Power Building & Curriculum Coordinator

The Learning & Power Building Coordinator will  develop, coordinate and offer an array of power building programming and resources relevant to the self-determination,  sovereignty, regenerative sustainability and power of Indigenous Peoples, tribes and Indigenous-led organizations.

Position Title:                  Power Building & Curriculum Coordinator

Location:                          Remote

Application Deadline:  Rolling basis until position is filled

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Learning & Power Building Coordinator will  develop, coordinate and offer an array of power building programming and resources relevant to the self-determination,  sovereignty, regenerative sustainability and power of Indigenous Peoples, tribes and Indigenous-led organizations.  The Power Building & Curriculum Coordinator will lead the development and offering of relevant curriculum, training, network and resource sharing for active and former grantee-partners and other allies across the NDN eco-system.


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

  • Develop a learning and power building framework that will offer  programming, resources and curriculum  specific to the NDN Foundation grant programs, which includes funding in support of individual fellows, artists, tribes, communities and Indigenous led organizations. This may include but is not limited to: 
    • Responding to requests for knowledge sharing and resources in specific areas of power-building, which are anticipated to be:  clean energy, just energy transition, regenerative community development, Money Trauma/abundance mindset, nonprofit and fund development, and other areas of the Defend, Develop, Decolonize strategies. 
    • Initiating and/or co-facilitating learning communities or networks to encourage relationship-building, collaboration, and growth and movement building across grantee/community partners and allies;
    • Amplifying the work of grantee-partners to support our grantees building and sustaining relationships with other funders;
    • Reporting, Learning and Evaluation to foster understanding of how grantees are utilizing funds, what they are learning, and how their work is contributing to the defense, development, and decolonization of our peoples in a way that is equitable and just for all people and Mother Earth;
    • Cultural Awareness across programming that recognizes, prioritizes, and supports the cultural aspects of the people and organizations being funded;  
  • Work collaboratively with Foundation Managers, Program Officers and NDN Collective staff in prioritizing and offering power building, resources and knowledge sharing through a variety of means and venues, i.e.; virtual/online programming, in-person convenings; curriculum and written materials; individualized/customized support.
  • Work collaboratively across the NDN Eco-system in order to best utilize available expertise for power building, curriculum development, training and resource sharing;
  • Develop and maintain a centralized Foundation library and network of relevant resources, contractors or professional services  for power  building, learning and sharing. Coordinate with NDN Library resources as needed;
  • Work with the Foundation Managers and Program Officers to develop, coordinate and offer effective power building strategies and deliverables,  including process  and schedule on an annual basis.
  • Design relevant curriculum and training schedules, modules and materials relevant to the NDN Art of Leadership, Abundance Mindset/Money Trauma, Regenerative Community Development, Land and Water Protection, Wealth Liberation and Rematriation,  and other relevant content areas.  
  • Other duties as needed.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Five years relevant experience
  • Prior grantmaking, organizing or power (capacity) building experience with a non-profit, government agency, or other entity

Knowledge and Skills

  • 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
  • Systems and 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 Partners. 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, at a GS 12 $70,075 to $91,101.  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 the 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.