President and Chief
Association Board of Directors
The Michigan Nonprofit Association seeks a dynamic, visionary
President & CEO to lead the organization into the future.
Through this exciting opportunity, we hope to find a thoughtful,
driven leader whose passion for MNA’s work and mission are
We seek an experienced individual who is a clear-sighted manager
of issues and people, who knows how to create and expand growth
opportunities, and whose zest for bettering the world by building
diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice knows no bounds.
Through our collaboration, we hope to make Michigan a stronger,
more equitable place to live—both today and for generations to
Founded in 1990, the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a
statewide membership organization that achieves its mission through
advocacy, training, technology services and civic engagement.
MNA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to
nonprofits and the communities they serve, promoting diversity,
equity, inclusion and social justice.
Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax-exempt
organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may
join as affiliate members. There are currently 790 members from
across the state. Dues for nonprofits are set on a sliding scale
based on budget size and range from $80 to $1100. The
operating budget for MNA is $5.1million.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The President & CEO will report directly to the MNA Board
and will have primary responsibility for the leadership of MNA,
including day-to-day operations. More specifically,
responsibilities will include the following primary areas:
The President & CEO will be the administrator and primary
public spokesman for MNA. This person will, in conjunction with the
Board, establish and execute the goals and strategic vision of the
organization. The President & CEO will be the primary liaison
between MNA staff and the MNA Board, and will represent MNA
atmeetings of professional, civic, and service organizations,
building relationships to other organizationsthroughout the
The President & CEO will continue a high level of national
connectivity and visibility; provide a strategic vision for the
future, especially with respect to funding stability; preserve the
strength of the current leadership team;and elevate MNA’s
relevance/stature vis-à-vis public policy issues, including working
with the Governor’s office, State Legislature, and local
MNA has a staff of approximately 15 talented individuals. The
President & CEO will lead, motivate, and foster sound working
relationships with this staff. This person will have oversight of
all the tasks normally associated with running an organization of
this type, including marketing and public relations; finance
(preparing and maintaining budgets, supervising the preparation of
financial statements and processes); and legal and human resources
(hiring, firing, discipline, training and development activities,
and performance reviews and evaluations). The President & CEO
will be the primary contact for MNA’s outside advisors,
includingaccountants, consultants, and legal counsel.
EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in
the leadership and management of a high- profile organization,
ideally where community improvement and better lives for families
are part of its mission and/or purpose. Experience with nonprofit
organization leadership, from a professional and/or volunteer
basis, is desired.
More specifically, this experience should include:
- A passion for community improvement, and an excellent ability
to write and to speak in both small, private meetings and to larger
- Proven experience in building diversity, equity, inclusion, and
justice among a broad cross-section of individuals, organizations,
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of integrated information
systems, with experience in the Entrepreneurial Operating System®
(EOS®) strongly preferred.
- A strong public policy background and demonstrated advocacy
- Demonstrated skill and effectiveness relative to fund-source
development and expansion.
- Familiarity with the state of Michigan and its
KEY COMPETENCIES & EOS ROLES
Please see Appendix A.
We are seeking candidates who possess:
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
- A demonstrated ability to:
- Execute effectively.
- Behave in ways that are collaborative but decisive, using a
distributed leadership model
- Accomplish measurable goals
- Serve as a creative, innovative visionary
- Remain focused and disciplined with respect to mission
- Work effectively with diverse groups of employees, funders and
- Excellent facilitation and mediation
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to work as a leader and as part of a team, and to
be an effective mentor to new
- A track record as a “builder,” with credibility, high ethics,
and impeccable personal and professional
- Enthusiasm for the objectives of MNA and an engaging leadership
quality, with a demeanor consistent with pursuing, cultivating and
nurturing relationships with an array of personalities and social
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required; a related
master’s degree is preferred.
A comprehensive, competitive compensation package will be
Candidates who are qualified and wish to be considered for this
position must submit a resume and cover letter.
Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to:
Stephanie Van Koevering
300 S. Washington Square, Suite 415
Lansing, MI 48893
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or
MNA PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Key Competencies – Desired Candidate Attributes – EOS®
In reviewing candidates for the MNA President & CEO
position, the following competencies and attributes will be
- Demonstrates optimism, focus and tenacity especially in
challenging situations; focuses on finding solutions (rather than
finding excuses not to succeed).
- Is a capable listener who thoughtfully uses the input of
others, synthesizes information well, provides responsible feedback
and judiciously shares information with the right people at the
- Learns from (and is not discouraged by) failures; does not
dwell on past mistakes.
- Enjoys a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and
stakeholders; exercises sound judgment to determine the right
- Is proactive in seeking help to resolve problems and
- Demonstrates a sense of humor, the ability put things into
- Can tailor leadership styles depending on the audience or
situation; is able to respond quickly and decisively in crisis
VISION, MISSION AND STRATEGIES
- Demonstrates passion about the issues MNA represents, including
a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
- Articulates the values that will drive decision-making through
the lens of impact on association members.
- Easily engages people through positive energy and visibility in
the broader community.
- Demonstrates confidence, clarity, and conviction in public
- Actively networks with stakeholders, policy leaders, funders,
and others, continuously renewing and building relationships that
create opportunities for MNA members.
- Demonstrates flexibility in revising goals and strategies to
minimize the impact of negative trends or capitalize on emerging
EXTERNAL LIASON AND PUBLIC IMAGE
- Demonstrates the ability to clearly articulate why
organizations should support MNA and its members.
- Demonstrates a sensitivity to the communication needs of
others; can relate and establish a connection with different types
of people and groups.
- Demonstrates political astuteness in crafting and delivering
the appropriate message to each audience.
- Demonstrates honesty, integrity, accountability, and
appropriate transparency in all relationships
- Builds trust through a direct approach in delivering both
‘good’ and ‘difficult’ messages.
- Acts in a manner consistent with being a leader in the field at
work, in the community, and in private life; recognizes role as the
“face” of MNA and the responsibility in upholding its
ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Demonstrates a clear understanding of the vision and mission
and is able to confidently focus others on the priorities of
- Provides strong mentorship to association employees; can
clearly establish performance goals, monitor progress, and coach
employees to a high standard by providing the performance feedback
and recognition that is important to their success, engagement, and
- Anticipates barriers to ongoing engagement and retention of
employees and member organizations and creatively finds ways to
enhance the value proposition to maintain a win-win
- Demonstrates a strong vision of the possibilities to expand the
current reach of MNA.
- Demonstrates a strong understanding of current and emerging
community needs, and the on-going sustainability of current
programs to meet these needs
- Establishes, monitors, and enforces high quality standards to
maintain a highly professional association.
- Demonstrates the ability to translate strategy into
implementation plans (e.g., fundraising strategy); demonstrates
strong project management skills.
- Demonstrates the ability to assess others’ strengths and
interests, and leverage their unique talents; can determine skill
gaps that threaten the ability to attain objectives and can
actively engage people with the desired competencies
- Demonstrates a sound knowledge of the policies, legislation and
practices that govern the operation of MNA and its members, and can
communicate and apply them to minimize risk to MNA.
- Demonstrates an understanding of how to develop and interpret
budgets (e.g., where funds are coming from); can ensure a good mix
(and reserve of) funds to minimize negative impact of unforeseen
- Demonstrates resourcefulness and fiscal responsibility in
deploying association funds.
- Demonstrates skill sets to promote growth and capacity
- Can clearly discern and articulate the relevant association
issues to the board and provide the required background and
education to support their decision-making; similarly, is able to
communicate the impact of board activity and decisions to agency
employees to facilitate internal alignment.
- Displays an understanding of the role of the board versus the
role of the President and CEO that is consistent with board
- Demonstrates enthusiasm to promote active board engagement in
moving the association's mission forward.
- Demonstrates strong listening skills; can create an inclusive
environment by actively soliciting and valuing others’
- Can motivate and focus others through both good and challenging
times; takes the time to recognize and celebrate successes.
- Demonstrates a thorough understanding of all aspects of Human
Resources and can make tough decisions based on a sound rationale,
and consistent philosophy.
- Demonstrates the ability to remain well-organized relative to
leading MNA (e.g., documentation, policies, procedures, systems) to
facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
- Can critically analyze the past impact and sustainability of
current programs in context of the changing external environment
and leverage the potential of all programs.
- Demonstrates creative ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking in developing
new programs and channels to meet the organization’s mission.
- Actively seeks external partners to create new opportunities
that are aligned with the mission of the organization.
- Recognizes the value of engaging with others and demonstrates a
willingness to collaborate.
in EOS there are no CEO roles; instead, the system recognizes
leaders as “visionaries” and/or “integrators”. Both roles are
necessary to lead.
A VISIONARY is a person who has lots of ideas, is a strategic
thinker, always sees the big picture, has a pulse on your industry,
connects the dots, and researches and develops new products and
services. The Visionary typically is the founding entrepreneur,
operates more on emotion, and has ADD (but not always). This person
is great with big relationships, the culture of the organization,
and solving big, ugly problems (not the little ones); seeing things
others can’t; creating and holding the company vision; and is great
at closing big deals. Visionaries are the creators of
An INTEGRATOR is the person who is the tiebreaker for the
leadership team, is the glue for the organization, holds everything
together, beats the drum (provides cadence), is accountable for the
P&L results, executes the business plan, holds the leadership
team accountable, and is the steady force in the organization. The
Integrator also creates organizational clarity, communication, and
consistency; typically (but not always) operates more on logic;
drives results; forces resolution, focus, team unity,
prioritization, and follow-through; is the filter for all the
Visionary’s ideas; harmoniously integrates the leadership team; and
helps to remove obstacles and barriers.
As MNA recruits its new leader, we’ll be reviewing candidates
with these roles in mind.