Executive Director Job Announcement

Position Open Until Filled

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Position Summary

American Indian Center of Chicago (AIC) seeks a creative, energetic, passionate and high-integrity person to work with our board of directors and provide leadership for our nonprofit organization and staff. The Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for AIC staff, programs, expansion, and execution of our mission. The ideal candidate will have a background in nonprofit and/or program management, excellent interpersonal and written skills, fundraising and grant writing experience, knowledge of financial management, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting traditional values and practices of the American Indian people. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the Board Chairperson. This is a full-time position with an anticipated start date in March 2017.

About AIC

Today, the AIC strives to be the primary cultural and community resource for nearly 65,000 American Indians in Chicagoland’s six county region.  Chicago is the third largest urban Native American population in the country with over one-hundred tribal nations represented. With over 75% of all Native people living off-reservation and in urban settings, the AIC represents this emerging native population shift, resulting in a diverse multi-tribal community in need of a common social and cultural place of gathering.  Through a combination of short-term relief services and long-term education and support programs, we seek to foster physical and spiritual health in the community, an active connection with traditional values and practices, stronger families with multigenerational bonds, and a rising generation of educated, articulate, and visionary youth.


Duties and Responsibilities

Governance & Leadership

  • Serve as a resource to Board so policy decisions are made on an informed basis

  • Keep Board informed of significant issues affecting programs and services

  • Oversee development and implementation of orientation for in-coming Board Members

  • Serve as staff on Board Committees

Mission, Vision & Strategy

  • Ensure Board and staff engage in regular strategic planning that supports the organization’s mission and capacity

  • Create opportunities for self-reflective thinking about the organization’s impact and role within the Chicago American Indian community

Resource Development

  • Work with the Board to implement special fundraising initiatives

  • Develop and prepare grant proposals for submission to funding sources

  • Ensure appropriate staffing consistent with community needs and within the constraints of AIC’s physical and financial resources

  • Ensure development of annual budget and present to Finance Committee for evaluation and modification as needed

  • Prepare an annual fund development plan and develop targeted funding proposals consistent with the plan

  • Recruit, select, and ensure orientation and training opportunities for staff and volunteers

Program Delivery & Impact

  • Develop and/or maintain programs and services consistent with community needs

  • Monitor programs and services to ensure consistency with criteria established by funding sources and the mission and goals of the organization

Internal Operations & Management

  • Provide grant management oversight to ensure the program compliance and reporting requirements by funding agencies are met.

  • Ensure availability of timely financial reports for internal review

  • Work with CPA to produce year-end financial statements and tax return

  • Maintain oversight of all earned revenue operations

  • Ensure proper maintenance of facilities, furniture and equipment

  • Ensure compliance with all federal and state legal and reporting requirements

Strategic Relationships

  • Build the necessary partnerships with national Indian organizations, federal agencies, state government, other Indian communities, tribal leadership, and congressional representatives to address the needs of the Chicago American Indian community and to expand and enhance AIC’s services.

  • Undertake activities within the community that enhance the visibility of the organization and build collaborative relationships with partners

  • Represent the organization on appropriate committees



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Must provide official transcripts at time of interview and five (5) years supervisory or management experience in a nonprofit environment is required. Or

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Must provide official transcripts at time of interview and three (3) years supervisory or management experience in a nonprofit environment is required.

  • Ability to work flexible schedules, including evenings and weekends is required.

  • Experience initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating nonprofit programs

  • Experience writing grant proposals

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated fundraising experience


Performance Criteria

  • Development of strong/positive working relationships with all relevant organizations, staff and Board

  • Enhancement of the organization’s image

  • Positive financial position

  • Success carrying out the key functions of the job description

This is a full time position. The salary is $60,000 to $70,000, commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please email materials to: afahey@aicchicago.org. The position is open until filled.