Communications Associate

Communications Associate

Reports to:
Director of Communications

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 and equity for all people and the planet.

Job Summary:
The Communications Associate is a member of the NDN Collective team, working with staff to implement our strategic communications goals and monitor progress towards these goals. The successful candidate will support all of NDN Collective’s communication tools from print media to the web, and from to our podcast to our blog.

Who We Are

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 by 2020.
  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

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Communications Team in the creation, editing, and publishing of content on the organization’s digital communications platforms including websites, social media platforms, podcast, blog, email management software, and any other projects as required. 
  • Work with the organization’s other teams to ensure each team’s online content remains updated.
  • Track digital communications outcomes and report these outcomes to the staff on a quarterly basis at minimum.
  • Support the maintenance of the NDN Collective website and related websites.
  • Assist with the production and distribution of traditional communications, including coordinating press requests, preparing background materials for leadership.
  • Work with the organization’s other teams to ensure each team’s print content, including fact sheet and PowerPoint presentations, remains updated.
  • Track traditional communications outcomes and report these outcomes to the staff on a quarterly basis at minimum.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in a communications role.
  • Graphic design or developmental experience.
  • Experience managing and executing across several communications media.
  • Strong written communication skills, required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, required.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, preferred.
  • Experience with Wordpress and/or HTML, preferred.
  • Willing to execute day­to­day tasks and work independently.
  • Willingness to share own ideas with staff and board members.
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively.
  • Willingness to travel as needed. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and connections to Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Driven, hard-working individual with high standards for self and others.
  • Initiative to continuously improve by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information.
  • Resourceful and comfortable operating in an entrepreneurial environment.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. 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.

How To Apply

Send an email to with the subject line “Communications Associate – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

  • As a single PDF attachment, include:
    • Your resume1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and positionShort answers to the following three questions:
      • What is your philosophy about communications?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.

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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We are unapologetically, unabashedly, NDN. United like never before, we rise together—arm in arm—to equip all Indigenous Peoples with the tools needed to become architects of our future. 

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