Director of Grantmaking

The Director of Grantmaking will manage and implement NDN Collective grantmaking programs and processes, including harvesting insights and lessons learned through reporting and information sharing.

Position Title:                       Director of Grantmaking

Location:                                Remote

Application Deadline:      Rolling basis until position is filled


Reporting to the Associate Director, the Director of Grantmaking will manage and implement NDN Collective grantmaking programs and processes, including harvesting insights and lessons learned through reporting and information sharing.


NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous Peoples 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. 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 CDFI 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

  • Manage and facilitate  the full arc of grants programming, including
    • leading the grantmaking team in all aspects of the grantmaking cycles
    • specific funding streams and allocations  related to core grant programs
    • opportunity identification and assessment
    • relationship and proposal development
    • engagement of NDN Collective staff, board or advisors as needed
    • grant agreement and deliverables development
    • grantee-partner stewardship, technical assistance, through partnership, capacity building, and accountability,
    • reporting, learning and evaluation
  • Provide supervision, guidance  and support to grantmaking program staff
  • Manage and secure appropriate contractors, consultants and resources to support the grantmaking process
  • Manage and facilitate annual grantmaking track and corresponding schedules within the Foundation and across NDN entities, i.e.; Communications
  • Act as a thought partner both internally and externally
  • Other duties as needed.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 5 years relevant experience
  • Prior grantmaking experience with a non-profit, government agency, or other entity

Knowledge and Skills

  • Success in grantmaking
  • Commitment to serving the public in a mission driven organization
  • Ability to assess qualitative and quantitative outcome data and to provide coaching and technical assistance to grantees to help them achieve exemplary results
  • Ability to work effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and ability to learn from successes and failures
  • Demonstrated understanding of program development and program effectiveness
  • Strategic thinking, able to conceptualize, lead and execute complex projects and effectively convey their impact to various audiences
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Strength in collaboration as part of a team to move projects forward in a fast paced environment
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills
  • Outstanding partnership development skills
  • Success in persuasive writing and experience developing complex communication projects
  • Experience directing, motivating, developing and supervising staff and/or contractors
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. 
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations. 
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are a 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. 
  • 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 and excel in a remote worksite.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience at a GS 13 level ranging from $83,328 to $108,324. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.


Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “INSERT JOB TITLE – [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 questions:
    • How does your indigeneity inform your current work and your interest in the position?
    • What is your philosophy about this position?
    • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
    • NDN Collective conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?
    • 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.