• Strategic Development Director

    Posted: 02/19/2021

      Strategic Development Director
    (Job Description)

    Department:  Administration

    Category:  Regular Full Time

    Reports to:     Executive Director

    Hours of Work:  40 hours


    Level:  G-13

    FLSA Status:  Exempt

    Date Approved:  1/28/2021

    This position oversees new grant proposals issued by the organization, with the exclusion of Behavioral Health.  The Strategic Development Director will provide timely information management and represent the company’s interests on legislative and regulatory developments at the federal, state, and local level.
    • Oversees departmental activities as they relate to supporting program management personnel in planning, developing, and writing and obtaining grant proposals which meet FNA’s mission to serve the Fairbanks community; including recommendations and input to/with the senior management team when seeking new grant resources and/or strategically seeking funds in new programmatic areas for the enhancement  of overall FNA services
    • Represents FNA on a wide range of matters before federal, state and local governments, including elected and appointed officials in the executive and legislative branches
    • May provides technical advice to program directors on grant  applications, request for proposals, and grant management
    • Provides technical knowledge to program directors and/or staff to develop continuation proposals
    • Coordinates or conducts annual needs assessments by department or organization-wide
    • Responsible for FNA’s strategic plan.  Works with outside vendor and senior management to ensure strategic plan process is developed, implemented and monitored for effectiveness.
    • Assists with providing legislative and other pertinent information and analysis.  Monitors pending legislative issues and other governmental developments of strategic concern to FNA and keeps senior management informed of actions
    • Responsible for reviewing, monitoring, analyzing legislative issues, and preparing materials to brief FNA Board of Directors and senior management
    • Serves as the liaison between FNA and governmental officials by cultivating and maintaining strong and constructive relationships. Builds rapport with funding, governmental, and community agencies
    • Works in collaboration with senior management and program directors to conduct annual FNA-wide and departmental needs assessments and strategic planning; coordinates resource development efforts
    • Assists with Native community membership engagement
    • Coordinates with Communications Director to assure timely messaging to membership on FNA issues (e.g. Get Out the Native Vote)
    • Develops and maintains departmental protocols when FNA may be interested in seeking new funds involving new program activity
    • Ensures management staff receives continual training and/or awareness of the latest trends and resources available for seeking/sustaining grant funds
    • Maintains a master grant schedule to track current and proposed granting cycles, including key websites referred to for tracking new funding resource options and calendaring when current grant renewals are due, etc.
    • Initiates contractual agreements with various entities to perform grants related research and prepares grant/contract proposals
    • Performs project design for assigned projects, assists with the development and coordination of organizational plans and helps establish goals, objectives, policies and procedures for these projects
    • Performs other job-related duties as assigned
    • Familiarity with grant writing and research efforts related to strategic development in the non-profit environment.
    • Strong understanding and sensitivity to Alaska Native culture and lifestyle, with demonstrated experience working effectively with Alaska Native population.
    • Ability to establish, maintain and utilize a broad network of contacts (e.g. in a specific industry, government and the community) to monitor public and internal issues that affect our organization.
    • Ability to formulate effective strategies consistent with the organization.
    • Strong written, analytical, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to keep accurate records and produce timely and accurate written reports.
    • Ability to learn and apply program/agency operating policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of programs/agencies serving the Fairbanks North Star Borough and interior Alaska.
    • Effective oral and written communications skills with demonstrated sensitivity to lifestyles of targeted participants.
    • Advanced skill in operating personal computer using a variety of computer software.
    • Skill in managing multiple priorities and tasks concurrently and meeting deadlines.
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
    • Ability to work independently as well as with teams.
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience)
    • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Human or Social Service field, or related field emphasizing research and program design, with four (4) years of experience writing successful grant proposals with funding ratio of at least 40%; OR
    • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Human or Social Service field, or related field emphasizing research and program design, with six (6) years of experience writing successful grant proposals with funding ratio of at least 40%; OR
    • A combination of experience, education, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may substitute for degree requirements
    • Demonstrated supervisory experience
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience)
    • Juris Doctorate (JD) preferred
    • Experience in public policy and State or Federal legislative staff experience preferred
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
    The work is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 25 lbs.  The majority of work is performed in an office setting with a wide variety of people with differing functions, personalities, and abilities.  The office is a non-smoking facility with outside smoking areas.  The work requires local travel between various program components of FNA which may involve exposure to extreme weather conditions.  Works in an environment where protection of client confidentiality is essential.  Personal Protective Equipment will be provided where/when needed.
    Supervision Received:
    Position receives supervision from the Executive Director.  Work will be monitored through weekly meetings, monthly reports, and regular communications.   General guidelines for operations are based on program requirements and the general policies and procedures of FNA.
    Supervision Exercised:
    Position supervises Planning & Development Administrator, Grants Writer(s)  along with potentially supervising a consultant of related services.
    Position Impact:
    Impact at the program level is high.  Program’s level of compliance with program standards is directly affected by the effective performance of duties, especially as they relate to providing planning and development services to throughout the organization.
    Contacts include, and not limited to, volunteers, staff, clients, and outside resource agencies; including the liaison for Federal and State agencies/representatives.
    This Job Description describes the essential functions and qualifications.  It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities, or qualifications of the job; and management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, job-related duties.  This document is not intended to exclude modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation for a disability. 
    This position will (or may) require you to frequently (or incidentally) drive your personal vehicle for FNA business.  In order to drive your personal vehicle for FNA business an individual must provide a copy of their current Alaska Driver’s License and a copy of their proof of personal liability insurance.  No employee may transport a FNA client in a personal vehicle.
    Continued employment status will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background investigation and the pre-employment drug testing process.  Where required, continued employment status (post job offer) will be contingent upon employee providing certification of annual tuberculosis (TB) screening and medical certification that employee does not, because of infectious or communicable disease, pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of program participants or others in the workplace. 
    Notice:  All employment at the Fairbanks Native Association (FNA) is “at will.”  This means the employee or FNA may terminate employment at any time and for any reason.  Unless specified in writing, no duration of employment is expressed or implied for this position.  Your signature indicates that you have read this Job Description and understand the essential functions of and qualifications for the job.