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Executive Director

Fairbanks, AK, USA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

CEO/President/Executive Director
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 11 Mar 2021

Expires on 11 Mar 2021

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Executive Director


United Way of the Tanana Valley is located in Fairbanks, AK.  As Alaska's second largest city, Fairbanks is an important trading, transportation, military, education, regional service and supply center. City, borough, state and federal government services are located here. The government services sector, including the military, employs more than one-third of the region's workers. The city's international airport serves villages in the region, is a supply point for North Slope oil fields, and is a center for the transport of cargo by international carriers.   

Military activity is a significant contributor to the local economy. Tourism and mining also comprise a large percentage of the commercial activity in the region. Each summer, approximately 325,000 visitors travel to Fairbanks. The Fort Knox gold mine is the largest producing gold mine in the state. It produces 1,200 ounces of gold daily and employs 360 permanent year-round workers.  

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks is a strongly research oriented campus providing an educational draw to the region as well as a cultural one. No other place in Alaska blends the richness of its history with present day. Transportation from yesteryear - sternwheelers, bush planes, railroads and sled dog teams - continues to provide experiences to visitors similar to those of past travelers. Sports buffs can take in a full schedule of hockey or basketball games. They can tee off late one summer evening under the midnight sun or view a baseball game at 10:30 p.m. with no artificial lights.  Additionally the area contains a variety of hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.  

Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of indigenous and contemporary art and music and an impressive selection of galleries and specialty stores. Fairbanks is the venue for local fine arts, a symphony orchestra, and world-renowned theatrical and musical performances year-round. 


The Executive Director is the leader of the organization, implementing a vision for impact in the community that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike. The Executive Director is the Chief Mobilizer; s/he leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. The Executive Director possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization. The Executive Director is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good - creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. The Executive Director is the steward of brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way. S/he is responsible for building trust in United Way and its relevance in the community. S/he values network and strives to leverage United Way's breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy. 


The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: 

Community Impact 

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall impact of United Way of the Tanana Valley on the community. The Executive Director works closely with the Board to craft and adapt the strategy to achieve this increased impact, including raising the funds to support it. S/he will establish and build relationships with top leaders in the community, including those representing the highest levels in business, government and nonprofit sectors. 

Resource Development 

The Executive Director is charged to drive key results in resource development; to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and key leaders of prospective new corporate partners; to leverage personal and professional contacts and relationships into fundraising opportunities; and to promote a culture of fundraising in the organization, both at the staff and board level. 

Strategic Management 

The Executive Director serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation. S/he partners with the Board of Directors and the community constituents to craft organizational goals and develops strategies to ensure that they are achieved. S/he ensures coordination and alignment of all United Way activities to strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment. 

Organization Management 

The Executive Director is accountable for building and leading high-performing teams, ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve organizational results. S/he maintains accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director assesses organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing; directly supervises staff positions and establishes individual goals; works with the Chief Financial Officer to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks; works directly with the President of the Board of Directors to plan meetings and create agendas; and ensures that United Way of the Tanana Valley goals of inclusiveness and diversity among staff and volunteers are met. 


  • Demonstrated experience working in the nonprofit sector (United Way experience is desirable), and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards. Alternatively, extensive experience in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and mission. 
  • Ability to command the confidence and respect of stakeholders. 
  • A demonstrated track record of promoting diversity and an ability to build collaboration with the community at large. 
  • Experience in or across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, public and corporate environments. 
  • Experience in developing partnerships, building teams and conflict management. 
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support. 
  • Must demonstrate a high level of intelligence and intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas and innovative approaches to solving problems. 
  • Experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, in marketing resulting in increased revenue. 
  • Experience in resource management and community event planning. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication abilities. 
  • Proficient computer skills with flexibility for building technical competence.  

S/he has unquestioned integrity; a long term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; a fair and thoughtful approach to management, combined with the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives; excellent verbal and written communication skills; a high energy level and sense of humor. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is preferred. 
  • 10 years of work experience, with at least 4 years in a management position is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated success in resource development. 
  • Local residency preferred. 


United way of the Tanana Valley is located in downtown Fairbanks-conveniently placed relatively close to many of our partner agencies as well as to both the bank and post office.  It operates in a small but efficient office setting. 



Core Competencies for ALL Staff (including Executive Director) 

  • Mission-Focused: Catalyze others' commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations. 
  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal. 
  • Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
  • Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact. 
  • Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.  

Executive Director Core Competencies 

  • Visionary: Confronts the complex realities of the environment and simultaneously maintains faith in a different and better future, providing purpose, direction, and motivation. 
  • Team-Builder: First ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right times; 
  • Fostering commitment, trust, and collaboration among multi-cultural leaders and stakeholders. 
  • Outward Turning: Understands the dynamics of local, regional, and national environments, and works on an agenda rooted in the community's own perception of its needs and aspirations. 
  • Business Acumen: Possesses a high-level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating financial support for the organization. 
  • Network-Oriented: Values the power of networks; striving to leverage United Way's breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy.