Human Resources Director | NDN Collective
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Human Resources Director

The Human Resource Director oversees the HR department, provides oversight of organizational HR practices and policies and partners with the Leadership Team and staff to understand and execute the organization’s HR and talent strategy.

About the Position

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Position Title:             Human Resources Director

Location:                      Rapid City, SD preferred 

Reports To:                  Vice President

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.

Job Summary:

The Human Resource Director oversees the HR department, provides oversight of organizational HR practices and policies and partners with the Leadership Team and staff to understand and execute the organization’s HR and talent strategy, particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, performance, retention, and succession planning across the organization. . This position also leads the HR department in development and implementation of new HR strategies that reflect and align with the work of the Culture & Learning/Healing Justice division of NDN Collective.

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 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 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 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

  • Oversees the HR department and provides oversight of organizational HR practices and policies.
  • Leads department in development and implementation of new HR strategies that reflect and align with the work of the Culture & Learning/Healing Justice division of NDN Collective.
  • Works in coordination with leaders across all departments (i.e. Leadership Team) to ensure thoughtful integration of initiatives to support the mission and goals within the current strategic plan.
  • Partners with the Leadership Team and staff to understand and execute the organization’s HR and talent strategy, particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, performance, retention, and succession planning across the organization.
  • Takes the lead on planning & implementing HR goals within NDN Collective’s strategic plan, such as:
    • Employee Handbook Development
    • Supervisors Handbook Development
    • Revised Performance Review Process
    • Sustainable Staffing Strategies
    • Annual Wage Reviews and Updating 
    • Career Pathing & Professional Development
  • Provides support, counsel and guidance management and other staff when complex, specialized, and sensitive HR questions and issues arise; may be required to administer and execute routine tasks in delicate circumstances such as providing reasonable accommodations, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and exit management support. 
  • Works closely with supervisors and Leadership Team on annual labor planning. Coordinates with supervisors to interview and hire qualified job applicants; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings. 
  • Monitors legal and policy requirements for employees to ensure both updated handbook, supervisor training, and policy deployment. Maintains all required records and documentation for the department. 
  • Analyzes trends in compensation and benefits as well as emerging best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining staff; researches and proposes competitive base and incentive pay programs to ensure the organization attracts and retains top talent. 
  • Assesses needs, coordinates, and possibly delivers trainings, development programs, and initiatives that provide internal staff development opportunities. 
  • Provides open office hours to support, advise, and mentor staff on topics related to performance management, career growth and development, workplace relationships, and conflict resolution. 
  • Hosts focus group discussions with staff in partnership with the Culture & Learning/Healing Justice division to hear staff suggestions that can help inform and guide ongoing HR strategies that support and leverage our organizational culture.
  • Works with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality project management.
  • Manages internal communications such as HR email announcements and curates all HR resources shared with employees on the intranet website.
  • Other duties as required.

WHO YOU ARE

Education, Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • 3 years of relevant experience, familiarity with Paychex is a plus.06
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Effective interpersonal and conflict management skills. 
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate. 
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality. 
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations. 
  • Ability to work effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
  • Commitment to serving the public in a mission-drive organization.

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.
  • 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.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, sick leave, personal leave and professional development.

HOW TO APPLY

Send an email to jobs@ndncollective.org with the subject line “Human Resources Director – [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:
      • What is your philosophy about human resources in a nonprofit?
      • What do decolonization and building Indigenous power mean to you?
      • 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.

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.

NDN Collective
408 Knollwood Dr
Rapid City, SD 57701
P: +1 (605) 791-3999
E: info@ndncollective.org
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