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DIFRC Seeks Executive Director



Job Title: Executive Director

PDF version: ED Job Announcement 7-6-17

Mission: Denver Indian Family Resource Center strengthens vulnerable American Indian and Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally-responsive services. Our vision is “generations of healthy, strong American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.”

Background and Service Model: The Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) was created through a community process to reduce the over-representation of American Indian/Alaska Native children in the Denver Metro child welfare system. Since July 2000, DIFRC has worked with hundreds of families at risk of or involved in the child welfare system. DIFRC works alongside county and tribal social service agencies to provide families with wraparound services including: intensive case management, resource and referral, parenting education and support, nutrition and cultural classes. DIFRC’s services are strength-based and empowerment-oriented. We have work on a partnership model with other American Indian community services to meet a family’s needs. Services provide the support needed to keep children safely in their family’s care through responsible healing. DIFRC supports balance, cultural pride and recognizes the extended family and community.

Position Summary: The Executive Director (Director) will possess significant knowledge and passion for the Denver Indian Family Resource Center’s services and lead the organization toward fulfilling its strategic plan. The Director is responsible for realizing DIFRC’s mission, vision, and values through managing its day-to-day operations including but not limited to the administrative, programmatic, risk management, financial, human resources, and financial development activities. The Director will continually assess DIFRC’s operations and progress, capitalizing on its strengths and addressing its weaknesses. The Director must be able and willing to serve as the professional face of the organization to the community and with its partners.

Desired qualities: The Director must have a strong ability to maintain and grow the organization, which will include developing clear messaging in branding and resource development for the organization in meeting its core mission and strategic goals. The Director must possess and demonstrate good leadership, which includes successful judicious decision making and clear, compassionate and collaborative communication. The Director must be a person of high integrity who builds trust, is able to motivate and influence others and follows through on commitments. She/he must organize, distill, and prioritize substantial amounts of information and be highly committed and self-motivated. The Director must be able to produce results in a high-volume, fast-paced, and energetic work environment. She/he must also be sensitive and responsive to American Indian and Alaska Native and other diverse populations, and committed to promoting cultural responsive practice at all levels of the organization. The Director is accountable to the Board of Directors and implements its policies and procedures. Flexibility and sense of humor is a plus!

Nature and Scope of Position:

• This position reports to the Board of Directors

• This position requires frequent communication with government and tribal agencies, and other partner organizations.

• Direct reports include: Assistant Director, Family Services Supervisor, Development Director

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develops effective programming to meet objectives identified in the strategic plan.

2. Leads staff in planning, administering, and monitoring DIFRC’s annual budget.

3. Acts as lead fundraiser, and manages the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts.

4. Directs and manages DIFRC’s human resource, finance and administrative functions.

5. Provides community leadership to ensure that DIFRC is a major partner with public and private organizations, tribes, businesses, public human service agencies, and other external agencies.

6. Manages senior staff and maximizes support for the Board of Directors.


This position requires a Master’s Degree in Social Work (or a related field) or a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in management, administration, and supervision at a public, tribal or non-profit organization. Extensive knowledge of American Indian histories and cultures, and experience working with the Native populations are essential. Experience working specifically with urban Indian communities is desirable.

Knowledge of social work theory, practice and interventions, as well as an understanding of the major theories of human development, and mental/behavioral health are required. Understanding of government agencies and the child welfare system and knowledge of the legal system as it applies to child welfare is preferred.

Extensive experience in managing personnel and human resources, budget planning and administration, information systems, social research, and knowledge of federal and state programs and practices, as well as experiences with collaborative program development is required. Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication that meets business professional and is culturally-sensitive is required. Fundraising and development experience, including grant writing and program management are essential.

Work history and references must demonstrate passion and knowledge for helping families increase the protective factors in their family systems to become safer, stronger and more self reliant.

Salary: Compensation is dependent on education and experience.

Benefits: Include medical, dental, eye care, and life insurance.

Closing date: July 28, 2017


How to apply:

Please send electronically: resume and cover letter by July 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm MST to Please list subject as “Executive Director.” No phone calls. Standard mail, incomplete, or faxed applications will NOT be considered.

The Denver Indian Family Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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