Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time



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914 North College Avenue
Suite 5
United States


CORE RESPONSIBILITIES of the Executive Director:

  • Responsible for overall management and operation of Missouri River Relief (MRR) and protection of the organization’s financial assets and organizational culture while ensuring compliance with board directives and applicable grantor, federal, and state requirements.
  • Guide the Board and Executive Officers and staff in clarifying the current mission, vision, and strategic goals of MRR.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining an organizational culture that supports the MRR mission.
  • Represent the organization’s mission in the community through interactions with media and at public events.
  • Raise the funds needed to implement the goals and objectives of the organization through grant writing; seeking support from corporate, governmental and individual donors; and special fundraising opportunities.
  • Ensure that equipment and resources are well managed, accounted for and reported to the Executive Officers/Board and any grantors on a regular basis.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, monitor and report on all of the activities of paid and contracted staff as well as all activities completed by volunteers sponsored by MRR.
  • Reports to: the Missouri River Relief Board of Directors
  • Supervises: A staff of seven employees


  • Handles all aspects of human resource management including but not limited to hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, performing individual job performance evaluations, proposing compensation and applying board-approved employee policies and benefits in accordance with federal and state requirements; Supervises MRR administrative and program management staff, consisting of salaried and contracted personnel.
  • Develops and maintains an organizational funding plan and budget. Oversees all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, board policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines. Reports on a regular basis to the Executive Officers/Board.
  • Oversees general grants and contracts management, including grant writing and negotiating funding agreement terms that reflect the needs of MRR; monitors progress of agreements and maintains agreement documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms, including receipt and expenditure of funds.
  • Conducts private sector fundraising, including corporations, individuals and foundations. Guides program staff in all fundraising pursuits.
  • Works closely with MRR staff and volunteers to ensure they are provided with appropriate support in the areas of event preparation, logistics support and related administrative functions. Coordinates with program staff and volunteers for final event schedule and resource allocation. 
  • Guides the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures for MRR operations. Establishes plans to achieve goals and implements policies (subject to approval by the Board of Directors).
  • Communicates board priorities to staff and volunteers, and helps board understand concerns and needs of staff and volunteers.


The executive director must possess knowledge and skills that may result from formal education or experience in non-profit operational and financial management. To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following core competencies. 

  • Leading people: Team building, cultural awareness, integrity and honesty, conflict resolution, managing in stressful situations
  • Leading change: Demonstrate openness to different ways of doing things by employing a culture of continuous improvement. Recognize and understand factors outside of the organization.
  • Communicating and building community: Employing interpersonal skills, communicating both verbally and in writing. Partnering with other organizations.
  • Exercising business judgement: Fiscal responsibility, strategic management, making data-informed decisions
  • Preferred knowledge and skills: Knowledge and experience with the Missouri River community; experience with QuickBooks and modern computer skills; experience developing and managing website content; outdoor/recreational experience on Missouri waterways.


  • BA/BS degree in a related field
  • Experience with a non-profit organization including: fundraising, grant writing, grant administration, grant reporting, program evaluation, developing and implementing personnel policies and procedures, financial management, budgeting, and reporting
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media, both written and verbal, including: writing press releases, planning and implementing media and social media campaigns
  • Experience in planning, organizing and implementing special events for fundraising and education
  • Proficiency in modern computer skills.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Missouri River Basin.


  • Capability to perform manual labor in all kinds of weather, including standing, walking, lifting, kneeling and crawling.
  • Regional travel and flexible hours. Many weekend events are required.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer granting equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or veteran status.


Health, Retirement

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



To apply please send cover letter, resume and two references to board president, Kory Kaufman, at board@riverrelief.org. Interviews will begin as early as April 15, 2018, and position will remain open until filled.