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Program Associate, NDN Foundation

The Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Foundation and assists the Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing Foundation operations as part of the NDN Eco-system, internally and externally.

About the Position

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Position Title:         Program Associate, NDN Foundation

Location:                  Remote Option Available

Reports to:               Managing Director, NDN Collective Foundation

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 Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to the NDN Foundation and assists the Managing Director in planning, organizing and implementing Foundation operations as part of the NDN eco-system, internally and externally.  Primary responsibilities include administrative, financial and grants management support, organizing and tracking of Foundation files, information and contacts, and coordination of foundation calendars, schedules, invoicing and payment requests, programming and grant tracks.

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: 

  • We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations.
  • 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. 
  • We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital. 
  • 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

  • Administrative and Programmatic Support.
    • Assist the Foundation team with:
      • All administrative, grants management and financial functions. Including:
        • Scheduling
        • Meeting support
        • Documentation
        • Correspondence and messaging
        • Design and management of tracking systems and tools to support the foundation in its grantmaking
        • Programming and evaluation
        • Organizing/archiving information and files. This will also include providing scheduling and recordkeeping support for the Foundation Board of Directors meetings
  • Finance Support
    • Coordinate scheduling and accurate processing of invoicing and payment requests.
  • Information Coordination
    • Assist the Foundation team with disseminating grantmaking and programmatic information, provide information and support to grant seekers and community, including coordination within the NDN eco-system (i.e. Communications)
  • Grant systems
    • Support the grants management system, provide support to the Foundation team in grants management system operations and process
  • Internal team and cross-team collaboration 
    • Support the foundation team in coordination of grantmaking/programming activities and processes, in information exchange as well as sharing and coordinating across the NDN Collective eco-system as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred with 1-2 year of professional experience preferred.
  • Experience working in non-profit organization, tribal or philanthropic setting, preferably with grants and administration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a range of groups, including staff teams, donors, consultants and community members/grantees/partners.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple tasks, priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Windows or Gmail Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and online database software, i.e. Fluxx or similar.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong ability and desire to work collaboratively in a team environment which may include remote/virtual work.
  • Strong motivation and ability to take initiative.  
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines and objectives. 
  • Outstanding research, analytical skills 
  • Working knowledge or fluency in Spanish and/or French preferred.

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.


Send an email to with the subject line [Program Associate] – [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 grantmaking  in Indigenous communities?
      • 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.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience, at GS level 9, ranging from $47,000 to $61,000.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.

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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