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Director of Policy and Advocacy

The Director of Policy and Advocacy will provide leadership for our public policy and advocacy work, working collaboratively with our Political Director, NDN Collective ecosystem of organizations, board of directors, and contract lobbyists.

About the Position

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Position Title:                                 
Director of Policy and Advocacy

Application Deadline:                     
Rolling basis until position is filled

Location:                                                  
Remote

Job Summary:                                      
Reporting to and in partnership with the President & CEO, the Director of Policy and Advocacy will provide leadership for our public policy and advocacy work, working collaboratively with our Political Director, NDN Collective ecosystem of organizations, board of directors, and contract lobbyists.


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

  • Participate actively in setting NDN’s policy and advocacy direction and focus
  • Implement NDN’s policy and advocacy agenda, develop strategies and negotiate solutions for policy issues that are important to Indigenous Peoples and communities
  • Research, monitor, analyze and respond to tribal, federal, state and local issues that affect Indigenous Peoples and communities
  • Draft testimony and position papers on public policy issues
  • Organize and engage members, nonprofits, and policy makers in public policy efforts on Indigenous Peoples and communities’ issues
  • Create and manage systems to track information about key issues and policymakers
  • Manage and produce web content, electronic policy updates, legislative alerts, position statements and research reports for members and other key stakeholders
  • Coordinate with the Culture & Learning Team at NDN to ensure a robust, relevant program of learning opportunities related to policy and advocacy for staff 

WHO YOU ARE

Education, Experience, Skills

  • Three to five (5) years’ experience working in policy, philanthropy, politics or other relevant field.  A relevant advanced degree is desired, particularly a JD, but not required. Work experience can substitute.
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to eradicating Indigenous economic, racial, climate and other inequities.
  • Experience in researching, analyzing and addressing Indigenous social, racial and economic inequities.
  • Direct experience in community-organizing, coalition building, advocacy, campaign and/or electoral experience.
  • Expert interpersonal skills and able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with a diverse set of partners, including key allies, coalitions, organizations, government officials, candidates, elected officials and the media
  • Ability to mobilize allies in issue-based and electoral coalitions.
  • Indigenous social, racial and economic change and progressive movements backed by direct experience with community-organizing, coalition building, advocacy, campaign and/or electoral experience.
  • Expert interpersonal skills and able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with a diverse set of partners, including key allies, coalitions, organizations, government officials, candidates, elected officials and the media
  • Ability to mobilize allies in issue-based and electoral coalitions.
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to eradicating Indigenous economic, racial, climate and other inequities.
  • Knowledge of policy and policy-making process at a local (county), State, Federal and Tribal level.
  • Strategic mindset and ability to turn strategic imperatives into tangible action and outcomes.
  • A commitment to staff engagement and development, with a demonstrated ability to exert influence broadly and successfully across an organization, fostering a positive professional atmosphere.
  • Outstanding oral communications skills, with the ability to effectively present new and complex ideas, mount persuasive arguments, and negotiate.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop high level relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to policy makers, media, funders, scholars, advocates, and community leaders.
  • Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
  • Excellent team building and problem solving abilities.


Proficiency in the use of computer programs for:

  • Word processing
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • E-mail
  • Internet

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.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience.  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 jobs@ndncollective.org with the subject line “Director of Policy & Advocacy – [YOUR NAME].” 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 policy and advocacy?

▪ 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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