Climate Justice Region 5 Coordinator

Location: Remote - Minnesota Preferred
Application Deadline: August 30, 2024

Job Summary

Reporting to the Climate Justice Initiative (CJI) Director, this position will coordinate NDN Collective’s outreach efforts in Region 5 (Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and 35 Tribal Nations in those areas) for the EPA Thriving Communities Grant. The coordinator will creatively engage both urban and rural Indigenous communities to ensure knowledge of the program is widespread. They will also engage, encourage, and assist our partners in these regions as well as other Indigenous-led organizations/communities, to apply for these grants. The coordinator will offer technical guidance and support throughout the duration of the program, and they will collaborate with the CJI Director to encourage additional power building support for Indigenous organizations intending to use these funds for climate justice initiatives.

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Coordinates engagement in relationship building, collaborative decision-making, collective analysis and evaluation.
  • Provides input on the Region 5 grantmaking process, to ensure it meets the needs of Indigenous Nations, urban and rural Indigenous communities, and Indigenous-led organizations;
  • Collaborates with CJI Director to identify gaps, needs, and opportunities emerging within each region in relation to Indigenous Nations/Tribal Governments, Indigenous-led organizations, and both urban and rural Indigenous communities;
  • Develops effective external communication materials and strategic plans to ensure wide visibility of the EPA Thriving Communities funding opportunity and notifies grantees and potential grantees of the technical assistance available to all Indigenous applicants. Creating materials such as: fliers, newsletters, brochures, one-pagers, website content, webinars, slide decks, blogs, articles, etc. will be necessary.
  • Conducts outreach and engagement strategies in hard-to-reach areas to ensure widespread reach to Indigenous Nations and communities; Utilizes social media campaigns and participates in other media outlets; hosts office hours and offers webinars and in-person community meetings.
  • Collaborates with the grantmaking collaborative partners to design, support, and promote the grantmaking program to tribes and Indigenous communities.
  • Provides feedback into how the program is operating and helps assess the impact of the program on our Indigenous environmental justice partners. 
  • Other duties as assigned

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in Environmental Justice or Social Justice work with experience in Indigenous communities
  • Strong project management skills and candidate must be highly detail-oriented;
  • Flexible availability and must be able to thrive in a remote work setting. 
  • Must be able to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced setting;
  • Commitment to continuous improvement of self and being able to learn from successes and failures.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong computer skills and knowledge with proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and experience with one or more of the following fundraising/grant management softwares like Fluxx or Salesforce.
  • Excellent communication skills both spoken and written, and must have the ability to create high-quality materials and documents for meetings and events; strong presentation skills
  • Understanding of federal and state funding rules/laws to move community development work forward
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and objectives;
  • Excellent research and analysis skills; 
  • Strength in collaboration as part of a team to move projects forward.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into Partners.
  • 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 mission.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations.
  • 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 at a GS Level 11, commensurate with experience ranging from $65-79K, and a generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave, professional development, and more.

How to Apply

Using the form submission below, include the following attachments:

  • Your resume (FILE NAME: “[LAST NAME – RESUME]”)
  • 2-page document to include: (FILE NAME: “[LAST NAME – COVER LETTER]”)
    • Cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
    • Short answers to the following questions:
      • How does your experience working in Indigenous communities inform your current work and your interest in this position?
      • What is your philosophy regarding Climate Justice?
      • What would you be most nervous about going into this role?
      • NDN Collective conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?
      • Tell us about the best advice you’ve ever received. How do you incorporate this advice into your life and/or work?
      • If you have personal, social, or grant connections to anyone who works at or with NDN Collective, who do you know and what is your relationship/connection?

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.

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