LANDBACK Organizer | NDN Collective
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LANDBACK Organizer

The LANDBACK Organizer engages and mobilizes the public and movement partners on a local campaign calling for the return of the Black Hills to the original caretakers and the closure of Mt. Rushmore; Also relays the decolonial and political analysis, both verbally and in writing, about the LANDBACK Campaign.

About the Position

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Position Title:                                       LANDBACK Organizer

Location:                                               Remote

Reports To:                                            LANDBACK Director

Job Purpose:                                          

Reporting to and in partnership with the LANDBACK Director, the LANDBACK Organizer engages and mobilizes the public and movement partners on a local campaign calling for the return of the Black Hills to the original caretakers and the closure of Mt. Rushmore. The LANDBACK Organizer relays the decolonial and political analysis, both verbally and in writing, about the LANDBACK Campaign; supports a comprehensive and multi-faceted LANDBACK Campaign plan.

The LANDBACK Organizer also coordinates with the LANDBACK Director on communications and narrative strategy for the LANDBACK Campaign; supports current local, regional, national and internationalist movement partnerships for the LANDBACK Campaign; and coordinates public education campaigns that are consistent with the goals of the LANDBACK Campaign. The LANDBACK Organizer, in partnership with the LANDBACK Director, develops and coordinates the internal and external political education curriculum for the LANDBACK Campaign. Lastly, the LANDBACK Organizer, in partnership with LANDBACK Director, develops and provides movement support through amplification, resources and connecting to frontline organizers & communities. 


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


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the LANDBACK Director to relay decolonial and political analysis both verbally and in writing about the LANDBACK Campaign 
  • Work with the LANDBACK Director to execute a comprehensive and multi-faceted LANDBACK Campaign plan that includes: local organizing, movement support, political education and communications & narrative strategies. 
  • Work with LANDBACK Director to develop multiple “Land Back Toolkits,” which will include, but is not limited to: Land Back Principles, Comms Toolkit, requirements, assessment tools, mobilization plan and after-action review (debrief) and creation of land trusts. 
  • Coordinate with the LANDBACK Director on comms and narrative strategy for the LANDBACK Campaign
  • Support LANDBACK Director in coordinating public education campaigns that are consistent with the goals of the Campaign
  • Attend All Staff Meeting every Monday, the Community Check-In once and month 
  • Attend, participate and facilitate LANDBACK Team Check-In’s once a week 
  • Attend and participate in virtual office hours with LANDBACK Director twice a week
  • Check in daily with LANDBACK Director (can be via Signal)
  • Coordinate with Digital Organizer, Communications Team and LANDBACK Director on the digital organizing aspect of the Campaign
  • Any other duties as assigned


Education, Experience, Skills

  • At least 1 year of professional experience in community relations, community advocacy, public policy and political campaigns.
  • At least 1 year of experience in effectively and professionally communicating and forming relationships with other environmental and social justice, racial equity and education equity communities and organizations; constituents, staff, and elected officials of Tribal nations; academic organizations; regulatory agency staff, and; elected officials from City, County, State, and Federal governments.
  • Proven record of inclusive engagement; demonstrated competency working with diverse cultures; ability to build trust and create authentic relationships with a diverse range of people; ability to deal respectfully and constructively with people of divergent opinions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in clear, effective written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and relay political and historical analysis of colonization, militarism, imperialism, Zionism, patriarchy, capitalism, corporatism and white supremacy. 
  • Demonstrated ability to create informative, persuasive messaging pieces like brochures, talking points, email and social media campaigns, or comment letters.
  • At least 1 year of experience developing, executing, measuring and reporting success of advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and relay information from technical documents like environmental impact statements, land use plans, or water quality permits, for example, to diverse audiences.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, such as managing multiple campaigns while meeting deadlines for reporting on other projects.
  • Desire to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary and diverse team; a highly organized, curious, and laid-back demeanor works well in our virtual office.
  • Desire and ability to learn quickly, be creative and flexible in day-to-day work, take initiative and exercise sound judgement in making decisions and completing projects.

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.


Send an email to with the subject line “LANDBACK Organizer – [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 the importance of the position?
      • 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.

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