The Preservation Association of Beaver Island (PABI) seeks a Chief Executive Officer.  As the highest-ranking executive employee, the new CEO will be the ultimate leader and decision-maker for the organization, reporting to PABI’s Board of Directors.  He or she will demonstrate the leadership needed to forward PABI’s mission and vision. The new CEO is expected to strengthen the organization and lead it into the next decade of continuous improvement and long-term sustainability.

PABI is a strong, 25 year-old non-profit organization located on an Island 32 miles out into Lake Michigan. PABI owns and operates the Island’s Community Center (the BIC Center) and community radio station WVBI-FM.

The BIC Center brings the island a summer concert and performance series, off-season performances, Saturday movies and seasonal events while also hosting community meetings and events. The  Center has a busy summer, but quiet times over the other seasons. Interesting and adventuresome visitors and residents come to the BIC Center for information on Island events and activities, music and other types of entertainment—or just to relax and enjoy one another and the views.  The BIC Center also serves as the Birding and Waterway Trailheads for the Island and fosters a strong and friendly community through shared communication and entertainment.

WVBI is a non-commercial (public) radio station with a music intensive format aimed at island residents and visitors.  It provides local news and information, local music shows and other entertainment.  It is staffed by volunteers.

PABI employs part or full-time people as needed, and benefits from many volunteers. The CEO must live on the Island with its approximately 700 year-round residents, while working to stay in touch with our seasonal residents and regular visitors.

The CEO’s compensation depends on the extent of the candidate’s qualifications and prior experience—with negotiable levels of compensation and benefits.

  • Up to $75,000 in base salary
  • Bonus potential
  • Health insurance
  • Two-weeks paid vacation

You may apply online at Indeed (preferred) or send an letter of application and resume by either email or postal mail to PABI President, PO Box 255, Beaver Island, MI 49782.


PABI seeks a CEO with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to conduct the significant administrative responsibilities the position requires—They include:

  • Demonstrated expertise in managing and operating a non-profit organization, with both administrative and financial responsibility;
  • Experience in guiding and assisting a non-profit Board with their governance duties;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • The willingness to accept general control and responsibility for managing the organization according to board policy.
  • Experience in leading organizational strategic planning;
  • Successful experience in hiring, training, and managing staff;
  • Experience and skill in fund-raising—including the relationship-building work needed to support those programs;
  • Successful study in higher education, with a bachelors degree preferred;


  1. As the 501 (c) 3’s primary decision maker—he/she develops and carries out short & long-range plans for the organization, developing annual budgets and goals, and updated operating policies that enhance PABI’s mission and vision.
  1. He/she formulates and implements the organization’s overall strategy for successful achievement of its mission and vision—providing direction and action needed to achieve the established goals.
  1. As chief administrator, the CEO defines all staffing needs, sets compensation levels, hires staff as needed, ensures they collectively have the skills needed to perform the work, and evaluates and acts appropriately on their respective contributions.
  1. As a non-profit leader, the CEO designs and leads the fundraising activities—helping raise the needed funds to support his/her selected programs and activities.
  1. As a community leader, the CEO works with other community leaders and engages the community to increase and maintain PABI’s visibility and valued contributions.
  1. As a key Board Advisor, the CEO assists with Board governance—evaluating and reporting regularly on PABI’s progress—identifying needs and plans to further success.
  1. As the lead PABI administrator, he or she signs bonds, mortgages, and other agreements in the name of and on behalf of PABI, as approved and instructed by the Board.
  1. As CEO, he or she sees that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect—performing the assigned duties, and delegating some to others as needed.

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