President and CEO

Partnership With Native Americans
June 28, 2019
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Misty Rhodes
16415 ADDISON RD STE 200


Overview of Responsibilities

The President/CEO is responsible for leading the organization’s success and must be passionate about improving the quality of life of Native Americans. The position reports to an experienced Board of Directors (BOD) from different tribes and backgrounds spanning business and financial management, strategic planning and programming, law, education, health care, grants and economic development, and humanitarian services.  The President/CEO, with the Board Chair, enables the BOD to fulfill its governance function and facilitates the optimum interaction between management and the BOD, formulates the strategic plan for guiding the organization’s resources in support of PWNA’s vision and mission, and directs PWNA’s resources and initiatives in support of the strategic plan.


Responsibilities to the Board

The President/CEO, with the Board Chair, develops meeting agendas that provide opportunities for the BOD to address critical issues and expand the BOD’s knowledge of the organization; keeps the BOD fully informed on the condition of PWNA, including factors relating to the programs, personnel, fundraising and financial status of the organization. The President/CEO provides updates to the BOD on legal and other key issues; and works with the Board Chair to ensure effective and efficient Board committee structure and functioning.


Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions

The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:


Community Impact – “The PWNA Way”

The President/CEO is responsible for the overall impact of how the organization works with reservation Program Partners in identifying needs, providing immediate relief and supporting sustainability in their communities. The President/CEO works directly with the Vice President of Programs to ensure the principles that guide PWNA’s work enhance the reservation Program Partners’ ability to work with outside resources, strengthen skills and confidence within the community and build community capacity.   The President/CEO works closely with the BOD to craft and adapt the strategy to achieve these improvements and impact, including raising the funds to support it. S/he will establish and build relationships with leaders in the communities PWNA serves and represent the organization at the highest levels in business, government and the non-profit sector.


Resource Development

The President/CEO must drive key results in fundraising; identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and promote a culture of fundraising throughout the organization.


Strategic Leadership

The President/CEO serves as the principal resource to the BOD and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. S/he develops an annual work plan for the BOD and partners with the BOD and the Senior Leadership Team to determine organizational direction and develop strategies and initiatives to ensure it is achieved. S/he is responsible for advancing PWNA’s strategic plan, mission and financial objectives and ensures coordination and alignment of all PWNA resources and activities to accomplish this.



Organizational Development

The President/CEO is accountable for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization and maintaining the public trust. The President/CEO assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems, programs and staffing; directly supervises Senior Leadership Team positions and establishes individual goals; works with the Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President to manage organizational spending, develop a yearly balanced budget for BOD approval, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; and ensure that goals of inclusiveness and diversity among leadership and staff  are met. S/he will lead an effective Senior Leadership team with provisions for succession and mmaintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates top-quality human resources. S/he will build and lead high-performing internal teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational goals and optimize impact. S/he will serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization, supported by the PR Manager and other designated spokespersons, and ensures proper representation to its various constituencies.


Experience/Position Requirements


  • Substantial experience (10+ years) working in the nonprofit sector and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards | Alternatively, extensive senior-level, strategic experience leading and developing organizations of comparable size and mission
  • A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity, personal integrity and accountability, and the ability to build collaboration with the community at large
  • Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate environments, and involving partnership development, team building and conflict management
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support, including creation of new revenue channels and donors
  • A high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity, with a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems
  • Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders and the courage to shift direction and lead the organization in an ever-changing environment.
  • Should be familiar with social economic development policies effecting tribes at the National level and various business development models/initiatives used by tribes to promote economic development.


Education Background

Undergraduate degree required, MBA preferred. Training, experience or advanced degree in business, public administration, or nonprofit sector preferred. 7-10 years of experience in senior-level strategic leadership required.

How To Apply

The careers page located on Partnership With Native Americans website.  The URL is

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