Executive Director

Position:                      Executive Director     

Department:                Administration

Reports to:                   Board of Directors                              

Supervises:                  Senior Leadership / Directors

FLSA Status:               Exempt

Job Type:                     Full-Time, Regular

General Functions: 

The Executive Director (ED), under the direction of the Board of Directors (BOD), is responsible for oversight and implementation of strategic decisions in support of the vision of the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC).The ED shall develop and implement long-term strategic goals, and address both short- and long-term needs of ANHC. The ED will direct the formulation of operational and financial plans and performance goals, and oversee the management team's efforts to achieve ANHC's objectives. The ED shall provide effective, visionary leadership, implement the policies and directives of the BOD, build and mentor an effective senior management team, and promote ANHC to the Alaska community and tourism industry, both statewide and nationally. The ED shall provide general management of the staff and company functions to include operations and administration, program development, marketing, human resources, public relations, fundraising and facility development.

Major Activities (Typical Duties/Responsibilities):

  • Provide effective leadership in the establishment of short- and long-term strategic and operating plans.
  • Develop and cultivate partnerships that enhance ANHC’s mission and collective impact.
  • Represent ANHC to funders, stakeholder executives, granting agencies, and public officials.
  • Developing policy recommendations for the BOD to review and approve.
  • Implement policies and procedures for human resources management, operations, financial performance, facility operations and development, business operations and controls.
  • Oversee the planning, management and administration of financial resources, including budgeting, fund raising (public and private sources), accounting and adequate controls.
  • Oversee the establishment of operational targets/parameters, particularly as it relates to Alaska tourism and educational programs.
  • Carry out ANHC’s public relations efforts and act as ANHC’s primary public relations representative. Oversee the dissemination of news and other media materials.
  • Ensure the performance of an effective managerial team and their professional development.
  • Ensure total compliance with Federal, State and local laws concerning the operations and development of the Center.
  • Supervise and mentor senior leadership in support of overall effective organizational morale


  • Strong strategic level leadership, organizational, analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Committed to achieving results under demanding time frames.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to staff and to foster a cooperative environment.
  • Strong and innovative staff development and performance management skills.
  • Delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities.
  • High level of planning/organization to prioritize work activities and realistic action plans.
  • High level of quality management, continuous improvement and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and the general public at all levels.
  • Strong computer literacy.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Education, Social/Human Services, Organizational Leadership, or related fields of study. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Seven to 10 years of progressively more responsible management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated community leadership experience that shows the candidate’s ability to create new partnerships and carryout impact.
  • Knowledge of, and experience leading, strategic planning processes, human resources, and communications/marketing.
  • Knowledge of current professional practices for program conception, development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social, health, educational, and cultural status of the Alaska Native community.
  • Knowledge, understanding and sensitivity of Alaska Native history, culture and peoples.

Required Contacts:

  • Management and staff of other businesses including Alaska Native regional and village corporations, non-profit entities, ANSCA corporations and tourism operators.
  • Government agencies and staff personnel.
  • Local businesses, educational leaders, civic and government officials including legislative, general public.
  • Private philanthropic foundations.

Anchorage, AK

11 month(s) ago