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Executive Director


Job Summary :
Nibezun is a unique and exciting Native American led nonprofit startup located on sacred
Wabanaki land along the Penobscot River in Passadumkeag, Maine. At Nibezun, we celebrate
culture as medicine, provide an inclusive space for healing, and promote sustainability for all
people and future generations. Nibezun is looking to hire its first executive director and seeks
an individual with a deep commitment to Native American cultural values as well as strong
organizational/business acumen. The successful candidate will shepherd the organization
through a critical period of growth and development and must have the ability to work skillfully
with diverse Native and non-Native constituencies. This is an opportunity to take a leadership
role in the process of healing centuries of intergenerational trauma along the ancestral lands
and waterways of the Wabanaki Confederacy.
Nibezun’s Executive Director will be responsible for the day to day management of the
organization; leading the implementation of the mission, long-term strategic goals, annual goals
established by its Board of Directors; and guided by the policies and procedures adopted by the
Board. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of
the Board serves as the supervisory and communications link with the Board.

Job Responsibilities:

Organizational Management
● Oversee the implementation and evaluation of key program areas—Wabanaki language,
cultural outreach, food sovereignty, and recovery
● Help to develop and implement a financially solid and sustainable business model
● Hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff and volunteers
● Develop and manage an annual budget for Board approval
● Develop communication vehicles that effectively and efficiently promote the work of the
● Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors, assisting the Chair of the Board in
developing meeting agendas

● Develop and implement annual fundraising goals and plans.
● Develop opportunities for individual Board members to assist with fundraising
● Investigate grant opportunities and prepare grant funding proposals that further the
organization's goals and mission
● Identify and develop relationships with individual donors, involving Board members
and/or other persons when appropriate and helpful

Organizational Development
● Assist the Board of Directors in developing, reviewing and revising as appropriate a 3 -5
year strategic plan for the organization
● Develop partnerships, collaborations and alliances with other organizations that further
the organization’s goals and mission
● Investigate and arrange training opportunities for Board members, staff and volunteers
that build organizational skills and capacity

Required qualifications:
● Excellent written and spoken communication skills
● Computer literacy, in particular, familiarity with basic programs such as Word, Outlook,
Excel, QuickBooks, etc.
● Budget and fiscal management experience.
● Fundraising experience (ideally both private and grant writing)
● Experience having supervised staff and/or overseen volunteers
● Serviceable vehicle and driver’s license – statewide travel expected
● Self-direction: Expectation is to be on site at Nibezun 1-3 days a week with more
needed during the summer months, and other work time can be at a home office or on
the road
● Passion, integrity, positive attitude, belief in Nibezun’s mission

● Having familiarity with or an understanding of Wabanaki culture and communities
● At least 3-5 years of experience running a non-profit organization with at least one staff
● Experience in working with and for a Board of Directors
● Experience in property management
● Experience in capital campaign & annual fundraising
● Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

● The total compensation package and hours have some room for negotiation, in order to
create a good fit for Nibezun and for the candidate. Our initial concepts are:

  • 40 hr. full time position
  • The expected initial salary for this position is expected to be in the $50-55K range depending on experience.
  • Possible stipend to assist with medical insurance or health care costs
  • Reimbursement for travel at federal rate

Application Instructions:

Please submit your resume via email to along with a cover letter and 3 written

In the cover letter, please explain why you are interested in the mission, values, and activities of
Nibezun. Please also tell us why your skills and experience would make you successful in this

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Nibezun is an equal opportunity employer.