President and CEO

The Northspan Group, Inc.

  • Executive Leadership
  • Business, Management & Operations
  • Management
  • Economic Development
  • Executive Leadership
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Services
  • Project Management
  • Economic Development

The Northspan Group, Inc. (Northspan) is a private, 501 (c)(4) nonprofit consulting firm focused on business, economic, community, and organizational development primarily in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, but their reach is all across the Upper Midwest. The firm’s office is located in Duluth. Northspan is a fee for service nonprofit that works primarily with area community and business organizations as well as local government. The firm specializes in financing and funding development approaches that are innovative, creative, solve problems, and exceed client expectations.

Northspan is governed by an active board of directors committed to improving the economic vitality of communities in our region. They come from diverse industries and organizational backgrounds, representing leaders in business, finance, government, economic development, and regional planning. Including the President/CEO, there are five other professionals on staff. Northspan’s annual operating budget is $750,000.


Northspan is seeking a new President that will be a talented manager and leader whose approach is strategic, collaborative, and characterized by the ability to inspire, motivate, and empower others to achieve the vision and goals of Northspan. While providing clear direction for the organization, this individual will possess highly developed communications skills, be creative, curious, innovative and possess a high emotional intelligence enabling her/him to direct the organization in a manner that identifies and effectively implements available opportunities. While possessing the skill to lead strategic planning and resource development initiatives, the new President will be a “doer” with the ability to deliver high quality services, drive change in a positive, productive manner and is able to focus limited resources in areas that best enable efficient achievement of the core mission and services.

  • The President/CEO also manages the day-to-day operations of the organization under policies determined by the Board. The primary responsibilities are:
  • Strategic Leadership and Communication: Lead the development of, and implement, the strategic plan of Northspan, including subsequent annual action plans, clearly articulating organizational goals for financial and programmatic stability and growth of new revenues; motivate and inspire others to support the organization’s vision; and, demonstrate the values and professionalism of Northspan.
  • Operational Planning and Management: Generate revenue for the organization, demonstrate an understanding of community, business and economic development service needs and fee for service opportunities that have an impact and outcomes expected by our clients and region served; work with the Board to draft, monitor, and update policies and procedures; and, monitor the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services being delivered by the organization.
  • Financial Planning and Management: Oversee the development and management of the annual budget, including long-range financial forecasts; ensure proper administration of funds management procedures; keep the board informed of financial and operational issues.
  • Human Resources Planning and Management: Support, develop, and retain a qualified and professional staff: support the team and ensure that the internal functions are fulfilled; ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the organization by selecting and developing effective people; foster a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, focusing on outstanding performance.
  • Relationship Management: Maintain strong and effective internal relationships with the Board and staff; build and maintain strong external relationships with businesses, government leaders, partners and other organizations, and affiliates.



  • Undergraduate degree in business, economics, planning, or related field (graduate degree preferred)


  • Ten or more years progressively responsible, relevant management and business, community, and economic project development experience
  • Track record of revenue generation in a fee for service environment

Important Skills and Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of the regional area and the key networks
  • Excellent organizational, planning, problem-solving, and project management skills
  • Demonstrated business and financial acumen, including experience with budgets and financial statements
  • Understanding of organizational growth, program scaling, and organizational development
  • Proven networker with experience developing and stewarding relationships with boards, staff, policy makers, community leaders, and other key stakeholders
  • Visionary and strategic thinker who is a strong spokesperson and positive face for the organization in the public realm
  • Approachable and open, with the ability to communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and life experiences
  • Excellent oral and written communication and meeting facilitation skills
  • Attention to detail


Compensation is competitive, and commensurate with experience.

Special Application Instruction

Cincinnatus welcomes interested candidates to send an electronic letter of introduction and résumé to:, or a hard copy to Employment, Cincinnatus, Hennepin Square, Suite 478, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

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