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JOB: National Indian Education Association Seeks Executive Director

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Executive Director
(Open Date: June 6, 2012; Close Date: June 28, 2012)

The National Indian Education Association is seeking resumes from highly motivated individuals to work on a full time basis as the Executive Director who will lead the operation of this non-profit organization. The position is located at the NIEA offices in Washington, DC and reports directly to the NIEA Board of Directors.

Position Summary
Provides overall strategic and operational direction for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). Ensure the mission of the NIEA and the NIEA Board of Directors is carried out effectively and efficiently.

Essential functions for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Administration – manage the daily activities of the NIEA office, including supervising staff and program monitoring, as well as coordinating with the Board on scheduled monthly meetings, committee meetings and any special meetings, e.g. with congressional representatives.
  • Fundraising – design and execute long-range plans for a fundraising campaign and working with the Board to identify the budget and timeline for implementation, management and reporting. Conduct at least one major fundraising even annually.
  • Grant Development and Administration – Solicitation, administration/supervision and reporting/evaluation of any grants received by NIEA. Grants must be aligned with NIEA’s strategic priorities and the Memorandum of Agreement(s) approved in advance by the Board of Directors.
  • Fiscal Responsibility – Day-to-day budget management for both the operating and convention budget. Work with outside accountant and Board of Directors to ensure timely accounting and reporting of fiscal matters.
  • Legislative/Policy Analysis – Oversee the NIEA legislative agenda and coordinating with the Board of Directors, legislative consultants, and various elected officials and their assistants. Assist in developing policy and testimony for the NIEA.
  • Convention and Other Special Events Management – Maintain, improve, and oversee the annual convention. Responsible for coordinating the Legislative Summit and any special events approved by the Board.
  • Strategic Vision and Planning – Implement and advance the strategic vision and plan, as developed with the Board of Directors.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board President, with authorization by the full Board of Directors.
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  • 5-7 years of mid to senior level management experience with direct staff supervisory and development responsibilities or related experience.
  • Results-oriented problem solving skills, a motivated self-starter, and possess a demonstrated legislative record.
  • Excellent oral, written, and time management skills and the ability to analyze and summarize complex legislative and regulatory information.
  • Strong organizational leadership and staff development skills.
  • Ability to handle stress and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with strict deadlines.
  • Experience working for a Native organization, trade association, Congress or similar organization conducting in-depth research and analysis of legislation being proposed, amended, and/or enacted.
  • Review legislation and prepare findings that explain the impact on Native contractors.
  • Drafting briefings and presentations that illustrate the impact of legislation and regulatory proposals on Native contractors, along with advice and recommendations to management.
  • Advanced college degree.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluation information, including legislative proposals, legislative reports, and testimony.
  • Extensive travel is required.


  • Knowledge of and experience in Federal Indian Policy, Native community economic development issues, small business and government contracting policy.
  • Experience living in and working with Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiian Organizations.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, all aspects of non-profit fund development.
  • Juris Doctorate or Graduate level degree in Educational Administration, Policy Administration, or Business Administration.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Competitive benefits provided.

Contact Information
NIEA will be accepting resumes and writing samples from qualified applicants. Please send the following items to or fax to 202-544-7293 attn: Nancy Dewire.

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • Writing Sample: In 500 words or less, please describe how the policy document “Native Children’s Agenda” can assist NIEA in meeting our mission for Indian Education
  • Most recent college transcripts (unofficial will be accepted)
  • Financial Disclosure Statement (second interview/review only)
  • Three letters of reference (one ( 1 current or former employer; one (1) Native community member (leader, elder, etc.); and one (1) other person who can attest to your abilities to serve as a non-profit executive)

EEO Employer
Native American Candidates Preferred as covered under USC Title 25, Section 472 & 473 (Indian Preference Act)