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Executive Director


Executive Director

Appointment/Work Schedule

Full-time Position


The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the administration and overall leadership of the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL) in its mission to preserve the heritage, enhance the well-being, and strengthen the future of The People, as well as to serve our low-income community members from all ethnic backgrounds at its satellite facilities. The ED’s primary task is to provide vision, leadership and a positive work environment while working with program directors to plan, direct, monitor, evaluate and report on the organization’s efforts to build up individuals and families and reinforce their cultural heritage and values. The ED fosters productive relationships among employees, consumers, AI/AN organizations and tribes, government entities, and community partner organizations. Ultimately, the ED’s authority derives from the UICSL’s Board of Directors who provide legal, ethical, fiscal and spiritual oversight for the organization.

  • Proactively directs the overall growth and development of the UICSL and its projects.
  • Establishes short- and long-range organizational goals to further the mission of the UICSL.
  • Promotes a professional environment consistent with cultural values to foster UICSL employees’ professional growth; uses a team approach in the organization’s daily operations and planning.
  • Assesses customer/community needs; develops, implements and markets the programs and services that respond to those needs.
  • Communicates regularly with the UICSL Board of Directors and reports on the activities of the Board of Directors to staff.
  • Works with program directors to ensure compliance with all contract and grant requirements, ancillary service utilization, and appropriate protocols.
  • Directs the tone and message of all public relations activity involving customers, community members, governmental organizations, third party payers, and subcontracting agencies.
  • Takes responsibility for financial planning, including the forecasting and preparation of budgets, analysis of financial performance, and ensuring compliance with all applicable financial standards, practices and regulations. Ensures that agency accounting and auditing procedures are consistent with appropriate and up-to-date fiscal management policies.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Able to act independently and work effectively with a wide array of individuals and organizations regardless of their professional level or cultural/ethnic background.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to the socio-economic and health care challenges of low-income groups.
  • Possess organizational and administration management skills pertaining to:
    o The supervision and evaluation of managerial, program, support, and volunteer staff
    o Community resources for low-income people and support systems for American Indian people
    o Funding allocation processes and non-profit organizational structures
    o American Indian organizations/tribes
    o Traditional American Indian values, culture and customs
    o Applicability of the Indian Child Welfare Act in organization goals and activities
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, writing and computer skills.
  • Must be organized, flexible, proactive, and capable of making sound decisions in difficult situations.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in Health Care Administration, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Business Administration, Public Health, Native Studies, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field who have extensive experience and demonstrated leadership will also be considered.
• A minimum of five (5) years experience in a closely related field, with at least three (3) years experience in an administrative/management capacity.

Under the Indian Hiring Preference Act, the Urban Indian Center gives preference to well-qualified American Indian/Alaska Native applicants.

Compensation is dependent upon qualifications. Under the Indian Hiring Preference Act, partiality is given to qualified American Indian/Alaska Native applicants.

Download and Complete an agency application.

Additional requirements: A valid Utah Driver's License, Reliable Transportation, & a Bureau of Criminal Info (BCI) will be requested.

send via postal mail or hand delivery to:

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
Attn: Katherine Wahlstrom
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84115​