Job Description: Capacity Building Coordinator
Reports to: NDN Fund Managing Director
Location: NDN Collective’s Minneapolis office
Application deadline: May 30, 2020
About NDN Fund
NDN Collective established NDN Fund, an emerging national Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). NDN Fund provides large-scale lending capital for projects in the areas of 1. Renewable Energy 2. Community Development projects, including affordable housing 3. Infrastructure, focusing on water, ecological wastewater, broadband, roads, etc. 4. Social Enterprise, focusing on innovative business ideas with clear social benefits and the ability to scale. Our goal is to move $100 million to development projects across our Indigenous communities, with clients including: Native Nations, Native CDFIs, Native non-profits, and Indigenous businesses. Many of our stakeholders require customized capacity building services that help them navigate large, complex transactions and plan for the future development of their communities.
Reporting to NDN Fund Managing Director, the NDN Fund Capacity Building Coordinator is primarily responsible for coordinating the technical assistance support for the preparation of larger development projects at various stages of development around NDN Fund’s lending areas. The Coordinator will work with the Managing Director and other NDN Collective staff to develop a capacity building strategy and will manage the overall delivery of these services. Our robust capacity building strategy will identify our process, current and future partners, and menu of services. S/he will identify the development needs for projects in our pipeline to provide the right source of support for each project, organization, and community.
will assist Indigenous communities in receiving private capital, particularly impact investments, as this is a highly cited need by our stakeholders. The position provides the candidate with the opportunity to help institute a new model for technical assistance in Indigenous communities and support innovative projects led by Indigenous Peoples.
Who We Are
NDN Collective is an ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities. 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 creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to move $100M of for-profit investment into large-scale projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
2. We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants.
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.
- Work with the Managing Director to develop a capacity building strategy, program, and budget for 2020-2022.
- Create a database of current relationships and potential consultants within each lending area, identifying gaps in particular industries or competencies and by borrower type, i.e. Native Nations, Native non-profits, Native CDFIs, and Indigenous-owned businesses.
- Lead stakeholder analysis to develop specific market needs for technical assistance.
- Develop and maintain the application process for new potential clients.
- Establish and maintain technical assistance or capacity building plans for each client.
- Source projects for readiness for capital and investment and coordinate with Managing Director.
- Build a community of consultants and project partners around specific industries within our lending areas, i.e. public utility accountants, solar engineers, federal regulatory attorneys, etc.
- Engage in networking opportunities to develop and maintain a wide network with both potential clients, community leaders, funders, developers, and other partners.
- Work with local government, state, and federal agencies to access programs and coordinate zoning, permitting, construction, and infrastructure requirements for development.
- Manage the overall delivery and tracking of capacity building services, as well as cross-entity relationships and deliverables with NDN Collective staff and partners.
- Coordinate interdisciplinary efforts with other NDN Collective staff on shared initiatives like climate justice and racial equity.
- Coordinate larger-setting technical assistance and training with Managing Director and Loan Officer, i.e. creation of a Resilient and Regenerative Lending Toolkit, model legal templates, or industry-specific webinars.
- Work with the Advancement team to help secure grants to subsidize capacity building services, as well as create a pricing menu for clients where appropriate.
- Work with Director of Evaluation and clients to identify discreet project outcomes and impacts.
Any other duties as assigned by NDN Fund Managing Director.
Examples of potential capacity building services
- Pre-feasibility and project design: site appraisals, cost-benefit analysis, market research, and risk assessments.
- Pre-contract services, financial and capital structuring, investments, revision of lender documents i.e. procurement, bidding, terms of reference, etc.
- Tax and regulatory governance.
- Environmental, resilient, and regenerative process and design, including technical and climate solutions.
- Native Nation, local government, state, and federal relationships.
- Project-level indicators and stakeholder or community outcomes.
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in business, environmental or climate studies, or other related fields preferred.
- Experience in business coaching and business development training.
- Position requires someone who is creative, flexible, self-starter, and a team player, with experience in program planning a plus.
- Experience in renewable energy, affordable housing, and federal development programs a plus.
- Proficient in computer applications, including spreadsheets and databases.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong financial and analytical skills.
- Willingness to travel.
This position is salaried, commensurate with experience, and ranges from $55,000-$65,000. This broad range reflects NDN Collective’s goal of attracting a diverse set of candidates for the position. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.
HOW TO APPLY
Send an email to Nikki Love (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “NDN Fund Capacity Building Coordinator– [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include the following. As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.
- As a single PDF attachment, include:
- Your resume and 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
- Short answers to the following three questions: 1. What is your philosophy about large-scale development in Indigenous Communities? 2. What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position? 3. 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.
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.