Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Project Knitwell. We rely on volunteers to deliver our programming and to help us behind the scenes. Currently all of our program sites for knitting instruction are in the Washington, D.C. area (including Northern Virginia and Maryland). We invite you to fill out an application, and we will be in touch when we have volunteer openings.

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Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Project Knitwell and advancing its mission. S/he oversees operations, fundraising, communication, governance, and finance. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities INCLUDE:


  • Implementing Project Knitwell’s strategic plan through programs that carry out the organization’s mission
  • Allocating resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are effective and efficient
  • Maintaining operational responsibility for Project Knitwell’s programs, volunteers, and contractors



  • Monitor and evaluate program sites to ensure program excellence and efficient allocation of resources
  • Develop and carry out remedial actions for any identified issues
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for expansion of services


  • Hire, supervise, collaborate with, and evaluate organization staff and contractors
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to (1) ensure that program delivery is consistent with Project Knitwell’s mission; (2) promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work; and (3) encourage and provide opportunities for staff and volunteer development and education
  • Develop / maintain job descriptions for paid staff / contractors as needed


  • Review and approve contracts for services
  • Identify and evaluate suppliers for materials and services
  • Conduct procurement and manage supplies

FundraisingDeveloping resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization through the conduct of fundraising activities


  • Develop annual fundraising plan
  • Oversee and implement revenue generating and fundraising activities through cultivating and retaining individual and corporate donors, identifying grant opportunities and submitting proposals, hosting and participating in community events, establishing and maintaining partnerships with the yarn-crafting and arts-in-wellness communities, and other fundraising mechanisms


  • Enhancing Project Knitwell’s image by being active and visible in the community
  • Publicizing Project Knitwell’s activities, programs and goals
  • Promoting Project Knitwell as a leader in therapeutic knitting and promote knitting as a wellness tool
  • Serving as Project Knitwell’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.


  • Manage all aspects of communications—including website, press, and social media
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with the Board to provide all information necessary to ensure that the Board makes timely and appropriate decisions regarding the operations and mission of the organization
  • Build and maintain relationships and communications with program sites, community groups, and other professional, civic and private organizations to build partnerships for joint outreach and fundraising
  • Represent Project Knitwell to agencies, organizations, and the general public to strengthen its profile
  • Manage and oversee the distribution of Project Knitwell’s marketing materials
  • Publish and communicate Project Knitwell’s program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for the success of offering knitting as a wellness tool

GovernanceWorking with Board to ensure all policies and legal requirements are fulfilled


  • (Working with the Board) Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for day-to-day operations
  • Ensure adherence of the organization’s daily activities and long-term plans to established policies
  • Ensure that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it
  • Ensure compliance with governmental, legal, and financial requirements
  • Jointly, with the President and Secretary of the Board, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents
  • Maintain official records and documents

FinanceProviding fiscal management to ensure the fiscal integrity of Project Knitwell


  • Maintain and comply with Financial Procedures and sound financial practices
  • Prepare proposed annual budget for Board approval
  • Operate within the approved budget, ensure maximum resource utilization, and maintain the organization in a positive financial position
  • Prepare and submit to the Board quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization

Strategy and Mission

  • Leading Project Knitwell in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board
  • Working with the Board and staff to ensure that Project Knitwell’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach


  • Work with the Board to ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress
  • Implement the organization’s strategic plan to ensure that Project Knitwell can successfully fulfill its mission into the future
  • Assist the Board in developing an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession
  • Establish and/or monitor systems to track Project Knitwell’s long-term progress toward its mission
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of knitting and wellness tools.

Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


  • Management experience
  • Familiarity with the knitting community and understanding of knitting as a wellness tool
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and grant-writing
  • Ability to set and achieve strategic objectives
  • Ability to set and manage budgets
  • Strong marketing and public relations experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Positive attitude, creative, mission-driven, self-directed
  • Non-profit management experience
  • Undergraduate degree


  • Part-time salaried position, approximately 50% or 85-90 hours/month
  • Work-from-home position
  • Salary commensurate with experience


Please submit a cover letter and resume to:, c/o Laurie Dicker


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