The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leading all aspects of Potlatch Fund’s work. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the ED leads the organization in establishing a clear strategy to support the organization’s mission. The ED is a thought leader across all areas of the organization’s work and the lead advocate in fostering the vision, promoting goals and influencing others to take action. The ED is one of the organization’s lead spokespeople, along with the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for securing and sustaining the long-term future of our Native-led community foundation.
Externally, the ED cultivates, establishes and maintains funder and donor relationships while deepening strategic partnerships and relationships within the Native non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Internally, the ED works with the Board and committees to ensure the effective governance and long-term sustainability of the organization while applying a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to our work. The ED leads the staff in executing overall strategy and ensures successful operations, funding and accountability of all programs.
The ED is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for Potlatch Fund and motivated by the opportunity to play a leading role strengthening Native communities, Native philanthropy and building bridges between funders and Native communities. The ED should be prepared to foster a culture where every member of the staff will feel a deep personal connection to the organization’s work and work together to achieve our vision and values. The ideal ED will model the positive attributes needed to strengthen our organizational culture and is an inspired and dynamic leader who draws strength from the mission, values and vision of Potlatch Fund.
Potlatch Fund is a community foundation and leadership development organization. We are dedicated to our mission to expand philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native Communities in the Northwest by inspiring and building upon the Native tradition of giving.
Among Northwest Coastal tribes, a potlatch is a coming together in ceremony, celebration and giving. Potlatches have always embodied the best of what Native culture had to offer: community building, food, song, and above all else, sharing. Today, the spirit of the potlatch – of philanthropy in its most traditional form – continues to thrive in every Native community.
To honor this traditional value of giving, Potlatch Fund was formed in 2002. We support Native people by sharing tools and resources needed to strengthen communities. We champion investment in our future leaders so they may serve others. We bring the realities of Native America to the philanthropic community. And we share the resources with those dedicated to keeping Native communities, arts and cultures alive.
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