Chief Operating Officer

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Skills & Qualifications

• Knowledge of American Indian History, culture and tribes. • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and basic arithmetic. • Knowledge of theories, principles and practices in leading nonprofit organizations or educational institutions. • Ability to appropriately represent the organization to the public, the media and government officials. • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing. • Ability to communicate, with confidence, presenting to large or small groups. • Ability to present complex presentations and reports. • Ability to solve complex problems and deal with a variety of indistinct variables. • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment. • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with coworkers at all levels. • Ability to advocate and negotiate for the organization. • Ability to maintain confidentiality. • Skills in public speaking and diplomacy. • Skills in strategic planning and fiscal management. • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. • Ability to work independently. • Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action. • Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything and continually seek improvement in results. • Skilled in providing leadership to, supervising, training and evaluating assigned staff.

Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: • Manage and oversight of of key organizational departments (including finance, scholarship operations, student support services, human resources, information technology, marketing, and development) outcomes by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures in a way that mirrors the mission and core values of the organization. • Serve as the CFO to assure proper fiscal management, budgeting, and compliance. • Ensure full compliance to conditions and requirements of grantors, including federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals. • Direct program staff in all aspects of the scholarship programs, including recruitment, retention, student services, data collection, and reporting. • Provides support to development to achieve and surpass fundraising goals, cash flow, and business goals and objectives. • Increase management's and staff effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining staff. • Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics. • Contribute to operation's effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues and goals that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of actions; implementing directives. • Evaluate the effectiveness of all processes and procedures, both internal and external. Provide timely, accurate, and complete reports on the operating conditions of the company. • Serve as a member of the senior management team responsible for developing and/or implementing the organization's strategic plan, budget, policies and procedures. • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization regarding scholarship programs. • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication. Page 2 of 3 • Establish processes and procedures that promote the company culture, vision, and mission. • Promote Native Forward Scholars Fund and AIGCS through attendance and participation in national, regional and local conferences and events. • Act as Corporate Officer and serves as program liaison to the Board of Directors. • Serves on select boards and advisory committees to increase visibility, advocacy, networking, and fundraising for Native Forward Scholars Fund. • Maintains strict student confidentiality and compliance with the Family Education Right to Privacy Act. • Embodies Native Forward Scholars Fund Core Values and promotes the Native Forward Scholars Fund organization, staff and programs, in a positive and professional manner. • Contributes to a team effort and accomplished related results. • Perform other duties as required

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