Associate Director of NDN Action

The Associate Director of NDN Action provides support to the Managing Director of NDN Action and the overall action team. They will support and expand NDN Action’s Indigenous rights and policy advocacy operations, programs, and services.

Position Title:                                Associate Director of NDN Action

Location:                                         Rapid City, South Dakota

Reports to:                                      Managing Director of NDN Action

Application Deadline:                Rolling basis until position is filled

The Organization:

NDN Collective is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds the power of Indigenous Peoples, Communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice.

Job Summary:

The Associate Director of NDN Action provides support to the Managing Director of NDN Action and the overall action team. The ideal candidate has lived experience in Indigenous communities and a strong awareness, political analysis, and articulation of Indigenous issues. The Associate Director will support and expand NDN Action’s Indigenous rights and policy advocacy operations, programs, and services.


NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy. We are creating a paradigm change in how society invests in Indigenous Peoples by dramatically scaling up investment and shifting decision-making power to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:

  1. We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants.
  2. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution to move $100M of for-profit investment into projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
  3. We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital.
  4. We are advocating for Indigenous rights and policy changes that will enable our peoples and communities to thrive.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We represent the people we serve—we are Indigenous-led and support Indigenous people and organizations
  • We think in systems and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things
  • We are changemakers that have and model a mindset of abundance
  • We believe in the power of Indigenous self-determination to create a just, equitable world for all people and the planet
  • We integrate culture and ceremony into our work
  • We acknowledge and pay respects to our elders and past while taking ownership and control of our future


Primary Duties and REsponsibilities

  • Provide direct support to the Managing Director of NDN Action. 
  • Assist in the leadership of the NDN Action team, including: supervision of staff and completion of performance reviews, facilitating team meetings, and standing in for the Managing Director in other internal or external meetings as needed.  
  • Assist Managing Director of NDN Action with ecosystem coordination, including coordination between NDN Action campaigns and the rest of the NDN ecosystem.
  • Assist Managing Director of NDN Action with building and refining Action team processes and connectivity to ecosystem deployments. 
  • Support the Action campaign teams in day-to-day work as needed. 
  • Support efforts to expand our relationships with stakeholders who are aligned with our interests.
  • Support the Managing Director of NDN Action in the development of coalition building strategies and supporting the cultivation of key relationships.
  • Support the NDN Policy team in the development and implementation of policy advocacy priorities and strategy.
  • Help track emerging issues that may arise at the state and federal level.
  • Work with NDN Collective’s Communications team to develop and disseminate materials regarding emerging issues aligned with NDN’s priority areas.
  • When appropriate, serve as a point of contact to the Communications Team regarding press releases, social media, and cultivating working relationships with media representatives.
  • Assist the Managing Director of NDN Action in the development and implementation of the annual NDN Action budget. Support Action campaign Directors in the management of campaign budgets as needed. 
  • Travel nationally and internationally as needed.
  • Other duties assigned.


Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Master’s Degree preferred with 3-5 years of professional experience preferred.
  • Experience working in a non-profit or Tribal setting with experience in organizing around climate justice, environmental justice, racial equity and education equity and how these issues intersect with Indigenous issues
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a range of groups, including campaigns, consultants and community members/partners     
  • Understanding of organizational management, strategic planning and operations, and supervising employees as part of a strong team
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities and provide administrative/programmatic support to the Action Team
  • Experience working with Google Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Drive)
  • Understanding of and commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of people to change their communities and to participate directly in changing public policies
  • Strong political analysis of Indigenous issues from both lived and professional experience.
  • Strong ability and desire to work in a team environment which may include remote work.
  • Strong motivation and ability to take initiative.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into Partners. You have a proven track record of successfully building or sustaining a nonprofit fundraising operation.
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations. You learn from your successes and failures and improve processes to drive our fundraising.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations. You have experience using this strength in securing funds for nonprofits.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: You are ambitious and creative and enjoy the process of building something from the ground up. You are excited by the opportunity to come in and have a heavy hand in shaping our development operations. 
  • SOCIALLY & EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT: You are able to work efficiently and respectfully with others. You understand how individuals, groups, and societies work and you build rapport through being trustworthy and empathetic. 
  • DETAIL ORIENTED: You strive for perfection and are able to move from the high level of a project to its smallest details. 
  • FLEXIBLE: You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are flexible when it is necessary. You are willing to travel when needed.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience, ranging from $90,000 to $110,000. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, sick leave, personal leave and professional development.


Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Associate Director of NDN Action – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

 As a single PDF attachment, include:

  • Your resume
  • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
  • Short answers to the following three questions:
    • What is your philosophy about direct action?
    • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
    • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  • In the body of the email, please copy and paste the content of your short answers and include your name, phone number, and email address.

As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

Note: Please apply to one position only.

NDN Collective is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination.  It is NDN Collective’s policy to comply with all federal, state, tribal and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, NDN Collective is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any NDN Collective supervisor, co-worker, vendor or client.