Executive Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00am


Fort Collins, CO
United States

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Job Description:

The ED is responsible for all aspects of business development & management for NAI which would include: business planning, strategic planning, member relations, personnel management, data management, communications, marketing, promotions, external communications, managing partnerships, fund raising, grant writing, business development, and public/media relations. An applicant for this position must be able to inspire leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; an advanced degree and/or a record of continuous professional development is strongly preferred.
  • Seven or more years of professional experience serving in significant leadership and management roles running a similarly sized nonprofit organization, department, or division. Strong preference will be given to experience in association management.
  • Direct knowledge of budget development, financial management and reporting, personnel management, and, ideally, hands-on experience with fund development.
  • A vision for leading a membership- based Association and running a non-profit business.
  • Highly developed communication skills including writing, one-to-one communication, small group facilitation, making formal presentations, media and public relations, telephone and video conferencing and speaking to audiences of all sizes.
  • Experience with event and conference management, preferably to include international events.
  • Experience at and ability to negotiate contracts to the best advantage of the organization.
  • A creative and responsive problem solver recognized for the ability to build a highly functional, productive, self-directed team operating in an environment of trust, mutual respect, accountability, teamwork, and autonomy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and demonstrated commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access and equity, including the current pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues for our members, the professional staff of the association and the profession
  • Experience reporting directly to a Board of Directors and can demonstrate significant Board of Directors relations experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, and bring people together with a relaxed, professional, respectful, energetic, and positive demeanor.
  • Solid customer service ethic and high expectations for quality.
  • A strong sense of integrity; an honest, ethical individual sharing the values of the organization and the individuals who make up NAI.
  • Ability to travel nationally and international as needed
  • A personal commitment to and genuine passion for heritage interpretation as a profession.
  • Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).  Knowledge and experience in membership and fundraising software is desired.



  • Ensure that all funds, inventory, assets and other property of the Association are properly safeguarded and administered and accounted for under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and coordinate an annual external audit in cooperation with the NAI Board.
  • Oversee all aspects of business management of NAI including business planning, strategic planning, personnel management, data management, financial accountability, communications, marketing, promotions, and public relations.
  • Oversee the Certification and Training offerings of the Association
  • Serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors and provide monthly updates to the Board of Directors regarding financial and organizational progress toward action plan objectives. Serve as staff representative to appropriate standing and ad hoc committees.
  • Ensure that NAI works to serve the diverse needs of all people in the field of interpretation.
  • Supervise and lead a current staff of 7 full-time employees and 5 part-time/work-study employees.
  • Conduct and/or supervise a process for performance reviews for all staff members and determine annual salary increases and bonuses with Board approval within the annual budget process.
  • Arrange and oversee an annual audit, 990 report to the IRS, and all other legal documents and filings required by federal, state and local laws.
  • Serve as the legal agent of the corporation in creation and supervision of all contracts and agreements; maintain and archive all legal records of the corporation.
  • Represent NAI at professional meetings, partnership venues, and training events in collaboration with the Deputy Director and the Board of Directors.
  • Communicate on a regular basis with the President and Vice President for Administration as liaisons with the Board of Directors.  Oversee all membership management services.
  • Oversee all external communication, both public and private, in accordance with the policies and objectives of the organization.

How to Apply:

To apply for the position, send a cover letter, resume and at least 3 professional references to NAI-ED@interpnet.com.  Inquires can be addressed by contacting Tom Mullin, Search Committee Chair at tom.d.mullin@gmail.com or 207.380.6413.