Executive Director

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Central Minnesota Community Action Network (D-CAN).  Since this will be our first Executive Director, we are looking for an exceptional person with multiple skills, varied and relevant background and passion for our mission to improve access to quality dementia care in our community.  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization which includes the D-CAN nonprofit and its Dementia Resource Center (DRC). Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, bridging collaboration among dementia clinicians, dementia services providers, patients and their families and their care partners. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and its president but will be the everyday contact person for the community we serve.


1)  Board Governance:  Works with the board to fulfill the organization mission of improving access to quality dementia care in our community.

  •  Responsible for leading D-CAN in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions. while promoting expanding community resource collaboration. 

2)   Financial Performance and Viability:   Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues sources necessary to support D-CAN’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of D-CAN, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.  Works with Finance Committee chair. 
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3)   Organization Mission and Strategy:  Works with board and staff to ensure that programs, strategic planning and community outreach remain congruent with and supportive of our mission. 

  • Responsible for implementation of D-CAN’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for ongoing Board interaction that promotes strategic planning adjustments to ensure that D-CAN can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of D-CAN’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, business, nonprofit and private organizations.

4)   Organization Operations:  Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff for D-CAN and the Dementia Resource Center (DRC).
  • Responsible for effective administration of D-CAN and Dementia Resource Center operations and staffing.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Actual Job Responsibilities:

  1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
  2. Supervise, collaborate with organization (D-CAN and DRC) staff.
  3.  Strategic planning, upgrades and implementation.
  4. Planning and operation with the Finance Committee of an annual budget.
  5. Serve as D-CAN’s and DRC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  6. Establish and maintain relationships with various community organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance D-CAN’s Mission.
  7.  Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.
  8.  Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  9. Oversee organization Board and committee meetings. Work with Board Chair on Board Development
  10.  Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit and the DRC.
  11. Review and approve contracts for services.
  12. Oversee and manage grant funds, reporting, applications and deadlines
  13.  Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Professional Qualifications Needed: 

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.  Authentic communication.
  • Senior nonprofit management experience.
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, Board, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission and vision to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with D-CAN and DRC staff. Collaborate with and monitor committee work
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, activity collaborators and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong written and oral authentic communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.

Submit Your Cover Letter & Resume

Interested applicants may email their cover letter and resume to contact@dcan-mn.org.

Central MN Dementia Community Action Network

3701 12th Street North, Suite 103
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Call: (320) 640-6726
Fax: (320) 774-1238
Email: contact@dcan-mn.org
Hours: by appointment only

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