Executive Director, Indian Center Inc.

Lincoln, NE, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Indian Center Inc. Executive Director Job Summary
The primary responsibility of the Executive Director (ED) is to lead the Indian Center Inc. (ICI) in its mission to provide value to the Native American community by creating and obtaining programs that empower self- sufficiency and positive quality of life standards in individuals and families.
The ED will work with the Board of Directors to meet the following primary goals for 2022-23:
● Lead a capital campaign during FY 2022-23 that seeks to raise $500,000 over the course of nine-twelve months.
● Develop funding relationships with local, state and federal agencies.
● Increase understanding of, and support for, ICI’s mission and programs among community residents, public-and private-sector leaders, potential donors and potential clients.
● Identify and document all forms of ICI revenue and expenses . Improve tools to accurately record income/ inflows (from donors, grants, fundraising, etc.) for the current year and all ensuing years.
● Create and manage data driven informatics that increase ICI's understanding of our client-base, programs’ impacts, donor sensitivities and return on investment dollars.
Essential Duties:
Grant Writing and Administration – 35% of Time
● Facilitate grant searches to identify appropriate funders.
● Prepare thorough and timely grant proposals.
● Complete thorough and timely grant reports quarterly and annually.
Program Development and Administration – 15% of Time
● Identify and research potential programming opportunities.
● Oversee administration of all programs including design, funding, staffing and evaluation.

Resource Development – 15% of Time
● Coordinate fundraising events including annual Thanksgiving dinner and board elections.
● Grow and maintain membership roster.
● Conduct at least one direct mail solicitation annually.

Public and Community Relations – 15% of Time
● Perform ICI presentations to church groups, civic clubs, corporations, other relevant audiences and the Cultural Centers Coalition of Lincoln.
● Attend relevant community-wide committees and task forces.
● Prepare ICI Annual Report.

Budget Management – 10% of Time
● Plan and submit annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval by May every year (prior to start of fiscal year – June1).
● Track and monitor grant specific budgets.
● Ensure timely payment of all payables, tax liabilities, payroll and insurance and reports.

Other Duties – 5% of Time
● Report to the Board of Directors at monthly board and committee meetings.
● Assist the Board of Directors in the development of comprehensive strategic plans.

Human Resource Management – 5% of Time
● Oversee and approve the hiring of all staff.
● Provide staff with guidance, support, encouragement, resources, training and meetings.
● Design and regularly update job descriptions.

 • Education: Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree.
 • Technology: Basic experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and Internet
 • Experience and cultural familiarity with Native American and multicultural communities
• Budget preparation and management

Grant writing ability, Time management, Excellent verbal and written communication, Conflict Resolution Skills, Supervisory Skills, Capacity to develop rapport with culturally diverse individuals.


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About the Company

For more than 50 years, the Indian Center has provided a cultural gathering space for indigenous people living and working in Lincoln and Lancaster county. Our center has historically provided a space for preservation events such as powwows, hand games, funerals, religious services and birthdays. It has been a locus for youth programs that have offered after school mentoring and cultural empowerment activities. Programs for elders that include providing meals and activities that cultivate generational respect and interaction have been an integral part of the Center's mission.

The Indian Center has been a leader in offering opportunities to the larger community, successfully administering hundreds of grant funded programs that include the Workforce Investment Act, suicide preventions efforts, Rural Business Enterprise development, and housing-utility assistance. It is where Native people go to continue their traditions and non-Native people visit to experience the beautiful and enduring culture of this country’s first nations.

The successful candidate for this position will have a deep understanding and previous participation in the intertribal aspects of the Native community. This person will possess the capacity to make continuous change in the non-native population's knowledge and attitudes about the historical trauma and disenfranchisement of indigenous people from their culture, language and homelands. The ability to be immersed in not only the day to day operations of the Center but also the interactions that contribute to its success within the community are essential for developing this leadership role for the Center. If your training, life experiences, education and dedication to Indigenous cultures align with this challenging opportunity, submit your resume, along with three references, for this position.

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