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Position Title: Chief Executive Officer


Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture, and its multi-cultural legacy.  Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World.  Today it is home to a unique blend of cultures, including French, Spanish, African, American Indian and Creole. Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, provides support and oversight of the federally-approved Management Plan for the heritage area.



The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for 3.5 full time equivalent employees.  Direct reports to the CEO include the following positions: 

  • Director of Communications
  • Heritage Ranger II
  • Heritage Ranger I
  • Receptionist

REPORTS TO: Chairman of the Board

SALARY RANGE: commensurate with experience


Reporting to the Board, the Chief Executive Officer will lead the day-to-day management, enhancing   organizational processes and infrastructure that will allow CRNHA to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.  Those responsibilities include:

  • Leadership – Communicate and implement the strategic plans and policies established by the Board of Directors. Oversee operation of the organization and ensure that all operational goals are met.  Oversee annual meetings and events.  Ensure staff, partners and the Board have sufficient and up-to-date information.  Possess a leadership style that empowers employees, encourages good performance and rewards productivity.  Stay abreast of current trends and anticipate future trends to ensure the organization is positioned for growth.
  • Board Administration and Support - Support operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board, and staff. Active participation in the development of the strategic plan.  Develop and oversee an annual work plan and timeline for all projects and programs and present to Board for approval.
  • Government Administration and Support – Generate and maintain contact with federal, state and local officials as well as other businesses, nonprofit organization and community members involved with CRNHA projects and/or located in project areas. Develop cooperative agreements and other contractual documents with the National Park Service, the State of Louisiana, the City and Parish of Natchitoches and other governmental entities. Work closely with the superintendent and staff of Cane River Creole National Historical Park in implementation of directives provided in federal legislation.
  • Fund Development – Directly responsible for fundraising planning and implementation to increase, strengthen and diversify funding sources including the identification of resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and the administration of fundraising records and documentation. Maximize revenue through donations to ensure funds are available to permit the organization to
    meet its mission.
  • Financial – Ensure that  CRNHA is fiscally sound. Develop annual budget for Board approval and prudently manage organization's resources within those budget guidelines. Ensure timely and accurate reporting of financial information.  Analyze actual performance vs. budget on a monthly basis and report significant variances to the Board. Compliance with Federal, State and Local reporting, such as the IRS 990. Ensures all financial policy and procedures are followed and in compliance with annual external audit. Ensure compliance with all relevant federal legislation, including National Historic Preservation Act and National Environment Policy Act.
  • Human Resource Management - Ensure all policies and procedures are up-to-date, followed, and conform to current laws and regulations.  Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures.   Establish measureable performance goals for employees and ensure that performance reviews are conducted annually.  Responsible for the recruitment, retention and release of all personnel.
  • Programs and Service Delivery – Oversee design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services.  Analyze, define and implements metrics for client satisfaction and program outcomes.  Refine program productivity and efficiency based on outcomes.
  • Facilities - Manage and maintain office space ensuring compliance with the lease.  Ensure facility has appropriate insurance coverage and safety features.  
  • Community and Public Relations - Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.  Seek opportunities for public speaking to promote visibility and education about Cane River National Heritage Area.  Establishes sound working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Organizational Culture - Promote an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, a common organizational vision, professionalism, innovation, change management, teamwork, and open communication.
  • Information Technology – Ensures all systems are fully functioning and updated.  System familiarity includes operating systems and telephone systems.


  • Minimum of MPA or MA in related field required; Ph.D. preferred At least 5 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector with at least 3 of those years in a senior management role  
  • Ability to think creatively; with emphasis on project facilitation, stakeholder buy-in and maximizing leverage
  • Proven ability to raise funds – especially in an economic downturn; ability to raise the visibility of the organization, [experience organizing a capital campaign—doubtful that this will be required]
  • Proven ability to manage and lead change
  • Experience in financial planning, budgeting and financial analysis and working with external auditors.
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans
  • Experience in overseeing human resources and information technology
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire motivate and build a strong team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills; experience in public speaking
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with Board, Staff, and Community Partners
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate personnel
  • Ability to manage complex operations in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions.  Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; ability to be flexible and able to multi-task effectively, managing multiple efforts simultaneously
  • Integrity, credibility and commitment to the mission  
  • Possess the following personal attributes:
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Innovative
    • Enthusiastic
    • High energy level
    • Personable
    • Sense of humor


Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and a minimum of three professional references to Cynthia Sutton via email at No phone inquiries. 

Application period open until July 20, 2018.