Chief Executive Officer, Idaho Nonprofit Center

Boise, Idaho
Apr 23, 2021
May 23, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level

The mission of the Idaho Nonprofit Center (INC) is “to educate, advocate, and collaborate in support of stronger nonprofits.” The Center represents the interests of the state’s 7,000 registered charitable nonprofit organizations; it provides critical training and information, and serves as a bridge between the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors.

As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the INC seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to guide its next chapter of growth and impact. The CEO is the primary champion for the nonprofit sector in Idaho, leading a community of forward-looking nonprofit leaders, key partners, and stakeholders throughout the state, to develop strong, healthy nonprofit organizations that are key to ensuring healthy Idaho communities.

The CEO provides strategic, operational, fiscal and inspirational leadership to advance and fulfill the mission of the INC. Reporting to the board of directors, the CEO oversees a membership organization of over 700 nonprofit members and growing, and inspires a professional staff of five employees, several contractors and many volunteers. The CEO is the spokesperson for the INC, and plays an active role in the development and cultivation of funding for the organization.


▪ Coordinate with the board of directors to set and execute long- and short-range strategies consistent with the organization’s mission and vision
▪ Build collaborations and relationships with stakeholders to advance the INC’s strategic objectives and mission delivery
▪ Develop annual operating plans and benchmarks for success in accordance with strategic plan
▪ Monitor progress on organizational goals and strategies

Public relations and sector building

▪ Serve as primary spokesperson and highly visible representative of the INC and Idaho’s nonprofit sector to media, public and private organizations, and key stakeholders
▪ Travel across the state of Idaho to ensure visibility, data collection/sharing, and awareness of the INC and nonprofit sector
▪ Partner with other organizations and key influencers to share information and coordinate activities
▪ Engage board and staff, nonprofit members, public and private-sector leaders, local and regional funders, and community stakeholders in regularly analyzing the nonprofit sector and producing high-quality reports and research on the sector

Fundraising and resource development

▪ Serve as the lead fund development officer of the organization, working in close partnership with the INC’s Director of Development and Membership
▪ Lead and support the development and execution of fundraising strategies to expand individual, corporate, and foundation contributions
▪ Cultivate positive relationships with funders and donors to advance the mission of the organization
▪ Build a diversified and sustained revenue stream for the INC’s priority programs and services, to include earned and contributed revenue
▪ Assist the board in carrying out its fund development responsibilities

Financial management

▪ Lead the creation and monitoring of the annual operating budget
▪ Keep the board informed of the financial health of the organization and project future needs
▪ Ensure that fiscal affairs of the organization, including cash management, are managed with the highest integrity and accuracy
▪ Act as signatory of checks, contracts, and other legal documents

Programs and member services

▪ Serve as tactical and strategic leader of the INC’s flagship programs, ensuring the programs’ ongoing growth and success
▪ Work with staff and stakeholders to continually enhance the organization’s programs, ensuring that member benefits are valuable and up-to-date; delivered in a high-quality, cost-effective manner; address critical opportunities and challenges facing the sector; and benefit a wide range of nonprofits throughout the state

Public policy

▪ Provide thought leadership to the INC and the nonprofit sector in Idaho, raising awareness and appreciation of the sector among public-sector stakeholders
▪ Promote and direct the INC’s legislative and public policy activities and position the organization as a leader in the public policy arena
▪ Prepare position statements on specific state and national public policy initiatives to recommend to the board of directors for approval
▪ Educate the membership on issues that impact the nonprofit sector, and communicate policy positions to the membership

Governance and policies

▪ Assist the board President and appropriate committees in planning and conducting board meetings and other official meetings of the organization
▪ Inform, advise, and consult with the board and committees on organizational, nonprofit sector, and community issues of concern
▪ Provide professional advice and guidance to the board on governance, operations, programs, policy, and development as appropriate
▪ Ensure proper implementation of board policies

Staff leadership

▪ Maintain a positive and healthy workplace environment that attracts, retains, and motivates top-quality staff
▪ Hire, assign, supervise, delegate to, evaluate, and terminate staff in accordance with board policies and applicable laws
▪ Develop organizational structure, job descriptions, assignments, supervisory, and evaluative procedures that will effectively and efficiently pursue the INC’s mission with available resources
▪ Promote the professional knowledge and skill development of employees conducive to pursuing mission and strategic goals; serve as mentor to INC’s staff
▪ Determine salary and wages for employees within board approved policies and budget

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

▪ Champion and value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); create a culture that promotes, recognizes and respects the diversity and individuality of staff, board members, and stakeholders
▪ Lead the INC’s ongoing work to develop and embed policies and practices to better address diversity, equity, and inclusion; raise awareness within the nonprofit community by sharing the INC’s learning and growth related to DEI
▪ Regularly assess how the INC is incorporating DEI principles and practices internally and externally

Candidate Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

▪ Commitment to the mission and principles of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, and to advancing the nonprofit sector in Idaho
▪ A successful executive-level leader, with strong staff, operational, and financial management experience
▪ Experience leading a nonprofit organization, or other relevant experience that provides a high level of knowledge of the nonprofit/philanthropic sector
▪ A track record of sound financial planning, oversight, and accountability
▪ Demonstrated ability to develop and execute on the strategies needed to fulfill the work of a mission-based organization, from funding to mission delivery
▪ Proven skills, credibility, and experience needed to build and steward relationships with funders, partner organizations, public-sector officials, and other important stakeholders
▪ A savvy communicator and highly effective spokesperson, able to represent the INC to a broad public
▪ Ability to work in partnership with a board of directors, and to collaborate with the board to create and implement a strategic vision for the INC
▪ Proven ability to build and inspire a staff with a diverse set of skills, and to invest in professional growth opportunities that result in team cohesion and accomplishment of goals
▪ Capacity to listen and learn, a respectful and open mindset, and a commitment to practicing and promoting equity and inclusion in every facet of their leadership
▪ Well-honed strategic capabilities, and excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills
▪ Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and able to multi-task
▪ Proficiency in Microsoft Office and general competency with business technology
▪ A valid Idaho driver’s license and reliable vehicle, and the ability to travel throughout the state

The Idaho Nonprofit Center is committed to creating a workplace that welcomes diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center maintains a strong policy of equal employment opportunity and seeks to achieve equal opportunity for all staff members and applicants as articulated by federal, state, and local laws. All aspects of employment will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by law. All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, promotions, benefits, pay, and dismissal for all job classifications will be based on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position. Additionally, the INC makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities unless it would be an undue hardship.

To express interest in this role, please email Sheila Hennessey at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential