Lead the Charge on Tribal Economic Development as NAFOA's Executive Director


Lead the Charge on Tribal Economic Development as NAFOA's Executive Director

June 3, 2021

NAFOA is seeking an Executive Director to lead our mission of growing tribal economies and strengthening tribal finance.

The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer of the organization and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

All proposals/applications should be submitted electronically at pfagan@nafoa.org before 5:00 p.m. CDT on June 9, 2021.

 View the Full RFP/Job Description

General Responsibilities of the Executive Director

  • Board Governance. Works with the Board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Financial Performance and Viability. Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Organization Mission and Strategy. Works with the Board and staff to ensure that the organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Organization Operations. Oversees and implements resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

To Apply/Send a Proposal:

In responding to this request, we ask that the following information be provided:

  1. Cover Letter

  • Full name and address of the applicant. 

  • If you are Native American, please name tribal affiliation/membership.

  • Statement indicating whether the proposal includes all of the scope of services or only some. If it is not all of the work, clearly state which sections are included. 

  1. Experience

  • Provide a brief description of your experience with Executive Director, Policy Legislation or similar positions.

  • Describe your relevant experience with not-for-profit organizations including successful work performed for similar size organizations. Include a listing of not-for-profit organizations you have worked for either as an employee or as a contractor.

  • Describe your relevant experience with Native American tribes, entities, or other related Native American organizations and Indian Country.

  • Please provide name and contact information for at least three (3) individuals who may be contacted for reference purposes.


  1. Statement of Salary Expectations
  • Outline salary expectations and indicate whether the expectation is salary only or salary plus perceived benefit value (this includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance benefits and 401(k) and PTO benefits).


  1. Statement of Interest

  • Describe your interest in NAFOA and helping the organization achieve its mission.

  • NAFOA is interested in continuous improvement and would like to benefit from the applicant’s experience working with not-for-profits. Describe situations where you have provided not-for-profit employers with innovative ideas with fund raising, management or other examples where you have assisted previous employers with improving processes.

  • Describe how and why you are different from other applicants being considered.


  1. Other Considerations

  • Proposals should not exceed ten (10) pages in length, including appendices.

  • Any documentation or information shared with potential applicants by NAFOA during the RFP process is deemed to be confidential and proprietary to NAFOA. Such documentation or information is to be used solely for the preparation of a proposal. No documentation or information can be shared with third parties.


NAFOA is a national non-profit organization providing leadership for the advancement of independent and culturally-vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities by promoting excellence in financial management, advocating sound economic and fiscal policy, developing innovative education initiatives, and providing essential information, resources, and support to meet the challenges of economic growth and change.

For questions about the RFP/job description, please email Pamela Fagan, Director of Operations and Human Resources, pfagan@nafoa.org.