Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC
  • $150,000 to $185,000 USD / Year

Title: Executive Director
Classification: Full-time; exempt
Work Environment: Home office; some required travel; must reside in Washington DC area
Reporting: Reports to the Board of Directors

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, as summarized below:

Board Governance:
A. Responsible for leading NAFOA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s
mission as defined by the Board.
B. Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Financial Performance and Viability:
A. Responsible for the fiscal integrity of NAFOA including but not limited to the submission of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements to the Board which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
B. Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintains the organization in a positive financial position.
C. Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support NAFOA’s
mission.

Organization Mission and Strategy:
A. Responsible for implementation of NAFOA’s programs that carry out the organization’s
mission including but not limited to the acquisition and retention of Members.
B. Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that the organization can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
C. Responsible for the enhancement of NAFOA’s image by being active and visible in Indian country, the community generally, and by working closely with Tribal, federal, state, and local governments as well as other professional, civic, and private organizations.

Organization Operations:
A. Responsible for the administration of NAFOA’s operations.
B. Responsible for recruiting, hiring, managing (including disciplining), and retaining competent, qualified staff. All staff members will report directly to the Executive Director through an organizational chart established by the Executive Director.
C. Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• Administration and Management — Business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
• Personnel and Human Resources — Principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
• Law and Government — General knowledge of laws, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. Knowledge of Indian Country issues is required.
• Accounting — Accounting principles and practices.
• Education and Training — Principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Your Response to This Request for Proposal/Application
In response to this request, we ask that the following information be provided:
1. Cover Letter
a. Full name and address of the applicant.
b. If you are Native American, please name tribal affiliation/membership.
c. 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.

2. Experience
a. Provide a brief description of your experience with Executive Director, Policy Legislation, or similar positions.
b. 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.
c. Describe your relevant experience with Native American tribes, entities, or other related Native American organizations and Indian Country.
d. Please provide name and contact information for at least three (3) individuals who may be contacted for reference purposes.

3. Statement of Salary Expectations
a. 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).

4. Statement of Interest
a. Describe your interest in NAFOA and helping the organization achieve its mission.
b. 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 fundraising, management, or other examples where you have assisted previous employers with improving processes.
c. Describe how and why you are different from other applicants being considered.

5. Other Considerations
a. Proposals should not exceed ten (10) pages in length, including appendices.
b. Any documentation or information shared by NAFOA to potential applicants 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 and/or for the application process. No documentation or information can be shared with third parties.

Evaluation of Proposals/Applications
NAFOA will evaluate proposals/applications on a qualitative and quantitative basis. This includes our review of your application proposal/application and related materials, interviews with senior personnel, salary expectations, and your completeness and timeliness in its response. NAFOA reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and/or request clarification of information regarding submitted proposals.

Submission
All proposals/applications should be submitted electronically to VaRene Martin, 1st Vice President, via e-mail at varene@nafoa.org.  A meeting with the Board Members of NAFOA will be scheduled with top candidates to present their proposals and discuss their applications. All proposing applicants will be notified once an applicant has been selected. If you have questions or need additional information to complete your proposal/application, please contact varene@nafoa.org.

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