Since 1922

North American Forest Foundation Executive Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION

NORTH AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director is the key management leader of The North American Forest Foundation (NAFF).  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include management of sub-contractors contributing to the foundations (included but not exclusive to social media, marketing, and accounting). Anticipated time allocation:  Approximately 60-75% fundraising and outreach and 25% on administrative/operations management.

The position reports directly to the President and Board of Directors.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organizations mission.

  • Responsible for leading The NAFF in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support The NAFF mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of The NAFF, to contribute and submit to the Board a proposed annual budget, which accurately reflects the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and sub-contractors to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that The HFF can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of The NAFF’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

4) Organization Operations and Administration. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are efficient and appropriate.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff if and when necessary
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Professional Qualifications: 

The candidate ideally possesses:

  • A passion and overall understanding of the forest products industry, as well as a complete awareness of the complete life cycle of lumber products and its positive impact on the environment, commerce and careers.
  • A general knowledge and industry contact base within the hardwood and softwood industry.
  • Proven high integrity leadership and communication skills
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • The ability to work independently and self manage from a home-based office.
  • Ability to convey a vision of The HFF’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations to maximize potential for income generation.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability

Actual Job Responsibilities:

  1. Planning and operation in accordance with annual budget.
  2. Establishing and maintaining employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  3. Serving as The HFF’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  4. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the country and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance The NAFF’s Mission.
  5. Report to and work closely with the Board to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the Foundation throughout the Country.
  6. Supervise, collaborate with organization sub-contractors and eventual staff.
  7. Strategic planning and implementation while managing a strong focus on fundraising.
  8. Oversee/ coordinate/ organization Board and small committee meetings.
  9. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  10. Review and approve contracts for services.
  11. Respond to written and verbal requests for NAFF services.
  12. To further develop the NAFF vision/ Impact on the world.
  13. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
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