2023 NANOG Executive Director Job Description

Internal Job Title: Executive Director

Status: Full time, permanent

Reports To: Board of Directors

Supervises: NANOG Staff. May also supervise consultants, volunteers for events and community activities

Job brief

NANOG, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization that provides forums in the North American region for education and the sharing of knowledge for the Internet operations community, is looking for an Executive Director.

The Executive Director will work with the Board to refine, articulate and implement NANOG's mission and strategic plan. The Executive Director will be responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program, and administrative management of the organization.

The Executive Director’s responsibilities include directing all operational, financial, and technical aspects of the organization, preparing accurate financial reports for the board of directors, assisting with NANOG community activities, and leading annual budget reviews.

Ultimately, the Executive Director will work with various volunteers and other professionals in the organization to ensure it hits its annual fundraising goals and continues to build its community for future success.



  • Adhere to and uphold the tenets of the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws
  • Provide leadership to and manage the efforts of staff and ensure appropriate support of all departments
  • Retain a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers by providing career coaching, growth, and personal development for workers
  • Manage NANOG’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
  • Manage the overall communications and marketing plan for the organization


  • Seek out and pursue fundraising opportunities, including grant applications, to help ensure the long-term continued financial security of the organization
  • Ability to recognize and grow new revenue opportunities
  • Ensure that services and funding relationships are robust enough to meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives
  • Coordinate and lead annual budget reviews, monthly and quarterly reviews, and periodic forecast updates with operational and senior management for review by the board
  • Prepare accurate and timely analyses that capture and communicate fundraising results, variances, and performance trends
  • Supervise the refinement of operations-based financial modeling


  • Develop and implement an organizational strategic plan to grow the organization in achieving its mission. Work with the Board, volunteers and staff to develop the overall corresponding objectives and policies for the organization. Evaluate the organization’s performance on a regular basis. Update the plan on an annual basis
  • Manage three conferences a year with approximately 600 - 900 attendees
  • Promote active and broad participation by members and volunteers in all areas of the organization's work
  • Travel as appropriate and necessary, in accordance with NANOG travel guidelines
  • Be a visible public facing representative for the organization


  • Prepare agenda and materials to ensure timely and complete discussion of matters at Board meetings, report on the progress of the organization and answer questions of the Board members
  • Oversee association governance activities which include: the Bylaws and the election processes
  • Serve as a voting member of the Board

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Non-Profit Executive Director or similar role; relevant training and/or certifications a plus
  • Experience running fundraising initiatives
  • Experience working within a volunteer community
  • Strong knowledge of financials and how to build financial forecasting documents for the board of directors
  • Strong leadership and management capabilities. Inspires and motivates others to perform well and accepts feedback from others. Display willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, and makes timely decisions
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities; negotiate and administer contracts; work with commercial vendors, community groups and other organizations as necessary; communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the network operators’ community. General knowledge of policy and technical issues in the Internet Community
  • Demonstrate strong diplomatic and negotiation skills. Ability to deal effectively with people and issues at all levels
  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image
  • Experience with conference management is a plus

Interested candidates should send a note expressing their interest and including their professional resumé to: [email protected]