Executive Director of Gedakina – Job Opening

Gedakina has a full-time job opening for an Executive Director

The position has the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • 10-15 years with a variety of management/ leadership roles, NGO leadership experience preferred
  • Experience working in Native American communities throughout the Northeast
  • Strong ties and relationships with Native American communities
  • Travel expected throughout New England

If you have the experience, skills, education, and passion for this position, please include your resume and cover letter to, administration@gedakina.org


Gedakina means “Our world, a way of life” in the Wabanaki language. Gedakina is a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England, and to converse traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological, and spiritual significance.

Organizationally, Gedakina has experienced a great deal of growth and development. The Board of Directors (BoD) is in search for an experienced professional to lead Gedakina through this growth period by establishing long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. The Executive Director (ED) is a full-time exempt salaried position. The ED is responsible for setting their own daily/weekly schedule. Scheduling flexibility is required as Gedakina’s activities may take place on weekdays, weekends, and/or evenings throughout the year. The ED position requires travel, including overnight stays, throughout New England on occasion.  All staffing positions at Gedakina are largely self-guided as we encourage self-determination, creativeness, and imagination. The ED will oversee staff, supporting their activities, while working together to address Gedakina’s mission. The ED may also develop new programs in consultation with the BoD and as funding streams allow.


  • Establishes credibility throughout the organization and with the board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.
  • Provides leadership and management to ensure that Gedakina’s vision, mission, philosophy, and initiatives are put into practice.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with the funding community. Creates a diversified funding plan for the organization to support business goals and objectives. Applicant should be well-versed in grant research, proposal writing and submission.
  • Motivates and leads a high-performance team; attracts, recruits and retains required members not currently in place; provides mentoring as a cornerstone to the team building initiatives; and provides leadership and support to Gedakina’s programs by managing day-to-day operations to foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the company.
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel designed to accommodate the growth objectives of the company while maintaining positive communication.
  • Promotes Gedakina publicly, such as informational tabling, technology, social media, blog posts, etc.
  • Fosters key connections and relationships with area tribes, tribal leaders, tribal elders and cultural leaders, tribal Boys & Girls Clubs, youth recreation programs, tribal cultural preservation programs, tribal natural resource departments, colleges and universities, and other indigenous organizations strengthening Gedakina’s outreach and community support.
  • Oversees and manages Gedakina’s finances, including: budget management for the current year, reviewing and approving expenditures and payroll for staff, proposing upcoming year’s budget expectations, assisting in the preparation of the annual IRS FM990, state reporting, annual financial and policy audit.
  • Conducts staff and volunteer team meetings in Maine, Massachusetts, and region-wide on a consistent basis.
  • Additional responsibilities as determined by the Board of Directors

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

The Executive Director is a full-time exempt salaried position based on 40 hours per week.  This position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work.


This position requires up to 50% travel.  Frequently travel is outside the local area and overnight.

Required Education and Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. 10 to 15 years in various management/leadership roles in a variety of business and industries.

Preferred Education and Experience

  1. Master’s degree
  2. NGO leadership experience.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Gedkina, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace and value a diverse workforce and pledge to provide equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees. We will not tolerate discrimination against applicants or employees on any impermissible basis including race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender, age, marital status, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), family and medical care leave status, marital status, gender expression, gender identity, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal or state, or local law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, training and career development, compensation, termination, and any other term or condition of employment. This also means we will treat all Company employees, customers, suppliers and other people with whom we come in contact with respect, dignity and honesty.

All employment is termed as AT WILL. Gedakina does not offer or provide severance pay. In regards to voluntary cessation of employment we require two-week notice.  Initial employment is set with a 90-day probationary period.