Exceptional leadership opportunity to advance Indigenous issues globally

The Executive Director will be expected to:

  • Provide bold, imaginative, inspiring and wise leadership, articulating IFIP’s strategic vision and programs to a broad and diverse membership.
  • Lead IFIP’s advancement, actively retaining and seeking new and expanded funding sources and members as programming continues, grows and innovates.
  • Continue and build strong relationships with Indigenous Peoples globally, by understanding the crucial issues they face and supporting the advancement of Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
  • Ensure that IFIP is managed effectively, with a highly collaborative internal culture, staffed for the appropriate mix of skills and talents necessary for its complex and dynamic mission.
  • Work closely in partnership with IFIP’s Board of Directors to set strategies and policies that result in strategic Board engagement and ambassadorial activities that support IFIPs guiding principles and organizational financial sustainability.
  • Guide the organization as it moves toward a new level of professional development of its systems and procedures across all areas and aspects of the organization.
Title: Executive Director
Reports to: IFIP’s Board of Directors currently led by an Executive Committee Directors
Location: San Francisco
Date of announcement: 17 February 2017
The Executive Director is primarily responsible for the implementation of IFIP’s strategic framework.  The position is accountable for leading the organization in meeting its mission and achieving its strategic goals, and for ensuring that the organization has the capacity, systems and resources to do so.
Reporting relationships
The Executive Director will report to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and is also responsible for maintaining regular communication with the full board, including board committees and individual members.  The Executive Director will supervise, mentor and coach the Program Associate and manage other staff and consultants as needed.
Position responsibilities
The Executive Director will lead IFIP in all aspects of the organization’s strategic direction and across all areas of the organization and will bring a track record of managing and leading core issue program areas and operations. She/He will be experienced working with collaborative initiatives and engaging diverse constituencies, and will be able to cultivate new and existing members, including individuals, foundations, and affiliate organizations.
Leadership and planning
  • Serve as an ambassador for IFIP and represent the organization’s mission, vision and values of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationships. Developing strategic partnerships in order to fulfill IFIP’s mission and strategic framework.
  • Build and maintain effective systems to measure progress and regularly evaluate program components that will enhance the strategic and operational decision-making and provide the ability to measure successes in ways that can be effectively communicated to the board, members, donors, and other constituents.
  • Implement IFIP’s strategic framework and lead future planning and strategy processes.
  • Engage with the Board of Directors, recruiting new capacity and perspectives as necessary. 
Management and administration
  • Improve overall systems and processes of the organization, including: financial management, human resources, record-keeping, technology, and other core organizational needs.
  • Provide support to the Board of Directors to ensure effective board governance and oversight of the organization.
  • Develop annual work-plans consistent with the strategic plan’s goals and objectives.
  • Lead, develop, and retain staff. Invest in the professional development of staff and expand the internal systems needed for growth.
Development and engagement
  • Develop and implement a strategy for mobilizing resources to effectively sustain IFIP.
  • Recruit and cultivate donors and members to partner with IFIP by developing programming, communications, and activities for member stewardship and engagement.
  • Represent IFIP through thought leadership, writing, and public speaking to raise IFIP’s profile in the global philanthropic community and among Indigenous Peoples’ movements.
  • Enhance all aspects of IFIP’s communications to support strategic goals and build a stronger presence for the organization.
Program development and implementation
  • Develop and expand high quality programs that meet the strategic goals and objectives of IIFP – from facilitating working groups to convening international conferences and meetings, to producing publications and tools. These programs should be designed to inform and promote collaboration, while expanding and advancing Indigenous philanthropy.
  • Ensure that IFIP plays a leadership role in advocating among funders and other actors for improving the philanthropic community’s support of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Oversee evaluation of programs to ensure that they advance IFIP’s mission and strategic framework.
Qualifications and experience:
  • Demonstrated experience working to advance Indigenous Peoples’ rights and opportunities internationally.
  • A strong commitment to IFIP’s mission, approach, and the values it seeks to embody (respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationships).
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership in a philanthropic, Indigenous or non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funding from the philanthropic community.
  • Significant knowledge of finance and budgeting, including an ability to understand, project, and analyze financial models and strategic budgeting.
  • Experience in managing a membership-based program or organization, including planning and managing conferences.
  • Strong public speaking, oral and written communications ability.
  • Experience working with and supporting a board of directors.
  • Experience recruiting, managing, coaching, and mentoring staff.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adapt to changing situations and priorities. Good judgment and consensus-building skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in another language, especially Spanish, is a plus.
  • Other traits include: thoughtful, diplomatic and approachable, with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and donors.
Start date:  IFIP seeks to fill this position by May 2017, interviews to start March 27th.  
Compensation:  IFIP offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé or CV to:  jobs@internationalfunders.org. Please include “Your name – IFIP ED” in the subject line of your email.  All expressions of interest and applications will be held in strict confidence.
Job description is available as PDF here: 
For additional information please contact: Lourdes Inga at lourdes@internationalfunders.org.
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples is an equal opportunity employer. IFIP embraces a diverse, multicultural work environment and invites individuals who bring a diversity of experience and ideas to apply.