Arts/Culture/Humanities, Development - General, Human Services
4 Year Degree
The NIA Centre is a non-profit organization that has launched a major effort to place a world-class African American Cultural Centre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Centre’s roots date back to 2011. Ultimately, the goal of the Centre is to provide an inclusive gathering space created to inspire, build, transform, and connect all people, of all ages. Ultimately, the goal of the Centre is to provide an inclusive gathering space created to inspire, build, transform, and connect all people of all ages.
NIA is a Swahili word meaning "purpose." One of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, NIA refers to the building and development of a local community in order to restore people to their traditional greatness. So, too, is NIA Centre's purpose. It is a place where family, community, and culture is celebrated. A place where the past is revered and honored. A place where the community gathers to share, teach, and learn. And a place where the organization advocates for the community’s future.
NIA Centre seeks an Executive Director, who, in partnership with the Board of Directors, will lead the NIA Centre in fulfilling its mission. A key aspect of this role will be the development of a strategic and sustainable approach to achieving the Centre’s goals. The ED will provide oversight over the daily operations of the organization and lead efforts in a wide range of areas including event planning, fund development, program development, membership engagement, social media, volunteer development, capital campaigns, and facilities management.
The ideal Executive Director will have:
At least 5 years of leadership experience in a non-profit organization, preferably one focused on community organization.
Organized and methodical approach to decision-making and change management; ability to balance continuity and growth.
Ability to identify and build relationships with potential institutional funders, ultimately resulting in monetary support from the organization.
Understanding of the basic principles of fundraising and fund development; ability to proactively build a fundraising base.
Experience designing and building unique community-focused programs that are accessible to a wide audience.
Ability to manage a program from inception through results evaluation.
Sincere and inspirational belief in the importance of NIA Centre’s work and its impact on the local community.