours per month and paying a lump sum of $1,000 per month.  

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Ria Kulenovic at We are seeking to fill this position immediately so applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received.


Click here for a description of the WILPF-US internships. To apply, send a resume writing sample, internship goals, and date available with desired internship placement to Internship Coordinator, WILPF National Office, 11 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116, or email to


WILPF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against people on the basis of factors such as race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.