Now Hiring: CNDA Executive Director

 In Naturopathic News

The California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) is a professional membership association representing California naturopathic doctors (NDs). The CNDA is incorporated as a California mutual benefit 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation. California licensed naturopathic doctors are eligible to join the CNDA and in so doing help support the overall goals of the association. At the core, the primary purpose of the CNDA is to be an advocate for California NDs in all ways possible. This includes, but is not limited to, working at the state legislative level to ensure ND scope is not adversely affected by any new laws, to expand ND scope when possible, to help NDs with their practice to the best of our abilities, to offer continuing education credits, to communicate with other like-minded associations working towards the same goals (e.g., the national association and other state associations, etc.), to educate the public about naturopathic doctors and what they do, and to help potential patients find an ND. The CNDA has multiple volunteer doctor committees to help in each major area as well as CNDA home office staff that also have specialty areas. To learn more about the CNDA visit

CNDA Executive Director Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The job description of the ED includes but is not limited to the following:

In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:

  1. Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  2. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  3. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
  4. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  5. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

In communications, the Executive Director will:

  1. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
  3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, corporate partners and other organizations.
  4. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

In relations with staff, the Executive Director will:

  1. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  3. See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
  4. Encourage staff development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
  5. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:

  1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
  2. Work with CNDA Treasurer, other EC members, and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  3. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  4. Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
  5. Be responsible for keeping Quickbooks current and ensure Quickbooks bank reconciliations are done on a monthly basis.
  6. Ensure that CNDA and Foundation Tax returns are done on time.

In Daily Operation, the Executive Director will:

  1. Follow CNDA policy guidelines with respect to work schedule and vacation.
  2. Perform specific job duties and responsibilities of the position as described in Goals and Objectives

The job description may change at any time without notice.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

Demonstrated success planning and implementing various types of fundraising strategies and campaigns, preferably for non-profit organizations

Strong leadership, organizational, collaborative, and interpersonal skills – combined with an ability to set priorities and implement decisions in a timely fashion

Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills

Commitment to work with discretion on matters that require trust and confidentiality

Commitment to work closely with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to establish long-term goals for the association

Experience collecting and using data to plan and manage fundraising programs

Experience with the California political process or willingness to learn and participate

Demonstrated ability to train and support the professional development of staff

Willingness to work outside of job description at times for the good of the association

Bachelor’s degree required, familiarity with naturopathic medicine is a plus.


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