Executive Director Position Announcement

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The Executive Director (ED) reports to the COFA Alliance National Network Board of Directors and is responsible for executing the vision, mission, overall strategic operation of the organization. This involves the supervision and coordination of staff, volunteer service programs, coordinating events and activities, developing outreach efforts, engaging with board members, volunteers, community members, funders, financial institutions and more to further the mission of CANN. Fundamental responsibilities include, but are not limited to, organizational program planning, building community and public relations, personnel management, acting as a liaison to the board of directors, and performing a variety of donor/foundational asks, in addition to grant requests and other fundraising efforts.


  1. Supporting the Board of Directors to  Implement CANN’s Strategic Priorities:
    • The ED will lead the development and implementation of CANN’s strategic plan, in collaboration with board members.
    • Communicate with the board members in a timely manner regarding operations, resource management, events and programming and more.
    • Work with the board members to ensure that there is satisfactory support in implementing and applying Board and committee work. 
  2. Events, Activities and Program Planning:
    • Oversee program planning and implementation in accordance with the strategic priorities. 
    • Work with board members and volunteers for community outreach, develop and maintain relations, collaborations, partnerships, and coalitions with agencies and organizations.
  3. Policies & Advocacy:
    • Lead the work in collaboration with the board members to develop clear policies and processes to reinforce the strategic plan and address critical needs and issues regarding organizational structure and protocols.
    • Work with the board members to formulate, coordinate, and integrate the policy and advocacy strategy in line with the mission, vision and goals.
    • Build strategic relationships and partnerships with community members, organizational partners and government agencies to collaborate with, and assist CANN in meeting desired policy agenda outcomes.
    • Participate in activities, events and meetings as an advocate to ensure that the stories and lens of the Micronesian descent/COFA Pacific Islander community are included in decisions, policies and legislative bills.
  1. Fundraising and Community Relations 
    • Oversee the development and implementation of a strategic organizational funding strategy. 
    • Work with the board members to research, petition for, fundraise, and find resources from individuals and corporations to further CANN’s financial capacity. 
    • Manage and implement the development and submission of grant proposals, grant reports and other agency compliance requirements.
    • Present and outreach to grantors, sponsors, stakeholders, organizations, and agencies to solicit, promote and sustain their support for CANN’s work and implementation of our goals and objectives.
  2. Community Outreach & Partnership Efforts 
    • Works with the board to lead CANN’s outreach efforts which includes building and strengthening our relationship with our COFA communities, partners and allies. 
    • Develops new and innovative methods to engage, support and identify new opportunities for our community members in line with CANN’s mission and goals.
  3. Work Environment / Organizational Culture 
    • Critical that the ED establishes and maintains a work environment that is welcoming and supportive of people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, encourages inclusive practices, supports collaboration, teamwork and mutual respect.
    • Clearly communicates CANN’s mission and values to colleagues, volunteers, friends and other constituents.
    • Provides necessary supervision, support, and guidance in a way that empowers individuals to operate at their optimum level.
    • Keeps an open-line of communication with Board members, volunteers and other partners to ensure well-timed communication.
    • Works to ensure that events, programs and activities have a cultural perspective that is inclusive and equitable for the appropriate community and there is adequate support for ensuring all participants are included.



  • A passion to positively transform the lives of COFA Island youth, families and communities.
  • Professional experience with leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building leaders, leadership and collective action 
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organization’s agenda to the public and media
  • Bachelor’s degree OR a minimum of 3 years experience in community building, organizing, training and mentorship, direct lobbying at the local, state or federal level.
  • Strong leadership and fundraising experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working with boards and being involved with public policy.


  • Demonstrated organizational management skills and experience
  • Demonstrated experience in building networks and collaborations to accomplish shared goals
  • Creative thinker
  • Significant knowledge of the history of COFA communities 
  • Fundraising experience including grant writing, donor cultivation, and fee-for-service models
  • Grassroots organizing experience
  • Thorough understanding of local, state and national issues impacting COFA Pacific Islanders and other populations of color
  • Strategic planning and organizational development experience 
  • Deep understanding of building effective and healthy networks
  • Experience in administration of volunteer, non-profit, or public service agency or
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, business, political science or related area with requisite experience in administering an organization or division involved in human social services.

32 Hours per week for $30.00 per hour/Annual Contract

1) Cover letter
2) Resume
3) List of 3 References (List of names, positions, email & phone number)
4) Email the Cover Letter, Resume and List of References to info@cann.us
5) Application Deadline: October 15, 2020