REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
MALISEET COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SERVICES CONTRACT
ANTICIPATED TERM: APRIL 2023 – MARCH 2025
YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO RESTORE ECOSYSTEMS AND CONNECT CULTURES
Do you care about the survival of indigenous plant and animal species and promoting healthy water systems? Do you enjoy building partnerships among principled, energetic, contributing players intent on converging their resources to achieve shared objectives? Do you like to solve meaningful challenges and enhance human endeavors? If yes, consider applying for this exciting opportunity to enhance the development of the Maliseet Community Development Authority as a leader in regional ecosystem management, while spearheading its signature Wolastoq-St. John Watershed Restoration Program.
The Maliseet Community Development Authority (MCDA) is a young 501(c)(3) non-profit organization seeking contracted management services including those normally provided by an executive director of a newly formed organization. We were founded in 2018 “to enhance the well-being of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (HBMI) and its neighboring communities through initiatives in the following areas: Economic, Education, Culture, Social, Health & Wellness and Natural Resources.” We are currently comprised of a president and a seven-member Board of Directors. Dedicated staffing is needed to operationalize our mission; we were awarded a capacity-building grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation in 2022 to fund this initial organizational development effort.
We are seeking one individual or firm to assume responsibilities of the MCDA Executive Director, sub-contracting with additional capacity as needed to fulfill administrative, funding and programmatic needs of the organization for the next two years while setting up for a robust decade ahead. It is anticipated that following a two-year contracted effort, both longer-term funding and a permanent staffing will be in place, which may be satisfied by direct employment, contracted work, or a combination of the two, based upon an alternatives evaluation conducted during the two-year term.
While a wide range of initiatives may be explored over time, the top priority for the foreseeable future will be providing leadership for the Wolastoq-St. John Watershed Restoration Program. Working with a diverse array of program partners, the contracted provider will be expected to develop and oversee a strategic plan and implementation program geared to address a prioritized set of physical improvements (typically road-stream crossings and dam modifications). The outcome of the program will facilitate aquatic organism passage (AOP) while improving infrastructure resiliency throughout a vast watershed of economic and cultural importance to the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and local/regional stakeholders. While most project implementation is anticipated to occur following the two-year initial contract period, some near-term field construction projects currently being managed by the Maliseet Natural Resources Department may be transferred to the MCDA as soon as capacity is available.
WORK TO BE DONE
If selected for this position, you and your team will initiate all aspects of MCDA’s organizational and watershed restoration program policies and procedures, restoration staffing, and serve as a primary contact for watershed restoration initiatives to government agencies (including HBMI’s Natural Resources Department), other conservation organizations, and the academic community. You will coordinate and support restoration planning, prioritization, research, monitoring, communication, and outreach activities, with an initial focus on MCDA’s river and stream connectivity priorities. You will investigate and develop solutions to address critical threats to natural systems and individual species within the Watershed. Diverse skill sets will be called upon to accomplish key objectives. The primary work elements fall into two major categories:
Duties will include establishment of organizational management systems and execution of progressive capacity building initiatives including but not limited to the following elements:
Duties will include overall program coordination, partner development, resource procurement and management, public relations and other essential functions such as:
SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
The Executive Director will not be required to live in the upper Wolastoq-St. John Watershed but may find performing essential functions of the position more manageable if located in the area. MCDA does not have office space or equipment to offer as yet, but eventual procurement will be among the capacity building investments to be discussed during the contract term. Initially the contractor will need to furnish all computers, software, travel vehicles, printing, telephone and other support systems needed to perform the work.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Email a single document in PDF to Christopher Phillips, MCDA President, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The document should, at a minimum, include the following: (a) interest in performing the work, identification and description of your proposed team and member availability, including date available to begin work, (b) a description of the approach you would propose to utilize over the two-year period to accomplish the listed objectives, including key milestones, (c) a cost proposal including hourly rates by team member as well as estimates and bases for other anticipated expenses to be billed to the project, and (d) at least three relevant client references, identifying the team member(s) and project. Attachments documenting qualifications and experience of key personnel are encouraged, as are links to relevant work samples.
Candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview. The proposal and interview will be evaluated as a basis for selecting the most qualified and affordable contractor, with a detailed scope of work and compensation agreement negotiated following selection of the preferred candidate. If negotiations ultimately fail, the next preferred candidate will be offered the same opportunity.