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NDTO Executive Director 

The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) seeks an imaginative, strategic, visionary leader to serve as its next executive director. Potential candidates must understand international markets and be willing to travel; must communicate and work with leadership from all industries, sectors and cultures; and above all, have a strong desire to lead and sustain an evolving organization dedicated to helping companies grow their exports.

NDTO is a membership-based, private/public partnership that provides advocacy, education, research, expertise and leadership so that North Dakota companies can develop and grow their export business.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director position is responsible for leading and managing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the North Dakota Trade Office. Other key duties include Membership advocacy, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

Working in partnership with the NDTO Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for:

Organizational Leadership and Management

  • Evolve and lead the mission, vision, purpose, and values of the organization;
  • Lead the development of the NDTO strategic plan, including a measurable execution plan consistent with the Board of Directors guidance and direction that drives growth and sustainability of trade promotion activities;
  • Recruit, hire, manage, and lead an experienced team of professionals to promote trade and provide export assistance to North Dakota businesses;
  • Oversee the work, development of, and guidance to team members and evaluating their performance on an annual basis;
  • Ensure all personnel policies and procedures are followed;
  • Actively seek information on global trends and developments that relate to NDTO and participating NDTO Member Companies;
  • Establish a state-wide brand that captures and effectively communicates the mission, vision, and values of the NDTO organization;
  • Develop and implement operational policies and processes needed to run a highly effective organization;
  • Ensure the organization operates in a manner consistent with the mission as well as the standards set by the Board of Directors.

Membership Development

  • Develop and implement a plan to grow NDTO Exporter Membership and International Business Resource Sponsorship across the state;
  • Accountable for developing and maintaining strong, collaborative, value-added relationships with NDTO Member Companies;
  • Assisting North Dakota manufacturers, food processors, and their representatives to effectively penetrate foreign markets, including disseminating trade leads, and market information;
  • Supervising and coordinating organization of and recruitment for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Commerce Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, and NDTO Director led trade missions;
  • Developing and executing business workshops and seminars to substantially increase trade-related projects on behalf of North Dakota exporters;
  • Managing and facilitating in-bound trade and reverse trade mission delegations;
  • Serving as liaison with groups, agencies, and other organizations involved in international trade promotion both private and governmental, domestic and international;
  • Cultivating and coordinating with Economic Development Administration’s stakeholders and international allies, including local and regional economic development organizations, utilities and transportation entities, commodity groups, higher education, trade related service providers, and corporate partners;
  • Establish collaborative relationships with our State and Federal program partners.

Board Relationship Management

  • Recruit and retain a strategic Board of Directors with representation from across the state with the skills and expertise needed to develop a sustainable, highly effective organization;
  • 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 to make informed decisions.
  • Conducts official correspondence and executes legal documents jointly with the president and secretary of the Board of Directors;
  • Presents quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and supports a biennium audit by an outside CPA firm for the Board of Directors, North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Legislature.

Financial Management & Fund Development

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of NDTO, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization;
  • 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;
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support NDTO’s mission;
  • Management of financial records, bookkeeping, and banking responsibilities to ensure accurate financial reporting and compliance with internal financial controls;
  • Managing or coordinating management of all contracts.

State, National and International Representation & Leadership

  • Partner across agency’s including the US Commercial Service, USDA Foreign Ag Service, Impact ND, EDND and North Dakota Department of Commerce, and North Dakota Department of Agriculture for the aid and growth of ND exporters and to advance the NDTO mission;
  • Represent NDTO on appropriate committees, coalitions, and platforms advocating for Member issues and the advancement of the NDTO mission.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, International Business or related field;
  • 5-7 years’ experience in an executive leadership role working with a Board of Directors, international business experience preferred;
  • Comprehensive knowledge in governmental policy and regulations as it pertains to contracts, grant opportunities, free trade agreements, and how trade policy affects exports;
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership;
  • Demonstrated flexibility, mature judgment, and ability to work professionally under stress;
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, internally and externally;
  • Work well under pressure with deadlines and be skilled in prioritizing responsibilities;
  • Experienced at managing conflict and facilitating change;
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting;
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation;
  • Experience in applying analytic skills to develop strategic approaches for solving challenges;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to build community and statewide relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds and resources to sustain and grow an organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff;
  • Ability to convey a vision of NDTO’s strategic future to staff, Board, Members and Funders;
  • Strong public speaking ability;
  • Public Relations skills and the ability to professionally represent the organization;
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.


  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid US Passport

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Incumbent will need to walk and be able to travel extensively by car and by air.
  • Incumbent must be able to reach above shoulder heights, below the waist or lift as required to file documents or store materials throughout the work day. Proper lifting techniques are necessary. On occasion, the position may require the ability to lift up to 25 pounds for files, related documents or equipment.
  • Primary environment consists of ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment. Periodic exposure to variable outdoor temperatures and climates is necessary because of international travel.
  • Incumbent must also be able to sit for prolonged periods of time because of domestic and international travel.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Quality benefits package includes health and PTO.

Please send resume to: to apply.  Applications will be accepted until January 21, 2018.

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