NCFC Job: Executive Director

August 20, 2019

By NCFC Human Resources

The National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to guide the organization into the next level of frontier advocacy. The new ED will be a visionary. consensus builder and innovative strategist who can engage frontier residents, advocates, policymakers, and partners around the crucial work of providing national leadership and building collaboration on issues important to frontier communities.


The new ED will manage and inspire a small but talented staff as they develop current and new frontier initiatives and increase the visibility of NCFC. The ideal candidate will be committed to advancing the frontier movement and a seasoned manager with experience leading nonprofit organizations, fiscal management and abilities to procure funds through grant writing and other resource development strategies. She/He will be a leader who models and maintains cooperative and productive workflow, and who has significant connections with leaders and organizations that understand and advocate for issues important to frontier.


The ED position is currently part-time. NCFC is based in Silver City, New Mexico. Working remotely can be considered but will require periodic visits to Silver City.


Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Susan Wilger at The full job description can be found at This position is open until filled.


National Center for Frontier Communities

Position: Executive Director
Reports to: NCFC Board of Directors
Date Reviewed/Revised: 06/17/2019
Date of Board Approval: 10/15/2018
Hours: Part-time or Full-time
Job Classification: Exempt/Salaried


The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of NCFC. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility of NCFC’s finances, staff and programs. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of the frontier movement, core programs, operations, and business plans.


Leadership & Management:
• Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, resource development, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
• Actively engage and energize NCFC’s staff, board members, volunteers, partnering organizations, supporters and funders.
• Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout.
• See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
• Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
• Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
• Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
• Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
• Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.


Resource Development:
• Expand revenue generating activities to support existing program operations and regional and national expansion. Resource development opportunities may include but not limited to grant writing, fee-for-service, contracts/partnership, sponsorships and fundraising.
• Demonstrated success as a grant writer.
• Use external presence and relationships to garner new funding/revenue opportunities.
• Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.


• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
• See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
• Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
• Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.


Budget and Finance
• Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
• Work with the staff and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
• Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
• Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors as required, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.


Planning & New Business:
• Design the national expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for program expansion into new markets.
• Build partnerships in new markets/sectors, establishing relationships with the funders and political and other key leaders.
• Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of local programs as a model for regional and national replication.


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to NCFC’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
• Masters degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health or related field. Two years of experience in relevant field may substitute for 1 year of education.
• At least four years of senior management experience in addition to two years supervisory experience.
• A track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
• Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
• Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
• Demonstrated ability to raise funds through fundraising, grant writing or other resource development strategies.
• Experience with grants management and compliance preferred experience with federal funding.
• Ability to manage multiple programs
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
• Policy development, analysis and compliance.
• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed


Experience working in rural/frontier environments
(As applicable) Bi-lingual English and Spanish


1. Occasional prolonged standing/walking
2. Occasional lifting of supplies and/or equipment up to 50 lbs.
3. Frequent driving short and /or long distances and air travel.
4. Frequent use of computers and keyboard.


1. Occasional pressure due to deadlines and working with the public
2. Sedentary Office Work
3. Frequent Travel

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