Michigan Nonprofit Association is a champion for strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve by advancing collective power, knowledge, systems and strategy.
POSITION TITLE: President and Chief Executive Officer
REPORTING TO: MNA Board of Directors
LOCATION: Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Nonprofit Association
The Michigan Nonprofit Association seeks a dynamic, visionary President & CEO to lead the organization into the future. Through this exciting opportunity, we hope to find a thoughtful, driven leader whose passion for MNA’s work and mission are unparalleled.
We seek an experienced individual who is a clear-sighted manager of issues and people, who knows how to create and expand growth opportunities, and whose zest for bettering the world by building diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice knows no bounds.
Through our collaboration, we hope to make Michigan a stronger, more equitable place to live—both today and for generations to come.
Founded in 1990, the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a statewide membership organization that achieves its mission through advocacy, training, technology services and civic engagement.
MNA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to nonprofits and the communities they serve, promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax-exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members. There are currently 790 members from across the state. Dues for nonprofits are set on a sliding scale based on budget size and range from $80 to $1100. The operating budget for MNA is $5.1 million.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The President & CEO will report directly to the MNA Board and will have primary responsibility for the leadership of MNA, including day-to-day operations. More specifically, responsibilities will include the following primary areas:
- The President & CEO will be the administrator and primary public spokesman for MNA. This person will, in conjunction with the Board, establish and execute the goals and strategic vision of the organization. The President & CEO will be the primary liaison between MNA staff and the MNA Board, and will represent MNA at meetings of professional, civic, and service organizations, building relationships to other organizations throughout the state.
- The President & CEO will continue a high level of national connectivity and visibility; provide a strategic vision for the future, especially with respect to funding stability; preserve the strength of the current leadership team; and elevate MNA’s relevance/stature vis-à-vis public policy issues, including working with the Governor’s office, State Legislature, and local officials.
- MNA has a staff of approximately 15 talented individuals. The President & CEO will lead, motivate, and foster sound working relationships with this staff. This person will have oversight of all the tasks normally associated with running an organization of this type, including marketing and public relations; finance (preparing and maintaining budgets, supervising the preparation of financial statements and processes); and legal and human resources (hiring, firing, discipline, training and development activities, and performance reviews and evaluations). The President & CEO will be the primary contact for MNA’s outside advisors, including accountants, consultants, and legal counsel.
EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in the leadership and management of a high- profile organization, ideally where community improvement and better lives for families are part of its mission and/or purpose. Experience with nonprofit organization leadership, from a professional and/or volunteer basis, is desired.
More specifically, this experience should include:
- A passion for community improvement, and an excellent ability to write and to speak in both small, private meetings and to larger audiences.
- Proven experience in building diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice among a broad cross-section of individuals, organizations, and communities.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of integrated information systems, with experience in the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) strongly preferred.
- A strong public policy background and demonstrated advocacy skills.
- Demonstrated skill and effectiveness relative to fund-source development and expansion.
- Familiarity with the state of Michigan and its nonprofit/charitable ecosystem.
KEY COMPETENCIES & EOS ROLES
Please see Appendix A.
We are seeking candidates who possess:
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
- A demonstrated ability to:
- Execute effectively.
- Behave in ways that are collaborative but decisive, using a distributed leadership model.
- Accomplish measurable goal.
- Serve as a creative, innovative visionary.
- Remain focused and disciplined with respect to mission.
- Work effectively with diverse groups of employees, funders and Board members.
- Excellent facilitation and mediation skills.
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to work as a leader and as part of a team, and to be an effective mentor to new staff.
- A track record as a “builder,” with credibility, high ethics, and impeccable personal and professional integrity.
- Enthusiasm for the objectives of MNA and an engaging leadership quality, with a demeanor consistent with pursuing, cultivating and nurturing relationships with an array of personalities and social strata.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required; a related master’s degree is preferred.
A comprehensive, competitive compensation package will be provided.
Candidates who are qualified and wish to be considered for this position must submit a resume and cover letter.
Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to:
Stephanie Van Koevering
300 S. Washington Square, Suite 415
Lansing, MI 48893
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status.
MNA PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Key Competencies – Desired Candidate Attributes – EOS® Roles
In reviewing candidates for the MNA President & CEO position, the following competencies and attributes will be sought:
- Demonstrates optimism, focus and tenacity especially in challenging situations; focuses on finding solutions (rather than finding excuses not to succeed).
- Is a capable listener who thoughtfully uses the input of others, synthesizes information well, provides responsible feedback and judiciously shares information with the right people at the right times.
- Learns from (and is not discouraged by) failures; does not dwell on past mistakes.
- Enjoys a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and stakeholders; exercises sound judgment to determine the right priorities.
- Is proactive in seeking help to resolve problems and challenges.
- Demonstrates a sense of humor, the ability put things into perspective.
- Can tailor leadership styles depending on the audience or situation; is able to respond quickly and decisively in crisis situations.
VISION, MISSION AND STRATEGIES
- Demonstrates passion about the issues MNA represents, including a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
- Articulates the values that will drive decision-making through the lens of impact on association members.
- Easily engages people through positive energy and visibility in the broader community.
- Demonstrates confidence, clarity, and conviction in public speaking.
- Actively networks with stakeholders, policy leaders, funders, and others, continuously renewing and building relationships that create opportunities for MNA members.
- Demonstrates flexibility in revising goals and strategies to minimize the impact of negative trends or capitalize on emerging opportunities.
EXTERNAL LIASON AND PUBLIC IMAGE
- Demonstrates the ability to clearly articulate why organizations should support MNA and its members.
- Demonstrates a sensitivity to the communication needs of others; can relate and establish a connection with different types of people and groups.
- Demonstrates political astuteness in crafting and delivering the appropriate message to each audience.
- Demonstrates honesty, integrity, accountability, and appropriate transparency in all relationships
- Builds trust through a direct approach in delivering both ‘good’ and ‘difficult’ messages.
- Acts in a manner consistent with being a leader in the field at work, in the community, and in private life; recognizes role as the “face” of MNA and the responsibility in upholding its reputation.
ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Demonstrates a clear understanding of the vision and mission and is able to confidently focus others on the priorities of MNA.
- Provides strong mentorship to association employees; can clearly establish performance goals, monitor progress, and coach employees to a high standard by providing the performance feedback and recognition that is important to their success, engagement, and retention.
- Anticipates barriers to ongoing engagement and retention of employees and member organizations and creatively finds ways to enhance the value proposition to maintain a win-win partnership
- Demonstrates a strong vision of the possibilities to expand the current reach of MNA.
- Demonstrates a strong understanding of current and emerging community needs, and the on-going sustainability of current programs to meet these needs
- Establishes, monitors, and enforces high quality standards to maintain a highly professional association.
- Demonstrates the ability to translate strategy into implementation plans (e.g., fundraising strategy); demonstrates strong project management skills.
- Demonstrates the ability to assess others’ strengths and interests, and leverage their unique talents; can determine skill gaps that threaten the ability to attain objectives and can actively engage people with the desired competencies
- Demonstrates a sound knowledge of the policies, legislation and practices that govern the operation of MNA and its members, and can communicate and apply them to minimize risk to MNA.
- Demonstrates an understanding of how to develop and interpret budgets (e.g., where funds are coming from); can ensure a good mix (and reserve of) funds to minimize negative impact of unforeseen circumstances.
- Demonstrates resourcefulness and fiscal responsibility in deploying association funds.
- Demonstrates skill sets to promote growth and capacity building.
- Can clearly discern and articulate the relevant association issues to the board and provide the required background and education to support their decision-making; similarly, is able to communicate the impact of board activity and decisions to agency employees to facilitate internal alignment.
- Displays an understanding of the role of the board versus the role of the President and CEO that is consistent with board expectations.
- Demonstrates enthusiasm to promote active board engagement in moving the association’s mission forward.
- Demonstrates strong listening skills; can create an inclusive environment by actively soliciting and valuing others’ opinions.
- Can motivate and focus others through both good and challenging times; takes the time to recognize and celebrate successes.
- Demonstrates a thorough understanding of all aspects of Human Resources and can make tough decisions based on a sound rationale, and consistent philosophy.
- Demonstrates the ability to remain well-organized relative to leading MNA (e.g., documentation, policies, procedures, systems) to facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
- Can critically analyze the past impact and sustainability of current programs in context of the changing external environment and leverage the potential of all programs.
- Demonstrates creative ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking in developing new programs and channels to meet the organization’s mission.
- Actively seeks external partners to create new opportunities that are aligned with the mission of the organization.
- Recognizes the value of engaging with others and demonstrates a willingness to collaborate.
in EOS there are no CEO roles; instead, the system recognizes leaders as “visionaries” and/or “integrators”. Both roles are necessary to lead.
A VISIONARY is a person who has lots of ideas, is a strategic thinker, always sees the big picture, has a pulse on your industry, connects the dots, and researches and develops new products and services. The Visionary typically is the founding entrepreneur, operates more on emotion, and has ADD (but not always). This person is great with big relationships, the culture of the organization, and solving big, ugly problems (not the little ones); seeing things others can’t; creating and holding the company vision; and is great at closing big deals. Visionaries are the creators of everything.
An INTEGRATOR is the person who is the tiebreaker for the leadership team, is the glue for the organization, holds everything together, beats the drum (provides cadence), is accountable for the P&L results, executes the business plan, holds the leadership team accountable, and is the steady force in the organization. The Integrator also creates organizational clarity, communication, and consistency; typically (but not always) operates more on logic; drives results; forces resolution, focus, team unity, prioritization, and follow-through; is the filter for all the Visionary’s ideas; harmoniously integrates the leadership team; and helps to remove obstacles and barriers.
As MNA recruits its new leader, we’ll be reviewing candidates with these roles in mind.